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Mangia! Cooking Vacations in Italy

Mangia! Cooking Vacations in Italy Photo

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Posted on October 25, 2007 in Trip Ideas

We’re using World Pasta Day as an excuse to indulge—er, divulge—the places where IgoUgo members have learned the saucy secrets of Italian cooking.

AdventuresWithAmy and her new husband were thrilled with the results of the 1-day Accidental Tourist cooking class they took on their Tuscan honeymoon. As if love weren’t already in the air, they fell for their ingredients: “soft, earthy” olive oil and fresh ricotta that was “beyond words.”

Not long after, in Lucca, Italy, artslover discovered that “getting bad food in Italy is near impossible, even if you are doing the cooking yourself!” With the help of Toscaneggiando cooking school chefs, who arrived with all necessary ingredients (including two essential bottles of wine), the less-than-confident cook produced a menu full of first-rate Italian food. And it’s the cooking course that keeps on giving—she flew home with recipes in hand.

Lucky A M Y spent an entire week at The Awaiting Table cooking school in Southern Italy, where she savored her status as “the only English-speaking tourist in town” as much as she did the delicious meals. Appropriately enough, she calls the process of arriving and enrolling in this school “easy as pie!”

Bruno was equally enthralled with his program, providing us with a day-by-day account of his week of cooking in Lucca. After mornings spent making pasta using different types of noodles and sauces, he and his fellow students would eat their lessons for lunch under an arbor of grapevines. Now that sounds like the kind of studying we like.

The idea of cooking and sleeping in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse drew Fiorentina to a course from Cooking in Chianti. The traveler’s sojourn in the town of Poggio San Polo upped its population to 26, and the other 25 folks were so exceptionally welcoming that she says, “I've been traveling for over 15 years and this was by far the most enjoyable and educational trip I've ever taken. Run, don’t walk, to this class.” We have a feeling we’d all be happy to oblige.

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