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Tuscany Cooking Vacations

Join A Toast to Travel in Tuscany for a fully hosted, all-inclusive experience where you will enjoy daily hands-on cooking lessons from a menu designed exclusively for you, truffle hunting, visiting a local market, an outdoor yoga class, pizza making with a local pizza chef, wine tasting in Chianti, and exploration of Siena and Florence. You will enjoy an unforgettable and relaxing week in the Tuscan countryside where you are surrounded by olive trees, rolling hills and the vineyards of Tuscany all the while, enjoying cooking, eating, drinking and exploring Tuscany like a local.

Highlights

  • Italian and Tuscan cooking classes
  • Wine tasting and winery tour in Chianti
  • Guided tours to the city of Siena and Florence
  • Truffle hunt and a trip to local farmer’s market
  • Daily meals with beverages and wine
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Fully hosted
  • Yoga class

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • French, Italian, Spanish, English
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Situated where Siena, Florence, and Arezzo intersect, Villa Barberino is your home for the next seven days. Here, you will relax, learn to cook authentic amazing Italian dishes, make new friends, and live like a local.

The villa dates back to the 14th century and served as a political and military stronghold. Today, the villa sits nestled in cypress trees and is home to our host family which has restored it to its former beauty. We welcome you to join us and become part of the family.

Overlooking a beautiful wooded valley and a lake, full and lush is what memories are made of, and memories are exactly what you will make. You can walk the beautiful grounds when you are not cooking or participating in one of the many activities that A Toast to Travel has in store for you. You can enjoy the swimming pool, solarium, tennis courts, Italian gardens, hiking, and panoramic views at the host villa for your unforgettable and relaxing week in the Tuscan countryside where you are surrounded by olive trees, rolling hills, and the vineyards of Tuscany. Walk through the Italian gardens and while enjoying a nice glass of Tuscan wine.

Our host villa has preserved the traditional Italian charm of the property while adding modern conveniences. All of the guest rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, telephone, and shower. Remember, when you are a guest, you are part of the family and this will come through in every aspect of your time with A Toast to Travel.

The following is the sample itinerary, subject to change. These experiences are fully hosted and all-inclusive once you are with the group and your hosts.

Day 1 - Benvenuti to Tuscany, welcome cocktails, and gourmet dinner

  • Arrival and check in Villa Barberino
  • Aperitivo in the outdoor courtyard of Villa Barberino at 6 p.m.
  • Gourmet dinner with Tuscan wine

Day 2 - Truffle hunting, fresh pasta, truffle sauce, la torta della nonna

  • Breakfast
  • Truffle hunting with Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Hands-on cooking class: fresh pasta, fresh homemade truffle pasta sauce, stew, grandmother’s cake
  • Yoga class
  • Gourmet multi-course dinner with Tuscan wine

Day 3 - Shop like the locals, Chianti, and pizza making class

  • Breakfast
  • Visit a local market
  • Experience a stunning winery tour and tasting in Chianti followed by lunch
  • Explore a medieval town
  • Authentic pizza making class followed by dinner

Day 4 - Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, expert chef cooking class, gourmet dinner in Florence

  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Florence with the locals - the birthplace of the Renaissance
  • Expert chef cooking class in Florence, followed by dinner

Day 5 - Siena, multi-course cooking class, dessert, and gourmet dinner

  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Siena with the locals - A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Multi-course cooking class including starter, main, and dessert (chef’s secret recipe)
  • Gourmet dinner

Day 6 - Ravioli, Bolognese, desserts, desserts, desserts, farewell dinner

  • Breakfast
  • Multi-course cooking class: fresh hand-made pasta and sauce, dessert, and multiple Italian cookies to go!
  • Farewell cocktail with Tuscan appetizers
  • Gourmet, multi-course farewell dinner

Day 7 - It’s not goodbye - just until next time

  • Breakfast
  • Farewells and check out, time flies!

Menu will be shared with guests prior to arrival. Remember, short excursion experiences in nearby cities are available if you are extending your stay in Italy. Arrivaderci!

You will enjoy one winery tour and wine tasting in Chianti. There will also be tours in Siena and Florence, accompanied by an English speaking guide.

This retreat will take place in San Giovanni Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Patio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Room cleaning

In total, you will have 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners. Wine is included with all meals. Menu will be shared with guests prior to arrival. Please let A Toast to Travel know of any food allergies, food sensitivities, and/or dietary restrictions so that where possible, substitutions can be made in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • 1 winery tour and tasting
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes (with English speaking chef)
  • 1 truffle hunt
  • 1 trip to local farmer’s market
  • 1 guided tour of Siena (with English speaking guide)
  • 1 guided tour of Florence (with English speaking guide)
  • 1 yoga class
  • Transportation to and from included destinations
  • Gratuities for all tours and activities in standard itinerary
  • Unlimited wine during all group meals and cooking classes
  • Airfares
  • Lunch in Siena

Driving directions from Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO)

  • A91 towards Firenze.
  • Take the exit toward SS1, Aurelia.
  • Take exit toward A1, Firenze.
  • Take exit Valdarno toward Valdarno.
  • The location is Viale Barberino 19, 52022 Meleto, Province of Arezzo, Italy.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO).

Arrival by train

From Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO), go to the train station in the airport (Fiumicino Aeroporto). There are many available times. Take train to S. Giovanni Valdarno. It is about a 3-hour train ride.

From Pisa international airport (PSA), take the people mover to the Pisa central station and then take a train to S. Giovanni Valdarno about 1.5 hours.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 120 days before arrival.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

The arrival date of May 13, 2018 is women only experience. Additional dates are available for private groups of eight or more, please contact A Toast to Travel for more information.

 

Departure:
Saturday April 28, 2018
(7 days / 6 nights)

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