Tuscan Women Cook!


“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” -Harriet van Horne



Situated just 30 minutes south of Siena among the rolling hills of Tuscany, you’ll find the 13th century village of Montefollonico, were two innovative American women have followed their hearts and are offering something unique in the way of an Italian cooking adventure .


A special aspect of this culinary adventure is that you’ll learn from not one, but multiple authentic Tuscan women cooks. It will be a bit like learning to make your favorite things in Nonna (Grandma’s) kitchen: learning to make gnocchi…create a mosaic…apply gold leaf… sing like Pavarotti?   Tuscan Women Cook  invites you to join them for a memorable week of culinary and recreational activities in the medieval Tuscan hilltop village of Montefollonico —one hour south of Florence and two hours north of Rome.   Their classes are ideal for cooks at all experience levels.

Meet the Cooks
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Iolanda                                                                             Francesca


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Dania                                                                                                Isa

Here’s a teaser of what awaits you at Tuscan Women Cook:

“Thank you for an unforgettable experience and all the recipes. Your kindness, professionalism, and positive energy is the source of your success. I am still on a Tuscany high and have not adjusted to reality yet. I definitely ate too well and the wines were incredible.”

J.C.—Kailua Kona, Hawaii


First-class accommodation

Your stay will be at the four-star La Chiusa, an elegantly restored farmhouse and olive oil mill. La Chuisa’s luxurious accommodations and award-winning restaurant have been critically acclaimed for decades, and travelers from all over the world come to Montefollonico just to stay in this enchanting place!

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Classic Italian food & wine



Every day at Tuscan Women Cook will be different.

Learn to  make pizza in an ages-old wood-burning pizza oven…stuffed fried zucchini flowers, the “best ever” pasta al forno (lasagne), ribolita (Tuscan vegetable, bean and bread soup) and Tuscan specialties like panna cotta. Yum!! Some world class wines (of course) will accompany these meals.

Your week with Tuscan Women Cook may have you dreaming in Italian! You certainly won’t be alone is singing high praise for this exclusive immersion in Italian food and fun. NBC Today, Travel and Leisure Magazine and NPR have all sung its praises.

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This area of Tuscany produces several of Italy’s greatest wines, including Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (“the king of wines”), and the great Chianti. Remember…wine tasting  is less than an hours drive from our Umbrian villa,  Casa Leone.  See you in Italy?