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Farm Cooking & Wine Long Weekend Tour in Tuscany with Truffles


3 nights

Love truffles? Experience rich, authentic tastes of Tuscan life through cooking and eating with local people, hunting for truffles and discovering less touristed Tuscan towns in a variety of private, insider visits.

Discover Tuscan dishes local people eat as you cook and dine with three Tuscan cooks in a restaurant, ancient house and farm.

Experience a real truffle hunt with a truffle hunter and her dogs as you walk in the forest! Dine on local truffles in a country restaurant and grate your own truffles over pasta. An extraordinary Tuscan day.

Explore classic Tuscan hill towns, Volterra well known for its Etruscan museum and San Miniato famous for its white truffles.  Your local guide takes you to his favourite corners of San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers and white Vernaccia wine.

Relax, get away from it all at an elegantly restored, three star farm inn in scenic hills. Get to know the very hospitable local family owners.

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Thursday: welcome to boutique country hotel

Private transfer after 5:00 p.m. from Castelfiorentino train station on the Florence-Siena train line.

Arrive at a three star country inn in a stylishly restored 200 year old farm house on a panoramic ridge with sweeping views. Relax by the swimming pool or in the gardens. The local family owners give you a warm welcome.

Welcome dinner in the inn’s fine restaurant. The sommelier daughter gives you good advice on best wines to match your food.

Friday: explore Volterra, winery visit, cooking class at home

With your guide, explore Volterra, a 3000 year old hill town, famous for its Etruscan art and museum and alabaster. Lunch in a typical restaurant in town.

Visit an excellent winery for a private tour and guided wine tasting of their best wines.

Return home for a hands-on cooking school class in the restaurant with the chef on historical and traditional Tuscan cuisine. Dine on your creations.

Saturday: San Gimignano cooking class in a home & walk

Morning hands-on cooking class with home-cook Emanuela, on traditional recipes and saffron specialties in her ancient home in San Gimignano. Lunch of your creations around her elegant dining table.

With your guide, explore the beautifully preserved medieval centre of San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers and white Vernaccia wine.

Dinner at your country inn’s restaurant.

Sunday: truffle hunt with hunter & dogs, truffle lunch, ciao for now

Experience a morning truffle hunt in a forest with one of the few women truffle hunters in Tuscany and one of the best in Tuscany with her specially bred Lagotto Romagnolo dog, digging in the woods for these precious treasures. Enjoy a delicious lunch with white truffle dishes in a country restaurant filled with local people.

Depart via private transfer to San Miniato train station, on the Florence-Pisa line, about 3:00 p.m. on.

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  • 3 nights accommodation at country inn with private bathroom and breakfast
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • all meals
  • guided walk in Volterra
  • guided walk in San Gimignano
  • visit to the truffle festival and market in San Miniato
  • truffle hunting with a professional truffle hunter and her dog
  • special lunch with white truffle specialties
  • private transfers from Castelfiorentino train station and to San Miniato train station

Not Included:

  • wine with meals
  • transfer from Florence or Pisa airport to the inn at 20 Euros per person

Tour Dates

  • Oct 2-5
  • Oct 9-12
  • Oct 17-20
  • Oct 23-26

November dates: Ask us for dates you want.

Tour Prices

# of people in group  2-8

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

CDN:  $2215
U.S.:  $2075
Euros:  about €1420



Single Supplement

CDN: $350
US: $320
Euros: about €220

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