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Tuscan Cooking Class in Central Siena
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Tuscan Cooking Class in Central Siena

By Scuola di Cucina di Lella
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Ages 11-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English, Italian
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  • Prepare a traditional tuscan menu from starter to dessert!
  • Fresh hand-made pasta.
  • After the class dinner is served with what you have prepared!
  • Group cooking class with a maximum of 15 people
  • Lella's Cooking School is large and well equipped
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions


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  • Scuola di Cucina di Lella di Lella Cesari Ciampoli snc, Via Fontebranda, 69, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
    Siena, Via Fontebranda Address: Scuola di Cucina di Lella Via Fontebranda 69 - 53100 SIENA  • Tuscany • ITALY
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16193P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Transport is wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16193P1

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    • Scuola di Cucina di Lella
      260
      Siena, Tuscany, Italy
      Joined in October 2010
    • Amanda R
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      Italian Cooking Class in Siena
      This experience was amazing! Lella was amazing as well as her sous chef and her interpreter Julie. You can tell that Lella is incredibly passionate about cooking because it shows in her food as well as her teaching. We learned how to make homemade spaghetti by hand, soup, pasta sauce (the best!) pork lion with potatoes and panna cotta! Everything was honestly delicious! The class was also very fun! I highly recommend!!
      Written September 16, 2019
    • brendalonian
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      Amazing Italian cooking class!
      We had an amazing experience with this class! learned how to make homemade pasta, pasta sauce, pork loin, potatoes, soup and dessert. The class was very informative and Lella is extremely talented!
      Written September 15, 2019
    • pattikorz
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      Best meal in Siena!
      We just came back from a cooking class; if you’re looking for a truly authentic Tuscan experience with food then this is the place to go!!! The kitchen is gorgeous, the chef we had, Francesco, was skilled and professional! The food we/they prepared was some of the best food we’ve ever eaten. We have taken cooking classes around the world and this place is at the top!! Can’t wait to try these fabulous recipes again, once back home!
      Written June 30, 2019
    • Mozearary
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cooking with Lella
      We had originally signed up for 1 cooking class during our 2 week stay in Siena but enjoyed the first one so much that we signed up for a second class the following week. Each class covered different classic Tuscan recipes and techniques so we learned a broad range of skills and a lot of Tuscan culinary history. Lella was a patient, warm and effective instructor and her sense of humor kept us all engaged during the classes. At the conclusion of each class we had the pleasure of eating our “projects” for dinner accompanied by good local wines and a lot of fascinating conversations with our fellow students. If you are at all interested in the history, traditions and techniques of classic Tuscan cooking, I highly recommend spending 4 delightful hours with Lella, Julie and Francesco.
      Written May 8, 2019
    • 24marthan
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cooking class
      Fantastic experience and great tips for making great pasta and Italian Tuscan favorite dishes!!! The staff excelled in their presentation and Francisco was amazing, I highly recommend.
      Written March 29, 2019
    • Ashley H
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      Must-do in Seina! Best meal I had in Italy!
      I cannot imagine our trip to Siena without our cooking class with Lella! This is a must-do!!!! Whether you are a big foodie, experienced cook, or just love to try something new and don't know anything about cooking, it's such a great experience. And the food you help make is incredible. Lella is a legend - her skill and tips are incredible and her passion for teaching and cooking is so evident. Her assistants make sure everything is great and everyone is having a good time and especially that the food is amazing. Four courses, all the tips and recipes for the meal. The value for free is just awesome. Don't miss out!
      Written March 9, 2019
    • Sonjecad
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      Lella's Cooking School, Siena
      Before leaving Australia for our holiday in Italy, we researched cooking schools and found this one. So glad we did. We had an incredible night with Lella. We ended up being the only two there, so had complete one on one time, which was brilliant. We helped to make 6 dishes. Our starter was Pearl (quenelle) of cheese with pear, kale and honey. Second was Pici, which was the most fun making. It is handmade thick spaghetti and is a local Sienese traditional pasta. This was served with a tomato garlic sauce. Simple but bursting with flavour. Main was a deliciously juicy fillet steak and balsamic olive oil dressing, with souffle potatoes. Dessert was a Crostata di Marmellata (Jam Crostata). Servings were generous, with wine of the region to go with the meals. Lella was an absolute professional and is generous in imparting her decades of knowledge through her English speaking interpreter. Over 4 hours, we had the best evening.
      Written March 3, 2019
    • GratefulAmerican
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      Excellent!
      My college-aged daughter and I took the 4-hour class and it was absolutely wonderful! The recipes were just the right level of difficulty for us. Challenging enough to learn a lot, but not too crazy to be daunting. The food we made was delicious and we devoured it! Francesco & Julie made us feel right at home. I highly recommend this school. It was worth every penny!
      Written December 13, 2018
    • GourmandNYC
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      I had the best time ever
      I was staying in the city for the whole month and I decided to have some cooking classes I wantes to make pasta and all the good stuff I was eating in Siena and I found out Lela in this trip advisor site and I had a wonderful surprise the way she teaches is very helpful she’s a wonderful lady and she knows the best Italian food , teaches how to make it and after the class you can taste all that you made !!! Just perfect !!!
      Written December 6, 2018
    • Helen M
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cooking Lesson
      A group of 13 gathered in the Cooking School’s kitchen, guided by our chef Francesca, assisted by his interpreter Julia. They explained that they tried to source as much as possible ingredients from the Siena/Tuscan region. The menu for the day certainly reflected the use of fresh, local ingredients. All the group had a chance to make spaghetti from scratch, while others helped along the way cutting, chopping, mixing. The evening concluded enjoyably with the group eating the meal we had helped prepare, accompanied by some local Chianti wine. We all received copies of the recipes we had prepared. A great way to experience Tuscan cuisine.
      Written October 20, 2018
    • JoAnn
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      a fun night for all
      There were 8 of us in the class, all English speaking . Our grown kids were with us and we all loved the class.The recipes were in English , but good to bring a pen to notate as Lella cooks . We ate amazing food and made our own pasta in this vegetarian class. The soup was so incredible I cannot wait to make it. Lella gave instructions in Italian and a woman translated as she spoke. It was 100 euro a person but worth it not only for the recipes but the experience . The classroom is very well equipped and is close to the Cathedral in town, but a steep downhill. I think there may be another way to get there without the steep downhill. Lella can call you a cab if that is helpful at the end of the class
      Written October 4, 2018
    • Or C
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing coocking experience
      It was amazing ! The food was so tasty and the attitude was great ! Very very reccomended for anyone who like cook !
      Written October 3, 2018
    • Matt J
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      The Perfect Cooking Class Experience
      My wife and I took a cooking class with Lella and it was one of our favorite experiences of our honeymoon. The space is large and clean and Lella had already prepared many of the ingredients when we arrived. We had so much delicious food starting including pappa pomodoro (soup with tomatoes and bread), fried zucchini flowers, hand-made pici pasta with a pecorino cheese sauce, steak, and a dessert tart - all of which we made ourselves! The class took 4 hours, but the time flew by and at the end we had an incredible meal! We would highly recommend spending an evening with Lella!
      Written September 13, 2018
    • 1Noonan1
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      La Dolce Vitae
      What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and evening in Sienna. Lela and her compatriots (Marguerita and Francesco) made us feel so very welcome and watching Lela was indeed watching a master at work. We learned so much and the food was marvelous. We also enjoyed the other students who attended the class. It was like eating with extended family. This was such a treat and one of the highlights of our extended stay in Italy and Sienna. Do yourselves a favor and book a class. You will not regret it.
      Written September 13, 2018
    • JamesP1701
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      A wonderful experience
      My wife and I had a wonderful cooking class! Our hosts were friendly and welcoming and the food absolutely delicious. The venue was intimate but clean and modern and the techniques were explained thoroughly and with excellent English! It was a really family sense and by the end of it we had made new friends both with the hosts and the fellow travellers. A really wonderful experience and highly recommended. And Francesco: formaggio!
      Written September 8, 2018
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    Hazel R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful evening, fabulous chef, his interpreter/assistant was so delightful and could periodically make the room laugh. Francesco, the chef, was so good at his trade and helpful when we took our turn over the stove or preparing. When we were all through cooking a lovely table was set for the 11 of us and we enjoyed our yummy meal.
    Written June 10, 2024
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    SCLincoln
    Boston, MA7 contributions
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    Sep 2023 • Family
    Highly recommend!! Excellent and very fun! The chefs were friendly and knowledgeable — and very patient with a room full of novices. The explanations regarding how each dish should be prepared were clear with some group participation in each step. We all made the pasta which was very fun! And then the meal — amazing!!! Easily the best meal I’ve had in Italy so far, with the exception of dinner at Gallo Nero in Siena, which was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Took the class with my college age daughter and she had a wonderful time too. The other students were friendly and we all had a great time at the end eating the four course meal together.
    Written September 5, 2023
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    Michael C
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    Mar 2024 • Family
    One of our favorite memories of this trip was our cooking class at Scuola di Cucina di Lella. Francesco led our class, he and his assistant provided a welcoming experience providing great instruction and encouragement throughout. Traveling with teenagers, we were looking for something the whole family could participate in (something other than sight-seeing). We really enjoyed this experience - from preparing the food to enjoying the meal afterward. We strongly recommend this Tuscan Cooking Class, it was a great evening and great family memories.
    Written April 14, 2024
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    Scarlettraveller
    Brisbane, Australia127 contributions
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    This cooking class is amazing! Our class had only 6 people in it which was nice but imagine it would have been just as good with more. You get detailed recipes to take home and are able to take notes throughout the session. Everything is explained very clearly and the whole lesson is easy to follow. In my class we had a man who had been there the week prior. They changed the menu at the last minute to ensure that he had a new experience which was a very nice touch. You could go many times and still have things to learn and new recipes to try. Thank you for the amazing experience Chef Lella.
    Written November 5, 2023
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    Thanks for your kind words and for spending time with me. A big hug lellq
    Written November 6, 2023
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    mermaid86
    Falls Church, VA109 contributions
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    May 2022
    My husband and I aren’t major league foodies, but we’ve made a couple of Tuscan dishes at home and decided to give this class a try. It met and succeeded our expectations. A bright, convivial setting in Lela’s professional kitchen, a full dinner’s worth of recipes, opportunities for people taking the class to participate in the preparation, and printed take-home recipes for note-taking. Lela’s lessons are in Italian (clearly spoken if you know some of the language), but an English speaking translator familiar with the details and techniques conveyed all we needed to understand. Fine to take photos. The class time moved by with no lags or boredom — all was well organized. The class members (8 or 10 of us) sat down at the end together to eat what we had prepared, drink wine, and relax.
    Written June 9, 2022
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    Hello, Thanks for the nice review, it was a pleasure to meet you and I hope that the future holds another chance for us to meet. A cordial greeting and best wishes for a peaceful and happy future Lella
    Written June 11, 2022
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    Tim M
    Boston, MA14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Family
    My fiancée and I booked this class for our last day in Siena & it was probably my favorite thing we did throughout our weeklong trip in Italy!

    Francesco, who was an excellent instructor, led our class of 5, which was nice because it allowed us to get a little more individualized help when needed. We made a full 4 course meal of Tuscan dishes & everything was absolutely outstanding! It was great experience, and learning to make traditional Tuscan pasta was extremely cool - I can't wait to start making it at home!

    I cannot recommend this class enough, we both had such a great time!
    Written April 15, 2024
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    Graydon V
    3 contributions
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    This was a fun, informative cooking class that ended in an excellent four course meal, that we all helped prepare, plus a nice red wine. The majority of the class was spent making the pasta dough, which each person then hand rolled into the classic Tuscan pasta called Pici. Our class included folks with a wide range of backgrounds and ages, from couples to families spanning three generations. Everyone had a great time. I highly recommend this after spending a nice day exploring Siena.
    Written June 7, 2023
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    Thank you for the kind words and for describing what a cooking lesson is and wants to be: a meeting point between different age groups united by passion for good, simple and genuine food. Kind regards lella
    Written June 8, 2023
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    pnatalie2
    Lake City, FL86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great way to spend a few hours in Siena and truly experience the culture. Lelli is a wonderful instructor who does not speak English, but no worries she has a team including interpreter. We cooked a full meal, and then enjoyed together with our “classmates”. Uses a lot of fresh ingredients, well prepared and organized, clean kitchen, and you leave with recipes for meal!
    Written May 24, 2022
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    Thanks for the kind words; it was a pleasure to have met you. I hope that in the future you will return again to my small, wonderful city where you will find a friend waiting for you lella
    Written May 25, 2022
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    deenamh2017
    Union, KY35 contributions
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    Oct 2023 • Family
    This was simply one of the best experiences of my life!
    Learning to cook pici pasta from scratch from Chef Lella was a true gift! Through her interpreter, she gave us tips and insight into proper cooking techniques and how to use simple fresh ingredients. She made the appetizer, main dish and dessert, but we were able to follow along with the instructions and participate in the chopping and mixing of the ingredients. It was definitely hands on and so much fun! All of us were given instructions on how to make the pici pasta which we would later eat, and let's just say, it's not as easy to roll out as it looks, which is part of the fun! At the end of the class, we all got to eat the wonderful meal with wine and have a great evening. Lella is extremely patient and an incredible chef! I highly recommend this class as it will be a great experience! I can't wait to try and replicate the delicious recipes! Thank you to Lella and her team for teaching me to be a better cook! The meal we made was one of the best I have ever had!
    Please take her class, as you will have a great time, learn excellent cooking techniques, and make the best pici pasta!
    Written October 26, 2023
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    The Cucina Povera Toscana is, in reality, very rich and passes on a heritage of cultural as well as gastronomic values. My recipes refer to our past which was poor but ingenious, buying little and inventing a lot. I am happy that you liked them and I thank you for your kind words. lella
    Written October 31, 2023
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    Salome S
    Houston, TX16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We would highly recommend this cooking class. We try to do cooking class everywhere we travel and this is probably the best. 4 hours of learning and eating. We prepared a 4 course meal not just one recipe . We were engaged while learning and making the recipes. This was the best!
    Written September 1, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    The Cucina Povera Toscana is, in reality, very rich and passes on a heritage of cultural as well as gastronomic values. My recipes refer to our past which was poor but ingenious, buying little and inventing a lot. I am happy that you liked them and I thank you for your kind words. lella
    Written September 2, 2023
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