Villa Chianti

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Authentic Tuscany

Authentic Tuscan cooking class in a Chianti villa, one-day tailor-made course up to 6 people

We arrived home a week ago and are just starting to settle in. We had the absolute best time with you and Manuela cooking in your beautiful villa and then so much fun meeting your family, staying in the villa and adopting you as our Italian family! We are constantly asked about our fondest memories of our trip and our experience with you in Tuscany is always the first to come to both of us. It really was so special and we already look forward to coming back one day!

Jo and Darren - Australia

A stay in Tuscany should not be without good food, good wine, and good friends. Tina and Manuela's cooking class offered just that: they welcomed us into their culture of food, their charming town, their wine-making friends and their family. We learned the essentials of Tuscan cooking, made pasta and tiramisu from scratch, and best of all we left with a taste of real Italian life.

Francesca - New York

Tina and Manuela's cooking class exceeded all expectations and was by far one of the best cultural experiences of my life. Set in the peaceful hills of Chianti, Manuela opens her beautiful Tuscan home to you as if you were an long-time friend.  My husband and I enjoyed the entire morning and afternoon learning all sorts of Italian cooking techniques, taste testing fresh-from-the-garden ingredients, and feasting on our efforts together in the dining room. Manuela and Tina are accommodating, kind, thoughtful, creative, and charming. There is no better way to experience authentic Italy.

Melissa    (Melissa has her own blog for recipes,  do take a look at it)

Hi Manuela and Silvia,
Well are home now, but have so many amazing memories of Tuscany .  Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful evening of cooking and conversation At your home.  We truly enjoyed the experience.  It was definitely a highlight of our trip!  Can't wait to use the recipes too.
Hopefully we will back again sometime soon.
Best regards,

Ciao Manuela and Silvio
We are back in Sydney now, but wanted to say thank you for a wonderful class while we were in Tuscany. Katie particularly loved the attention she got, and still talks about it as one of the highlights of the whole trip.
We are looking forward to the next opportunity to come back and enjoy the delights of your beautiful region, your wine and your cooking. Must find a way of doing that before long.
Thanks again

John, Caroline and Katie Bayliss

Dear Manuela and Silvia,

Hope this finds you well.  You are probably very busy with the cooking school this week.   I made the grilled chicken and the biscotti on Saturday for my family.  The chicken was fabulous.  The biscotti was very tasty as well but was not as soft as yours.  Also, the biscotti recipe did not describe when to add the wine even though wine is one of the ingredients mentioned.  Please let me know if you add it to the glaze.  Another question - do you apply the glaze to all sides of the biscotti pieces or only to the top?

Your help is most appreciated. 



Dear Manuela, We were enjoying your cooking class in September last year and I took some pictures of your lovely dog. Please see the photographs attached. I hope you like them! Thanks again for a lovely day!

Kind Regards


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