7 Days Tuscan Cooking Vacation in Montefollonico, Italy

  • Hotel La Costa, Via Coppoli, 11-23, 53049 Montefollonico, Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Overview

Cooking Holidays in Italy

Cook In Tuscany's slogan says it all, "cook, eat, play". Join them for a hands-on, all-inclusive, culinary tour. Enjoy daily cooking lessons from local women. Relax in first class accommodations in the medieval hill top village of Montefollonico. Visit the regions best wineries and cheese makers and savor the flavors of local gourmet products. Daily tours of local and historic sites and recreational activities will make you want for more! Come stay with Cook In Tuscany and experience the true Tuscan lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Lessons with local women
  • 5 cooking classes, 2 wine tastings
  • Market visit, cheese maker visit, bread class, truffle hunting
  • Montepulciano winery tour, cheese farm visit, specialty shops visit
  • Excursions in Cortona, Pienza, Montepulciano, and Ferretto
  • Dine at haute restaurants in Montefollonico
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Hotel La Costa, Via Coppoli, Montefollonico, Tuscany, Italy

Your home for the week will be at Hotel La Costa - within the walled city of Montefollonico. The building in which the hotel is found dates back to the 13th century and is within the village walls. This is a once in a lifetime chance to live within the 13th century walls of a Tuscan hilltop village. Everything is within walking distance.

The view from La Costa is breathtaking - it overlooks the Tuscan valley and you can often see the village of Cortona on the nearby hilltop across the valley. It can be admired from the great, 400 square meter Terrace and from the rooms overlooking the garden. It is considered one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

The panoramic sights are unique to La Costa and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With vista of all the Valdichiana, Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, the Marches, and when days are particularly clear, your gaze can reach the snowy peaks of the Italian Gran Sasso in Abruzzo. The rooms are all modernized, air conditioned, and features designs that are unique to each room - all equipped with the best amenities. Each room has a private bathroom, some of which with Jacuzzi hydro massage bathtub.

The owners have been in the hospitality business for almost 30 years and the best customer service is their promise. You will encounter a friendly, helpful and professional staff dedicated to making your stay outstanding. The little touches make a huge difference, and La Costa certainly makes sure the little touches are there.

Cook in Tuscany classes

If you want to experience Tuscany as a local, visit Cook In Tuscany. Their classes immerse you into the local culture where you will experience a culinary "occasion" like no other. Cooking experiences change daily and with each meal. If you're looking for professional chefs, you won't find them here. The classes are taught by the local Tuscan women. Don't look for electric appliances; there are no food processors. Everything is done by hand. The cooking classes are like no other. There are no fancy blenders or chefs in tall hats. The kitchen is busy with wooden spoons and women who look and act like a distant family member. Each women teaches and entertains differently, each is unforgettable.

Sample schedule

Day 1 - A view to die for, it's Sunday!

  • Arrival
  • Check in at La Costa in Montefolloncio
  • 17:30 Aperitivo on the terrace of LaCosta
  • Dinner following aperitivo

Day 2 - Hunting under the Tuscan sun, it's Monday!

  • Truffle hunting with Massimo, and a truffle-inspired cooking class and lunch
  • Village visit, palace and castle tour
  • Dinner in Montefolloncio

Day 3 - A Pope and a Roman bath, it's Tuesday!

  • Morning cooking class with Helena, Sandra and Katerina
  • Depart for the Roman baths of Bagno Vignoni and Pienza - both UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Drinks in Pienza, followed by dinner

Day 4 - Pici and wine, it's Wednesday!

  • Cooking class and lunch with Isa at La Costa
  • Wine tasting and tour in the valley with Inesa
  • Montepulciano for shopping, an underground tour and dinner

Day 5 - Ravoli and pizza, it's Thursday!

  • Cooking class and lunch in the heart of Cortona with Antonietta and Roberta
  • Visit to Le Celle, Franciscan Monastery, built by Saint Francis in 1211, still inhabited by Franciscan friars
  • Dinner in Montefollonico

Day 6 - Cheese and Bread, it's Friday!

  • Cheese and bread making class at a local farm
  • Tasting lunch while enjoying the amazing view of Pienza and Montecchiello
  • Wine tasting and cellar tour with a fifth generation wine maker
  • Farewell dinner at La Costa in Montefollonico

Day 7 - Arrivederci! It's Saturday!

  • Leisure departure
  • Arrivederci e viaggi sicuri

Cook In Tuscany program

Cook

Join Cook In Tuscany in their medieval hill top village for a week of cooking delicious meals. The women of the village are masters of their art, food! They will endear you with their skills and laughter in the kitchen. They hold the classes in the same kitchens their grandmothers, or Nonnas as they say in Italy, taught them how to mix, stir, and roll.

Eat

After sharing time in the kitchen with new friends and your new Nonna, you will get to eat. You will sit around the table on patios, in gardens and sometimes in the kitchen and share the fruits of our labor. You will dine on homemade gnocchi, tagliatelli, bruschetta, herb chicken, and stuffed flowers. Don't miss the Montefollonico original - the thick ribbons of handmade egg-less pasta - pici. And of course, no meal is complete in Tuscany without a few good bottles of vino. You will also travel to neighboring villages to dine at renowned restaurants for dinner each night.

Play

After all the food and vino, you are ready to play - the Tuscan way. You will walk the cobblestone streets of villages, shop at local markets, visit wineries and cheese makers, see historic sights, and stop for cappuccino and local made pastries and taste creamery gelato. You will see who wins the red ravioli with their pasta rolling skills and who can win the coveted golden rolling pin for their skills and ability to pronounce the village names correctly. All in sync with a symphony of laughter and sharing new experiences with new and old friends.

On top of a hill facing Montepulciano, stands the medieval, historical centre, village of Montefollonico, in the province of Siena. Far from busy roads and from the usual tourist trail, the splendid isolation of Montefollonico is probably what makes it particularly charming and appealing. It is a fantastic medieval village, surrounded by 13th century walls that protect Montefollonico Castle. With its narrow, winding streets and its low, rustic houses, Montefollonico provides a genuine view of Tuscany. It is here that you will enjoy great cooking, memorable meals, and unlimited wine in our hidden village surrounded by rolling green hills.

It is only about halfway between Rome and Florence, 15 kilometers from the Valdichiana exit of the A1 Milan-Rome motorway (the Autosole) and only 10 minutes from the junction with the main road at Cassia. In the area you can find Pienza, a jewel of the Renaissance, Montepulciano, Cortona, Chiusi, Foiano, and cities of art such as Siena, Arezzo and Perugia.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Mountain biking
General
  • Bar
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry nearby
  • Shop nearby
  • 6 nights accommodation at Hotel La Costa in Montefollonico
  • All gratuities
  • All meals, wines and receptions
  • Bus tours
  • Excursions
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Tours
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

Driving directions from "Autostrada del Sole" Milano-Napoli A1 (E35)

  • Exit Valdichiana
  • Go to Torrita di Siena
  • Subsequently, go to Montefollonico

Arrival by train

  • Siena-Chiusi line: Torrita di Siena station or Sinalunga.
  • Milan-Rome line: Terontola-Cortona station, or Chiusi Chianciano Terme for Torrita di Siena and subsequently for Montefollonico.

Distances

  • Florence Airport, 120 kilometers
  • Pisa Airport, 190 kilometers
  • Rome Airport, 220 kilometers
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 120 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Howard and Shelli Webb from Kansas, USA

    "What a view. Thank you both for a wonderful holiday. I close my eyes and I can still see the view from La Costa. Wow! What a view! You both are excellent hosts; your love of Tuscany shows. I have decided to cook, eat, play everyday, not just when I am in Tuscany. Our friends are now asking us to cook for them. Thank you again for the great memories. We hope to see you again soon!"

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  • Review by Howard and Shelli Webb from Kansas, USA

    "What a view. Thank you both for a wonderful holiday. I close my eyes and I can still see the view from La Costa. Wow! What a view! You both are excellent hosts; your love of Tuscany shows. I have decided to cook, eat, play everyday, not just when I am in Tuscany. Our friends are now asking us to cook for them. Thank you again for the great memories. We hope to see you again soon!"

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  • Review by Dean and JoAnn Reed from Sydney, Australia

    "What a great week we had! Thank you for not just guiding us through Southern Tuscany but for making us feel like we were friends. The cooking classes were fabulous, the wine was wonderful, the villages were perfect and your hospitality was the best! We are coming back and bringing friends. "

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  • Review by Lily Jackson from Washington, USA

    "I wanted you to know that I can’t stop talking about my week at Cook in Tuscany. I can still taste the gelato in Pienza, the wine from Salcheto, the delicious pasta with garlic, and my all-time favorite, the fresh warm cantucci. The classes, tours, food were great, but your attention to the group’s every need just put it over the top for me. Thank you both for making my Tuscan dream come true! "

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  • Review by Joni and Sal Salavanto from New Jersey, USA

    "5 stars. I am not sure how you did it but you two translated my Tuscan dream into reality. I cannot thank you enough for making our trip to Tuscany a memory that will live forever. Your hospitality was 5 star, the food 5 star, the company was 5 star and the memories were to the moon! I am dreaming of coming back."

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An amazing culinary vacation awaits you. Learn from the experts. Dine in "hidden" restaurants. Tour local hilltop villages. Come and Cook in Tuscany.

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