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Castello di Santa Maria
Our new cooking school located at the borders of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. All guests stay at the Castello, where cooking classes are held on 5 mornings of your 8 day program. The cooking school is taught by Serena, who trained at the Institut Hotellerie et Arts Culinaires "Paul Bocuse" in Lyon. To learn more about this school, check out our new cooking school website at

Tuscan School
Located 15 kms from Lucca the course is seven days with groups composing of a minimum of 4 people to a maximum of 10. You will stay at our own private villa, Bottino, with your arrival beginning on Saturday and the classes starting on Monday and generally run for half the day. The rest of day is spent with excursions to the surrounding areas.
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Umbrian School
Located 12 kms from Todi the courses run from four to seven days for groups of a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12 people at an excellent restored property. The courses will range from typical Umbrian cuisine, Neopolitan to Vegitarian dishes. The courses can also include, on request, day tours where guest can take part in wine tasting and visit olive oil refineries.
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Day Cooking Classes
Classes are for one day in the home you have rented in either the Lucca area in Tuscany or the Todi area in Umbria. The classes begin, depending on the size of the group, by the chef taking you shopping for the ingredients for your meal. You will then be taken back to you villa where you will prepare, cook and learn the traditional Italy dishes of that particular region and season.
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Provence School
The Bastide du Bandol is tucked away in the magnificent Provençal village of La Cadière d'Azur, in the heart of the Bandol vineyards. La Cadière d'Azur is a charming ancient Provençal hilltop village, where love of traditions, good living and food.
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