Cooking School Tours In Italy with Mama Margaret & Friends

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Farm Cooking & Wine Long Weekend Tour in Tuscany


3 nights

Experience rich, authentic tastes of Tuscan life through cooking and eating with local people 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. 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.

In the fall, take part in a real truffle hunt in the forest with a truffle hunter and her dog.

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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 daughter is a sommelier so you get 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: cooking class on a farm, explore San Miniato, ciao for now

Morning cooking class at a family’s farm in the hills. Lunch of your creations at the farmhouse.

Explore picturesque hill town, San Miniato, famous for its white truffles.

Private transfer to San Miniato train station (on the Pisa to Florence line) around 5:00 p.m.

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  • 3 nights room with private bathroom with breakfast
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 abundant lunches, 3 full menu dinners
  • Walking tour in San Gimignano
  • Walking tour in Volterra
  • Walking tour in San Miniato
  • Winery tour and tastings
  • transfer 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 30 Euros per person

Tour Dates

  • Apr 17-20
  • May 8-11
  • June 19-22
  • July 3-6
  • Sep 4-7
  • Oct 16-19

Or 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: $345
U.S.: $320
Euros: about €220

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