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Address: Loc. Palazzo a Merse, 53010 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 039 338 7745487
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Description: The cooking classes are held in a 900 year old stone mill, lunch is under...
The cooking classes are held in a 900 year old stone mill, lunch is under the pergola in the garden.
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Trip of a lifetime

In June, my mother and I traveled to Tuscany to celebrate my 50th birthday. It has been a dream of mine forever and this trip lived up to every expectation. We chose a week... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Rochester, New York

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Rochester, New York
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

In June, my mother and I traveled to Tuscany to celebrate my 50th birthday. It has been a dream of mine forever and this trip lived up to every expectation. We chose a week long tour with Chef Gina so we could really experience Tuscany. I didn't want a tour that went from hotel to hotel and getting on and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

My 2 days with Gina and Mary were so perfect that it's hard to find the words. But I'll try my best! Accommodations + Transportation: The villa we stayed at was so beautiful, spacious, and full of Tuscan charm. I found myself waking up early each morning just to soak up the beauty of the place. Our chef at the... More 

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Fresno
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

If you are considering attending Gina Stipo's cooking class please know that in addition to cooking, you will be transported to a magical world of sights, smells and experiences that will leave you in awe of the Italian culture. If you decide to spend the week with Gina and sister Mary, you will be shown out of the way spots... More 

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thank you so much Nancy for your kind words! Both Mary and I thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent with you all and I have many fond memories of that big kitchen with the gorgeous view of the cypress and olive trees, as well as the lovely table set under the pergola! Best wishes for a wonderful summer filled with... More 

Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

we had so many memorable meals in Siena and the surrounding countrysideThis was an .an epicurean delight.One cannot pick out indiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiividual places to eat sine they are all good and much depends on ones particular tase.The prices were reasonable,service everywhere friendly and helpful .WE WERE ABLE TO RENEW OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GREAT TUSCAN CUISINE

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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My family of 6 ( my husband, myself and 4 children ages 12,13,16 and 18 years old) experienced a one day cooking class with Gina Stipo at her 900 year old mill outside of Siena proper. The location itself was exactly what we had dreamed it would be - the stone building in the setting among a beautiful fruit garden... More 

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

That was such a lovely day together! I made some yummy plum jam with all the plums we picked and then made another jam tart! Thanik you so much for the review, I wish you and your beautiful family all the best and have some great pictures of the kids making pasta that I'll send! Gina More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Most amazing trip! This is our 2nd time on this tour and recommend it to everyone! Gina Stipo and Mary Potter, thank you!

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thanks so much for coming with us on our Palio tour! It was lovely to see you both again and share yet another aspect of Tuscany with you! Best wishes, Gina More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We recently spent a day with Gina for a cooking class while we were visiting Siena. I had a wonderful time - Gina provided great information on the history of the area and its food, as well as helpful advice on how to re-create the wonderful dishes we made together when we get back to the US. The class began... More 

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thanks so much, it was a lot of fun! I'm so glad you were able to find rabbit, I knew it would be available with a little looking. I hope it turns out as good as the roasted rabbit we made! Best wishes, Gina More 

Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We joined Gina for a one-day cooking class and had the best time learning from her and meeting new friends. We have tried the recipes again for other friends and each time, they bring back fond memories of that day. I had never made pasta from scratch before, but being a cooking newbie didn't really matter. Gina shared a lot... More 

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed the class, best wishes and buon appetito! Gina More 

Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

When this vacation was no more than imagination, we surfed trip advisor and found Gina. The rest of the trip evolved from there, and it has been amazing. We spent Monday with gina, her sister, Mary, and three other couples learning, chopping, whisking, eating and drinking in 900 year old mill that has become a warm and roomy kitchen and... More 

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thanks M and J for the great review! Mary and I had fun cooking with you both, I hope you enjoyed the wine day tasting Brunello! travel safe and come back and see us again in Tuscany! Gina More 

St. Louis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We spent 4 days with Gina last October at Ecco La Cucina, and we have such wonderful memories of our tour. It was the highlight of our vacation (and this was a vacation that included Pompeii and a stay in Positano!). While there were other people who had signed up for the cooking class portion of the tour, it turned... More 

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

D! Thanks for such a lovely review! I thoroughly enjoyed the week with you and E.! Remember when I tried to get everyone to sing along to "That's Amore!" at the wine dinner but no one knew the words?! Was thinking of you guys the other day, hope all is well and you think of me when you're in Missouri... More 

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