• Experience and Discover Italy through an Italian Cooking Vacation

    We offer Italian Cooking Vacations with hands on cooking classes learning authentic traditional recipes, wine tours, visits to artisan food producers and cultural excursions for small groups in the heart of Tuscany

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If your dream is to experience the foods, wines and culture of Italy without the crowds, come live like a local and travel with the experts in Italian food and wine with Ecco La Cucina! Our Culinary, Wine and Cooking vacation in Tuscany is week long, full immersion class that has you learning and living as a Tuscan.  We’ll help you fulfill your dream and you’ll come away with beautiful memories and new friends. Ecco La Cucina is located near Siena in Tuscany and offers a culinary cooking vacation adventure. Occasionally we offer other regions of Italy. Each is designed to provide you with knowledge and special insights to this beautiful, rich culture.

In Italian, Ecco La Cucina means “Here’s the Kitchen”, and we explore all aspects of the Italian table with Gina’s cooking classes, winery visits with tastings of award winning wines and oils, visits to local food producers and ancient picturesque villages during our culinary vacation tours.  Our classes are small and intimate, designed to let you hone your skills and learn new recipes and techniques and see the stunning countryside without the tourist crowds. True to the Italian way of eating, the meals prepared will focus on fresh seasonal produce and quality local ingredients. Experiencing Tuscany through its food and wines allows you to truly understand the rhythm of Italian life.  Let us show you the tastes of Italy for a week.

Week long Culinary Tours of Italy

Cooking Classes in Italy – Tuscany

Our all inclusive cooking class and wine tour package gives you an in-depth experience of Italian cooking and the Tuscan way of life. Your accommodations are on a lovely olive estate just south of Siena in an 18th century villa or farmhouse renovated with care to include many of the original Tuscan architectural features. Walking trails through olive groves or cypress lined lanes give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany. The culinary tour includes a full week – cooking lessons, visits to local wine and food producers, wine tours, 7 nights’ accommodations, most all meals with wine and visits to quaint local villages. During the week we will open up the world of Tuscan wines from the basics to the complexities of this varied region.

Food Tours in Naples and Sorrento coast

We are excited to share with you one of our favorite places in Italy, the culinary treasures of Naples and the beautiful region of Campania.  The freshest of seafood, just-made buffalo milk mozzarella, exquisite authentic pizza, lovely wines from the slopes of Mt Vesuvius, local San Marzano tomatoes, and traditional semolina pasta from original pasta towns are all explored during our weeklong tour of this region. Join us to discover this historic region by immersing yourself in its food, wines and culture.  The accommodations are in a beautiful former palazzo converted to a luxurious hotel overlooking the Sorrento coast and bay of Naples.  If you have a desire to see this stunning part of Italy, contact us and we’ll offer this week again to you and 8 of your friends!

Choose your culinary adventure:

One Day Cooking Classes

Hands on cooking lessons in Tuscany taught by Gina are now offered during the spring and fall months. Please contact her for availability and scheduling.
Taught on a lovely estate in a 900-year-old former flour mill with a large stone kitchen, the hands-on cooking class focuses on the traditional foods and wines of Tuscany. You’ll prepare a four-course lunch that is paired with three wines from the region.  You will also receive a copy of Gina’s cookbook, “Ecco La Cucina”Find out more

Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo

Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo, leads and teaches cooking classes and the fun, week-long immersion style culinary tours. She lived in Tuscany for over 14 years conducting cooking classes and tours and sharing insights on Italian foods, wines and the culture of this beautiful area with visitors. She has traveled extensively throughout Italy and shares an insider’s view with her students and groups.

Single day classes and week long courses are available as well as multiple day courses. We also offer winery tours and artisan food tours.