Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
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Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany

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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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Free parking
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Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
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Hot bath
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Pool with view
Shallow end in pool
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Yoga room
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Personal trainer
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
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Horseback riding
Bicycle tours
Table tennis
Walking tours
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Airport transportation
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Spa
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hammam
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Karen W wrote a review Jun 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! This holiday exceeded all expectations. Even the weather was kind to us. We went to Casa Ombuto in May, having had to postpone 5 times (gotta love Covid) but it was certainly worth waiting for. And thank you for letting us postpone. Upon arrival we were amazed by the venue, beautiful, discreet, quiet and just gorgeous. The lovely Allyson greeted us, offered us a glass of wine and then gave us a tour. What’s not to love? All the bedrooms were ideal, there were amenities we didn’t even think to use, and everything else we needed or could imagine. As the week unfolded we had lots to do and time todo nothing but chill and sit by the pool (thank you weather gods!). Barbara, the tiny but mighty masseuse, was available and brilliant, a couple of times a week. Cook Paola was great, knew how to manage us, who to pair with whom and what to adapt and alter. We were sent to our rooms after cooking all afternoon at about 7pm each night, only to return at 8 for dinner to see that everything had been finished off, the table laid and the washing up done. The kitchen fairies were the icing on the cake - if only I could get those on Amazon! Owners Lars and were the most gracious and generous hosts, they were there sometimes, welcoming informative, interesting and engaging, and other times were in the background, smiling and supporting. Thanks to everyone who made this such a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful week.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: We added a day before and a day after which really made the week special
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 3 Jun 2022
Thank you kindly Karen for this lovely review and taking the time to be so elaborate. It was a pleasure meeting you and we thoroughly enjoyed our week together. Happy cooking!
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SofiaAL wrote a review Apr 2022
Dee Why, Australia58 contributions9 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mum and I came to Ombuto as part of her 80th birthday celebrations and have chalked it up as one of our best holidays!
To start with, Paola, or chef and teacher for the week, is everything you could want as a teacher- she’s warm. Friendly, personable and fun but not-oh-boy, there’s no slacking off as far as cooking goes!
She has so many tips about ingredients, how to source fresh and local
She’s an absolute gem and the Casa Ombuto experience is richer for her experience in the cooking.
And as if this wasn’t enough, Alec and Lena who oversee the villas are an absolutely delightful couple who keep everything running smoothly with wonderful humour and conviviality of a couple who love other people enjoying the places they manage.
The rest of the team who seamlessly work to ensure that breakfast is cooked, your rooms are tidied, the hot tub is heated, the whims of every guest are met are also a credit to the Tuscookany business!
It was worth every Euro cent and I would return in a heartbeat
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The Villa is quite remote, so we were glad we hired a car (but we had a couple of days either...
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 25 Apr 2022
Oh what a wonderful review you have given us at the start of our new season! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write this and we are so happy to read you had such a good time. We would welcome you back in a heartbeat too!
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anniegt wrote a review Nov 2021
Boston, Massachusetts5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My first visit to Italy, and wow, far too much to see and do. Casa Ombuto is really outstanding. Cooking classes with Paola were wonderful for both experienced cooks and beginners, Paola is a force of nature and a really amazing teacher. The staff of Ombuto really goes above and beyond to make sure your experience is five-star. The lodgings were rustic yet still a destination experience, I mean...wood-fired hot tub, pool with an unbeatable view, sauna, steam, massage...amazing food and wine, mind-blowing scenery and on and on. Really wonderful, from beginning to end. An unbeatable experience, even during a difficult time.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 16 Nov 2021
Thank you so much for this great review. We are pleased to read that you had such an amazing time and it looks like you tried all the facilities at Casa Ombuto too other than cooking. We look forward to welcoming you back to Tuscany some time in the future!
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Carol wrote a review Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a wonderful week of learning about Tuscany, meeting new friends and cooking delicious food that I have already tried to replicate at home. Everyone at Casa Ombuto went out of their way to make me feel welcome a single traveler and by the end of the week it was like I was with family. The cooking classes led by Paola, a special woman, provided a wealth of information and techniques that I will use for years to come.
The hiking was an added bonus and an opportunity to learn about the agriculture, history and people of the area. Again, this was a very special experience I will remember forever.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 12 Sept 2022
Thank you for this great review. We only added the hiking a couple of years ago but it has proved to be a great success and a great way to burn off the calories of the night before. We are particularly pleased to read that as a single traveler you felt totally comfortable.
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Shanara1 wrote a review Jul 2022
Coffs Harbour, Australia247 contributions104 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Driving down the long track and then it opens out as Casa Ombuto reveals itself!
What a journey! Stunning location with luxury, beautiful surroundings and the most amazing people.

Chef Paolo kept our boisterous group under firm but loving control and I think we were all surprised at what we created. The range of dishes we cooked was far more than just pasta and tiramisu- even though we did cook those as well! Palio’s love of Tuscan ingredients and skill in the kitchen made her a delight to learn from - even though she was able to be tough when she needed to!

Every day was a delight as our kitchen skills Increased and we learnt so much. I would highly recommend this wonderful experience and I fully intend to return - maybe a few times!

The excursions to the vineyard, the farm and the olive oil producers were excellent and the pool, in the July heat of Tuscany were much appreciated.

The women who worked in the kitchen supporting Paolo and all of us were amazing and even the gardener worked hard to make everything in the garden perfect. Thanks Lars and Pippa for creating such a gorgeous space that anyone who experiences it is changed by.

What a week! Stunning!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: A car is great so you can have some independence as it is a long way from anywhere but not...
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 12 Sept 2022
Thank you so much for this lovely review and we are pleased to read you enjoyed it so much.
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moncoer wrote a review Nov 2022
Peterborough, Canada520 contributions189 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A week of cooking at Casa Ombuto is everything you could hope to expect, and more. Under the expert guidance of world class chef Paola Baccetti, accompanied by her skilled support staff, even the most novice chef gains culinary confidence making a variety of dishes from scratch through to full course dinners expected at a five star restaurant.
All in the setting of a beautifully updated Tuscan villa, the outside world and it’s worries evaporate for the week, being replaced by newfound friends with whom are made memories that will last a lifetime. The non cooking culinary excursion day completes the immersive experience. Claudia, the guest concierge and coordinator of all things practical, serves as a wealth of information while dealing with every guest’s needs and requests. She is a true delight to know. It was a pleasure to meet the owners, who greet each guest as a long time friend. Many guests have or will return for a “refresher”. This was my wife and my fifth time at Tuscookany (third at Ombuto). This itself makes testament to our feeling of the experience. The time spent here will certainly become part of the fabric of your travel memories
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rent a car Leave preconceived cooking notions at home
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Thank you so much for this great review and taking the time to be so elaborate. So pleased to read that after five times you still love coming! You are now officially part of the Tuscookany family and it was such a pleasure meeting you both.
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Htownfoodie wrote a review 22 May
Angel Fire, New Mexico77 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family’s 3 adult couples spent a week at Casa Ombuto’s private villa. While we were worked hard in the kitchen we were pampered throughout the week with every need catered to by the staff and Chef Alice!

Mornings we were on our own to relax or tour the countryside. After lunch we cooked from 3-6/7 when regrouped for dinner @ 8. Weather permitting we ate al fresco to enjoy the sunset and stars. Dinner’s were generally 3-4 courses with wines freely flowing while the candles and fireplace glowed. Dinner was followed by coffee, digestifs and aperitifs.

Our menus were varied but not overly complicated with the group learning new skills and techniques under Chef Alice’s watchful eyes. The staff was a joy to work with and made sure mis en plas was ready and clean up a breeze.

The accommodations were 1st class. The villa has 4 suites on the second floor each with bathrooms.

Be prepared for an experience like no other. This was clearly the most relaxing vacations I have experienced!
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: For touring I recommend renting a car.
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Anmarie E wrote a review Oct 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Casa Ombutu is a dream! So much more than a cooking school! I went here with a friend and we left with new friendships that we will have for years to come. Paola was the most amazing, patient chef you could ask for. She's funny, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable regarding food and cooking! I was amazed at the beauty of the property, the kindness of every single person who works there and the wealth of knowledge I left with to bring home to my family. It's a busy week, but full of so much information and fun experiences. For sure do the hiking and cooking week so you can see some of the countryside. Highly recommend this to all - regardless of their cooking experience. Thank you Lars, Pippa, Paola and Lena and all for a wonderful time!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 28 Oct 2021
Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so pleased to read that we gave you a slice of heaven and that you particularly enjoyed our new addition of hiking! Thank you for coming and happy cooking!
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kristel wrote a review Oct 2021
24 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
For the third time I went back to Tuscookany. In 2019 I stayed at Torre del Tartufo, this year I went two times to Casa Ombuto and enjoyed the very good cooking lessons of Italian chef Paola Baccetti. I had an amazing time. Everything was well organized. The food and wines were fantastic. If you love cooking, I really recommend this cooking school. It is one of the best in Europe.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Tus Cookany, Owner at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 28 Oct 2021
Dear Kristel, Thank you for coming back for THIRD time and therefore we are particularly happy to read that you are still so satisfied with Tuscookany. Thank you for your time to write this recommendation and see you back next time.
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mfokkelman wrote a review Sept 2021
Leiden, The Netherlands82 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our cooking holiday with Tuscookany in Casa Ombuto was just amazing. We had such a great time, beyond our expectations. The group was wonderful, chef Paola is the most fun, sweet and inspirational chef you could ever want, teaching us so much. And the villa is incredibly beautiful, in a serene environment. And then the food… it couldn’t have been more yummy. Paola’s staff were very hospitable and took care of everything. Only thing we had to do was cook, the food was served to us and we feasted like kings. Thank god this piece of heaven was open again after corona restrictions were lifted earlier in the summer.

We miss Paola, Casa Ombuto, their amazing staff and our wonderful group so much. Hoping to visit again soon!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Tus Cookany, Eigenaar at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany
Responded 11 Oct 2021
Dear Maarten, Oh gosh, you cannot imagine how happy we too were that you came and visited us after Corona and we are thrilled to read that we exceeded your expectations. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review and happy cooking!
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Excursion625095 asked a question Feb 2017
4 contributions6 helpful votes
How do we sign up for the cooking class package?
Answer from Tus C
Hello! If you wish to sign up, we invite you to fill in the form on the enquiry page of the website of Tuscookany and we will send you a booking confirmation with further details. We look forward to welcoming you to Tuscany!
Answer from Tus C
Your dietary request is no problem – we frequently have guests with gluten intolerance on the course and the chefs can adapt the menu accordingly.
Answer from Denise P
5 contributions2 helpful votes
HI Pinknose, I travelled alone to Casa Ombuto by train. Staff will meet you in Poppi at the train station and transport you to the Villa. Others attending the school had a car and on our free day we carpooled into town or Florence. For the excursions the Villa provided transportation.
Htownfoodie wrote a tip 22 May
Angel Fire, New Mexico77 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For touring I recommend renting a car."
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Vanessa K wrote a tip Oct 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have at least one car in your group; trekking to the castle at Poppi is worth it; chef works with you even if you have dietary restrictions."
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Ruby T wrote a tip Sept 2023
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You must wear closed toe shoes while cooking, so come prepared. "
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YankeeinSavannah wrote a tip Aug 2023
Boston, Massachusetts210 contributions57 helpful votes
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"Rent a car!"
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LMH wrote a tip May 2023
16 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is helpful to rent a car. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced cook or not. You will learn a lot and have fun!"
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Which popular attractions are close to Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Nearby attractions include Pieve di Romena (4.5 miles), Castello di Poppi dei Conti Guidi (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 La Taverna del Castello, IL TIRABUSCIO', and Atlantic Oil.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany have airport transportation?
Yes, Casa Ombuto - Cooking Schools in Tuscany offers airport transportation 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 travellers enjoy visiting Castello di Romena (4.9 miles), Borgo Medievale di Poppi (1.8 miles), and Villa Mausolea (4.3 miles).
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