Cuisine in Italy is equal to art. To get a real grasp of Italian culture, you must understand the Italian style of preparing and serving food and drinks. The schools we’ll introduce you to are the best places to learn.
Most dishes you can find on the menus at good Italian restaurants are nothing but real masterpieces. Have you ever tasted the world-famous tagliatelle al tartufo, ragù alla bolognese, melanzane alla parmigiana, or bistecca alla fiorentina?
You can’t leave Florence without sampling all the best Italian flavors…and you (definitely!) can’t go back home without learning how to prepare the great classics of Italian cuisine like: spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino, lasagna, pasta al pomodoro, insalata caprese, tiramisù, a good espresso or the real limoncello.
And don’t get us started on fabulous Italian wines like Chianti, Barbera, and Lambrusco; or about Italian cocktails made with Martini, Campari, Cinzano, or Amaretto di Saronno.
Enjoy your studies and…buon appetito!
Via dei Serragli 234/r – 50124 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 22.11.18
Desinare is an old-Florentine verb that means “to dine.” This contemporary, gourmet cooking school fuses culinary knowledge with and artisan style in a beautifully designed Tuscan workshop. They offer unique courses in cooking, wine, food photography, and table design, in addition to demonstrations, tastings, social gatherings, events, presentations, and a cookshop.
Via del Ghirlandaio n° 6 B – Firenze
Intensive, full immersion programs into the real Tuscan cuisine.
Take courses in Florence by chef Marcella Ansaldo or discover the reality of Tuscan culinary tradition, traveling both on the mainland and to the pearls of the Tuscan Archipelago, enriching your knowledge with a unique experience.
Learn from an Italian Master Chef and Cooking School Instructor with 25 years of experience in authentic Tuscan Italian cuisine.
Whether you are a beginner, passionate cook or professional, they will personalize a program to meet your desires.
Embrace the future with the awareness of what “food” is, how the world revolves around it, and profound cooking knowledge to attract job opportunities.
Via de’ Pepi, 56 red – 50122 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 2346511
Fax: +39 055 2346511Our project was born in 1980. Just after master in Philosophy, Moradei Andrea, founded Koinè, the Italian language and culture centre for foreigners, in collaboration with other teachers.
This was the start of all our Italian language and culture programs. In 1996 we opened Enoteca de’ Giraldi, offering a cultural approach to Tuscan wine and food. The Enoteca was initially a wine restaurant then a meeting point for people interested in wine tasting, cooking lessons and wine tours.
In 2003 we opened Vinarium wine and food services agency, with the goal of offering the best of our food and wine culture, and at the same time guaranteeing amusement and professionalism to our clients.
Today Vinarium offers guided wine tastings in the best Florentine enotecas, cooking lessons in historical buildings and guided visits to the best Tuscan wine makers.
Italy Certaldo (FI)
Contact FormJudy Witts Francini, is a member of the Italian Personal Chef Association, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a member of Slow Food International, and a student of cooking for over 30 years.
She’s married to a native Florentine, Andrea Francini, whose knowledge of Florence provides Judy with valuable insights. Her blog, Over the Tuscan Stove, features weekly articles for those who want to keep current on Tuscany.
She’s made her home in Florence since 1984. She started Divina Cucina (originally Mangia Firenze) in 1988 with a simple aim — to share her knowledge of Italian cuisine and culinary history with fellow food lovers in and around Florence. She’s lived in Florence among food experts and foodies, exchanging ideas and recipes, and developed her own style, one that is easy-going and entertaining. That’s the Divina Cucina style!
The Tuscans know how to prepare simple food from quality local ingredients. They make the most of regional and seasonal produce. That’s why her classes begin in the Mercato Centrale or other markets where purveyors provide the best from the Tuscan countryside.
Let her show you the secrets of Italian cooking and a way of life that she’s come to love. Come and enjoy Tuscany like the Tuscans.
Via di Mezzo 55/r – 50121 Firenze
Ph/Fax: +39 055 2345468
Welcome to the Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu of Florence, located in the heart of historical Renaissance Florence since 1985.
The Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu of Florence offers cooking courses as well as single classes/lessons for professional and amateur cooks, chefs, tourists and children.
Italian, Tuscan, Florentine and International cuisine classes are available, along with special courses on wine, bread, pasta and more. The lessons are available in Italian, English, or French and given by our founders, Cristina Blasi and Gabriella Mari, plus a variety of other chefs and experts.
Villa Brilli Peri – Via Guelfa 85-114-116
Palazzo Bombicci Guicciardini Strozzi – Corso Tintori 21
50122 Firenze – ITALIA
Phone: +39 055 265 8135
Fax: +39 055 2656 689
Office hours: Monday – Thursday from 08:30 to 5:30APICIUS reinterprets the concept of hospitality and tourism in the international destination of Florence, where the cityscape is teeming with traditional and contemporary structures sought by people from all over the world
APICIUS firmly believes in the importance of a cultural approach to hospitality by examining the unique context of cities and countries in a global framework. Hospitality should and must be enhanced by the local culture of a city, and our position and interaction with the city of Florence has the goal of culturally educating those who visit through the hospitality industry.
APICIUS seeks to shape students who make dynamic, proactive contributions to the areas of hospitality in Italy during their studies and go on to become excellent professionals with the same impact in future destinations
APICIUS is deeply committed to making a prolific vital impact on the city of Florence not just for its obvious touristic aspects but as a viable city, where city conservation and contemporary implementation complement each other in a delicate balance, through its belief in eco-sustainable methods and didactics.
APICIUS strives to provide its students with an experience that goes beyond the tourist facade of Florence by communicating to them that who we are and what they experience goes beyond cultural stereotypes…
APICIUS believes that each student should go back home with a clear concept of Florence and Italy that includes a profound cultural understanding gained from integration with the city, its population, its art, and its culture. What they receive from the experience is a life changed and newfound understanding and perspectives that they will carry in their hearts for the rest of their lives…
Via Benedetto Naldini, 23 – Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI) Italy
Phone: (+39) 055 8065046 / 328 4191150 / 338 9165739
Mon-Fri from 9:00 – 5:00
For over ten years Le Baccanti has provided the finest service in customized luxury cultural food & wine vacations and day tours in Tuscany and Italy. Our personalized services are recommended by BBC Travel, The Independent, Le Monde, The Telegraph and scores of satisfied wine, food and art lovers.
Via de’ Conti, 4 – 50129 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 289 831
Fax: +39 055 212 791
Accademia Riaci is an Academy of Art and Design in the heart of Florence, Italy – Europe’s eternal capital of the Renaissance – founded in 1983 by our Honorary President and Italy’s leading jewelry artisan & sculptor, Maestro Raymond Riachi.
Courses include culinary art and Italian home cooking, in addition to painting and drawing, interior, product, graphic and fashion design, leather working, jewelry, restoration, ceramics, glass work, cooking, and Italian language.The Maestro’s mission was to enlighten young artists with a blend of classical and the latest ultra modern techniques, challenging each student to fully develop their artistic potential, creativity, and originality.
Via Roma, 4 – 50123 Florence Italy
Phone: + 39 055 21 15 99
Fax: + 39 055 239 99 94
Situated right in the heart of historic Florence, literally feet away from the Cathedral, the school is dedicated to teaching Italian language and culture. Because of its fantastic location, AEF participates actively in the city’s diverse cultural activities, creating an atmosphere of spontaneous and pleasant interaction between Italians and foreigners.
We offer courses in wine appreciation, Italian cuisine and restaurant internships as well as ceramics and refurbishing, Italian language, arts, music, food and culture courses.
Piazza Santo Spirito, 4 – 50125 Florence
Phone: +39 0552396966
Fax: +39 055280800
For those who love Italian cuisine, Centro Machiavelli offers various types of courses and classes, for beginners, intermediate and advanced in groups (with a maximum of 10 participants) or individual.
The courses are held by professionals from the wine and food industry and in an environment which is professional yet friendly and located at a short walk from our school.
The basics of Italian cooking
It is possible to prepare a complete menu or to prepare first courses, second courses or side dishes. Furthermore participants can choose to do single theme courses, like wine or breads.