Italian Culinary Department


Art & Cooking

Since 1979 Art & Cooking has been a hands-on Italian cooking school as well as the culinary department of the prestigious Dante Alighieri Siena - Italian Language, Culture and Gastronomy school. Art & Cooking is conveniently located in the same building as the language school right in the city center of Siena, Tuscany.

At Art & Cooking you will learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes in a fun and friendly environment. Our chefs have more than 20 years experience teaching amateurs, seasoned veterans and foodies alike. All of the hands-on courses have a thematic flair which includes special seasonal recipes as well as traditional Italian and Tuscan cooking.

The school is a fantastic meeting point for culinary lovers of all ages and nationalities creating an international, friendly and "tasty" atmosphere.

Come discover our culinary programs:

Encounter the culinary arts like never before in our hands-on Italian cooking school by creating fresh vegetable and meat dishes in spring; tasty fish dishes in summer; sample truffles, cabbage, chestnut and mushroom dishes in fall; and poultry dishes and delectable tarts and cakes in winter. Plus, uncover the art of creating traditional and Medieval cuisine by learning some truly age-old recipes dating back to the Middle Ages! Finally if you prefer to develop your skills in modern cooking, "Pane, Pizza, Pasta Week" will also put a smile on your face.

Italian culinary department in Siena.

The beauty of the collaboration between Art & Cooking and Dante Alighieri Siena is that you have the unique opportunity of choosing cooking courses specific to your needs. You will be able to pick from courses that combine Italian language with cooking (Siena Magnifica & Pre-Professional Culinary Internship), courses that focus exclusively on cooking which are held in Italian and English, and in German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese upon request at no additional charge or you may opt for Italian Language courses in the morning and occasional single-day cooking classes in the afternoons. Recipes are available in Italian and/or English.

Lessons in our hands-on Italian cooking school begin with the study of ingredients, a brief description of the recipes and then one learns the true art of Italian cooking by participating hands-on in an elaborate step by step process of the four or five course meal you are about to create! The antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dolce are all significant parts of the art of fine and healthy dining. And for the time you have been anticipating the most.... lunch on the feast you created!

Click here to take a quick look at the Cooking Courses calendar in our hands-on Italian cooking school.