7 Days Tuscan Cooking Vacation in Montefollonico, Italy

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

Styles


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

Cook in Tuscany offers two places to stay in Montefollonico. Your home for the week will be at Hotel La Costa - within the walled village of Montefollonico, or a villa in Montefollonico - with views of the countryside. Both locations have the same program.

Hotel La Costa, Via Coppoli, Montefollonico, Tuscany, Italy

Relais La Costa, located in the small medieval town of Montefollonico between Pienza and Montepulciano, is an oasis of peace and refined gastronomy. The building dates backs to 1300, today “Relais.” La Costa was the ancient town farm, nowadays is a charming hotel restaurant, that was restored leaving its ancient characteristics unchanged, paying great attention to every details.

The bedrooms with panoramic view, some with balcony, occupy the master’s rooms and have been perfectly restored keeping their original style. All guestrooms are individual in decor and supplied with the best amenities. Each room has a private bathroom, some of which with Jacuzzi hydromassage bathtub.

A breathtaking view, unique, incomparable and not to be found anywhere else, can be admired from the terrace and from the rooms overlooking the garden. It is considered one of the most beautiful panoramas 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.

Agriturismo Podere Prato Vecchio

Montefollonico is a small village on an hilltop, located in the heart of Tuscany, among Torrita di Siena, Pienza and Montepulciano. It is a few kilometers away from cities of art and SPAs. At the foot of this village lies the Podere Pratovecchio, an oasis surrounded by deep silence and a wonderful view. From this special corner you can observe the panorama from Val di Chiana down to Lake Transimeno. The organic farm and the Agriturismo also offer a beautiful swimming pool, where you can relax your body and mind while being the guest.

In the farm you can stay in six cozy and comfortable rooms, choosing between classic and superior. Each room is characterized by the name of famous heroines of operas such as Aida and Turandot. Each room has private bathroom with shower and free bathroom products, fan, heating, wardrobe / closet, free internet wi-fi and tv if required. Any type of extra bed or baby cot is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel.

Classic rooms

  • Butterfly (classic double room) - 25 square meters, two rooms, double bed, wardrobe/closet, cot/bed, fan, private bathroom with shower. With views of the garden and a tree-lined avenue.
  • Carmen (classic double room) - 22 square meters, two rooms, double bed, wardrobe/closet, cot/bed, fan, private bathroom with shower. With views of the garden and a tree-lined avenue.
  • Norma (classic double room) - 23 square meters, two rooms, double bed, wardrobe/closet, cot/bed, fan, private bathroom with shower. With views of the garden and a tree-lined avenue.
  • Turandot (classic twin room) - 20 square meters, two rooms, two twin beds, fan, wardrobe/closet, private bathroom with shower, views of the garden and a tree-lined avenue.

Superior rooms

  • Aida (superior double room) - 30 square meters, two rooms, extra long double bed, fan, wardrobe/closet, cot/bed, hardwood/parquet floors, private bathroom with shower, pool view, extra space.
  • Manon (superior twin room) - 30 square meters, two rooms, two large twin beds with mosquito nets, fan, wardrobe/closet, cot/bed, hardwood/parquet floors, private bathroom with shower, pool and garden view, extra space.

Program

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.

Location

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.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation at Hotel La Costa in Montefollonico
  • All gratuities
  • All meals, wines and receptions
  • Bus tours
  • Excursions
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Tours

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Most people travel from Rome or Florence airports. Transportation can be arranged. Fees differ depending on mode of transportation and people.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 120 days before arrival.
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