Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun

Featured on NBC Extra’s Mansions & Millionaires, September 2014.

Located just three kilometers from the historical city of Cortona, famous for its hidden treasures and gorgeous landscapes, Il Falconiere is a small, luxury hotel in the heart of Tuscany. Within easy reach of Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Siena, and not far from Orvieto and Florence, Il Falconiere puts you in the heart of Italy.

Il Falconiere was for many generations the Baracchi family house before being made into a luxury hotel. The owners, Riccardo and Silvia Baracchi, manage the property and personally take care of the guests, giving the hotel a warm and inviting atmosphere, like staying at a friend’s gorgeous, sumptuous villa.

Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun

Featured on NBC Extra’s Mansions & Millionaires, September 2014.

Located just three kilometers from the historical city of Cortona, famous for its hidden treasures and gorgeous landscapes, Il Falconiere is a small, luxury hotel in the heart of Tuscany. Within easy reach of Montepulciano, Pienza, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi and Siena, and not far from Orvieto and Florence, Il Falconiere puts you in the heart of Italy.

Il Falconiere was for many generations the Baracchi family house before being made into a luxury hotel. The owners, Riccardo and Silvia Baracchi, manage the property and personally take care of the guests, giving the hotel a warm and inviting atmosphere, like staying at a friend’s gorgeous, sumptuous villa.


Latest Review

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Our stay at Il Falconiere and cooking lessons with hostess Silvia Baracchi and head chef Richard Titi were wonderful. We could not have asked for a better experience! Nestled outside of Cortona with a view of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Il Falconiere is a warm and inviting villa well cared for by Silvia and her attentive staff. Everyone made us feel at home. Our first night in Italy we spent on the terrace at Il Falconiere soaking in the beautiful view and watching an eclipse of the moon while enjoying delicious food and wine! Silvia projects a passion and enthusiasm for what she does that engages you immediately. We had one cooking class with Silvia and one with head chef Richard Titi. They made the experience fun and also meaningful, crafting menus that we will be able to reproduce at home. We made stuffed zucchini flowers, gnocchi, pici pasta, veal, lamb, and tiramisu. Silvia claims to have the best tiramisu, and we have to agree that it is the best we have tasted! In addition to the cooking, we enjoyed a delightful tour of Cortona led by Carol and a tour of the Baracchi Winery led by Silvia and followed by a wine tasting in the wine cellar at the restaurant. The food and the wine were outstanding and matched equally by the warmth and graciousness with which we were greeted! Margaret W., OR

Trip Details

Your 4 cooking classes will teach you traditional Tuscan recipes with Chef-Owner Silvia Baracchi, or one of the other restaurant chefs. This is a cooking school experience for students of all levels, but the kitchen is located in a charming house, where you can relax while getting to know the cuisine of the region. The cooking school will increase your natural love for food and provide you with the skills you need to translate this love into beautiful and imaginative cuisine, even once you return home. One course will include a cheese-making session with milk from a local dairy, and another with produce from a local farm you will visit.

A sample menu for one of your classes might include:

  • Eggplant roll with prosciutto and mozzarella, pici pasta with tomatoes and herbs, beef loin with shallots and balsamic, and poached pear with cheese and sabayon.


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