Holidays in Italy provide endless chances to indulge in some truly wonderful cuisine. If you enjoy the food as much as we do, why not sign up to a cookery course so you can take the tastes of Italy back home with you? Take a look at three of our top courses, all located near our luxury villa rentals in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Lazio.

Culinary Institute of Bologna

You can’t go wrong with a cooking school in Bologna, the city that gave Bolognese sauce its name. The Culinary Institute of Bologna offers a huge variety of half day, full day, and week-long courses. These vary in focus to offer specialist training in everything from desserts, seafood, and vegetarian meals to every imaginable kind of pasta. The Institute has courses for trained chefs as well as easier sessions for enthusiastic amateurs. Stay at the Podere Casetta to practise your Italian cooking in a perfectly traditional rustic setting.

Podere Casetta, Emilia Romagna - Oliver's Travels

Podere Casetta, Emilia Romagna – Oliver’s Travels

Convivio Rome

The hustle and bustle of Rome can be great fun, but there’s plenty to be enjoyed on the outskirts of town, too. Convivio Rome offers a cooking course in Toffia, situated just an hour’s drive away from some of our luxury Lazio villas. With Convivio Rome, you can pick up some fantastic recipes as well as enjoying a meal in a 16th Century wine cellar and an informal tour of medieval Toffia and the Farfa monastic village, all included with your cooking course. Convivio is also committed to supporting local agriculture and biodiversity in the region, making it ideal for anyone concerned about environmental issues.

Food and Wine Academy of Florence

Head into the birthplace of the Renaissance and take a cooking course at the Food and Wine Academy of Florence. The Academy offers a cooking course every day of the year with a focus on traditional Tuscan dishes. You’ll start the day grocery shopping in a Florence market, where you’ll get some advice on picking out the best quality produce available. The course is open to registration, but if you’d rather just share the experience between yourself and a few friends, the Academy offers smaller group sessions on request. Our villas in Tuscany are perfect for throwing lavish dinner parties, so you can show off everything you’ve learned in style.

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