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Cooking, Wine & Walking Extravaganza Tour in Piedmont, Riviera & Tuscany


** This is a sample itinerary to give you ideas for your custom designed tour so prices are approximate only.

8 nights

Your gourmet cooking, food and wine vacation is short. On this itinerary, you enjoy both Barolo and Brunello wines as well as crisp whites.

In a few days, discover three extraordinary regions, each with delightfully different cuisines, wines and landscapes: Piedmont’s magnificent Barolo wine country hills, Cinque Terre’s stunning coast and Tuscany’s lovely Brunello wine hills.

In Piedmont and Tuscany, immerse yourself in private, authentic, local cooking and wine experiences with wine makers, home cooks and chefs, so you get to know each other. Cook typical family dishes with them in their kitchens and savour your exquisite food together.

In exceptional, insider experiences, drink wines one-on-one with Barolo and Brunello wine makers in their cellars. Discover some of Italy’s top red wines: Piedmont’s Barolo and Barbaresco and Tuscany’s Brunello and Vino Nobile and the regional food that complements them.

In Cinque Terre, walk the stunningly beautiful paths and dine on excellent, traditional seafood plates at specially chosen restaurants, washed down with crisp white wines.

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 in three unique regions.

Read about the “Italians you will meet in Piedmont” on this Italian cooking school tour.
Read about the “Italians you will meet in Tuscany” on this Italian cooking school tour.

8 Night Italian Cooking School Tour Itinerary

Please note: Walks are optional. If you have other interests, just let us know and we can change the daily plan for you.

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Sunday: Welcome to Barolo wine country

Private transport from Turin airport or train station to town of Barolo. Stay in a three star hotel in Barolo with swimming pool and beautiful views of Barolo castle, run by a local wine producer family.

Dine in a typical restaurant, drinking great local wines and eating authentic Piedmont specialties like chocolate cake with hazelnuts topped with a zabaglione of aromatic Moscato wine.

Monday: Barolo wine, countryside & cooking

Visit a winery near Barolo, whose passionate owners tell you all you ever wanted to know about Barolo, Barbera, Nebbiolo and other wines.

Drive along Barolo country roads, gazing at spectacular wine country views, and to hill town Castiglione Falletto. Light lunch on a cafe patio with lovely views.

Drive to a restaurant in the countryside for a hands-on cooking class on local dishes with creative touches with a young, passionate chef. Dishes like: risotto with Barbera wine and tuma cheese cream or semifreddo with boysenberries, white chocolate and mint. Savour your creations with Piedmont wines.

Tuesday: Barolo wine, castle, farm visit & cooking

In Barolo visit the historic Marchesi di Barolo winery where modern Barolo wine making began. Discover the fascinating history of Barolo wine.

Drive to Serralunga to visit a unique medieval castle. With the castle’s guide, learn how ingenious architectural features kept invaders out. Marvel at the 360 degree views of the medieval town walls and the vine covered hills.

On an isolated ridge, visit Francesca’s family farm. They produce their own cheeses and most of what they eat. Lunch at their dining table in their kitchen.

In small town, Sinio enjoy a full menu, hands-on cooking class of traditional Piedmont dishes with elder village women, excellent home cooks. Dine on your creations with them.

Wednesday: Welcome to Italian Riviera & Portovenere

Drive to colourful 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.

Thursday: Explore Cinque Terre

With your guide, explore the magnificent 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.

Friday: Tuscany's Brunello wine, Montalcino, cooking

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.

Saturday: Montepulciano's Vino Nobile, Pienza, cheeses

After breakfast with Roberto, drive to lovely little hill town, Montefollonico. In a 14th century palazzo winery, 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.

Sunday: Tuscan country cooking, Brunello wine

Drive to a country property in a lovely valley near Montalcino to the home of charming Alberto, 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.

Monday: Ciao for now!

After breakfast, leave for Chiusi train station, about halfway between Florence and Rome. Or we can arrange a private driver for you for an extra charge.

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  • 8 nights accommodation in three or four star hotels with breakfast
  • all meals
  • 4 cooking school classes
  • 4 private winery tours & tastings + 1 tasting at Montalcino wine bar
  • visit medieval castle
  • visit 4 towns in Piedmont
  • guided walk on Cinque Terre paths to all five towns
  • visit 4 towns in Tuscany
  • pecorino cheese tasting in Pienza
  • visit Sant’Antimo, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful Romanesque churches
  • transport in private minivan
  • private transfers from/to pick-up/drop-off points of Turin and Chiusi
  • attentive guides throughout

Not Included:

  • Wines with your meals so you can choose the wines you like.

Tour Dates

** This is a sample itinerary to give you ideas for your custom designed tour so prices are approximate only.

Please ask us for the dates you’d like


Tour Prices

Staying at a historic hotel
# people in group:  2-8

subject to foreign exchange fluctuations
CDN:   $6190 about
U.S.:   $4700 about
Euros:   about €4125


Single Supplement

Euros: €400
CDN: $600
US: $455

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