7 Days Authentic Cooking Courses in Italy

  • Instituto Galilei, Via degli Alfani 68, 50121, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Italy Cooking Courses

The Italian cooking course "I 4 Amici", is held in the kitchen of one of the best restaurants in Florence. It boasts a wide range of delicious seafood dishes, hand-made pasta, and can also cover traditional meat dishes as well as pizza and bread making. Since this course is flexible, thanks to the high professionalism of the chefs, its program is suitable for both beginners and professional cooks, who wish to specialize in Italian cuisine.


  • 5 days of 3-hour courses
  • Courses held in both English and Italian
  • All students receive a certificate of participation together
  • Ingredients for cooking, apron and hat included
  • Books and a list of the recipes prepared
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily lunch or dinner
  • 5 days with instruction
  • French, Italian, English
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During the holiday, guests will be provided with daily accommodation in the center of Florence. You can choose from the following options:


High quality hotels near the school, with special rates for Galilei Institute students.


Furnished apartments of different sizes, with all facilities for a comfortable stay, supplied with linen and towels.

This course is a very practical one: participants prepare dishes studied together with the chefs. The course is scheduled from 15:30 to 18:30, with a dinner at the end of the lesson. The aim of this cooking course is to introduce you to the complex world of Italian food and wines (you will learn to know, appreciate and enjoy them). Very competent chefs will train you, sharing aspects of authentic Italian gastronomic culture, and together you will prepare the recipes studied. Lessons involve the preparation of an entire menu; from antipasti (appetizers) to dolci (desserts). At the end of each session, after having prepared the recipes, you will sit down at the restaurant and dine on your own creations, accompanied by the most suitable wines.

This cooking course will take place in Florence, Italy. Galilei Institute is located downtown, in the university area and in the same block as the academy, where Michelangelos David is shown.

Nearby places

  • Galleria dellAcademia, same block
  • Pietre Dure museum, same block
  • Conservatory, same block
  • Cattedrale (Duomo) - 3 minutes
  • Campanile di Giotto - 3 minutes
  • Battistero - 3 minutes
  • Palazzo Medici-Riccardi - 5 minutes
  • Chiesa di S. Lorenzo - 10 minutes
  • Museo Nazionale (Bargello) - 10 minutes
  • Mercato centrale - 10 minutes
  • Palazzo Vechio (Comune) - 15 minutes
  • Galleria degli Uffizi - 15 minutes
  • Chiesa di S. Maria Novella - 15 minutes
  • Stazione centrale - 15 minutes
  • Palazzo Strozzi - 15 minutes
  • Chiesa di S. Croce - 15 minutes
  • Ponte Vecchio - 20 minutes

During the course, you will have the opportunity to taste and prepare a wide range of Italian dishes:

Antipasti - starters

  • Coccole
  • Crostini toscani
  • Ficattole
  • Panzanella
  • Ragu ai funghi

All sea menu

  • Calamari fritti
  • Risotto allo scoglio
  • Totani in inzimino


  • Crespelle dolci
  • Frutta glassata
  • Ganache di copertura
  • Mousse
  • Panna cotta con salsa di fragole
  • Pasta genoise al cioccolato
  • Pralineria
  • Ricette a base di cioccolato
  • Tiramisu

Pasta fatta in casa - homemade pasta

  • Gnudi al sugo di piccione o al burro e salvia
  • Gnocchi rossi alle code di gamberi
  • Malfatti ai freschi sapori dell'orto con dadini di pomodoro fresco
  • Orecchiette zucchine pinoli e noci orecchiette
  • Risotto con verdure, funghi e taleggio
  • Spaghetti al pomodoro
  • Tagliatelle speck ed asparagi
  • Tortelli del "Mugello" al sugo di anatra
  • Sightseeing in the city of Florence
  • Visiting museums
  • Exploring local markets
  • 5 days lunch or dinner included
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Apron and hat from Galilei Institute
  • Books, notebooks and a list of all recipes
  • Enrollment fee
  • Ingredients for cooking
  • Recipes and participation certificate

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Florence International Airport (FLR), or Pisa International Airport (PSA).

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Florence train station.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Galilei Institute an inquiry.


  • Review by Anna B from Germany

    "I have spent a fantastic and intensive week at the Institute Galileo Galilei. All the staff was very welcoming and friendly so I felt at home instantly. The secretary Eleonora was very helpful in every possible way, also for booking museum tickets or recommendations of restaurants. The course I followed was totally individualized. My teacher Antonio was very professional and it was also a lot of fun to work with him. There was no endless repetition of grammar but we only studied what was relevant to me personally. Especially the simple explanations of the actual use of each grammatical form in today's Italian language of every day was extremely valuable to me. I must strongly recommend this school to anybody who really wants to make the most of their time in Florence. And I will certainly come back."

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  • Review by Defoy L from Montreal, Canada

    "My sister and I have been recently this opportunity to discover In Florence, this Institute wich offers services of visiting places with a specialised guide in History of Art. We appreciated a lot the professionalism and efficiency of the work made by Eleonora, the secretary, to help us to arrange the visits "A la carte" exactly the manner we wanted to be. And more, we had a very personalised reception when we were there. Raffaello, the teacher, was great as well. We learned a lot from him and he shared generously his knowledge and love for this city. Istituto Galilei contributed to enhance our pleasure to live this amazing experience and to feel a part of Florence in relation with its treasures."


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  • Review by Ksenia K from London, United Kingdom

    "A native Russian speaker, I have studied various foreign languages and know the difference between an ordinary school and an exceptional one. When I decided to embark on Italian, I did a thorough research and identified Istituto Galilei as a language school unlike all others - and proved to be right! Istituto Galilei is geared towards adult learners who are motivated to come to grips with Italian within a tight time frame, regardless of whether they need the language skills for business or pleasure, and provides them with the perfect means for achieving this goal. The combination of their tailored approach, individual classes, unique immersion method, focus on immediate application of the learned material in a natural setting and fantastic teachers make Istituto Galilei truly stand out among other language schools. I would highly recommend it to anyone who cares about an efficient and highly enjoyable investment of their time in learning to speak one of the most beautiful languages in the world."

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  • Review by Stephanie and Frederic Sabalski

    "We would like to tell you that we are very happy about our stay at la Villa; all the people there where very friendly with us. We really enjoyed the cooking classes with the chef, who is really good and friendly. We learned a lot about Italian cooking and we had wonderful diner every evening (now we are on a diet!). We wanted to thank you and let you know that we will surely recommend the school and the Villa. Thanks to you and to everyone who made our stay so pleasant."

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  • Review by Tatiana and Manuela

    "Again: thank you very much for arranging a cooking course for us. We really had a good time and learned a lot. We had a dinner party at our apartment last night and we cooked a few of the dishes I learned; they were a hit! One of our guests was Italian and he said it was perfect, so you could imagine how we were. So please, tell the chefs, we did not just laugh a lot during our one-week with them, but we actually learned and applied this knowledge. Please thank both Antonio and Alessio for us. We will go home to Manila on Sunday and together with Annette and Rocky, we will cook for our friends and family. That's all for now, until our next course!"

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  • Review by Gregor and Celina

    "We would like to congratulate you on your cooking program up at the Villa. We feel fortunate with our decision in many ways. But allow us to get more substantial in our observations (we were looking for a week of rounded Italy experience; a week of art history; mediterranean culture; beautiful landscape and cooking. During our stay we found this and plenty more. Florence, like Rome, Venice or many other places, provided the ingredients for what we were looking for. Italy, without question, is not short of opportunities. Finding a place like the Villa seemed a particularly fortunate decision for our endeavor, but all together, we are very enthusiastic about the course. The location, the cooking and the idea of getting closer to Italy were great. Possibly next time with a bit more of Italian language teaching!"

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