Any recommendations out there?
www.cookeatitaly.com I took two courses there last year and really enjoyed them. They are located outside of the historical centre, but you can walk there or take the bus very easily. Manuela is a great teacher. The fresh pasta course I took had many local people in it.
In 2008 we had a one day cooking class at Villa Pandolfini on the outskirts of Florence. They arrange for a driver to pick everyone up and drop them off after the class. The class is held in a large authentic stone kitchen/dining area at the Villa where they have set up a modern commercial quality kitchen.
There is also a vineyard on the property and they have wine tastings in another part of the Villa as well, which we also did. It was very well run and we enjoyed it a lot. I think there might have been maybe 16 or so in the class. We would do another one there if we had the opportunity. Here's their site: http://www.tuscany-cooking-class.com/