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Cooking Classes

Traditional pasta rolling in my countryside Tuscan house

Host Barbara

$83.69 per guest

At a glance

Start time

10 am


4 hours

Group size

2 to 8 people

Class language


Meeting point

At home


Hands-on cooking lessons are held at my eighteenth century Tuscan house. The ancient building was a pottery factory dated about 1700, where ceramics were produced for many years. The building has been recently restored maintaining its Tuscan style and converted into house.
Lessons are held in the large kitchen perfectly organized, that can welcome up to 8 guests.
I take care of all the ingredients needed and as a guest, you just learn to prepare memorable dishes in the Tuscan tradition!
Lessons start from 10 am lasting about 4 hours preparing different kind of pasta shapes that we will taste at the end!

The home grown vegetable garden gives some of the ingredients to prepare typical sauces and other seasoning in the Florentine tradition.


We will become expert rolling the dough with my wood rolling pin and grandma pasta machine,
kneading our ingredients to make luscious pasta from scratch and a delicious cake in the Florentine tradition.
Here is a menu, perfectly suitable for gluten free and vegetarian:

Ravioli Burro e Salvia - Homemade Ravioli from scratch, stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach with butter and sage topping
Pici all' Aglione - Hands on thick spaghetti from scratch with traditional Tuscan garlic sauce
Zuccotto Fiorentino - Semifreddo mould of spongecake with white and chocolate cream

Each dish will be accompanied by its proper seasoning,
and a bite of a typical dessert will be offered for a happy end!


If you like the opportunity to take a cooking lesson in a traditional, old Tuscan pottery factory, I'll be happy to welcome you at home!

The house, is about 15 km west from Florence, in a village called Lastra a Signa, well connected to Florence and can be easily reached by car or bus.
Several trains stop at the local station hourly, and I'll be happy to organize your transfer to me on request.
The house is very close to the ancient medicean hunting estate of Artimino and opposite to the famous Villa with its great vineyards and Carmignano wines.

My garden offers some of the most appreciated vegetables in the tuscan cooking, such as black cabbage, swisschard, spinach, tomatoes, eggplants and zucchini with an incredible real taste.
I'd love to share these uncomparable tastes with you!

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Traditional cooking experience

I was born in Florence and grown in the small village of Lastra a Signa where I still live with my




from Signa

Cercavo un regalo a sorpresa per il compleanno di mio marito; cosi' ho pensato di chiamare Barbara chef a domicilio. Ho scelto il menu etnico. E stata un esperienza veramente piacevole, Barbara e' una professionista di eccellenza, ha saputo dosare abilmente cordialita' disponibilita'e discrezione. Ottimo menu e vino. Ci siamo rilassati e goduti il nostro girdino come mai fino ad ora. Grazie Barbara alla prossima.

Joe Mercado

Joe Mercado

from Seattle

In 2013, my wife Nancy and I enjoyed a great evening with Barb in Tuscany. Cooked fresh ravioli, tiramisu and had a wonderful dinner with friends Gayle Arnold and Glenn Leeland. Barb was charming and had a wonderful touch in the kitchen. We WILL visit again if we return to Tuscany. Delicious food.

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