Hi! I'm Barbara.

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wilmaCesarina from 2018
My speciality: Pici with aglione garlic
I speak: Italian, English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Barbara welcomes us in Montepulciano Station, a historic village nestled on the hills in the province of Siena, near the characteristic medieval village is surrounded by three circular walls and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the area. If you see it for yourself, you'll soon understand why: the old town sprawls over a steep hill, adorned with stunning towers and steeples, while its square opens onto the breathtaking panorama of the Tuscan countryside. Our Cesarina’s country house encapsulates this charming atmosphere. Her beautiful wine cellar is home to dozens of aging bottles of local wine, and the rest of the apartment is warm and welcoming. It is here that Barbara serves us her local specialties; simple, but with sterling character and unforgettable taste. 

My specialities

- Savory tarts with local Cinta Senese cold cuts

- Pici with aglione garlic

- Rabbit "ad arrosto morto"

- “Redone” cardoons

- Cream of ricotta cheese of Valdorcia with honey and cinnamon

- Savory tarts with local cured meats of Cinta Senese

- Pici with aglione aglione garlic

- Chianina meatballs with herbs

- Sautéed zucchini with mint leaves

- Sweet cream of ricotta cheese of Valdorcia with fresh fruit and pistachio nuts

Book an experience with me!

Choose your favourite experience and confirm your booking. The Cesarine Team will contact you to tailor your experience and you will receive an email with all the information

Clean and safe

Our hosts are updated on the latest hygiene and social distancing protocols

At your service

Our team of Culinary Guides are there every step of the way to provide assistance

Safe purchases & Cancellation policy

Guaranteed payments and free cancellation up to 24h before the start

Reviews from our guests

Find out what people thought of their experience with Barbara

What an amazing experience! I visited Barbara in her beautiful home and cooked a really nice meal together with my kids guided by Barbara. Barbara is so sweet and openminded and really good at sharing her knowledge. The experience was so authentic with the family around in a private home and my kids rated it as the best experience in Toscana.

Denmark

July 2022

Barbara was fantastic!!!! Our family all had such a wonderful time learning about Italian cuisine! Barbara was very friendly, inviting, and professional. Grazie!

Heather

June 2022

Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Abend bei Barbara und ihrer sympathischen Familie. Wir fühlten uns sehr willkommen! Das 4-Gänge-Menü war regional auf hohem Niveau gekocht und sehr, sehr lecker. Wir haben das Essen, den Wein und die Gespräche sehr genossen!!! Und wir haben gelernt, wie man Pici herstellt. Ein unvergesslicher Abend für uns. Vielen Dank an Barbara und ihre Familie!

Frauke

June 2022

Barbara was wonderful! This class was definitely a highlight of our trip. Even as experienced home cooks, we learned a lot (both about food and Italian culture). The food was delicious. Barbara was kind, welcoming and professional.

Sarah

May 2022

Barbara was amazing- so gracious, warm, smart and kind. From the moment we entered her beautiful home and we knew this was going to be a fabulous experience. Barbara took us to her local markets to buy ingredients for the meal we were to cook. Every step along the way as we prepared the meal was explained and helpful hints and techniques shared. We made a wonderful 3 course meal that was visually pleasing and delicious. We had the most delightful and special time with Barbara. We would recommend her to anyone staying in the Montepulciano area. The cooking experience with Barbara has definitely been one of the top highlights of our trip.

Joani

May 2022

Barbara was wonderful! She shared her home and many cooking tips to give us the best cooking experience ever! We had so much fun creating delicious recipes and enjoying them afterwards. Barbara made us feel so welcome - it was one of the best things we did on our vacation!! I would highly recommend taking a cooking class and requesting Barbara as your host! Great time!

Carla Weeks

May 2022

Barbara is s fantastic person with lits of skills for cooking. I enjoyd every minut of our time togerther

Bodil Ryderheim

May 2022

Barbara was such an amazing hostess. The food that we prepared was absolutely easy and amazing. We had wine and snacks and just enjoyed every second of the experience. She comes highly recommended from us. Thank you Barbara

Brandy Falcone

April 2022

We did the cooking class with Barbara while we were staying at Montepuciano and it was unexpectedly the highlight of the entire trip! From the moment we walked in the vibe was welcoming and fun. She was a fantastic teacher, and everything was beautifully set up and prepared. Would give it 6/5 if I could, and recommend to anyone thinking about it!

Matt

April 2022

An unforgettable experience learning how to cook amazing dishes while learning history of the cuisine and region. Barbara was a great teacher and walked us through the ingredients and techniques, and provided the perfect kitchen setting for a really wonderful time!

Paul

April 2022