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

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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.

We can also custom design this tour for you–just ask us.

 Contact us to reserve this Tuscany cooking school tour.

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 the tour organizers and the villa owners (who live on the property) in the villa’s main kitchen dining area. 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. 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.

Day 4. Florence and Villa Caruso dinner

Breakfast with fresh pastries at a local bakery. Tour the famous Florence central food market with your local guide, sampling the foods as you meet many merchants. Lunch at a typical osteria in Florence.

Guided walk of Florence to learn about its history, architecture and life. Free time to shop or enjoy the museums in Florence.

Return to the villa for a siesta.

Drive to “Villa Caruso” where opera singer Enrico Caruso lived, to enjoy the lovely gardens and dinner outside, weather permitting, or in the villa restaurant.

Day 5. Tuscan cooking school 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 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 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 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 tour a Medici villa, built in the 1400s for Lorenzo The Magnificent. 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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Included:

  • 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
  • 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

Any time of the year. Let us know the dates you’d like.

Tour Prices

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

Double Occupancy

CDN: $3680
U.S.: $3360
Euros: about €2300

Double Occupancy: no cooking classes but everything else:

CDN: $3040
U.S.: $2775
Euros: about €1900

 

 

Single Supplement

CDN: $480
U.S.: $440
Euros: about €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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