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Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany

Larniano 21, 52010, Poppi Italy
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Tuscookany at Casa Ombuto is a luxurious villa set in the hills of Tuscany offering exclusive hands-on Italian and Mediterranean cooking vacations. We offer all-inclusive luxurious one-week Italian cooking classes given in English. Have fun and learn to cook at our Tuscookany Casa Ombuto cooking school in Tuscany. Guests stay in Casa Ombuto and have the cooking classes at Casa Ombuto in a professional kitchen designed for this purpose. It is an all-inclusive cooking vacation including a culinary excursion with visits to a cheese farm, wine tasting and olive oil farm, four cooking lessons and superb meals accompanied by the finest Italian wines.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Free internet
Public wifi
Hot tub
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Blackout curtains
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Pool view
Soundproof rooms
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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You will never regret spending one of the best weeks of your life with Chef Paola at Casa Ombuto. She imparted her love of Tuscan cuisine in a professional but hilariously fun manner. No expense was spared in the quality of meals and ingredients. Featured wines with dinner were spectacular, as were the numerous post dinner liqueurs. All top drawer. Anything you could ask for magically appeared. Face Chef Paola is in a class by herself, very passionate of her trade/gift. She will entertain you as she inspires you to achieve fabulous dishes you once thought were beyond your reach. Claudia made certain that our experience exceeded our expectations. There was never a request too great...she often anticipated our every want and need. Grounds and gardens are spectacular, from beautiful pool, hot tub, sauna, steam and outdoor gym equipment. Accommodations were perfect, rooms beautiful and pristine! I was lucky enough to share my week with 7 other remarkable ladies who I now can call my Ombuto girlfriends. Bravo. Would love to come back soon!
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Response from Tus C, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. I am sure that Paola, Claudia and the rest of the Tuscookany are as proud to read this praise as I am. We are happy to read that you have such a good time and bonded so well with the rest of the group. You can always plan a reunion sometime in the future? Happy cooking!
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My husband and I attended the one-week hiking and Italian cooking class the third week in August. There were two other couples attending that week. I had heard about the school last October. I was on a plane telling the woman next to me about my Greek cooking class and she mentioned she had been to Casa Ombuto a few weeks before. I saw her pictures and made up my mind up right then to get there this summer. I will save you a lot of reading and just say everything everyone has written here is true, though some may find it hard to believe all the superlatives ... this really is a top-notch operation. Chef Paola and Claudia, the manager, are the best. This is money well spent for an experience you will neither regret or forget.
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Response from Tus C, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 1 week ago
So great to read that you were recommended by a previous guest sitting next to you on a plane! I am so pleased to hear that you had such a good time!! Thanks so much for taking the trouble to write this review! Happy cooking and thanks for putting a smile on our faces.
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Spent a wonderful week at Casa Ombuto, great accommodation and gorgeous setting. It was a secret dream come true, it exceeded my expectations by far. Paola is the best chef, such a lot of fun and laughter. The food and wine was outstanding. Claudia the manageress was so accommodating in all ways. We had an all woman's group and we all worked so well together and became good friends. I recommend this course to all cooking enthusiasts.
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Response from Tus C, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 1 week ago
We are so pleased to read that your secret dream came true and that we exceeded your expectations. Thank you kindly for taking the time to write this review. Happy cooking!
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I know what you're thinking. There's no way this place could be as great as all the reviews say. Nothing can really be that great! Surely people are exaggerating, right? Well, reader, I can assure you they are not. This was the oft-repeated consensus of the group I got to spend a truly magical week at Casa Ombuto with. We had all done our fair share of research, planning, comparison, and investigation. We had all felt just a bit skeptical about all these 5-star, glowing reviews. We had all wondered if it could really be this excellent. And we all quickly and repeatedly learned that it could and it was! For context, I attended the weeklong Italian cuisine course at Casa Ombuto from 7-14 September, 2019. I came by myself, as did just about everyone else in the group. Getting to and from the villa was not difficult - Claudia was very helpful and arranged for me to be picked up and dropped off at the nearest train station in Poppi. The villa is accessible by car and only a 10 minute ride from the train/bus station (where you can get picked up and dropped off by a staff member). The accommodations are a dream. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and cozy, and the shared spaces are lovely. There are great spots to go on long or short hikes near the villa. The pool is a delight. Sylvie, the massage therapist, was amazing, and I highly recommend booking an appointment with her if you go. The vegetable gardens made me seriously consider "forgetting" that I had to go back home at the end of the week. The staff are absolutely wonderful, too. Everyone is so nice and accommodating and goes above and beyond to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. Claudia works especially hard to ensure that you are happy and have all that you need. And then there's Chef Paola. Where to begin? Paola is a gem of a human being - one of the most unique, warm, and brilliant women I've met. She does a great job of breaking down fundamentals and explaining Italian cuisine while at the same time encouraging you to be creative in your cooking. A recipe, she'll tell you, is more of an idea than anything else. But Paola is also tough, and she makes you work hard. I had anticipated that this would be a calm week where we're gently explained certain techniques and basics. How wrong I was! Paola would give us a list of dishes to be made in the 3-4 hours we had in the kitchen and assign 1-2 people per dish, all while being mindful of who had made what already and ensuring that everyone got to try making each kind of dish (e.g. appetizer, entrée, dessert). She had high expectations but also took the time to check in with everyone, answer questions, offer tips, fix mistakes, and crack the occasional joke. In short, it was an excellent learning environment. Every dinner was so joyful. The food was delicious, the conversation diverse, and the mood vibrant and fun. It truly felt like we--my fellow students, Paola, and the staff--became one big family each day of the week. The excursion day was also very fun and provided a wide range of experiences, from olive oil sampling to wine tasting. And the day off was very enjoyable, with some folks choosing to take trips to Arezzo or Florence and others (myself included) staying at the villa and enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Somehow I wasn't kitchen-ed out, and when I asked Paola if I could use a few ingredients to bake with on the day off, she was incredibly generous and set aside some things for me. I thought this was particularly kind of her. I will think back to this vacation--and especially the people I met here--with great fondness for the rest of my life. Not a day passed that I felt bored or dissatisfied. In fact, by the last day, I was already planning when I would be coming back. If you're still reading this far, thank you, but what are you doing? You should have booked this trip, like, 4 paragraphs ago! Now, go! An experience of a lifetime is waiting for you! :~)
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Response from Tus C, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 2 weeks ago
Wow thank you so much for your elaborate review. It is so helpful for potential guests, but most importantly we are so pleased to see that you found this an experience of a lifetime. You make us very proud. Happy cooking and we look forward to welcoming you back to one of our other courses in the future!
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I researched cooking schools in Italy for almost a year. I read the reviews and they seemed too good to be true. Well, let me tell you, they are ALL TRUE. I just completed my week and miss my new friends already, along with the expert staff at Casa Umbuto. Be prepared to learn, laugh, and cook your butt off! Chef Paola knows her stuff and gets you out of your comfort zone, in a good way. I had some dietary restrictions that they accommodated with no problem. I’m looking forward to my next trip back for continued learning and fun.
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Response from Tus C, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for this great review and that we exceeded your expectations. At least you cooked your butt off instead adding kilos to your butt! Happy cooking!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Nearby attractions include Pieve di Romena (4.9 miles), Castello dei Conti Guidi di Poppi (1.8 miles), and Abbazia San Fedele (1.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, blackout curtains, and a dishwasher.
What food & drink options are available at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Conveniently located restaurants include IL TIRABUSCIO', La Vite, and Il Piccolo Ristoro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Castello di Romena (4.9 miles), Villa Mausolea (4.3 miles), and Castello di Castel San Niccolò (2.5 miles).