A memorable week in Tuscany visiting iconic sights and immersing yourself in the Tuscan cuisine and wine including gourmet cooking classes. This is a balance between the ultimate culinary experience and the best of our Taste of Tuscany tour incorporating, stunning scenery of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, memorable locals, events and the unpretentious beauty of the region.
Tuscan Villa Accommodation (one location); Daily culinary ‘affair’; Indulge in Tuscan cuisine & local wines; Hands on Tuscan cooking; Share in Traditional Family Recipes & get to know the chefs; Day tours to iconic locations; Meet and connect with local artisans.
Transfer to your accommodation with time to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona.
Spend the day in the local Medieval township of Cortona, the setting for the movie and book ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Il Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca in the town centre is a very popular location. Visit the many boutiques, art galleries, stroll to the “high point” and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where the Saint’s remains are encased high on the altar. Return to the villa mid to late afternoon for a little relaxation by the pool. Dinner in Cortona
Siena and Cooking Experience
We spend the morning in Siena with a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horse-race is held. Visit Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores which offer lots of tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware.
After a light lunch, we return nearer Cortona to a Villa dating back to the 1500’s for a hands-on cooking experience with a local chef, Donatella, who has over 20 years of experience researching and rediscovering ancient recipes and Tuscan cooking traditions. Savour the dishes you have prepared with the chef including local wine
Montepulciano and pasta making
We spend the morning in Montepulciano located in the Val d’Orcia this township is a true gem with great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie. We visit a cantina dating back to the 13th century to enjoy a wine and food tasting. After a light lunch will travel not far from Montepulciano to enjoy a hands-on cooking class where you will learn the art of making various types of Pasta. Savour the meals you have prepared with the Chef, including local wine.
Spend the morning with Chef Donatella for a hands-on cooking experience with new and exciting recipes. Savour the meals you have prepared with the Chef, including local wine. Return to villa mid-afternoon. Dinner in Cortona
A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina prior to visiting a vineyard, interact with the winemakers and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting whilst taking in the spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona
Tour free day
You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the pool and relax. Alternatively, you may choose to visit a local township where you can spend the day “exploring”. We will arrange transportation to and from our local train station. Dinner in Cortona
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.
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|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 19 2018||May 26 2018||-||Single rooms||2,763€|
|Jun 23 2018||Jun 30 2018||-||Single rooms||2,763€|
|Jul 28 2018||Aug 04 2018||-||Single rooms||2,763€|
|Sep 29 2018||Oct 06 2018||-||Single rooms||2,763€|
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