Carlo and Sioban met in Carlo's home town of Cortona where he ran his own traditional Tuscan restaurant. Sioban had trained as a chef under Neil Perry and worked at Martin Boetz’ Longrain Thai restaurant in Sydney and was enjoying a working holiday in Italy.

In 2003 the couple returned to Australia to manage Sioban’s family business Wildwood Valley Cottages and launched their popular Cooking Schools.

Sioban and Carlo have a reputation for exceptional service and hospitality in their Australian accommodation and cooking schools.

Their most recent venture is Mad About Tuscany; small group 7 night tours, 1 day tours and private cooking schools. Now in its eighth year, Mad About Tuscany’s success can be measured by guests’ glowing reviews.

To find out what our visitors have to say, read five star TripAdvisor reviews of Wildwood Valley Cottages, Wildwood Valley Cooking School, and Mad About Tuscany Italian tours.


Carlo and sioban baldini

Carlo and sioban baldini

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, friendship and support. Carlo it was so good to have you sharing your knowledge and taking us places we would never have seen on the regular tourist path. I would recommend your tour to anyone who wants to experience a taste of Tuscany.
— Bev and Geoff