Culinary Academy

Hands On Learning

The Culinary Academy at Monteverdi

The Culinary Academy features a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, individual modules for up to 12 students, as well as indoor and outdoor dining space so that each class can comfortably and immediately enjoy the fruits of learning. Located just below Castiglioncello’s piazza, the Culinary Academy has been infused into one of the village’s beautiful historic buildings that served for nearly two centuries as a school for the local children.

Cooking Classes

Take part in a cooking class alongside Culinary Director Giancarla Bodoni. Located in the village’s former schoolhouse, our Culinary Academy classes extend a long legacy of learning.


Our team offers three cooking classes throughout the week: Tuscan cooking, cheese making and the fundamentals of pasta.


Each class includes the creation of a collaborative meal enjoyed with wine. Classes are every ​​Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 11:00am.

Chef's Table

An interactive dinner brings together the finest seasonal ingredients within an intimate, communal format. Experience a five-course dinner paired with a curated selection of wines each Monday at 7:30pm.

Private Dining

Let our culinary team arrange a private dining experience that immerses you and your guests in Tuscan culinary tradition. Enjoy a beautiful meal in our intimate dining room or move outside and dine while taking in stunning views of the Val d’Orcia. 

Chef Giancarla Bodoni

The Culinary Academy is led by Chef Giancarla Bodoni, a passionate teacher and generous host.

For over 25 years, Chef Giancarla has been a pioneer of the organic slow-food movement. She passionately sources the highest quality and freshest ingredients. Chef seizes every opportunity to take advantage of the abundance that surrounds our village – from world-class wines in the region to the finest products from small family farms that dot the Tuscan landscape.