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6 Days Culinary and Cycling Holidays in Italy

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

Italy Culinary and Bike Tour in Tuscany

The Antico Casale di Scansano, with its riding centre, wellness centre and wonderful Tuscan nature, will reveal to you the secrets of Maremma and Tuscan cuisine, a genuine tradition typical of farmhouse holidays. Come and experience an incredible holiday between good food and active sport as bicycle can be. You will learn how to cook the perfect traditional Maremma food, go around the nature, and taste the incredible wine as the Morellino di Scansano can be. Discover and learn to appreciate the strong and sharp tastes and the embracing and exciting perfumes of our region.

Highlights

  • Bike tours
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Cooking classes
  • Wine, salami and cheese tasting
  • Morellino di Scansano wine
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 gourmet dinners
  • 4 days with instruction
  • German, Italian, English
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The Antico Casale di Scansano is a 4-star resort hotel since over 20 years, with 30 bedrooms, 4 of which are comfortable suites, situated in Tuscan Maremma. You may taste typical Italian food in our restaurant, discover our spa for your wellness, amuse yourself and train at our horse riding centre and let your children enjoy our two equipped-swimming pools and the natural paths in the woods for pleasant walks and rides on our mountain bikes. If you prefer to be independent, choose the Borgo degli Ulivi, our apartment hotel with its 21 new holiday apartments.

Classic double bedroom

The rooms 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. The rooms are 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.

Day 1

  • Arrive at the hotel and check in
  • Entrance to the spa
  • 19:00 - Gourmet dinner ( beverage not included)

Day 2

  • 08:00 - Buffet breakfast served in a panoramic veranda
  • 09:30 - 1st cooking lesson. From starters to dessert, you will create a complete Tuscan menu.
  • At the end of the course, you will taste your creation followed by a glass of Morellino red wine.
  • Relax in the spa
  • 17:00 - Wine tasting in a famous cellar near the hotel
  • 19:00 - Back to the hotel
  • 19:30 - Gourmet dinner served in our restaurant La Castagneta (beverage not included)

Day 3

  • 08:00 - Buffet breakfast served in a panoramic veranda
  • 10:30 - 1st bike tour. Morellino mountain bike tour includes a route of about 20 kilometers, lasting for 2 hours, that winds through fields and roads and concludes with a visit to the village of Scansano with a stop in the beautiful Enoteca Scansanese for a tasting of the famous Morellino di Scansano.
  • For lunch you will stop in one famous cellar in the old part of Scansano village. Here you will taste different kind of salumi and cheese followed by Morellino di Scansano.
  • Back to the hotel by bike
  • Free afternoon
  • 19:30 - Dinner in the hotel

Day 4

  • 08:00 - Buffet breakfast served in a panoramic veranda
  • 09:30 - 2nd cooking lesson. From the starters to the dessert, you will create a complete Tuscan menu.
  • At the end of the course, you will taste your creation followed by a glass of Morellino red wine.
  • 16:30 - Olive oil tasting in a typical farm near the hotel
  • 19:00 - Back to the hotel
  • 19:00 - Dinner in our hotel

Day 5

  • 08:00 - Buffet breakfast served in a panoramic veranda
  • 10:30 - 2nd bike tour. This tour includes a route of about 25 kilometers, lasting 3 hours, that winds through fields, concludes with a visit to the Pomonte old farm. *During this tour we will stop at a cheese producer farm for a tasting and a lunch in a typical country trattoria.
  • Back to the hotel
  • Free afternoon
  • 19:30 - Dinner in our hotel

Day 6

  • Check out of the hotel

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 are tiny special jewels. 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 such as park of Maremma, WWF oasis in the lagoon of Orbetello and WWF natural reserve of Lago di Burano. Moreover, discover and relax 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.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court nearby
  • Wine tasting
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Pet care
  • Shop

Delight in Tuscan dishes throughout this vacation. You will experience 3 full course Tuscan dinners at the property and a chance to taste a glass of red and pleasant Morellino di Scansano, the most famous wine of the region.

The traditional menu of Tuscan Maremma

Our appetizers, which come from the traditional poor and rural Tuscan cuisine, are toasted bread (bruschetta), with cherry tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms from our region or in-season vegetables, dressed with our special extra virgin olive oil, characterized by its sharp and aromatic taste, or the well-known Tuscan croutons.

Our homemade pasta, tagliatelle, tagliolini, gnocchi, tortelli, brigoli and pappardelle, our typical soups made of different kinds of mushrooms, or our Mediterranean vegetable soups, with chickpeas and beans, the famous acquacotta (cooked water) and our special zuppa del Casale (farmhouse soup), are only some of the typical starters of our region.

Our second courses are grilled meat served on the griddle and rich and nifty dishes made of wild boar, the cinto Toscano and the chianina, all coming from our traditional Tuscan cuisine. Finally, our desserts are rigorously homemade, created by our chefs imagination: panna cotta (a kind of cream caramel) with mixed berries and the typical tozzetti (a kind of biscuit) served with vin santo (holy wine).

  • Get treatments at the wellness center
  • Take a dip in the pool
  • Try horse riding

Choose from the following services from the beauty farm:

  • A 7-seat jacuzzi near the swimming pool
  • A panoramic terrace and solarium
  • Chromotherapy showers
  • Heated swimming pool with salts from the Dead Sea
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Resting areas
  • Sauna and Turkish bath
  • The new outdoor toning path and the salt caves
  • Tisane corner, which offers organic non-processed herbs
  • The wellness center treatments include massages, oriental therapies, face and body beauty treatments:
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Chromotherapy
  • Fur bath
  • Hammam
  • Nuvola (cloud) bath
  • Shiatsu
  • Yoga
  • 1 lunch in a typical cantina in Scansano made of salumi and cheese followed by Morellino wine (during the bike tour)
  • 1 lunch in a typical trattoria in the Maremma countryside. The menu includes crostini, salumi, handmade pasta, wine and coffee (during the bike tour)
  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • 2 fantastic bike tours around the area
  • 2 typical Tuscan cooking classes
  • 5 breakfasts buffet served in a panoramic veranda
  • 5 gourmet dinners at our restaurant La Castagneta
  • 5 nights accommodation in double classic room
  • Daily entrance to the spa with indoor swimming pool, sauna and Turkish bath, outdoor jacuzzi, Finnish sauna, and outdoor swimming pool (only in summer)

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.

Driving directions 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 kilometers 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, follow the signs for Manciano-Saturnia.
  • After 2.5 kilometers, at km 78, you will find the Antico Casale on the right.

Arrival by airplane

You may choose among Pisa, Firenze, Roma Fiumicino and Roma Ciampino airports. Then, you may rent a car or take advantage of our airport transfer service.

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.

Distances

  • Florence, 170 kilometers
  • Grosseto, 30 kilometers
  • Rome, 150 kilometers
  • Siena, 100 kilometers
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.