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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination: Italy  
Category: Cooking schools
Specialty: Baking-pastry, Italian  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: flexible
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 112 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person
Max Price: 1300 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person

Simonetta and Paola Bevilacqua de' Mari and their father Luigi welcome you into their home in Chianti Podere Le Rose, and share their love of Italian food, wine and lifestyle with you.

Their school includes a variety of programs for people spending sometime in the Tuscan countryside:
- Italian Cooking Program: The cooking classes held by Simonetta and Paola, assisted by a Tuscan chef, are hands-on, lively, friendly and fun, and you create wonderful meals of appetizers, a pasta dish, a main dish and a dessert which you then enjoy together for lunch, accompanied by wine from different regions of Italy.
- Italian Language personalized programs: where you learn or improve your Italian.
- Weekly Packages: for 5 days Italian Cooking or Italian language, if you're not planning to come by car and need a complete program.
- Weekend Packages: if you would like to spend a relaxing weekend in the Chianti countryside.
- Mini Packages: for 2 or 3 days Italian Cooking, if you're not planning to come by car and need a complete program.
- One Day Programs: with cooking, food, olives and wine itineraries.
• Cooking class with children: for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who want to discover more about Italian cooking, sharing this experience with their children. These programs-held in English and Italian-are all year round upon request.

The hands-on course covers traditional, home-style Tuscan and Italian recipes. Many people like this approach as they come away feeling they've had a real holiday, having enjoyed the wonderfully intense flavors & freshness of traditional Italian dishes cooked in an evocative stone farmhouse in the hills of Chianti, surrounded by vineyard & olive groves. The classes are held in a friendly atmosphere. And you have the chance to make new friends and learn a few secrets from Simonetta and Paola.

5-Day Program
Participants cook and eat dishes prepared using fresh, natural ingredients. A complete meal such as appetizers, a pasta dish, a vegetable or meat dish and then a dessert is prepared every day and is accompanied by the wine which best complements it. The course comprises the hands-on lesson and the meal. An apron and recipe-book are supplied. Also included in the course is a welcome dinner at our home Podere Le Rose offered by the de' Mari family.

The 5-Day Program course comprises:
4 day hands-on lessons and the meal and 1 day visit to a typical Italian market followed by a tasting of cheeses, salami, prosciutto, mortadella, bread and wines. Participants cook and eat dishes prepared using fresh, natural ingredients. A complete meal such as appetizers, a pasta dish, a vegetable or meat dish and then a dessert is prepared every day and is accompanied by the wine which best complements it. Our apron and our recipe-book are supplied. All lessons are held from Monday to Friday.

Mini course
If you don't have time to take the entire 5-day course you can take part in just 1 – 2 - 3 or 4 of the lessons.

We cook in a classic private apartment in central Florence to allow students to see a little of how a typical Italian family live, and to allow people to step out before & after class to see world-heritage sites such as the Duomo or take a bus ride up to the beautiful hill station of Fiesole.

Faculty Information:
We offer as well: Family Program!!! Cooking course with children. For parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who want to discover more about Italian cooking, sharing this experience with their children. We offer 3 programs with in this homely Italian farmhouse: Gio Program; Magi Program; New Parents Program.

Teachers Simonetta and Paola have great experience in both teaching Italian Language and Italian cooking. They started a school of Italian Language and Culture in Florence in 1986, then in 1990 they opened the doors of their Chianti house to food lovers with cooking classes. In 2002 they closed the school in Florence to have more time to dedicate to a better style of life and now their main office door opens directly on Chianti vineyards and olive trees garden.

Other Activities:
We organize many other activities like:

- Visits to fruit and vegetable market;
- Visits to vineyard with wine tasting;
- Wine lessons with tasting;
- Food and kitchenware shop tours;
- Ceramic tours;
- Florentine shopping tours;
- Shopping tours to outlet such as Prada, Gucci etc.
- Herbs, vine and olives walking tours;
- Painting lessons;
- Horse riding;
- Golf.

Facility Information:
At Podere Le Rose there are three double bedrooms, with beautiful views, and two bathrooms and shower room available for exclusive use of guests. Cooking lessons are held in modernly equipped kitchens.

About This Supplier
Location: Italy
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2005
Client Request Served: 11

M05390 is a variety of programs created by Simonetta and Paola with help of “papà” Luigi, family and friends. With a father from Apulia, south of Italy, and a mother from Verona, North, relatives all over Italy, years lived in different towns in Italy, what else could we consider ourselves if not Italian. We...

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