The Best Cooking Schools in Italy

Smithsonian Magazine spotlights the top eight.

This article, written by Jennifer Billock, appears on Smithsonian.

Immerse Yourself in Italian Cuisine at These Eight Cooking Schools

From local women to world-renowned chefs, here’s a delicious way to get in touch with your inner Italian

What does the world “Italy” bring to mind for you? If the answer is “food,” you’re not alone—for Susy Patrito Silva, director of Casa Artusi cooking school, eating (and cooking) Italian is a necessary component of the complete Italian experience.

“Usually we say that during a first trip to Italy, people want to see art—so they visit Florence, Rome, Venice and so on,” she tells “But if they want to get an authentic Italian experience, they [should] look for places where it is still possible to live like a local.” For Silva, that means learning about local history, eating traditional foods—and cooking them, too.

Luckily, embracing your inner Italian in the kitchen can be as easy (and delicious) as digging in to a favorite local dish. At Italy’s many cooking schools, tourists and locals alike can master some of the country’s most mouthwaterin dishes. Here are eight top-rated cooking schools to try on your next trip to Italy. View the list at Smithsonian…

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