Sapori Italiani

Hands-on Cooking Classes
Learn about the Mediterranean Diet

Prepare Italian food from scratch

Nutrition professionals take you into the Italian kitchen

Just because it’s good for you, doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!

Cooking is more fun in Italy!


All our locations feature exquisite and healthy Mediterranean diet and exciting Italian wines!




Sapori Italiani is a 6-night/7-day program of Italian Food&Wine in a spectacular setting.

This unique cooking program in the heart of Tuscany will immerse you on a journey through one of the most delicious, fun-loving and healthiest eating lifestyles, the Mediterranean diet. You will experience first-hand the Italian food culture, tasting and cooking the freshest local ingredients. Your sauce pans will sizzle, you’ll eat family style and you’ll enjoy and learn about the heart-healthy olive oils and Italian wines. You will depart knowing how to translate aspects of this lifestyle of eating to your daily routine back home.


Courses are taught by highly qualified Registered Dieticians: Regina Ragone and Elizabeth Fassberg. They make food fun and meaningful!


Choose between our 2 dedicated locations:


Our stunning centrally located 18th century palace is the perfect setting for learning about the healthy  Mediterranean Diet. Take a walk through the history and art of Siena as the Middle Ages and Renaissance come alive.

Tuscan Vineyards

Live among the rolling hills of  Tuscany at a wine maker’s estate where you are free to roam the gardens and take walks in the vineyards. Breathe the inspiring aromas of Tuscan cuisine and wines.

Nota Bene Limited to 15 participants

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March              Sapori Italiani: Focus on Healthy Eating                             Elizabeth & Regina                      March 19 – 25

April                 Sapori Italiani: The Magic of the Mediterranean Diet      Regina                                            April 23 – 29

May                  Sapori Italiani: The Magic of the Mediterranean Diet      Elizabeth                                        May 21 – 27

August             Sapori Italiani: Focus on Healthy Eating                             Elizabeth & Regina                      August 6 – 12

October           Learn to Cook Italian in Tuscany                                         Regina                                            October 1 – 7

October           Learn to Cook Italian in Tuscany                                         Elizabeth                                        October 8 – 14


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Program details and fees


Siena and Tuscan Vineyards    


• Tuition for 2 2-hour lessons and 3 cooking classes

• Lodging (in Siena or at wine estate)

• Visit to a local wine producer

• Welcome and Final dinner

• All lunches and dinners

• 2 Wine tastings


Does not include airfare and ground transportation.

Non-participating companions are welcome! Contact us for details and fees.


Siena or Tuscan Vineyards                    

€ 2550 euros double occupancy

€ 2800 euros single occupancy


Additional (Optional) Activities:



Walk among the vineyards

Nature Discoverylogograpevine-2


Italian lessons                        € 25/1.5 hour per person (min. 2 participants)

Lessons on Italian wine

with a trained sommelier     € 25//1.5 hour per person (min. 2 participants)

Wellness Center                     Estimates for treatments furnished upon request


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Payment Information and Cancellation Policy

Bank wire, bank check and Pay Pal accepted. Bank checks and bank wires should be made out to “Suzanne Branciforte”.
Along with payment, please indicate the name of the student who will be attending the course.

Bank Information
Bank wires must be sent in Euros. Please specify ‘OUR’, ‘Free of bank charges to the recipient’.

Bank wire information

  • Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena
  • Agency: Via Cavour 18 – 16031 Bogliasco (Genoa, Italy )
  • IBAN: Will be furnished upon request for payment
  • Recipient: Suzanne Branciforte

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A non-refundable down payment of 10% of total fees should be paid to reserve place in course. Payment in full may be made at any time, no later than six weeks prior to start of course. For cancellations made up to three weeks prior to start of a course, a refund of 50% of total fee paid.
For cancellations made less than three weeks prior to start of course, we will refund 30% of total fee paid.
Any course started must be fully paid and is non-refundable.