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2 Day Cooking Lessons to Prepare Five Courses with a Chef in San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena

Villa Vetrichina, Podere Vetrichina, 446, San Casciano dei Bagni, Province of Siena, Italy

Italy Cooking Holiday with a Chef

You will cook the traditional dishes of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio together; vegetarians or vegans can be accommodated. The courses will be rich in flavor and taste and are very genuine, mostly using produce and herbs harvested from the garden. Lessons will be based on authentic cuisine taught to by moms and grandmothers. The recipes will be seasonal, because this area offers excellent culinary products. To start, Chef Francesco will present the raw ingredients that you will use then show you different techniques for hand-making noodles, pies, dumplings, stuffed pasta, and pizza. You'll learn techniques for sauces, roasting, and different types of cooking. Then, you'll all sit together at a table and celebrate your preparations with a wonderful five-course dinner immersed in nature.

Meet the instructors

Francesco
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Highlights

  • Cooking classes to prepare five courses
  • Prepare your welcome snack upon arrival
  • Learn traditional recipes and personal stories
  • Create a seasonal dessert or the most popular, tiramisu
  • Cook the main course of your choice
  • Learn to make two types of pasta
  • Breakfast will be served
  • 1-night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


1 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 2-20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (US$470 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$294 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$235 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (US$352 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$153 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Child care
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Villa Vetrichina today welcomes an intercontinental clientele, mainly American, but also Asian and Indian. The presence of thermal waters attracts Italian customers, especially in autumn and spring, who love this wonderful corner of Tuscany. The villa is open all year round and can also be rented in its entirety. The services offered by a qualified staff complete and enrich the comfort. It is possible to stay in the "Le Papere" room or, if reserved, in five other beautiful rooms.

La Damabianca

Located on the first floor of the villa, the room is the most elegant with luxury finishes. It is accessed from the Salone del Gran Camino. Possibility of additional single bed for a child of up to 10 years (supplement of 15 EUR). The bathroom has a Devon & Devon copper tub with a hand shower.

Particular mention should be made for the Salone del Grande Camino, equipped with large sofas and armchairs, for its view of the Borgo di San Casciano, the swimming pool of the villa set in the greenery, and the garden. You can request, together with the Il Baronerosso room, the use of the exclusive lounge (with supplement), perfect for two couples of friends or families with older children. Pets are allowed.

  • Adults: 2
  • Services: Air conditioning, professional hairdryer, soaps with natural essences, Wi-Fi
  • View: Gardens on the Monte Cetona side
  • Size: 22 meters squared
  • Bed type: King-size - Extra large with a memory mattress
  • Categories: Double room

Il Baronerosso

Located on the first floor of the villa, the room is decorated in red tones. It is accessed from the Salone del Gran Camino. The bathroom has a large shower covered in dark travertine marble and a particular sink. The window on the ceiling adds an even more particular note to the bathroom. Air-conditioning is available for consumption if required. The room is adjacent to the covered terrace.

You can request, together with the La Damabianca room, the use of the exclusive lounge (with supplement) perfect for two couples of friends or families with older children. Pets are allowed.

  • Adults: 2
  • Services: Air conditioning, professional hairdryer, soaps with natural essences, Wi-Fi
  • View: Garden
  • Size: 15 meters squared
  • Bed type: King-size - Extra large with a memory mattress
  • Categories: Double room

Le Papere

The room is on the ground floor and overlooks the large garden bordering the woods. Possibility of an additional single bed for a child of up to 10 years (supplement of 15 EUR). It has a bathroom with a large shower covered with travertine marble. Together with the Sognid'oro room, it is an excellent accommodation for two families with children with a sitting area for exclusive use (with supplement). Pets are allowed.

  • Adults: 2
  • Services: Air conditioning, professional hairdryer, soaps with natural essences, Wi-Fi
  • View: Garden
  • Size: 20 meters squared
  • Bed type: King-size - Extra large with a memory mattress
  • Categories: Double room

Il Pizzo

The room is on the ground floor and is accessed from the garden through a sitting area. In the room, an old oak counter houses two black stone sinks. It is equipped with a bathroom with shower covered in blue chrome travertine marble and dark sanitaryware. Air conditioning is available for consumption if required. It is possible to add a cot. You can have the exclusive use of the sitting room, with supplement, together with the Turquesa room, ideal for two couples or friends or for families with children. Pets are allowed.

  • Adults: 2
  • Services: Air conditioning, professional hairdryer, soaps with natural essences, Wi-Fi
  • View: Sunset side garden
  • Size: 20 meters squared
  • Bed type: King-size - Extra large with a memory mattress
  • Categories: Double room

La Turquesa

The room is on the ground floor and is accessed from the garden through a sitting area. It has a bathroom with a large double waterfall shower and shower head. Air conditioning is available for consumption if required. You can have the exclusive use of the sitting room, with supplement, together with the Il Pizzo room, ideal for two couples or friends or for families with children. Pets are allowed.

  • Adults: 2
  • Services: Air conditioning, professional hairdryer, soaps with natural essences, Wi-Fi
  • View: Sunset side garden
  • Size: 28 meters squared
  • Bed type: King-size with a memory mattress
  • Categories: Double room

I Sognid'oro

The room is on the ground floor with exit to the garden. It is accessed from inside the house via a sitting area in use with a monitor. The adjoining children's room is 11 square meters. The bathroom, shared with the master bedroom, has a shower covered in travertine marble. Air conditioning is available for consumption if required.

Games and children's books are available. It is possible to add a cot. The room can also be rented individually. Together with the room Le Papere, this is an excellent accommodation for two families with children, with a sitting area for exclusive use (with supplement). Pets are allowed.

  • Adults: 2
  • Children: 2
  • Services: Air conditioning, professional hairdryer, soaps with natural essences, Wi-Fi
  • View: Garden on the Monte Cetona side
  • Size: 29 meters squared
  • Bed type: King-size with a memory mattress, 2 single bed with orthopedic mattresses of 80x190 centimeters
  • Categories: Family room

Program

Chef Francesco, together with Villa Vetrichina, organizes informal, fun cooking lessons, but with respect to the most authentic culinary traditions. They use local quality raw materials. The manor house opens and turns into a laboratory where a pan of water and flour becomes tagliatelle, ravioli, fettuccine, and the scent of seasoning sauces are a promise. With the preparation, the meal will be carried out. Wine, water, and coffee are all already included in the price

Cooking classes

Lesson 1: Welcome snack

Lessons 2 and 3: Choice of two types of pasta

  • Noodles
  • Gnocchi
  • Ravioli with the filling of the day
  • Pasta on the guitar

Lesson 4: One main course of your choice

  • Farmer's chicken
  • Pork ribs with beer

Lesson 5: Seasonal dessert or tiramisu, the most popular

Instructors

Francesco Falciani

Location

You will be in the kitchen at the province of Siena in San Casciano dei Bagni, it is located in the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Villa Vetrichina complex, surrounded by nature and woods near Monte Amiata, between Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. The place is enchanting and magical where you can find a moment of pleasure.

Villa Vetrichina was born as a country farm at the end of the 1700s. Over the years, it has undergone several adjustments but it is in 2012 that it became the subject of careful renovation according to the most modern comforts and designers. The use of natural materials, of Tuscan origin, guarantee the housing quality. Surrounded by unspoiled nature, it is a short distance from the village of San Casciano dei Bagni, considered the most enchanting village in the Val D'Orcia.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries

Food

With the preparation of the cooking class, meals will be carried out in complete calmness, and once relaxation is finished in the lounge.

Restaurant

After a day at the spa or around the beauty of these places in the evening, the restaurant becomes the right place to relax. Chef Francesco agrees on the menu with the guests, guiding them in tastings of local specialties in a welcoming and informal atmosphere by the warmth of the fireplace.

The restaurant's typical menu includes various appetizers ranging from cutting boards to assorted croutons or to the chef's imagination. The first courses are fresh handmade pasta with typical local condiments: ragù of Chianina or game or fresh vegetables.

Local meats, game, Chianina fillet, parmesan, burrata, etc. enrich the main course menu with sautéed or fresh vegetables; the desserts are obviously homemade. Vegan, allergy, gluten-free, and vegetarian menus are also available on reservation. Always present is the trio of homemade first courses with typical local condiments

Friday Menu

  • Mushroom and Sausage Ravioli - Homemade ravioli with a seasonal filling of the day with porcini mushrooms and sausage
  • Pici Mushrooms and Sausage - Handmade pici with porcini mushrooms and sausage
  • Shin - Beer-flavored shank
  • Chicken - Chicken casserole with disperata sauce
  • Seasonal side dish
  • Homemade sweets

Saturday Menu

  • Duck Dumplings - Gnocchi with duck ragout
  • Tuscan Ribollita - Typical Tuscan soup
  • Filetto alle Stagioni - Fillet of Chianina with seasoning
  • Anatra imporchettata - Duck according to Tuscan tradition
  • Seasonal side dish
  • Homemade dessert

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Hallal
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The cost of the spa and spa treatments are not included as it is a different structure from the villa, if available, Villa Vetrichina and Chef Francesco can provide discounts of up to 15%.

What's included

  • 5 cooking classes with a chef
  • Dinner with the preparation
  • Breakfast
  • Wine, water, and coffee
  • 1 night accommodation (If the villa is fully booked, you can stay in a hotel a few kilometers away wherein all will be included in the price)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Excessive air conditioning or heating
  • Extra payment for entrance to the natural spas and to the spa (1 kilometer away)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arraneg your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PEG), Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), Pisa International Airport (PSA), or Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Transfers from any of these airports are not yet included but are available at different additional costs. For more information, please send Francesco Private Cook an inquiry.

Arrival by shuttle

If you have difficulties, Francesco Private Cook can meet you at the parking area of San Casciano dei Bagni Viale Manciati

GPS

N42.87912, E11.89128

Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Airport transfer available: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (US$470 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport Airport transfer available: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$294 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$235 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (US$352 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer available: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$153 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 75% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.

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These cooking lessons are available all year round.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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