During Rita's informative years, she gradually immersed herself in the culture, customs, and traditions of her parents and grandparents, and, in particular, their culinary cultures. Rita studied the ancient secrets and techniques of the traditional Tuscan cooking and kept alive certain recipes that lost. She has been in Barga for almost 30 years running her bed and breakfast apartments together with her children, and she has now opened her cooking school.
Alison makes chic, elegant designs that not only look amazing but taste fantastic too. As an art teacher and design graduate of Glasgow School of Art, she has a great eye for color, style, and design. An interest in drawing and painting flowers led her into making blooms in sugar, as well as a love of flowers. She also has a love of all things cake. Her bakery Blossomsweet Cakes make bespoke celebration cakes, specializing in wedding cakes with sugar flower artwork.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Hugely enjoyable stay cooking with Rita "
Rita is very warm and welcoming. She is a fantastic host and knows her Italian cooking and passes down recipes that have gone down generation to generation. The day started with breakfast and we ended up (on a five day/4 night stay course) of visiting local towns on three of the mornings. The group was a nice size of six. We spent two afternoons making various pastas and sauces along with Focaccia bread on one of them, and pizza's on the second.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Excellent hopitality and value for money"
Rita was a delight to be with, very attentive and worked tirelessly to look after us. From the meet and greet at the airport, to serving drinks and guiding us around the towns she was great. The cookery lessons were lots of fun, very informative and the food we had delicious. Rita is obviously very knowledgably and happy to guide and support through all the cooking process. Breakfast was good, the all inclusive drinks great and the general atmosphere very relaxed and enjoyable. The 4 visits to the towns and villages were excellent, Rita really supported us with these and again tried very hard to provide a quality visit and experience. All in all a really fun, positive and learning experience. Well done Rita :-)
from Australia, April 2018
The whole 5 days were fabulous. From the location, scenery, atmosphere, food, wine, to the other guests. As a first time solo traveller i was made to feel very welcome and inclusive. The other guests were of similar age and we all got on very well. Rita our host was very hospitable and a lot of fun. Loved the sing along night! Thanks for a great experience Rita!
from Austria, April 2018
"This was a great expernce!! Rita is a great instructor "
The food was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and very relaxed. I liked the cooking lessons, the food we made was amazing, the wines. Rita and Alex hosptality. Getting to see/experirence the beauty of northern Tuscany.
All and all a great experience. A must if you are in Italy!!!!
from Canada, April 2018
"Cooking with Mama Rita. "
Welcoming into her home. Hospitality was excellent. Rita and Alex super enteetainment
from Great Britain, October 2017
The teaching, the company, the place... the food...
from United States, September 2017
All-inclusive Rustic Tuscan Nirvana. Measured in terms of hospitality, quality and quantity of recipe preparation, value, and excursions, if rated from 0-5, this goes to 11! We took the 7-day course. Obligatory pasta, pizza, and tiramisu instructions were simple and glorious. Chef Rita offered the opportunity to craft other menus to personal tastes. We chose more rustic variations. All exceeded expectations. Whether it was going to the market, off-the-beaten-path journeys, or to the Vinery for a drink, we felt part of Tuscany. Brilliant/super/awesome experience!
A traveler Canada
From the trip to Alex's wine tasting to the cooking lesson to a fabulous family style dinner, all amazing!! We spent a wonderful day in the company of this family establishment. We will definitely be back!!