Get a Hands-On Experience Making, Eating & Learning About Italian Cuisine at Tenuta La Badiola Estate

If you have been hankering for authentic Italian food and have maybe even wondered how the real deal is cooked, the 1,235-acre Tenuta La Badiola Estate in Tuscany may be just the place. Home to La Villa and the Michelin-starred Trattoria Toscana (which is the only Alain Ducasse restaurant in Italy), the resort is one you will definitely want to visit. Found near the Castiglione della Pescaia coastline and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It houses the L'Andana hotel and Casa Badiola Golf House, an ESPA spa, tennis courts, indoor and open-air swimming pools, and a driving range. 

On a recent visit, we participated in a cooking class in the trattoria’s cozy kitchen, which was once the granary of Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine. Chef Alessandro Battisti selected traditional dishes handed down through generations for our lesson: crostino di fegatini (rabbit pâté served on warm, unsalted Tuscan bread) and pappa al pomodoro (a thick Tuscan soup typically prepared with fresh tomatoes, bread, olive oil, garlic and basil). Commonly known as a “farmer’s meal,” the dishes are often prepared by housewives using leftover bread.

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