Cooking, Wine & Walking Extravaganza Tour in Cinque Terre & Tuscany
Your gourmet vacation is short so in a few days, you want to discover two extraordinary regions, each with delightfully different cuisines, wines and landscapes: Tuscany’s magnificent Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine country hills and Cinque Terre’s stunning coast.
In Tuscany, immerse yourself in private, authentic, local cooking and wine experiences with Tuscan wine makers, home cook and chef, so you get to know each other. Cook typical dishes with them in their kitchens and savour your exquisite food together.
In exceptional, insider experiences, drink wines one-on-one with Brunello and Vino Nobile wine makers in their cellars. Discover some of Tuscany’s top red wines and the regional food that complements them.
In Cinque Terre, walk the stunningly beautiful pathways and dine on excellent, traditional seafood and vegetable plates with crisp white wines at specially chosen restaurants.
The ultimate in rich Italian lifestyle experiences connecting you through cooking, food and wine with local people so you feel part of their lives! A feast for your senses and heart.
Read about the “Italians you will meet” on this Italy cooking school tour.
5 Night Italy Cooking School Tour Itinerary
Private transport from La Spezia train station to Portovenere on the Riviera south of Cinque Terre. Check into four star hotel by the sea. For lunch, enjoy fresh focaccia and vegetable torts in a typical cafe.
Free time. Walk along the sea, up to the castle, or along narrow streets filled with shops, gelaterias and caffes.
Dine on stellar seafood in a Portovenere restaurant, with stunning views of the Bay of Poets.
With your guide, explore the magnificent coast and five towns of Cinque Terre by boat or by walking the paths.
In beautiful Vernazza, relax at a restaurant on the piazza by the sea for lunch.
In late afternoon return to Portovenere by boat. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at typical restaurant in Portovenere.
Private transport from Portovenere to southern Tuscany, about four hours.
Arrive in hill town of Montalcino, famous for Brunello, one of Italy’s top red wines. In the medieval fortress, now a wine bar, a knowledgeable staff member tells you what makes Brunello so special. Along with Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello wines, eat pecorino cheeses, salamis, and Tuscan bread.
Stroll through the town with your guide and browse the many small shops.
Drive into foothills of Monte Amiata. In a small hamlet, charming, hospitable Chef Roberto welcomes you to his pretty three star hotel and renowned restaurant. Gourmets in the know drive miles to eat there.
Learn to cook divine Tuscan cuisine with a creative flair with Roberto. Enjoy dinner with wines he has selected specially for you. Your room is upstairs in his hotel.
After breakfast with Roberto, drive to lovely little hill town, Montefollonico. In a winery in a 14th century palazzo the owner takes you on a personal tour of the cellars. Enjoy tasting his Rosso di Montepulciano, Vino Nobile and Vin Santo and chatting about life on his garden terrace with fabulous views across the valley to Montepulciano.
Enjoy a light lunch in the picturesque hill town of Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of Italy’s top red wines. With your guide, tour the town and its distinguished palaces, wine shops and amazing array of unique stores.
Drive to hill town, Pienza to a three star, modern hotel with 16 attractive rooms, half with amazing panoramas of the Val D’Orcia and its vast rolling hills.
In Pienza enjoy dinner at a typical restaurant, serving excellent, traditional Tuscan dishes. The manager will give a cheese tasting of various styles of Pienza pecorino cheeses. She is a sommelier so the restaurant has an excellent wine list.
Drive to a country property in a lovely valley near Montalcino to the home of Alberto, a charming man who was an artisan olive oil producer and is a fabulous cook. In your mostly demonstration cooking class in his kitchen, prepare traditional Tuscan dishes that were vanishing from local cuisine. Dine on your delicious creations around his dining room table.
Visit a family’s Brunello winery where you walk with a family member through their cellars, discover what makes Brunello so special and taste their Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
Visit 1000 year old Romanesque Sant’Antimo church set in an idyllic valley. Stand in awe, admiring a quintessential Tuscan view of cypresses zigzagging up hills, olive trees, vineyards and fields.
Enjoy a light farewell dinner at a local trattoria in Pienza.
After breakfast, leave for Chiusi train station, which lies about halfway between Florence and Rome. Or we can arrange a private driver for you for an extra charge.
- 5 nights hotel in 3 and 4 star hotels with breakfast
- 5 lunches & 5 dinners
- 2 full menu cooking lessons
- Guided walk on Cinque Terre paths
- Day ticket on Cinque Terre public boats
- 2 winery visits & one wine shop wine tasting
- Guided walk in Montalcino
- Guided walk in Montepulciano
- Visit Sant’Antimo church
- Transport in private minivan except in Cinque Terre
- private transfers from/to pick-up/drop-off points of La Spezia and Chiusi
- attentive guide throughout except in free time
Not included: Wines with your meals so you can choose the wines you like