Cooking school in the rural Tuscany

Join our fun and educational cookery class available on Friday December 20 and 27 at 03:30 pm (15:00) with dinner with a special Christmas Program!
Groups of min 4 and max 12 people.
Special Christmas Tuscan Cooking program – Special focus on TUSCAN CHRISTMAS SPECIALTIES with hands-on preparation of several courses and following rich Christmas Dinner


Authentic hands-on cooking class at Rita’s farm

My Tuscan Kitchen is the first cooking school in the rural Tuscany at Rita’s farm in the area of Terre di Pisa, near Volterra, San Gimignano and Pisa.
The cooking venue is at an authentic farmhouse a few minutes from the village of Peccioli and Palaia, a location where you can enjoy wonderful surrounding views from a charming hilltop. Adults and children, foodies and fans of Tuscany in general are welcome to participate.

Inside our charming stone-walled kitchen, our local cooks teach you how to prepare some of the most traditional recipes of Tuscany and Italy, using just fresh and genuine ingredients.
Our guide/story tellers share with you anecdotes and facts about the country life style of Tuscany along with interesting information on its history and traditions. We welcome you in our home and we share the preparation of the food like in a family or like among friends.

At the end of this amazing hands-on and educational experience, everyone sit at the table, toast with some good local wine and enjoy the dishes prepared and the company of the whole group.

Special shared cooking class: CHRISTMAS TUSCAN COOKING CLASS

Available on Friday December 20 and 27 at 3:30 pm followed by  dinner with a special Christmas Program – In this program you prepare a full dinner for about 3 hours before you sit at a table with all other participants and enjoy lunch with all prepared foods. Local wines from Rita’s farm will be served with no limit. A typical Italian dessert wine is served too.

A mysterious Temple right next door
Just next to our cooking venue is the stunning Tempio a Minerva Medica a special place rich in history and mysterious legends. On the occasion of our cooking class you will have the chance to stop in front of it for a picture and learn about a few facts. You can learn more about it and enjoy a full guided visit of the temple by clicking here.

An example of our Christmas cooking class menu:

Crostini misti: fegatini, salsiccia e stracchino, funghi
Mix of typical bruschettas
Gnocchi di patate al ragù di salsiccia
Hand-made potato gnocchi with pork ragu
Arrosto di manzo alla toscana con piselli
Oven-baked roast beef Tuscan art, with peas
Typical Christmas cookies made with almond flour
Vini della fattoria
Unlimited wine from the farm

We will share with you the way we prepare a traditonal Christmas meal in Italy. 

This is not only cooking but an authentic Tuscan experience.

Terre di Pisa

Arianna & Friends is a proud member of Terre di Pisa

This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of the program of this class. Please, note that the specialties of the menu prepared at the class may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the class.

In our cooking class we like telling you a lot about Tuscan farms and farmers' cooking traditions, introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters.
You will have one of our guides as a language assistants and coordinator with you during the whole class. Please, see below all the guides and language assistants who can be with you.
During this experience you will also meet one of our Tuscan cooks who give you the cooking class. Please, see below which cooks you are likely to encounter.












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Rates Table

The rates for these activities vary according to the age of the participants.
Check rates in the table below.

Min 4 participants – Max 12 participants

Special Christmas cooking class in Tuscany


– RATES 2024 –

€ 110 Rate per participant

Rates include

  • A local cook
  • An English speaking assistant
  • Full cooking class
  • All food & wine
  • Printed material
  • Personal aprons as souvenirs
  • Served full dinner
  • Tax

Rates do NOT include

  • Transportation
  • Tips to the staff. Not included, not obligatory but very much appreciated

Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.

Here the message of Thu who took part to our christmas cooking lesson with her two young children:


Thank you for the cooking class. We had a wonderful experience as a family. Could you send us the recipes for all the dishes we made?


This cooking class takes place on a farm near the village of Peccioli, in central Tuscany, among Pisa, San Gimignano and Volterra.

Unless differently specified, the meeting point with the language assistant directly at the premises of the cooking school. Detailed information and road instructions will be provided at the booking stage.

The experience lasts 3 hours plus time for dinner

The program "Christmas Tuscan Cooking" is available only on Tuesday 22 and on Wednesday 27 December 2023.

This class is available in English with no surcharge. German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian are also possible upon booking with no surcharge.


Ideal for children

No particular clothing required.

The foods served during this cooking class might contain gluten, lactose, nuts and alcohol. If you have any food restriction, please inform our personnel during the enquiry process.

This program and its rates do not include transportation and are set on a self-driving base. For further information see the box "transportation options".

The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. We highly recommend renting a car or a scooter in order to reach them. As an alternative, we can offer a valued service by chauffeured car, van or minibus. Any cost of transportation is to be added to the rates displayed on the rate table of this page.

A cinquecento in front of San Gimignano
Chauffeured vans and sedans and luxury buses in Tuscany