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Get an authentic taste of northern Italy on this 4-hour cooking class in Siena. Led by a local chef, learn how to craft a delicious spread of Tuscan favorites, including bruschetta, crostini and pici, thick, hand-rolled pasta originating in Siena. Afterward, enjoy the fruits of your labor as you savor your creations with your group and a glass of vino. Group size is reserved to 15 to keep this experience as intimate as possible.
  • 4-hour Tuscan cooking class in Siena
  • Hear Italian cooking tips from your host, a professional local chef
  • Prepare an antipasto meal of classic Italian snacks like bruschetta and crostini
  • Mix, knead, roll and cut your own Tuscan pici pasta
  • Sit down to eat your feast at the end of your cooking class
  • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 15 people ensures a personalized experience
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Fresh tomatoes with Basil on Tuscan bread with Extravirgin Olive Oil.
Fresh Hand Made Pasta
Depending on Chef fantasy, you'll create Fresh hand made pasta. This could be, ravioli, tagliatelle, short pasta and much more.
Pasta sauce
The sauce for the Pasta changes every time depending on the type of pasta created. Could be ragu, tomato, cheese and sage sauce and much more
Typical Dessert
Prepare a fresh dessert like, tiramisù.
Transportation from central Siena to cooking location in nearby countryside
3-course lunch based on what you have prepared with drinks included
All necessary ingredients
Professional chef as your host
Recipe to take home
Glass of wine
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Piazza Gramsci , 53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy

Meet our staff in front of Bar La Lizza

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Begin your culinary adventure in central Siena, where you’ll join up with your guide and head to a private kitchen.

Siena's countryside is abundant with olive groves, grapevines and sage and rosemary bushes, all which contribute to its culinary success. Using these local ingredients, learn how to first prepare the antipasti, or starters. Under the tutorial of your chef, put together plates of toasted crostini as well as the toppings for bruschetta, bread topped with juicy tomatoes, olive oil and basil.

Afterward, try your hand at Tuscan pici, a thick pasta hailing from Siena. Mix and knead your dough before cutting it into doughy strands, topped off with a sauce.

Then, say ‘Buon appetito!’ as you sit down to eat your dishes with your group. Your chef will select a top Tuscan wine to pair with your meal.

Appetites sated, depart with a recipe card so that you can recreate a taste of Tuscany back home.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The cooking lesson operates with small groups
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY myTour in Italy
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Simple but delicious
, Aug 2022
Such an amazing experience. There were only 2 of us so it felt like a private class and we made such delicious pasta. Extremely engaging and lovely to enjoy the food afterwards
Great experience with local Italian chef at his home in the countryside
, Jun 2022
Simone was an excellent teacher, we had a great time with everyone during the class and our lunch was fabulous. The location was perfect, exactly what you hope for in the Tuscan countryside. Pick up and drop off were both easy and enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear customer, thank you for leaving this wonderful review for us. We are happy to know that you loved this experience and we wish to have you back again in the future. Best Regards My Tour
A must do
, Jun 2022
This was a fantastic experience in the home of a chef. It was relaxed and fun. Great food, an amazing setting, and a very personable chef. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Sandi, thank you for leaving this wonderful review for us. We are happy to know that you loved this experience and we wish to have you back again in the future. Best Regards My Tour
Cooking in Siena
, Oct 2019
Absolutely amazing Simone was fantastic.. bruschetta, ravioli(stuffed with spinach and ricotta, and mmmmm. Tiramisu..amazing experience in the countryside so friendly and welcoming thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
The Best Experience
, Oct 2019
Eight of us travelled to Simon's farm where we prepared pasta, drank wine, made tiramisu, drank wine, ate lunch, drank limoncello and espresso and more wine. We had a lovely time getting to know the other guests and Simon ( and Nello, the dog).
Cooking class in Siena
, Oct 2018
Fantastic! Our hosts were wonderful and we made some fun friends from Belgium! Would definitely do it again!
I would not recommend this tour. We...
, Aug 2018
I would not recommend this tour. We were the only two people in this class. I thought we were going to be in a Tuscany home. Instead, we were in a store in the back where the kitchen is located. The food was good. However, the experience was not. We did not get any recipes.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Siena cooking class
, Jul 2018
There were several issues with this tour and I have been trying to find a way to get in contact with Viatour to request a refund. I’m still in Italy and am basically running around in circles. I’m not too pleased at this point as they say they don’t have my email on file and yet they have sent me numerous emails for other tours in Italy and this rate and review email for this particular cooking class. If someone at Viatour reads this I would appreciate an email to help me request a refund.
Our chef, Simone, was very friendly...
, Nov 2017
Our chef, Simone, was very friendly and helpful. The food we made was quite simple, but delicious. The only problem was that the start time was not changed when daylight saving commenced, and hence it was dark as we were driven along the Chianti trail about 20 minutes out of Siena. We missed the spectular scenery. Otherwise, a great experience.
Disappointing except for the...
Deborah P
, Oct 2017
Disappointing except for the excellent chef who taught us. The class was not in Siena but a 30 minute drive outside of Siena at what looked to be a nice hotel. However, we were led around a back way to a yard where the chef welcomed us and took us to a dingy kitchen for the class. The kitchen was all stainless steel and not particularly clean. There was one dirty bathroom for the use of the 10 people in the class and the chef had to find some thin paper towels to use as tissue. The chef had come in from Florence for the class and made the most of the tools available but had trouble finding what he needed at times. Still he was charming, funny, and very instructive. We learned how to make ragu sauce, tiramisu, and of course home made noodles. It really was fun. Then the chef allotted the food to the 10 of us and we were led outside to unset tables that were in the dark to eat. It was 17C since it was night. We grabbed flatware from around the kitchen and I grabbed some napkins I found under a counter for the group. There was no water or wine. The chef found some water glasses and a bottle of prosecco which he apologetically poured for the 10 of us. Then he went back to the kitchen to clean up. We ate quickly since it was so cold and our food was cooling fast. The chef then ran out happily with another bottle of prosecco he has found and gave us all another glass. The group was full of 'good sports' who laughed a lot and made the whole affair fun. The food we made was really tasty in our view and we agreed we learned a lot. Before we were put on the bus the chef let told us we had permission to use the bathroom of the restaurant connected with the hotel - much nicer warmer and cleaner that the one in the bathroom. All told, this was not as advertised and over-priced for what we got but they bussed in a really entertaining and competent chef and we all had fun and learned something.
We loved every minute of it! I will...
, Oct 2017
We loved every minute of it! I will definitely be making both the fresh pasta could not believe how easy it was as well as the ragu sauce. Simone our chef was a wonderful host and really helped our technique.
This cooking class was one of our...
Jenna B
, Sep 2017
This cooking class was one of our favorites in Italy! My husband and I took the cooking class with Simon in late-August 2017. We were picked up by a driver at the designated meeting spot on-time and driven to the site of the cooking class. There were 5 people total in this class. When we arrive Simon greeted us warmly and set everyone up with a cooking station and glass of wine! During our class we learned how to make pasta, brushetta, and tiramisu. My husband and I are beginners in terms of skill, and we felt this class was well-suited for our skill level. Simon was very hands on and described in detail everything we needed to know. After we finished cooking Simon lead us to the courtyard where a beautiful table was set for those in the class to enjoy our meal. It was a picture-perfect evening with great food and great company. We highly recommend this class for beginning-level chefs! We had an excellent evening and was sad when it was time for it to end.
excellent experience! great time with...
Enrique A
, Sep 2017
excellent experience! great time with the chefs as well as with other participants
It wasn't as advertised, we didn't...
Stuart i
, Aug 2017
It wasn't as advertised, we didn't cook everything and didn't get any recipes to take home. But what was made, and what we made was easy and delicious and Simon was very nice. The other two in the group were great company so we had a very good time.
This was by far one of the best...
Ryan S
, Jul 2017
This was by far one of the best things we did while visiting Siena. Simone was an amazing host for my fiancee and I. We made pasta together and the rest of the class we drank wine and watched while he talked us through each step of the rest of our meal. He had also set up a table for us outside where the two of us enjoyed dinner together. After we offered, Simone joined us and we had a great time hanging out and talking while we enjoyed some of the best food we had in Italy.
We had a really great night. The...
Tarryn M
, Jun 2017
We had a really great night. The kitchen was in a Vineyard and the 3 of us were the only one's in the class. The chef was lovely and shared lots of tips. The meal was simple yet delicious and authentic. Highly recommended for an evening activity.
The Tuscan cooking class was lots of...
, Jun 2017
The Tuscan cooking class was lots of fun and the chef, Patrizia, was absolutely amazing: knowledgeable, entertaining and attentive. Unfortunately Viator has problems: start time given was 5 PM but was actually 6 PM. Van transport was not mentioned when booked and the kitchen used was not great.
Most importantly - the cooking class...
Shelagh B
, Oct 2016
Most importantly - the cooking class was great, fantastic chef Julio Cesar Pinado, good fun, nice group of people, great meal and wine, and recipes provided by email. Only criticism, also expressed in other reviews, was the organization of the class. After numerous emails to/from Viator I on behalf of myself and two friends were advised the class would be within approx. 10 minutes walk of the meeting point in Siena. We were asked to arrive 15 mins prior to the meeting time of 5 pm, which all attendees did. At around 5:15 pm we were met by a driver who drove us approximately 25 minutes to Casafrassi Hotel/Winery, Castellina in Chianta in a vehicle which had obviously seen better days! After the class/meal we were driven back to Siena by a different driver who was very pleasant and obliging in a different vehicle thankfully. He kindly dropped us at our hotel which was 10 minutes by bus away from the meeting point for which we were very appreciative. As expressed by other reviews, it was a great experience all in all but the organization of the class needs better clarification.
The class demonstration was...
Gil O
, Oct 2016
The class demonstration was excellent and fun. Be carefu though when booking the activity as the address provided on the booking invoice from Viator is NOT where the cooking demonstration is located. We walked in circles trying to find our meeting point which was evidently described in a separate email notification which we must have missed. So unless it is absolutely clear where the pickup point is, I would avoid this class altogether.
It was great doing hands on...
, Oct 2016
It was great doing hands on preparation. Location was nice. However a long drive from pick up point. The instructor was only reasonably knowledgeable.

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