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