This cooking school specializes in regional food and has an unusual benefit–the classes are taught by local “Nonnas” (grandmothers). The concept allows for the student to become immersed in the culture, and not only receive firsthand instruction but sample the lifestyle of these locals, the cuisine, and wine.
Rather than it being a formal, sterile opportunity, meals are enjoyed with other culinary travelers, students, and instructors. Off hours are spent roaming local shops and markets, wine cellars and vineyards, and becoming a part of the local landscape.
Instead of being a part of a ‘cooking school’-guests are part of a family. People’s favorite part of traveling is not playing the tourist role-but, always being able to blend in with the locals, learning about how they live, and imagining what a day to day experience is like.
The village of Montefollonico is at the heart of this experience. Nestled in the hills of the Tuscan countryside, this 700 resident village is paved with medieval stone-lined streets, bustling markets and surrounded by bucolic vineyards.
2.5 hours north of Rome and 1.5 hours south of Siena It is easily reached by train or car