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Tuscan Cooking, Wine & Life Tour At 13th Century Villa Near Florence


** This is a set tour itinerary available year round. The estate gathers tour members so you’re free to join a group or bring your own group. Please ask us for the dates you’d like. We can also custom design this tour for you.

7 nights

Experience authentic local life on a Tuscan wine country estate, cook in the villa’s kitchen, AND be just minutes away from a small town and Florence. Learn to cook traditional Tuscan dishes with local chefs that you truly get to know, like new Tuscan friends. Ideal if you want to taste country, small town and Florence life.

Immerse yourself in an array of rich Tuscan food and wine experiences through private, insider visits. Enjoy an extraordinary wine and culture tour in the Chianti and Val D’Orcia hills, including lunch at a winery owned by a renowned noble family. Savour dinner “al fresco”—outdoors on the garden terrace—at the villa where famous singer, Enrico Caruso lived.

Tuscany Cooking School Tour Itinerary

Please note: The order of the days may change due to availability of service providers, the menus will change with the seasons, and activities may change depending on availability and time of year. This is an outline.

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Tuscany Cooking School Tour Traveler’s Story

J. T., Saskatchewan, Canada

I was really happy with my experience! The program was well organized, but I never felt like we were on too fixed a schedule. We decided as a group where we wanted to go during our free time, and one of the villa’s drivers would take us there (our group split the cost of transportation).

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Day 1. Welcome! Benvenuti!

Arrive at the estate in the afternoon from Florence. Get settled in your room in your self-catering cottage and enjoy the goodies in your welcome basket.

Welcome dinner with your tour hosts in the villa’s 14th C kitchen featuring the original stone fireplace, marble sink and vaulted ceiling. Meet your chefs who will feel like old friends by the end of the week. Other guests at the estate will join you. A fun way to get to know your guides and fellow guests!

Day 2. Full day excursion to Chianti & Val D’Orcia countryside

Every morning enjoy breakfast in your cottage (you buy food in town) or walk into town and have breakfast with the locals at a coffee bar. (about 10 minutes).

Discover the countryside, people, history, food and culture of the Chianti and Val D’Orcia in Tuscany on your private excursion.

Visit medieval villages and admire castles, as you drive through Chianti hills, the Sienese Crete area and magnificent Val D’Orcia.

Visit a charming wine estate owned by one of Tuscany’s renowned noble families. Savour their wines, olive oil, cheese and salami. Light lunch either at the vineyard’s restaurant or in a village trattoria.

Explore typical Tuscan towns of San Quirico and Bagno Vignoni, famous for its natural hot springs. In Pienza, a walled town famous for pecorino cheese, walk on top of its medieval walls with spectacular views over Val D’Orcia.

Dinner at a local pizzeria. Return home.

Day 3. Tuscan cooking school class and free time

10:00. Full menu cooking class with a chef at the villa. Five course lunch of your creations with Tuscan wines ends at about 2:30.

Rest of the day free. The estate manager can make dinner reservations for you in nearby town or in Florence. Their driver can take you there and back for an extra charge. Or take the train on your own to Florence or elsewhere.

Or if you like, gather some salumi and cheese from your welcome basket in your room and enjoy them with a glass of wine with your group at the villa.

Day 4. Cooking class & optional Chianti excursion

Enjoy your morning cooking class and savour your multi-course lunch of your creations.

For the rest of your day, you have two choices:

You can enjoy free time, perhaps taking a short train ride to Florence.

Or take an optional (extra charge) tour to hidden roads of the glorious Chianti hills and San Gimignano.

You’ll visit an ancient abbey which has a spectacular view over the vineyards of one of the top 2 winemakers in Italy. You will also have the opportunity to taste their wines.

Winding through these country roads, admire & enjoy breathtaking scenery and some of the most charming Chianti villages. If luck allows, you may also get to listen to the famous ‘Dante reciting’ butcher!! People all around the world come to this little town in the hope that they hear his ‘pose’.
Visit a farm where ‘Chianina’ cows are raised; and here is where you will relax for a wonderful meal while enjoying the view up to the medieval town of San Gimignano. You really will feel like you are part of another century!

Day 5. Florence

Leave the estate in the morning to travel into Florence to visit its famous food market,  ‘Mercato Centrale’. Meet the chef or the guide who will guide you through the multi level marketplace where for centuries Florentines have purchased their fresh produce. Take a glimpse at an amazing Florentine tradition and then eat lunch together, shoulder to shoulder with the Florentine people.
When time allows we also include a historic tour of Florence’s historic centre with a local guide.
After lunch you are free to enjoy Florence, go shopping in the leather markets, try the best gelato in the world and walk the stone streets enjoying this romantic and enthralling city. Do not forget to rub the boar’s nose so ensuring your return to Florence.

Evening dinner at a historical, famous Florentine restaurant with your tour guide.
In the hotter summer months the dinner may be in the country in the Florentine hills in which case returning home after your day, you have time to freshen up, and then experience another incredible Tuscan meal and beautiful setting.

Day 6. Tuscan cooking class and free time

10:00. Full menu cooking class with a chef at the villa. Lunch of your creations with Tuscan wines ends at about 2:30.

Rest of the day free. The villa manager can make dinner reservations for you in the nearby town or in Florence. Their driver can take you there and back for an extra charge. Or take the train on your own to Florence and beyond.

Day 7. Local tours: medieval hamlet, Medici villa, ceramics factory

Leave at about 9:00 for breakfast at a local coffee bar. Visit a nearby ceramics factory, rarely open for tourists, to see how they paint and produce beautiful ceramic art pieces.

Drive through the countryside of Carmignano and visit either a local winemaker who has marvelous underground cellars or to one of the nearby hill towns through the winding hills to visit a magnificent Medici villa and get insight into the incredible world of the Medici family and the last royal family of Italy.

Lunch at a top restaurant in a picturesque hamlet which overlooks a Medici hunting lodge.

5:00 p.m. Cooking class for your farewell Tuscan dinner for your group, your villa staff hosts and the villa owners. Dine together with musical entertainment.

Day 8. ciao for now

Check out after breakfast.

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  • 4 full menu cooking school classes with dinner and wine
  • 7 nights accommodation in the self-catering cottages on the villa’s estate with maid service  every day except Sunday
  • 6 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Welcome basket: fruit, yoghurt, cereal, bread, prosciutto, cheeses, juice, coffee, tea, wine.
  • Full day Chianti & Val D’Orcia excursion with English speaking driver
  • Florence: guided walk in central market & historic centre
  • Private ceramics factory visit
  • Private visit at a Medici villa or a visit to a top winery
  • Services of villa manager to arrange other trips in your free time
  • Cooking school apron and 150 page Tuscan recipe book in English

Not Included:

  • Transfers to/from the estate (please inquire about a private transfer)
  • Tips
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Personal items: rental cars, olive oil or wine bought at the estate, additional meals or maid service, phone calls.
  • Internet keys are available for 15 Euros a week plus plug-in with hourly rates.
  • Cell phone rentals can be arranged too.

Tour Dates

** This is a set tour itinerary available year round. The estate gathers tour members so you’re free to join a group or bring your own group. Please ask us for the dates you’d like. We can also custom design this tour for you.

Tour Prices

2016 prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations. The estate also adds a 4% booking fee.

Double Occupancy

CDN: $3450 about
U.S.: $2625 about
Euros: €2300

Double Occupancy: no cooking classes but everything else:

CDN: $2850 about
U.S.: $2170 about
Euros: €1900



Single Supplement

CDN: $450 about
U.S.: $345 about
Euros: €300

Accommodation varies from rooms to apartments, to rooms with private bathroom to rooms with shared bathroom. Please let us know your preferences.

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