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Slow Food vs. Fast Life in Italy and Beyond
Clay Hubbs travels to Italy to discuss the links the Slow Food movement is actively highlighting between ethics and pleasure, ecology and gastronomy.
Slow Food in Tuscany by Joanna Hubbs
The Secrets of Traditional Italian Cooking by Linda Lappin
Cooking in Tuscany: Hands-On Lessons in La Cucina Tradizionale by Joanna Hubbs
Tuscan Women Cook by Anne Woodyard
Art History in Florence by Catherine M. Thomas
Photography Study in Tuscany, Italy by JoAnn Neal
Italian Language Immersion in Italy's Undiscovered Marche Region by Leah Cano
Choosing an Italian Language Course in Italy by Emma Bird
Eating in Italy: The Traditional Cooking of the Langhe by Joanna Hubbs
Beyond Venice: Soaking Up the Wine, Cooking, and Culture of the Friuli by Joanna Hubbs
A Taste of Tuscany: Florence School Teaches Culture through Cuisine by Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter

The Abruzzi Mountain Art Workshop in Italy
Live and work in a rustic mountain village as AMW continues its innovative fine arts program in drawing, painting, collage, mask-making, digital photography, encaustic, fresco and clay sculpture in stunning studios one hour from Rome. May-Oct. Work at 12th century sites, abandonded abbeys and in our WWF reserve. Independent studio space available.

Contact: Patricia Antonucci, 56 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002 212 260 7603; email: rmpa@verizon.net; website: www.artworkshopitaly.com.

Atlantic Writers Workshop
Two Week Writing Workshop in Assisi, Italy
Immerse yourself in your writing, whether you have a work-in-progress or are just starting to explore the border between fiction and memoir. Exquisite accomodations, breakfast and gourmet dinner, and daily workshop with award-winning teachers Sarah Van Arsdale and Peter Bricklebank. $3750 for two weeks, August 9-22. In conjunction with Art Workshops International.

Contact: sva@together.net, www.atlanticwritersworkshop.org

Art & Heart Studio in Florence, Italy
Intensive Airbrush and Painting Courses
Intensive Courses for all skill levels from July 4 - 8 and September 26 - 30 on afternoons. Small classes for a high level of individual attention. Individual workstations and art supplies included.

Contact: info@artandheart.it, www.artandheart.it

Ciao Bella Tours, LLC
European Travel Experts
A unique and experienced tour operator offering complete customized itineraries throughout Europe.

Contact: info@ciaobellatours.com, www.ciaobellatours.com

Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Holidays
Italian Cooking Holidays in Sabina, near Rome
Fun, creative, relaxing and affordable Italian cooking holidays in Sabina, a magical land of olive groves, vineyards and sunflower fields between Rome and Umbria. Luxury accommodation in villa with swimming pool, plenty of exciting activities!

Contact: info@conviviorome.com, www.conviviorome.com

COOKEURO
Cooking programs in Italy and France for the experienced and novice cook combiining dining, siteseeing and shopping. From the time of your arrival and throughout your stay you will experience the true feeling of being a guest not a tourist in an informal fun environment.

Contact: www.cookeuro.com.

Cook Italy
Cooking classes and gourmet tours in Bologna, Tuscany, Lucca, Umbira, Venice and Sicily.

Contact: www.cookitaly.com

Cookinitaly Cooking School: Private Italian cooking schools in Tuscany
CookinItaly is an Italian cooking school created by food enthusiasts to meet the needs of people coming to Italy to enjoy its kitchen and learning how to cook. Our aim is to propose only nice locations and interesting programs, with a particular attention to our clients' satisfaction.

Contact: info@cookinitaly.org, www.cookinitaly.org

Da Vinci Capers
A week-long cultural travel program led by a sculptress and based upon a reading of Leonardo da Vinci's principles of learning and creativity.

Contact: www.davincicapers.com

Dante Alighieri
Cooking classes for all levels in the cultural center of Siena at this fine language school.

Contact: www.dantealighieri.com

Divina Cucina
Cooking classes in Florence with which begins with full immersion into Tuscan life by shopping at the Central Market.

Contact: www.divinacucina.com

Ecotouring Tuscany
At Ecotouring Tuscany, we approach our adventure tours with great enthusiasm, within the frame of an environment-friendly approach. With us you will enjoy numerous easy-going activity options, selecting from a range of biking, walking and non-walking choices not offered by other tour operators; food while walking, wine and ecotourism. Tuscany and other regions in north-central Italy, display individual aspects of Italian culture and history, and these will be brought to life by our friendly, expert local guides.

Contact: info@ecotouringtuscany.com, www.ecotouringtuscany.com

Faith Willinger
The noted author offers cooking classes in Florence. "I teach market-to-table sessions in my 18th century kitchen in the center of Florence. Classes are limited to 6 participants, held on Wednesdays and begin at 9:30 with an espresso and an Italian coffee lesson. We adjourn to the nearby Santo Spirito market, to visit the Innocenti family’s stand and purchase their organic, just-picked produce and eggs. Back in the kitchen everyone works together, pairing vegetables with superior extra virgin olive oils, real (not supermarket) balsamic vinegar, single wheat cultivar pasta. Each session prepares 8-10 dishes. Appropriately fantastic wines are served, during the class and at lunch, followed by fruit distillates and grappa for the intrepid. Participants receive a gift bag packed with special ingredients that we've worked with."

Contact: www.faithwillinger.com

Flavours Holidays
Cooking, Painting & Pilates Vacations in Italy Cooking, painting and pilates holidays in stunning Italian regions - with zero single supplements for solo travelers - offered by Flavours Holidays a leading specialist tour operator since 1998.
Cooking vacations in Italy
The Flavours recipe for cooking vacations combines taking you to stay in amazing private villas in some of the most beautiful areas of Italy, learning various Italian dishes from some of the best local cooks and having great fun exploring the local area.
Painting vacations in Italy
Flavours Italian Painting vacations provide beautiful surroundings in various Italian regions and inspiring tutors to stir one's creative imagination. Whether you are painting for the first time or are more experienced, you will relish the experience of working from life, "en plein air".
Pilates vacations in Italy
Flavours Italian Pilates vacations are led by experts in Pilates who teach the body control technique, a method of Pilates with a huge amount of physical advantages from toning your body to combating back problems and arthritus and it really is suitable for any age or ability. The course will leave you feeling truly rejuvenated!
Singles vacations in Italy
At Flavours we encourage people to go it alone! In fact, we made a promise when we opened 15 years ago that we'd never charge a singles holiday supplement, which is perhaps why our painting, Pilates and cooking vacations have proved so popular with solo travelers looking for singles vacations.

Contact: www.flavoursholidays.co.uk

Good Tastes of Tuscany
Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy
Experience firsthand the good tastes of Tuscany. We have designed our cooking and wine classes to expose you to an intimate side of that Italian lifestyle that is so appealing to all. Spend a fruitful day in an original gallery kitchen of the 13th century villa with hands-on instruction by one of our professional Italian chefs.

Contact: kanna@fusemail.com, www.tuscany-cooking-class.com

Il Chiostro-Arts Workshops in Italy
Il Chiostro offers a variety of arts and learning vacations in Italy inculding painting, photography, fiction writing, poetry, cooking and cabaret performance. Our programs are in Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Sorrento and Lake Garda.

Visit: www.ilchiostro.com

il Fae'
A gourmet vacation while learning Prosecco wine production. It is a B&B and vacation rental in the splendid wine country near Venice Venetian which offers cooking classes, wine tasting, and winnery tours.

Contact: www.ilfae.com

Italy Loves To Cook
Cooking classes
Take back home with you the secrets of Italian traditional cuisine while having a memorable and fun experience in Umbria!
Italy Loves to Cook provides single day or multiple day hands-on cooking classes in English. Classes are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and include lunch.
Non-participant travel companions can join the rest of the group for lunch.
We also offer wine tastings with a professional Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier) to add to the cooking class and/or a guided visit to the pottery factories in Deruta."

Contact: Via Vincara, 6 , Deruta PG 06053, Italy; tel. 348-4790868/348-4790883, info@italylovestocook.com, www.italylovestocook.com.

Koine Center
Italian Language and Culture in Florence, Lucca, Cortona, Elba Island, and Bologna
Koinè is a special kind of school. In fact, it was set up in 1980 as an association of teachers, all with personal and professional experience in the area of teaching Italian. Since these teachers were dissatisfied with their experiences, they decided to create a new type of organization which would differ from other schools in its style of working and teaching methods. At our five centers: Florence, Lucca, Cortona, Elba Island and Bologna, we offer a variety of courses to satisfy all learning
Courses are available in Italian Language and Culture in a Group; Combined Intensive Italian, Tutoring; Bread, Wine, and Language; The Artists' Workshop; Photography Workship; and Italian Language While Sailing. See website for details.

Contact: Director, Via Pandolfini 27, Florence 50122, Italy; tel. +39 055 213881; info@koinecenter.com; www.koinecenter.com

Let's Cook in Umbria
Olive Harvest in Italy
Participate in the Olive Harvest and enjoy the fruits of the Umbria region (Italy): cooking and eating local foods, drinking area wines, and soaking up the rural beauty of Umbria while staying in a beautiful farmhouse. The Olive Harvest is a unique opportunity to participate in an autumnal ritual that is essential to Italy's agrarian and culinary interests. Also see their other offerings such as the Corpus Domini in Umbria June - a Feast of Flowers!

Visit: www.cookinumbria.it

Like Heaven Writing Holiday
Writing Workshop in Tuscany, Italy
The first Like Heaven Writing Holiday will be held in an old family villa in Tuscany between June 25- July 1. At least 30 hours of workshop time with a highly-qualified writing coach, authentic Tuscan cuisine, introduction to Tuscany by a local family. A. Special low introductory price.

Contact: sallysont@yahoo.com, www.nialamaharaj.com/Siena

Mami Camilla
We'll take you with us, as part of our family. Our mission is to teach our students the art of traditional southern Italian cooking, specifically those dishes rooted in our culture and way of life. In this way we not only offer cooking classes, but a piece of our historical heritage. Language classes are offered in conjunction with the cooking classes.

Contact: info@mamicamilla.com, www.mamicamilla.com

Organic Tuscany
An Italian cooking school that offers week-long "farm to table" organic cooking courses. The program Includes visits to local organic farms, cooking classes using organic ingredients, olive oil and wine tastings and tours of Siena, Florence and San Gimignano.

Contact: info@organictuscany.org, www.organictuscany.org

Painting Tours in Italy
Painting and drawing in the heart of Italy, join Leanne for a unique tour of amazing places. An unforgettable trip of fun, relaxation and learning. Art, culture, excellent food and wines, and beautiful places to enjoy.

Contact: Leanne@portray.it, www.portray.it

Santa Reparata International School of Art
Semester and Summer Art Courses in Florence, Italy
Santa Reparata offers accredited semester and summer courses in studio art and art history. The school is located in the historical center of Florence, and provides housing in nearby apartments. The faculty is made up of Italian and American artists andd scholars and all teaching is in English.

Contact: info@santareparata.org, www.santareparata.org

Slow Food: Master Italian Cooking
An exclusive 10-week program for professional chefs located in Jesi. The courses are designed for chefs working outside Italy who wish to widen and improve their knowledge of Italian cuisine. In particular we are addressing cooks who have completed their training and have worked alongside established chefs for some time. Our aim is to provide a wide-ranging frame of reference with plenty of in-depth detail that will enable cooks to interpret Italian cuisine to the highest standards throughout the world.

Contact: www.italcook.it

Sorrento Cooking School
Italian Cooking Lessons On The Sorrento & Amalfi Coast – Wine Tours
Daily hands-on cooking classes with lunch or dinner Included; 3-night Or 7-night packages; wine tours with wine tasting; culinary excursions.

Contact: info@sorrentocookingschool.com; www.sorrentocookingschool.com

Taste A Place: Unique Culinary Vacations in Tuscany
Website contains information on Italian food, wine, olive oil, festivals plus great Tuscan recipes.

Contact: info@tasteaplace.com, www.tasteaplace.com

Tenuta di Capezzana
Sample Program: A five day program exploring the foods and wines of Tuscany. Faith Heller Willinger, Director of the Capezzana Wine & Culinary Center, has designed a program to meet the needs of the food professional as well as those interested in exploring wines and foods of Tuscany.

Contact: www.capezzana.it

Toscana Mia Cooking Program
Toscana Mia offers a variety of programs about Italian cooking, wine, food and language in Florence and Chianti region, Tuscany's countryside, with an Italian family to experience real Italian life.

Contact: info@welcometuscany.com, www.welcometuscany.com

Tuscan Women Cook
A cooking school run by American expatriates. Learn to cook Tuscan style from the source -- the local women using recipes and techniques passed down over the generations, cooking with what they find fresh each day at the market and in the garden.

Contact: www.tuscanwomencook.com

Tuscany Cooking Class
Gastronomical Adventure in Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany Cooking Class offers beginning and advanced cooking classes in Tuscany and wine tours in Chianti, Tuscany.

Contact: kanna@fusemail.com, www.tuscany-cooking-class.com

Women's Studio Workshop
Printmaking Workshops in Italy
Learn safe, non-toxic printmaking mediums, Carborundum Aquatint or Silk Aquatint, in an inspiring Tuscany location. The workshop package includes tuition, housing and full board (3 meals/day), a day trip to Siena, and ground transportation to and from Grosseto to the workshop site at Castello di Potentino.

Contact: info@wsworkshop.org, wsworkshop.org

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