7 Days Italy Cooking, Wine & Culture Holidays

  • Poderi in Chianti, Strada Noce 3, 50028, Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Italian Culture & Cooking Holidays

Enjoy a holiday week in an elegantly restored antique farmstead immersed in the splendid countryside of the Chianti in the heart of Tuscany. Indulge in seven days of authentic experiences, discovering extraordinary art works, immortal cities like Florence and Siena and great Tuscan wines and cuisine. You will discover the authentic Italian culture, an extraordinary experience that is Carezze d’Italia.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Wine degustation at wineries
  • 3 types of wine with each meal
  • Guided tours to Florence and Siena
  • Italian literature readings and art history lessons
  • Guided Uffizi museum tour
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Private music concert
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay at the holiday home Poderi in Chianti , which is located in the small village of Noce, in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, in the province of Florence, the heart of the Chianti region. You are 20 minutes away from Florence and 30 minutes away from Siena.

The original houses are from the 1600's and lovingly restored preserving spaces and using ancient materials. Each apartment is fully equipped with all the modern conveniences including heating, color television, free wifi and a fully equipped kitchen.

In warm weather, the outdoor swimming pool is open in the garden and there is a large barbecue for outdoor grilling. From each apartment and the garden, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the hills, vineyards and olive trees.

There are beautiful walks through vineyards and olive groves that start from our garden and the sunrise and sunsets are spectacular. The spaces where you work are a large kitchen of 30 square meters and a living of 60 square meters.

The theme of Carezze d'Italia is the kitchen: a journey discovering traditional, natural foods of the region. We will cook meals together with professional chefs using organic produce collected from our garden. We will read and listen to of excerpts of italian literature to deepen our knowledge and better appreciate the customs, idioms and beauty of the Italian language.

In the evenings, we will enjoy the meals we cooked together and will learn about the wine pairings to go with the food. During dinner, we will discuss the works of art that we will see at the Uffizi museum and other galleries we will visit. On the last evening, there will be a private recital of classical Italian music.

Day 1: Arrival

  • 12:00 Arrival of group at Poderi in Chianti in the afternoon.
  • 13:00 Assignment of apartments
  • 14:00 Settling in
  • 19:00 Anti-jet lag dinner

Day 2: Free time, cooking class

  • 09:00 Free morning
  • 12:30 Light lunch with a selection of Tuscan cheeses and cured meats
  • 15:00 Presentation of the experience
  • 16:00 Cooking lesson with readings of passages from Italian literature
  • 20:00 Dinner prepared by the students and propaedeutic talk on the works of art which we will see in the Uffizi Museum

Day 3: Excursion, cooking class

  • 09:00 Departure for Florence and visit of the city
  • 12:30 Free lunch (option: tasting Florentine street food)
  • 13:30 Return to Poderi in Chianti
  • 16:00 Cooking lesson with readings of passages from Italian literature
  • 20:00 Dinner prepared by the students and propaedeutic talk on the works of art which we will see in the Uffizi Museum

Day 4: Wine tour, cooking class

  • 10:00 Wine tour in the Chianti area with professional guide
  • 12:30 Free lunch
  • 13:30 Return to Poderi in Chianti
  • 16:00 Cooking lesson with readings of passages from Italian literature
  • 20:00 Dinner prepared by the students and propaedeutic talk on the works of art which we will see in the Uffizi Museum

Day 5: Excursion, cooking class

  • 09:00 Departure for Siena and visit of the city with professional guide
  • 12:30 Free lunch
  • 13:30 Return to Poderi in Chianti
  • 16:00 Cooking lesson with readings of passages from Italian literature
  • 20:00 Dinner prepared by the students and propaedeutic talk on the works of art which we will see in the Uffizi Museum

Day 6: Excursion, cooking class

  • 09:00 Departure for Florence
  • 10:00 Guided visit of the Uffizi Museum, with particular reference to the works discussed during the dinners
  • 13:00 Free lunch
  • 14:30 Return to Poderi in Chianti
  • 16:00 Cooking lesson with readings of passages from Italian literature
  • 20:00 Dinner prepared by the students
  • 21:30 Classical music concert with soprano, tenor, and pianist

Day 7: Departure

  • 07:30 Transfer to airport

Carezze d’Italia needs at least 4 participants to run the holiday.

Chianti tour

Florence tour

Siena tour

Uffizi tour

This holiday will take place in Poderi in Chianti.

Treat your palate to handmade pasta, tagliatelle, ravioli, spaghetti alla chitarra, mushrooms, seasonal vegetables picked from the garden, sauces with fresh vegetables, meat, game, cheeses, delicious desserts with cream and fresh fruit.

  • 1 guided tour of the Uffizi Museum
  • 1 light lunch
  • 2 wine degustations at wineries
  • 3 types of wine with each meal
  • 4 cooking lessons (12 hours)
  • 4 Italian literature readings
  • 5 art history lessons
  • 6 breakfast baskets
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation in apartment
  • All entrance tickets
  • Eventual modifications to the menus for particular dietary requirements
  • Tour of Florence with guide
  • Tour of Siena with guide
  • Transportation to and from Peretola airport/SMN station
  • Use of pool and all garden equipment
  • All not explicitly mentioned above

Arrival by airplane

We recommend to fly with Swiss Air. This company has excellent transport links and convenient hours to the airport in Florence via Zurich. In addition, it also has great prices and comfortable aircraft.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Tavarnelle val di pesa, Italy

Taste of italian culture in Chianti. “Carezze d’Italia” is a full immersion program in Italian culture.

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