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Cookery Holidays in Italy

Belmond Villa San Michele is a breathtaking retreat that could transport you to a world of tranquility. You can hear the sweet voice of birds singing and let the luscious greens to embrace you to a journey of serenity like no other. Jazz up your time with us by joining our Executive Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio hands-on cooking lessons, which means you will be preparing, tasting and cooking alongside him. Small classes ensure that each student enjoys individual attention.


  • Tuscan cooking class
  • Cookery school apron
  • Lunch based on dishes you prepare at La Loggia
  • Food and wine pairing intro by sommelier
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence, stretched out before it in all its classic splendor. Stroll in the Italian gardens, bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses, and savor superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco La Loggia Restaurant as if in a private home.

Dating from the 15th century, the villa's facade is attributed to Michelangelo. Step inside and you experience the ethereal beauty and solitude of a Renaissance monastery that is as much a part of Italy's culture as the country's greatest cathedrals and galleries. Rooms and suites are located in the old monastery building and nestled amid the beautiful gardens. Each enjoys spectacular views and boasts its own unique style and antique furnishings.


Join in Chef Attilio di Fabrizio during his fun hands-on lessons. The course will be held every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and will focus on the preparation of a Tuscan appetizer, a first course, and a dessert. Afterwards, you'll sit down with fellow students to enjoy the dishes you have made matched with Tuscan wines chosen by a sommelier.


Ruled by the powerful Medicis for centuries, Florence abounds in magnificent art and architecture. The capital of Tuscany, it was the birthplace of the Renaissance and the most important city in Europe from the 14th to early 16th centuries. Alongside its treasure-filled galleries, museums and churches, Florence is famous for its picturesque bridges. The most famous of these, the Ponte Vecchio, is lined with jewelry shops that seem to be suspended over the water.



  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pool restaurant
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Baby sitting
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Newspapers
  • Valet
  • Wake-up calls

Things to do (optional)

  • Brunelleschi’s Dome: Brunelleschi’s dome is one of Florence’s most striking landmarks. This special visit to the cathedral grants guests exclusive access to its terraces. Enjoy a close up view of the dome and take in one of the city’s best panoramas.
  • Gelateria: The world-famous Vivoli ice cream parlour has been creating its delicious gelato masterpieces in Florence since 1930. Exclusively for guests of Belmond Villa San Michele, Vivoli opens the doors for an unforgettable experience in ice cream making, including the opportunity to meet the family and a mouth-watering ice cream tasting session.
  • Historic food store: Visit one of the most historic food stores in Florence with an expert, who will help you pick out Tuscan delicacies or select tasty ingredients for a picnic by the Arno.
  • Rafting in Florence: Let expert rafters guide you down the San Niccolo weir under the Ponte Vecchio as you take in the urban sights. Or, if you're up for a bit more excitement, join a full-day excursion to the Sieve River for a heart-racing ride through the rapids.
  • Shake & Drink: Let our head barman teach you everything there is to know about cocktails. He will guide you through the preparation of 3 delicious concoctions. Savor the fruits of your labor in our special Lover's Corner at the end of the lesson.
  • Tuscany by Vespa: Experience the sights on board Italy's favourite mode of transport, the Vespa. Travel along picturesque country roads and ancient bridges, exploring Tuscany's medieval villages and Romanesque churches.
  • Vasari Corridor: Your private guide will escort you to the Uffizi Gallery, where he will unlock the door to one of the most amazing features of Florence, the Vasari Corridor. The corridor, lined with works of art, stretches over the famous Ponte Vecchio and boasts spectacular views of the river and the Church of Santa Felicita.

Spa treatments

  • In-room massage: Guests can choose to enjoy a massage in the privacy of their own room.
  • Massage gazebo: Guests can relax with a spoiling open-air massage in the massage gazebo located in a secluded corner of the Italian Gardens while admiring the stunning view over Florence.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Cookery school apron
  • Wine pairing

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • City tax
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • VAT

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

10 kilometers from the hotel (20 minutes drive), Florence Airport (FLR) offers domestic and international flights.

Pisa International Airport (PSA) is 72 kilometers from the hotel (60 minutes drive) and provides a wide range of international connections.

Bologna Airport (BLQ) offers a range of domestic and international flights and is 115 kilometers from Belmond Villa San Michele.

Arrival by train

Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

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