• Discover Italy through a Culinary Vacation with Food and Wine Tours in Italy's beautiful countryside

    Italian Cooking Vacations

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We offer cooking classes in Tuscany and full week culinary tours focusing on Italy’s regional foods and wines.  Our culinary cooking vacations are much more than the kitchen!  Our food and wine tours in Italy will take you on a wonderful adventure – exploring wineries with tastings, hands on cooking classes learning authentic traditional recipes, visits to artisan food producers, guided visits to medieval villages and cultural excursions for small groups in the heart of Tuscany, Piedmont, Campania and Bologna.

If your dream is to experience the foods, wines and culture of Italy without the crowds and to see the gorgeous countryside come live like a local and travel with the experts in Italian food and wine – Ecco La Cucina! Our Food and Wine tours are a culinary tour adventure that immerses you in the culture and history of this great land! We’ll help you fulfill your dream as you learn and live as a local.  Each of our tours are 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 hill top villages during our culinary vacation tours.  Our classes are small and intimate and you will feel like you are with a group of friends – which you are!  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!

Taste of Tuscany Tour – 5 days

In June we will offer a shorter Tuscany food and wine tour – you can get a “Taste of Tuscany”! This tour is perfect for those who want to see the big cities on either end of this food and wine tour yet want to stay in a villa nestled in hills of Tuscany.  Our short course of 4 full days and 5 nights is designed to help you understand the foods and wines of Tuscany while you relax in the Italian countryside. We are staying at a beautiful villa just 3 km outside of Siena. During our days you’ll have a hands on cooking lesson taught by Gina, a wine tour and tasting where you’ll learn about one of the important wine regions within Tuscany, our castle tour in Chianti Classico, a guided visit to Siena and other hill towns and a visit to a family owned pecorino cheese producer. It is a fun way to live like a local for a few days!  For more information, click here.

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 and Wine Tour in Piedmont

We are excited to share with you one of our favorite places in Italy, the culinary treasures of the beautiful region of Piedmont.  During our 2017 Piedmont food and wine tour we will explore the fine wines of Barolo, Nebbiolo and Barbaresco and the gastronomic delights from this region including white truffles, excellent cheeses, succulent meats, stuffed pastas, hazelnuts and chocolate. You’ll learn and love Piedmont by  immersing yourself in its food, wines and culture.  The accommodations are in a beautiful villa just a stone’s throw from Alba, the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont.

Choose your culinary adventure:

2017 Dates:
-June 16 – 22, 2017 (Piedmont)
-June 24 – 28, 2017 (Taste of Tuscany tour) open spots!
-June 24-July 1, 2017 (Tuscany) open spots!
-October 5-14, 2017 (Tuscany & Bologna)
-October  14-21, 2017 (Tuscany)

2018 Dates:
-May 26-June 2, 2018 (Tuscany)
-June 3 – 9, 2018 (Piedmont)
-September 29-October 6, 2018 (Tuscany)
-October 6-13, 2018 (Tuscany)

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.