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Italy Short Culinary Holiday

Take a step in the past times, sleep at Tenuta Granducale Dolciano, and learn to cook like an Italian mamma following traditional Tuscan and organic dishes. With the Slow Cooking School, you will be offered home chef, organic cooking experiences for kids, families, and gluten-free at your vacation villa. You will only use organic and sustainable products. You will learn different organic homemade pasta and Italian typical recipes.

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  • 1 organic cooking class
  • Learn more about heritage Tuscan food
  • Get a chance to stay in a historical house
  • Enjoy an olive oil and wine presentation and tasting
  • Daily breakfast snacks and lunch are included
  • Experience a museum and estate tour
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Spanish
Group size: 2-4 participants
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Baby sitting
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance
  • Valet
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

The accommodation has two bedrooms, one large living room with a fridge and a coffeemaker and Kettler, and one large bathroom with a shower and an old-style bath tube. There are complimentary morning snacks, full AC, and Wi-Fi. There is also a private hot tub for four persons outside during summer.

The Imperial Suite

There are 80 square meters of a finely furnished villa with period furniture and precious details which are the ideal setting to discover the wonderful Tuscany. This suite is on the ground floor of the main villa where the Bologna family still resides on the upper floors and bought the Medici family estate in 1864.

The villa belonged to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany until Leopold II, who was the last great Grand Duke of Tuscany. In 1860, Tuscany passed to the kingdom of Italy and the assets of the Grand Duchy passed to the state which decided to sell them at auction. The apartment has a large living room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom with a shower and bathtub.

Choose the "Suite Imperiale" for your stay in Siena Provence, Tuscany; offering an oasis of calm and heritage in the heart of Tuscany. The suite of the Tenuta Granducale di Dolciano has been rebuilt exactly as Leopoldo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, wanted it for his guests.

Services and amenities

  • Guests can use the service of La Locanda delle Scuderie restaurant for lunches and dinners
  • Private jacuzzi with sunbeds and private garden
  • Orangerie for private yoga classes and massages
  • Cooking classes


Learn about the secrets of Italian cooking with your home chef! Enjoy a cooking class with a private teacher who is also a wine and olive oil sommelier to show you how to make perfect homemade pasta and Italian meals.

Day 1

  • 14:30 Check-in at your home, relax and explore the area
  • 15:30 Visit the estate, the church, and the private museum
  • 16:30 Free time to visit and explore Tuscany

Day 2

  • 10:00 Starting of the cooking class
  • 10:45 Olive oil and wine presentation and tasting
  • 11:00 Homemade pasta making with organic flours from the sketch
  • 12:30 or 13:00 Lunch with all the homemade dishes prepared together paired with wines
  • 14:00 Coffee and time to relax
  • 14:30 Free time to visit and explore Tuscany

Day 3

  • 11:00 Departure

Cooking class sample menu

  • Homemade gnocchi with basil sauce
  • Homemade tagliatelle with ragout
  • Homemade umbrichelli with Aglione sauce or homemade ravioli with Pienza cheese
  • Tiramisu
  • Wines and Limoncello and Amaro are included

Included excursions

You will be having a visit to the estate, the church, and the private museum. There will also be free time to visit and explore Tuscany.


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The school is located inside Tenuta Granducale Dolciano, a historical house. It's only 20 minutes by Montepulciano and five minutes from the Chiusi Chianciano Train station, well-connected to Rome, Firenze, and Milano. The school is also a 20-minute drive to Val D'Orcia and a 30-minute drive by Cortona.


The menu at Slow Cooking School is also glute-free friendly and kids-friendly. The menu includes three kinds of pasta, handmade from the blog, Italian dessert siders, olive oil and wine tasting, and an estate visit. Cooking classes are held every day (previous reservations) except on Saturday and Sunday.

The philosophy from the beginning has been to serve whole-natural foods that are minimally processed. Wherever possible, the school produces its items in-house.

Sample menu

  • Homemade tagliatelle bolognese (IGP local meat)
  • Homemade ravioli with organic vegetables (farm-to-table)
  • Home made gnocchi or spaghetti or others, like gnudi pasta
  • An Italian dessert

Meals are from the garden to the kitchen with the Slow Cooking Experience and the freshest ingredients. They will illustrate the origins and history of what you are cooking. Learn how to cook like an Italian mother. Imagine learning to make real Italian pasta and roast or a gluten-free tiramisu. Those are only some of what you can learn.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Dinner at Locanda delle Scuderie restaurant located inside the estate
  • A private wine tour on request

Spa treatments

Massage at your room is available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 1 cooking class for two persons
  • An olive oil and wine presentation and tasting
  • A tour of the estate and private museum
  • Breakfast snacks, lunch, drinks
  • 2 nights accommodation in the imperial suites (2 bedrooms in total)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Dinner
  • Meals at restaurants
  • Driver or rental car
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by train

The venue is only three kilometers away from the Chiusi Chianciano train station. Slow Cooking Experience can help you to hire a driver or to rent a car. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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