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5 Days Tuscany and Umbria Cooking Vacations in Italy

5 Days Tuscany and Umbria Cooking Vacations in Italy

  • Orvieto - Montepulciano - San Casciano dei Bagni

Wine and Cooking Holidays in Italy

This is a wonderful cooking tour that will make you discover the beauty of Orvieto, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, and San Casciano dei Bagni. The cooking class will reveal the secrets of regional dishes, while in a luxurious spa, you will get to relax your body and spirit. Enjoy this tour through local villages, visit oil mills and taste extra virgin olive oil, get wine tasting sessions, and eat sheep cheeses and handmade pasta. Come to relax in rural Italy's unspoiled nature!

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class with dinner
  • Wine, olive oil, and cheese tasting
  • Discover beautiful Orvieto in a guided tour
  • Explore Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino
  • Relax with a day at a luxurious spa
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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All the accommodations are located in strategic positions and have excellent reviews in the most important websites. They provide excellent services and are renovated with quality materials. If an accommodation is not available, a similar one at the same level of quality will be provided.

Day 1

  • 08:00 Appointment with an Eatalytour employee at your accommodation in Rome and departure for Orvieto
  • 09:30 Arrival at Orvieto and check-in at the hotel
  • 10:30 You will find your guide at the hotel entrance to start the tour of the city
  • 13:00 End of the visit and lunch in a typical restaurant
  • 15:00 Free afternoon for shopping
  • 20:00 Dinner at the restaurant and overnight

Day 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast and check-out
  • 10:00 Departure for Montepulciano
  • 11:00 Arrival at Montepulciano and check-in at the hotel
  • 12:00 Visit to a winery and tasting of Rosso di Montepulciano wine and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with bread and extra virgin olive oil, local cold cuts of pork, Santo di Montepulciano wine, and cantucci
  • 14:00 Free afternoon
  • 16:30 Cooking class in the kitchen with Chef Lilian and welcome drink; you will prepare an appetizer, a first course, a main course, and a dessert that will be consumed at dinner with wine
  • 22:00 Overnight

Day 3

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Transfer to Montalcino and visit to the city
  • 11:30 Visit to a cellar and tasting of the famous Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino wines with a hearty plate of cold cuts, honey, and bruschetta (toasted bread, salt, and extra virgin oil)
  • 14:00 Transfer to Pienza and visit to the city
  • 15:00 Transfer to a cheese factory and tasting of various types of cheeses, all accompanied by a special Tuscan combination of pears, honey, and jams
  • 17:00 Back at the hotel
  • 20:00 Dinner and overnight

Day 4

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Check-out from the hotel
  • 10:00 Transfer to the San Casciano dei Bagni and check-in at the hotel
  • 11:30 Spa day and relax time
  • 20:00 Dinner with a menu of Tuscan traditions and overnight

Day 5

  • 08:30 Breakfast and check-out
  • 10:30 Departure for Rome
  • 13:00 Lunch at the Ottavo Colle Restaurant
  • 16:00 Arrival at your accommodation in Rome
  • Guided tour of Orvieto
  • Visit to a cheese factory
  • Visit to a wine cellar
  • Visit to an oil mill
  • Visit to Montalcino
  • Visit to Montepulciano
  • Visit to Pienza
  • Visit to San Casciano dei Bagni

During this culinary holiday, you will visit beautiful cities, such as Orvieto, Montepulciano, Pienza, and Montalcino, in Italy. Orvieto, perched on a cliff of tuff, gives great views over the quaint old town, magnificent monuments, and sights, including the Cathedral of Orvieto, a masterpiece of Italian Gothic architecture; the Chapel of San Brizio, famous for its frescoes; and Saint Patrick's Well, a true masterpiece of engineering.

The Val d'Orcia is a wide valley in the province of Siena, close to the border with Umbria. It takes the name from the Orcia River running through it and is characterized by spectacular scenic views and many medieval villages, such as Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, and San Casciano dei Bagni. Val d'Orcia is also world-famous for its traditional Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano wines, the Cinta Senese, and the Pecorino of Pienza.

A hearty breakfast prepared with the highest quality products is provided every day. Your vacation also includes one lunch and three dinners. Your holiday will be complete with a cooking class, which you will eat for dinner with wine, and visits to an oil mill, a wine cellar, and a cheese factory. These three visits include tastings sessions of the products made in these establishments. In Italy, you will get to try some of these dishes and ingredients:

  • Cantucci
  • Bread and poggio alla sala extra virgin olive oil
  • Fantasy assorted bruschette and cold cuts
  • Gnocchi with duck or wild boar sauce (homemade thick Spaghetti)
  • Grilled sliced steak with green pepper, rosemary, and red berries with roast potatoes and salad
  • Large board of local cold cuts and Pienza Pecorino
  • Pici al sugo (homemade thick spaghetti with meat sauce)
  • Pudding of Pecorino cheese
  • Roast pork alla Poliziana with almond puree with roast potatoes or salad
  • Tagliatelle with meat sauce

The food will be paired with the following kinds of local wines:

  • Nobile di Montepulciano (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin)
  • Rosso di Montepulciano (Controlled Designation of Origin)
  • Vin Santo di Montepulciano (Controlled Designation of Origin)

In San Casciano dei Bagni, you will visit the Fonteverde Resort and Spa, where the Italian hospitality meets an unforgettable well-being.

  • 1 cooking class and dinner with wine
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • All transfers in an optional luxury car
  • Guided tour of Orvieto
  • Spa visit
  • Train from Chiusi-Chianciano to Rome
  • Visit to a cheese factory with cheese tasting
  • Visit to a wine cellar with wine tasting
  • Visit to an oil mill with olive oil tasting
  • Visit to Montalcino
  • Visit to Montepulciano
  • Visit to Pienza
  • Visit to San Casciano dei Bagni
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA).

Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request. One-way transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Rome center costs between 50 and 80 EUR for two to eight persons. One-way transfer from Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Rome center costs between 45 and 70 EUR for two to eight persons.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.