Turning into a Tuscan Pasta-Making Machine

04/27/2016 04:43pm ET | Updated April 28, 2017

One of my favorite agriturismi (farmhouse B&Bs) in Tuscany is Cretaiole, where Isabella and Carlo host about 15 visitors at a time for week-long stays (doubles for around $1,200 per week). They put together a fun-loving cultural boot camp where guests choose from classic Tuscan activities lined up for them every day. We stayed here as a base while we did our filming. And we joined them one night for the pici pasta-making party. With Isabella's guidance, we kneaded it, rolled it, and then ate it. Young and old alike, for a few memorable minutes, we were all pasta-making machines. Cooking classes are so popular in Europe these days. What is your favorite such experience?

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