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4 Days Relaxing Cooking Holidays in Italy

Antico Casale di Scansano, Loc. Castagneta 58054 Scansano, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscan Maremma Cooking Vacation

Discover and learn to appreciate the strong and sharp tastes of our region. Why not discover the wise cooking tradition of the Maremma farmer while amusing yourself, choosing the products of our generous land. Enjoy the Resort Hotel that introduced the Spa in Tuscan Maremma. Become competent with the recipes of Tuscan cuisine. Enjoy practical lessons, creating and tasting your own dishes. Our chef will teach you some useful tricks to help you choose our typical products and how to use it at the best of tradition. Kneading, cooking, tasting and discovering the best red wines of our region. Celiac cooking classes are also available.


  • 1 baking class
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • Special dietary menu cooking class available
  • Non participating cooking guest welcome
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$412 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (US$390 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$363 per person)
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At the Reception, open 24 hours a day, our staff will welcome and escort you to your bedroom or suite, in the familiar and kind way of the Antico Casale di Scansano. The 30 bedrooms of the Resort Hotel are built in warm and natural materials, furnished with typical Tuscan furniture, and provided of all comforts. Common areas and several bedrooms are available to disabled people.


  • Free WiFi in each room
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating / Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Private bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Toilet
  • TV
  • Writing courtesy set


You may ask for any kind of drink, taste teas or tisanes and choose between our many coffee bar products in our Coffee Bar. At the Taverna Al Cavallino, in summertime, you may order an aperitif, a digestive liqueur, fruit and vegetable smoothies or our well-known coffee shakes. Or why not taste a glass of our delicious Morellino di Scansano and enjoy the beautiful view from our large terrace.

Boutique shop

Our shop offers special products from our region, such as organic olive oil, honey, organic herb teas, and natural beauty products from our Wellness Centre. Take back home some of the magic atmosphere of Maremma.

Breakfast hall

In the mornings, in the Breakfast Hall a charming veranda above the Riding Centre a rich buffet of sweet and salty food as cakes, pastries, handmade focaccia and pizza, as well as eggs and cold cuts from our region is available with coffee, cappuccino and brioches. Other traditional products, as fresh bread and jam, fruit juice, yoghurt and cereals complete our varied offer.

Common areas

The comfortable Free ADSL WiFi, that you may find in common areas and in all rooms, allows you to keep an eye on your work engagements, to check your e-mail and contacts. You may read and consult our daily newspapers & magazines, as well as relax and socialize, in the wide resting area of the lounge. In the smoking room, sitting at our cosy coffee tables around the fireplace, which creates a magic atmosphere during winter season, or in our small living rooms, having a drink while enjoying a stunning view from the veranda.

Single room

They are situated in the ancient side of the Hotel and have been restored respecting the Tuscan style of the caciaie (rooms used for the mellowing of cheese). A comfortable three-quarter bed and a charming view onto the garden of the Resort Hotel.

Standard double bedroom

They are situated in the central part of the Hotel, and are the result of a strict work of restoring of the ancient chestnut drying rooms. Ideal for a stay with an ancient touch. They offer a wonderful view onto the town of Scansano or onto the garden of the Hotel.

Spa facilities

  • 7 seat Jacuzzi
  • Chromotherapy showers
  • Heated swimming pool with salts from the Dead Sea
  • Tisane Corner with organic non-processed herbs
  • Turkish Bath
  • Sauna
  • Solarium


Day 1: Arrival

  • Check in from 2 p.m.
  • Light lunch buffets, natural water included.
  • Free time to relax or do extra activities: horse riding lesson, walking or biking trip
  • Gourmet dinner

Day 2: Cooking class, spa, free time

  • Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12:30 The first cooking day you will concentrate on the main speciality of Italian and Tuscan cuisine, homemade pasta (tagliatelle, tagliolini, gnocchi, tortelli with in-season fillings, brigoli and pappardelle).
  • Taste your creation or enjoy light lunch buffets with natural water included.
  • Free time to relax or explore the area: natural parks and golf course nearby. Make an inquiry at the receptionist if you like tickets for tennis courts, golf course, football pitches, theatre, or other trips.
  • Gourmet dinner

Day 3: Cooking class and free time

  • Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12:30 The cooking course of specialities from Tuscan Maremma will, of course, teach you how to prepare the delicious rural soups as the tasty Acquacotta (cooked water), using the precious Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and several special ingredients: mushrooms, Mediterranean vegetables, chickpeas, beans.
  • Discover the secret recipe of the famous Zuppa del Casale (Farmhouse soup). Learn how to cook delicious sauces with wild boar, early vegetables and bolognese sauce.
  • Prepare tasty starters as Tuscan croutons and our tomato bruschetta (toasted bread).
  • Taste your creation or enjoy light lunch buffets with natural water included.
  • Free time to relax or go to the wellness center for extra spa and massages.
  • Gourmet dinner.

Day 4: Cooking class and departure

  • Check out before 10 a.m.
  • Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12:30 On the last day of our Tuscan cooking course, the icing on the cake, you will have fun, creating typical cakes of the traditional Maremma cuisine.
  • Panna Cotta - a kind of cream caramel with mixed berries
  • The typical Tozzetti (a kind of biscuit) served with vin santo (holy wine)
  • Other special sweet cuddles
  • Taste your creation


Maremma is a wide and unspoilt plain overlooking the Tyrrheanian Sea, around Grosseto, in Tuscany. It is a land rich in history and culture, with strong and antique tastes and perfumes, unforgettable landscapes and events for all tastes. We have valuable sites as Etruscan necropolises and Roman colonies. Magic spots, as the Giardino dei Tarocchi (Tarot Garden) by Niki de Saint-Phalle and the Spiaggia delle Donne (Womens Beach) at Talamone, a tiny special jewel. And you cant miss the Stunning Roads, characterized by a marked sacred and ritual value, cut into tuff stone by the Etruscans.

A journey in Maremma offers the chance to plunge into its wild nature, from the inland hills to the mountain landscape, from the plains, ancient drained marshes, to the coasts, which have been awarded of 5 Blue Flags. Tuscan Maremma has many natural areas: Park of Maremma, WWF Oasis in the Lagoon of Orbetello and WWF Natural Reserve of Lago di Burano. Moreover, discover relax and body care at the Saturnia Thermal Springs, an unforgettable place. Maremma is also an excellent well-known area for Tuscan Golf players, with amazing courses surrounded by wonderful landscapes.

Nearby places

  • Florence, 170 km
  • Grosseto, 30 km
  • Rome, 150 km
  • Siena, 100 km

Things to do (optional)

Horseback riding

Try horse riding at Cavallo Avventura, 6 kilometers from the hotel. Round-trip transfers by car cost 20 EUR. The lesson is 30 EUR for 1 hour and 50 EUR for 2 hours.

Solarium swimming pool

One of the two pools is a Solarium Swimming pool 15 x 7,50 m just beside the Antico Casale, for tanning, reading and refreshing. Here you may enjoy a resting and peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the comfortable deckchairs and the umbrellas of the large equipped garden. Under an elegant gazebo, you will discover unknown emotions in the new 7 Seat Jacuzzi: a romantic, exciting, charming experience. Swimming pools are open from April to October. Bar service available in summers.

Walking or trekking paths

The Wellbeing Paths are ideal for people who love sports and life in the open air: you may cross the fascinating roads of Tuscany on a mountain bike to regain, through a natural contact with environment, your inner harmony. The Antico Casale di Scansano offers you its beautiful park, hills, woods and a stunning view. In this charming corner of Tuscan Maremma we have created 3 Wellbeing Paths for one person or small group adventures. You may cross the woods of the estate on foot or by bicycle, to discover the marvels of our Scansano region.

Wellness center

Wellness treatments in Tuscany: from Body to Soul. Massages, Oriental Therapies, Beauty Treatments and Wellbeing. A taste of Wellness with relaxing and beauty treatments. Choose the ideal path to awaken and rejuvenate your body and soul. In the Nuvola (Cloud) Bath you may taste the emotion of a hot fluctuating embrace. Or, in the Fur Bath, entirely made of wood, you may enjoy our special treatments, thanks to the beneficial proprieties of water, Aromatherapy and Chromotherapy. And again, other oriental therapies as: Hammam, Ayurveda, Yoga, Shiatsu.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Florence

  • From Firenze Certosa follow the signs for Siena.
  • From Siena go towards Grosseto Sud and immediately exit to Grosseto Est.
  • Go on towards Scansano and from the town centre (Piazza Garibaldi) follow the signs for Manciano-Saturnia.
  • After 2.5 kilometers at km 78 you will find the Antico Casale on the right.

From Rome

  • From Rome follow the signs for Civitavecchia.
  • From Civitavecchia, go towards Grosseto.
  • Turn off at exit for Manciano (it is the first exit after Orbetello, you will see the name Scansano on the road-sign). Scansano is about 42 km away from the Aurelia exit.
  • At the first roundabout, go straight on towards Magliano in Toscana.
  • From Magliano, towards Pereta Scansano.
  • Once you are in Scansano (not before) follow the signs for Manciano-Saturnia.
  • After 2.5 Km at km 78 you will find the Antico Casale on the right.

Arrival by airplane

You may choose among Pisa International Airport (PSA), Florence Airport (FLR), Leonardo da VinciFiumicino Airport (FCO) and Roma CiampinoG. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA) to arrive to. Then, you may rent a car or take advantage of our airport transfer service. Transfer from Rome Airport is at 375 EUR for 1-2 persons and 425 EUR for 3-8 persons. Transfer from Pisa Airport is at 355 EUR for 1-2 persons and 396 EUR for 3-8 persons. Transfer from Florence Airport is at 330 EUR for 1-2 persons and 374 EUR for 3-8 persons. There is a 10% night supplement for transfers from 22:30 - 06:30.

Arrival by bus

Reach Grosseto by bus, then, from the train station, a bus of the Rama company will take you from Grosseto train station to Scansano.

Arrival by train

A bus of the Rama Company will bring you from Grosseto train station to Scansano.

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$412 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (US$390 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer available: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$363 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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