Join us in the beautiful Tuscan countryside and learn to cook traditional, authentic Italian recipes with me at my farmhouse. This region is located on the Mediterranean coast and is considered the heart of Super Tuscan Wine country. Guests stay at a villa overlooking the sea and spend the week exploring local villages, tasting world-class wines and learning to cook delicious dishes from scratch. Throughout the week, we’ll master traditional Italian recipes passed down in my family like hand-made pastas, gnocchi, meatballs and more. Join us for an unforgettable culinary experience in Tuscany!

UPCOMING DATES

April 21 – 27

April 29 – May 5

September 5 – 11

October 21 – 27

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 an authentic experience of life in Tuscany.

You’ll learn to master traditional recipes passed down in my family for generations. We’ll use fresh, local ingredients and learn the secrets of Italian cooking while sipping wines produced by local vineyards. We’ll walk the cobble stone streets of medieval villages and meet local producers and farmers in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

Highlights :

• Cook with an Italian chef in her home.
• Learn to make fresh pasta from scratch, homemade gnocchi, meatballs and more.
• Taste world-class wines from some of the top producing vineyards in Italy.
• Explore beautiful medieval villages, meet local shop owners and learn about the history of this area.
• Dine at local restaurants and wine bars tasting the best of Tuscany’s world-class cuisine.

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

Your experience includes:
• 6 nights in a beautiful villa overlooking the Mediterranean
• All meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners (one dinner on your own), including dinner in a fine-dining restaurant
• 4 hands on cooking classes
• 2 wine tastings at local vineyards
• Daily excursions to the stunning medieval towns of Volterra, Bolgheri, Populonia, and Castagneto.
• All transfers including to and from the local train station upon arrival and departure. Easily accessible by train from Pisa Airport (1 hour) or Rome Airports (2.5 hours). Private transfers directly from the Pisa airport available upon request with additional fee.

During our four hands-on cooking classes, 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 informative. You will learn great tips and tricks to take home. All classes are taught in my Tuscan farmhouse and perfect for beginners all the way up to advanced cooks.

Sample Menu:

Bruschetta with Burrata and Tuscan Prosciutto
Homemade Ravioli with Butter and Sage
Italian Meatballs Glazed in Balsamic Vinegar
Marinated Mozzarella with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs
Baked Bell Peppers with Olives and Capers
Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Pecorino Romano
Almond Chocolate Cake

DAY 1 Welcome to Tuscany!
Pick up at the local train station and transfer to your hotel. You will have time to settle in and rest. Private transfer also available to Pisa airport for additional cost.
6:00 p.m. Welcome cocktail in the hotel’s beautiful garden overlooking the Mediterranean, introductions and overview of the week.
7:30 p.m. Dinner at a restaurant and wine bar in the village. We’ll taste cured meats and cheeses made locally, fresh-made bruschetta and wine from a nearby vineyard.

DAY 2 World-Class Wine Tasting , The Magic of Bolgheri.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel garden.
11:00 a.m. Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse followed by lunch.
2:30 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa.
4:00 p.m. Visit the charming town of Bolgheri, home of some of the best wines in the world. Tour the castle’s old wine cellar from the year 700 and taste their world-class wines.
6:00 p.m. Free time to explore the town’s center and visit local shops.
7:30 p.m. Dinner at a wine shop and restaurant to try local specialties and handmade pastas. We’ll end the day with gelato.

DAY 3 Populonia and Baratti, the perfect view on the Mediterranean.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel garden.
10:30 a.m. Visit the magnificent Gulf of Baratti with crystal clear water and beaches surrounded by pine woods. This area is home to the Etruscan necropolis built 3,000 years ago. We’ll explore the village of Populonia on top of the hill, a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean. We’ll climb the castle’s tower with a 360° views of the sea and surrounding islands.
12:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant in town.
3:00 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa, explore Castagneto Carducci or head to the beach.
6:00 p.m. Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse followed by dinner.

DAY 4 Exploring Medieval Castagneto Carducci.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel garden.
11:00 a.m. We’ll enjoy a walking tour of Castagneto Carducci learning the history of this small village and the famous poet for which it was named. We’ll climb the Holy Stairs and pop into artisanal shops to meet local producers and owners.
1:00 p.m. Lunch at a local pizzeria.
3:00 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa.
6:00 p.m. Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse followed by dinner.

DAY 5 Visiting Mysterious Volterra, a Step back into the Past.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.
10:30 a.m. Hands on cooking class at the farmhouse followed by lunch.
2:00 p.m. Return to the villa to relax and change before heading to Volterra for the afternoon.
3:00 p.m. Visit Volterra, where 3,000 years of history gives this mysterious city a unique atmosphere. A local English-speaking guide will lead a walking tour of the ancient city highlighting the beautiful and historic entry gates. You’ll visit an alabaster shop to see how these local products are made by hand.
6:00 p.m. Free time to explore Volterra and enjoy dinner on your own.
8:00 p.m. Return to the villa.

DAY 6 La Strada del Vino, The Wine Road.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the garden of the hotel.
10:30 a.m. Visit a local vineyard on ‘La strada del vino,’ Wine Road. We will tour the vineyard, meet the producer, and taste four of their top wines.
1:00 p.m. Visit a local winery established by one of the founding fathers of this region of wine. At the winery, we’ll enjoy a cheese-making demonstration and lunch cooked by a local farmer using her products.
3:00 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa, explore Castagneto Carducci or head to the beach.
7:00 p.m. We’ll enjoy a final farewell dinner at a fine dining restaurant famous for steaks sourced from a local butcher as well as fresh pastas and charcuterie.

DAY 7 Goodbye Tuscany!
8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the garden of the hotel.
Transfer to local train station for departure.
Private transfer also available to Pisa airport for additional cost.

Guests will stay at Villa le Luci, a bed and breakfast once privately owned by an established family in the medieval town of Castagneto Carducci. The villa sits atop the hillside providing stunning views of the valley below and the mediterranean sea. Each room at this bed and breakfast is unique and charming.

Included at the hotel:
– Breakfast
– Air Conditioning
– Wifi
– Safes in each room
– Garden with sea views
– Self-service bar area
– Balconies in some rooms
– Fireplace and sitting room
– Laundry and luggage service (additional fees apply)

UPCOMING DATES

Spring 2019

  • April 21 – 27
  • April 29 – May 5

Fall 2019

  • September 5 – 11
  • October 21-27

PRICE

$3,400 per person

Price is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy available upon request with additional fee.

Alternative dates are available upon request. Please contact us if you would like to join us at a different time. Minimum of 4 guests required for a private experience.