In the summer of 2011, I visited Casa Ombuto with my Mom and friend. We had a blast. It's truly an excellent, intimate way to experience Tuscany anchoring yourself to the property and its staff to create your home base. The villa is rustic but perfect overlooking the countryside. Chef Laura is a gem -- so patient, informative, kind, charismatic and helpful. We learned a ton from her about cooking and culture. Barbara oversees the property and was top notch as well as the other staff members who assisted us. We loved the daily cooking class and enjoyed our time at the pool as well as the day of excursions provided to the olive oil press, linen factory, cheese shop/farm, vineyard, etc. It was a group of 12 which felt like the perfect size to experience Italy and get one-on-one attention from the staff. I highly recommend it for culinary lovers - those who are beginners and experienced! And if you've got a group who wants to hang out in Italy, learn to cook and enjoy being together minus a commercial/touristy feeling - this is it!
Can't wait to go back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Ombuto - Cooking Vacations Hotel Poppi