Cook in the Heart of Chianti

In the quaint town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa among the Tuscan hills, you’ll be greeted with open arms. Tucked away in the Pesa Valley in the heart of the Chianti countryside, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa offers a peaceful getaway that is perfectly situated between the major cities of Florence and Siena, which once placed it on the royal road that connected Florence to Rome. Today, the town continues to be known for its monasteries and churches — particularly the Badia di Passignano from the Middle Ages – but it offers something more than that too. The medieval town’s economy continues to thrive based on shoe and paper making as well as the production of wheat, grapes, and olives that supply many in Tuscany and beyond.

Cook in the Heart of Chianti

In the quaint town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa among the Tuscan hills, you’ll be greeted with open arms. Tucked away in the Pesa Valley in the heart of the Chianti countryside, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa offers a peaceful getaway that is perfectly situated between the major cities of Florence and Siena, which once placed it on the royal road that connected Florence to Rome. Today, the town continues to be known for its monasteries and churches — particularly the Badia di Passignano from the Middle Ages – but it offers something more than that too. The medieval town’s economy continues to thrive based on shoe and paper making as well as the production of wheat, grapes, and olives that supply many in Tuscany and beyond.


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Chef Luca, Massimiliano and the staff at Cortefreda made me feel welcome and like family. Every cooking lesson with Luca was wonderful. He is very good at teaching and very patient. Massimiliano does a wonderful job of doing a wine tasting to include olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey - which is a different twist for me at a wine tasting in the U.S. Also, I learned to much about agriculture in the region - wine making and olive oil. The excursions we took daily to other towns were great, as well as the meals we ate at other restaurants. Chef Luca encourages the class to get involved with the actual cooking. There were four of us in the class and that was a perfect number. Cooking in Chianti with Chef Luca is an experience I will never forget. In fact, I would take another course from him. There was no one 'special' moment for me on this trip --- every day was special with Luca, Massimiliano and my other three classmates. I am very, very satisfied with this trip. I recommend this to anyone wanting to cook and see some of Tuscany. Norma B., CA

Trip Details

4 cooking classes with chefs Alessandro and Veronica. Alessandro has worked for years in restaurants in Tuscany, while Veronica has been at the Borgo’s restaurant since 2014 and assisting in the cooking classes since 2016. Your classes will be supplemented by herbs and vegetables from the garden.
Your classes feature:

  • appetizers and seasonal first course
  • pastas and sauces
  • main dishes with seasonal sides
  • creating a full Tuscan meal


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