We are a group of 6 travelling to Cortona for 7 nights then to Florence for a few nights. We would love to find a festival, concert, or art showing to attend while we are there. Can anyone offer any suggestions? Grazie!
You will love the smaller towns, very different than staying in Florence.... there are visitors but you never feel crowded.
Visit Arezzo for sure!! the tourism office there will definitely have more info on the whole area as far as events go.
For cooking classes, take a look at the ones listed here: http://www.discovertuscany.com/tuscany-cooking-classes/
The third one, the one offered by Kitchen Chez Nous, is a great option if you have several people and are at an apartment or villa with your own kitchen... they go directly to you for the cooking classes, so in this case it might be less expensive than paing for each member of your group.