Cooking Vacation


A cooking vacation in Tuscany is something that everyone dreams about. Well, what we propose  is something different, that grew out of years of living in Tuscany. We live on La Strada del Vino, The Wine Route to Bolgheri, bordered by towering cypress trees and rows of vines, where the renown Super Tuscan Wines (Sassicaia and Ornellaia) are made. The region is known as The Etruscan Coast, where all the good and beauty come together: the vineyards stretching towards the Mediterranean, the wild nature of unexplored hills, the history and art of medieval villages, the local produce and culinary excellence. We have friends and family visiting regularly and one of our greatest pleasures is to share with them the place where we live and love, to experience our every day life with them. Now, we would like YOU to be a part of this experience!

UPCOMING DATES

2017

July 1-7 (sold out)
October 2-8
October 9-15

2018

June 23-29
July 2-8 (sold out)
October 1-7

Join us for this 7 day all-inclusive experience !
Do you prefer a weekend getaway or a shorter stay than our full itinerary ?
Alternative dates upon request. Contact us to customize your vacation.

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Our Cooking Vacation is designed to provide you with a real experience of life in Tuscany, the life we live every day.
We want you to be a part of our world, showing you the most authentic Tuscany away from the crowds, walking with you in charming villages like a true Italian, cooking and savoring our meals together with genuine Italian hospitality, and drinking some of the best wine from our beloved local producer. We will share our life with you the way we do with our friends and family!

Highlights :
• Taste Tuscan charcuterie, cured pork and wild boar cold cuts, processed following old recipes that have remained unchanged for centuries.
• Meet Annamaria who still makes by hand the traditional ‘Liquore del Pastore’ based on an 100 year old recipe.
• Learn about the history of a beloved local tailor who made a suit for Mick Jagger.
• Discover the Super Tuscan Wines, meeting two of Bolgheri’s greatest producers.
• Dine in one of the finest restaurants in the area, for a real treat at the end of the day!
• Visit some of our amazing nearby villages such as Castagneto, Bolgheri, Populonia, and Volterra and learn about their history.

Our cooking vacation is a 7 day, 6 night all-inclusive experience.

Your vacation includes :
• Welcome reception on arrival.
• 6 nights in a nice accommodation.
• All meals: 6 breakfast; 4 lunches (you will only be on your own in Volterra), and 6 dinners, including one in a fine-dining restaurant.
• 4 hands on cooking classes at Chicca’s farmhouse.
• 2 wine tastings: one visit to a vineyard where you will meet one of the famous Bolgheri wine producers; and one visit the oldest cellar in Bolgheri within the medieval castle.
• Daily excursions to the stunning medieval towns of Volterra, Bolgheri, Populonia, and Castagneto.
• Full van support for all the transfers including the trip to and from Pisa airport.

We'll have four private cooking classes during the week. We will prepare a complete menu from antipasti to dessert using traditional recipes passed down in my family for generations. We’ll pair fresh, seasonal ingredients with world-class Tuscan wines.
Classes are fun and easy-going, yet informative where you will learn a lot of great tips and tricks to take home. All classes are taught in my Tuscan farmhouse La Casa Toscana.

Sample Spring Menu
Bruschetta with burrata and Tuscan prosciutto
Home made fettuccine with two meat ragu
Spinach and ricotta gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese
Marinated Mozzarella with tomatoes and fresh herbs
Baked bell peppers with olives and capers
Arugula salad with toasted pine nuts and pecorino Romano
Caprese al cioccolato (almond chocolate cake)

DAY 1 Welcome to Tuscany!
Pick up at Pisa airport or at the local train station and transportation to your accommodation. You will have time to settle in and rest.
19:30 Welcome dinner at a real Italian pizzeria and introduction about the following days. We will discuss the plan for the week and get to know one another.

DAY 2 Castagneto Carducci, where we live
9:30 Breakfast
10:30 Visit Castagneto and learn about the fascinating history of this medieval village that overlooks the Mediterranean. Get lost in its old streets and alley ways, climb the ‘Scala Santa’ the holy stairs, and peak your head into the medieval castle. Meet Annamaria, an artisan who still makes by hand the traditional ‘liquore del pastore’ based on a 100-year-old recipe. Visit the little shop of Rita Salvadori, a local producing hot chili peppers (more than 200 varieties) transformed into powders, jams, sauces, and more. Learn about the history of a beloved local tailor known all over the world and who made a suit for Mick Jagger!
12:30 LUNCH at the local enoteca to taste local specialties with a delicious glass of Bolgheri wine.
18:00 Hands-on COOKING CLASS followed by dinner.

DAY 3 Populonia and Baratti, the perfect view on the Mediterranean
9:30 Breakfast
10:30 Visit the magnificent Golfo di Baratti with its pine wood and the Etruscan necropolis built about 3000 years ago. The gulf is dominated by the village of Populonia on top of the hill, a real jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean. Walk the main road of Populonia with its little artisan’s shops, climb the castle’s tower with a 360° view above the sea and the islands, and visit a small Etruscan museum with the most important private collection. Enter in the simple church of Santa Croce to absorb the atmosphere of this amazing village.
13:00 LUNCH: Picnic on the beach.
18:00 Hands-on COOKING CLASS followed by dinner.

DAY 4 The magic of Bolgheri
9:30 Breakfast
10:30 Visit to the charming town of Bolgheri, home of some of the best wines in the world. Discover the castle’s old wine cellar from the year 700 and taste their world-class wines. Complete our tour with a fresh and delicious gelato from Bolgheri Ti amo, Bolgheri’s famous gelato maker.
13:00 Lunch at a local Enoteca, famous for its wine collection.
15:30 Free time
18:00 Hands-on COOKING CLASS followed by dinner.

DAY 5 Volterra, a step back into the past
9:30 Breakfast
11:00 Visit the magical and mysterious city of Volterra, where three thousand years of history give the city a unique aspect. Founded by the Etruscan, the ancient city walls and the Roman theater suggest the importance of Volterra under Roman domination. Stroll down the historic center, step back in time and enjoy the timeless atmosphere and some of the beautiful city gates. Visit the handicraft workshops, especially alabaster handmade objects, which Volterra is famous for worldwide.
13:00 Lunch on your own
15:30 Free time
20:00 Dinner at La Magona

DAY 6 La Strada del Vino
9:30 Breakfast
11:00 Visit to one of our local vineyards on ‘La strada del vino,’ The Wine Road. We will tour the vineyard and cellar, meet the producer, and taste four of their top wines. The owner will bring us into the world of wine making: hard-working, hands and feet into the earth, a life spent according to the season and the nature. Walking through the fields, overlooking the incredible landscape designed by the Bolgheri hills, you’ll learn more about the grape’s life.
13:00 Lunch at a local farm. We’ll meet the owners and local residents who will cook us a homemade meal. We’ll eat in their home as they share their lives with us.
15:30 Free time
18:00 Hands-on COOKING CLASS followed by our farewell dinner.

DAY 7 Goodbye Tuscany!
Transportation to Pisa airport or local train station for other destinations

All accommodations will be provided by a beautiful country residence hotel. All transfers are provided.

UPCOMING DATES

2017 :
July 1 - 8 (SOLD OUT)
October 2 - 8
October 9 - 15

2018 :
June 23 - 29
July 2-8 (SOLD OUT)
October 1-7

Join us in this 7 day, 6 night all-inclusive experience !

PRICE : 3200 USD per person. Book before Dec 1st 2017 for 2700 USD !

Price is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy upon request, additional fee applies.

Our cooking vacation is offered on alternative dates upon request.
We also provide weekend getaways or a shorter stay than our full itinerary.
Please contact us to customize your vacation.