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4 Days Tuscany Cooking, Food & Wine Weekend

Badia a Coltibuono Traditional Tuscany

One of the first cooking schools of its kind, founded by famous author and cookbook writer Lorenza de Medici over twenty years ago, the Badia a Coltibuono cooking school provides an idyllic setting where guests can learn the secrets of authentic regional Italian cuisine. The cooking courses offer a splendid chance to immerse oneself in the unique lifestyle and hospitality of a thousand-year-old abbey while savoring the fantastic tastes and sights that this beautiful region offers.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • The most authentic traditional Tuscan dishes
  • Savor Badia a Coltibuono's organic wines, Vinsanto, grappa
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Apron, recipes, diploma

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
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Accommodation

Once a place of prayer and renewal, Badia a Coltibuono has embraced modern ideas of hospitality whilst preserving the historical beauty and atmosphere of this ancient monastery. Badia a Coltibuono offers flexible, one off solutions for a holiday - whether it be a day, a weekend or a week or two, providing charming accommodation in different types of rooms with en suite bathroom and breakfast included or large apartments which have been carefully restored and furnished. An outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful Italian style garden are at our guests’ disposal for a relaxing stay.

  • Classic double garden view room
  • Classic double room
  • Superior room valley view
  • Chiostro apartment (sleeps 7)
  • Fattore apartment (sleeps 3)
  • Foresteria apartment (sleeps 5)
  • Magnolia apartment (sleeps 5)
  • Old Granary apartment (sleeps 6)

Badia a Coltibuono Italy Cooking Class

This is an intensive 2-day course where guests are introduced to some of the most authentic traditional Tuscan dishes by chef Benedetta Vitali. The course develops over 2 days of morning and afternoon cooking classes. From the typical “schiacciata”, a kind of flat bread flavored with extra virgin olive oil and salt to the dessert, passing through the “pasta” world, without forgetting meat and vegetables, you will make a journey through the excellences of the Tuscan products. You will follow the chef’s teaching actively contributing to the preparation of the different dishes.

The informal and intimate atmosphere of the abbey’s private dining room, where lunches and dinners are served after the cooking classes, is the perfect frame for a unique experience where fun and professionalism are wisely mixed. The final touch is the selection of the Badia a Coltibuono wines well paired with the prepared menu which brings out flavors and aromas of the food.

Program

Day 1

  • 14:00-18:00 Arrival to Coltibuono. Check in and free time.
  • 20:00 Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2

  • 08:00-10:00 Rich buffet breakfast.
  • 10:00 Guided tour of the abbey.
  • 10:30 The morning cooking class starts in Coltibuono’s family kitchen.
  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch in the owner’s private dining room.
  • In the afternoon you have some free time for a swim in the large outdoor pool, a stroll through the monumental renaissance gardens or a walk in the pristine forests which are criss-crossed by walking paths.
  • 17:30 The afternoon cooking class starts in Coltibuono’s family kitchen.
  • 20:00 Dinner in the owner’s private dining room.

Day 3

  • 08:00-10:00 Rich buffet breakfast.
  • 10:30 The morning cooking class starts in Coltibuono’s family kitchen.
  • 13:00-13:30 Lunch in the owner’s private dining room.
  • In the afternoon you have some free time for a swim in the large outdoor pool, a stroll through the monumental renaissance gardens or a walk in the pristine forests which are criss-crossed by walking paths.
  • 17:30 The afternoon cooking class starts in Coltibuono’s family kitchen.
  • 20:00 Dinner in the owner’s private dining room.

Day 4:

  • Breakfast
  • Check out.

Each cooking class will have a different menu. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are on request as well as special dishes for guests with food allergies or intolerances.

Included excursions

You will enjoy a guided tour of the abbey.

Location

This cooking holiday takes place in Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Concierge desk
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Mosquito net
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wedding

Food

Your chef, Benedetta, has always prepared food that is healthy and delicious, working with local and environmentally friendly ingredients. Vegetarian recipes will have a central part in her menus. The vegetable and herb garden, the great resource of Tuscan cuisine, will have a major role; healthy food that is also delicious.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

What's included

  • 1 dinner at Badia a Coltibuono restaurant
  • 3 nights accommodation in a double (twin on request) bedroom
  • 4 cooking classes with lunch and dinner afterwards. During lunch and dinner a selection of organic wines as well as Vinsanto and grappa are served.
  • Apron with the Badia a Coltibuono logo, recipes, diploma
  • Guided tour of the abbey
  • Rich buffet breakfast every morning

What's not included

  • Anything else not mentioned above
  • City tax of EUR 1,50 per night per person
  • Transfers to/from Badia a Coltibuono

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 83 days before arrival.
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