7 Days Tuscany Cooking Vacations in Florence

  • Instituto Galilei, Via degli Alfani 68, 50121, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Overview

Italian Cookery Holiday

For those who not only love eating Italian food, but would also like to know how to prepare it. The cooking course at the Villa invites you to explore the beauty of Italy through the flavors of the Italian and Tuscan cuisine under the guidance of a professional and creative chef. Enjoying a relaxing holiday in the villa with a park, a panoramic terrace, a swimming pool, and visits to the beautiful city of Florence. Learn traditional recipes in the calming atmosphere of the Tuscan hills just outside Florence in this vacation unlike any other.

Highlights

  • 5 cooking lessons
  • Full course menu preparation
  • Traditional Italian and Tuscan recipes
  • Certificate given after course completion
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners or lunches
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Villa Fiesole Hotel ****, Florence, Italy

On the side of an ancient Etruscan Hill in Fiesole (Florence, Italy), surrounded by centuries old woods, the Villa Fiesole Hotel Florence offers its guests a harmonious experience of elegance and peaceful rest. It is an ideal place to stay for those looking for relax and warm Tuscan hospitality, only a few minutes away from the center of Florence. It is doubtlessly one of the most enviable positions in Florence.

The Villa's atmosphere created by the antique furniture and beautiful frescoes which have been completely restored to their original colors, will wrap you in the beauty of its warm walls. All interiors are decorated with a soft elegance and an extreme care for details. Its 32 rooms are all equipped with the modern comforts one would expect in a world class hotel in Florence. Peaceful, elegant and exquisitely decorated, the Villa Fiesole Hotel Florence offers a breathtaking view of Florence, which lies only 3 kilometers away from it.

Villa Fiesole Hotel Florence also offers extensive gardens, a refreshing swimming pool, a unique panoramic terrace overlooking the city of Florence and a convenient parking lot. The Hotel Villa Fiesole has 32 large and comfortable bedrooms equipped with the most modern conveniences. You can choose between different room types: some have marvelous frescoed ceilings, other have a great view over Florence, and others have private terrace or patio over the internal courtyard. Four are the Junior Suites, to grant you the maximum comfort and relax.

Cooking for all seasons

This cooking course at the villa gives you a good insight in the Italian and Tuscan cuisine as well as a great opportunity to combine a relaxing holiday in a nice resort area.

The cooking course program varies with the season and always covers the whole menu from antipasti (starters) to dolci (desserts).

Come in summer when a soft wind refreshes the air on the hill, when the sun lazily caresses the tips of the pine trees and the crickets celebrate the warm season with their anthem. Come and learn to make refreshing salads, great range of starters and delicious desserts.

Come in autumn/winter when the fog rises mysteriously in the early morning from the valley and comes up the hill, revealing Florence with the Dome's cupola in the distance. These are good days to prepare some of the warm Tuscan soups that keep your heart and stomach cozy and warm.

Come in spring when all nature wakes up and rejoices, when its fragrance emanates from the flowers and flourishing trees in the gardens. Prepare and eat on the terrace, first courses of pasta (lasagne, carbonara, trenette al pesto) and the huge variety of vegetables and legumes, not to mention our local meat (the Florentine steak).

If you are vegetarian, you will find a great variety of choices and you will be taught only vegetarian dishes.

Course outline

  • Each session lasts 3 hours, either in the morning or in the afternoon.
  • Each lesson ends up with all the participants, having lunch / dinner on the dishes they have prepared.
  • The course is organized for small groups of maximum 4 participants.
  • The course will be taught in English and Italian.
  • The course can be attended from a minimum of one week to a maximum of 4 weeks.
  • All students will receive a certificate of participation.
  • We encourage participants to tell us in advance which Italian dishes they would like to learn and prepare, so that we can satisfy some of their personal expectations and tastes.
  • Please have a look at some of the dishes that compose the course program at the Villa.

The Villa is located in the heart of Tuscany, on one of the hills overlooking Florence, giving you a magnificent view of the city. Situated in an oasis of green a 20-minute ride (bus) from downtown Florence and the old historical center, this is a perfect place to live some very special moments taking a rest from the daily routine, and learning the Italian cuisine.

Florence is also the perfect city for studying Italian. Among the varied and important reasons are: the purity of the Italian language spoken here, Florence's extraordinary cultural past, the great number of museums and monuments, Florence's central location which allows easy travel (one or two hours) to cities like Siena, Pisa, Venice and Rome.

Activities
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free! Parking
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry
  • Newspapers
  • Wireless internet

Italian cuisine sample menu

Antipasti - starters

  • sformatini di ricotta con salsa, crostino al tartufo e crostone al fagiano marinato
  • bruschetta agliata al pomodoro
  • carpaccio di pesce spada
  • crostini misti della casa in terrine
  • crostone al lardo di Colonnata
  • antipasto toscano: prosciutto, sbriciolona, lardo di Colonnata e crostini al pat di fegato
  • Gamberoni al forno con erbette, pecorino con salsa di noci, fagioli con caviale e brioche con burro di tartufi

Primi piatti - first courses

  • "gnudi " al sugo di piccione o al burro e salvia
  • gnocchi rossi alle code di gamberi
  • malfatti ai freschi sapori dell'orto con dadini di pomodoro fresco
  • orecchiette zucchine pinoli e noci orecchiette
  • risotto con verdure, funghi e taleggio
  • tagliatelle speck ed asparagi
  • tortelli del "Mugello" al sugo di anatra
  • spaghetti al pomodoro

Secondi piatti - main courses

  • bistecca alla fiorentina
  • tagliata di bistecca su rucola oppure con grana
  • bocconcini di pollo al vino bianco e mandorle
  • bistecchina di maiale alla griglia farcita
  • anatra
  • entrecote al chianti e pepe rosa
  • fagottino vegetariano
  • filetto di manzo alla griglia, al pepe verde o alla voronoff
  • piccione nostrano alla griglia
  • straccetti di vitella
  • baccal
  • carpaccio di manzo del chianti
  • gran piatto di ricciola affumicata

Contorni - garniture

  • bietola all'agro con limone o saltata
  • ceci o fagioli all'olio
  • cipolline e carotine novelle aromatizzate
  • gran fritto di verdure
  • insalata verde
  • insalata mista
  • patate fritte
  • sformatino di spinaci al formaggio fuso

Dolci - desserts

  • cheese cake
  • tiramis
  • semifreddo al limone
  • sfogliatina alla mela o pera e cioccolata fusa
  • bab al rum
  • cantuccini di Prato con vinsanto

Optional tours

Explore the beauty of Italy

Each excursion takes place every day. This private tour program to the most notable and beautiful sites in Tuscany and Italy, represents a natural continuation of our Art History course outside Florence. It can also be considered just as a program of excursions by itself.

This program of excursions is recommended for everyone who wishes to enjoy scenery while gaining a more complete view of Italian historical beauties. Depending on the distance from Florence, some excursions last half day (4 hours) while others require a full day (7 hours).

Guided visits

This is a program of Florence where you will have guided tours and visits to the main museums, churches, and palaces of the city. The visits and guided tours can either be followed in the morning or in the afternoon and are recommended for anyone who is seeking stimulating and less standard information on the greatness of the Renaissance period.

Among the places you can visit are: The Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery, Bargello - The National museum, and the Pitti Palace and Boboli garden. Among the churches are Santa Croce, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, San Miniato al Monte, or The Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. You can participate in one or more of these visits.

Wine tasting tours in Tuscany

Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and the Sangiovese wines are some of the most famous Italian wines. If you are planning a trip to Florence or Tuscany, you should take the opportunity to taste them directly in the area of their origin taking one of our Italian wine tasting tours.

A unique experience, which will make you appreciate even more the world-famous wines of the Chianti and Montalcino area and reveal you the secrets of the winemaking process. Our knowledgeable guides will make the most complex wine issues interesting, easy to understand and fun.

Together with our partner we propose three different itineraries for wonderful wine tasting tours in Italy, all held in English and Italian. If you prefer to have a wine tasting tour in another language, please let us know so that we can provide you with a personal translator who will accompany you on the tour.

The wine tasting tours, starting from Florence, are conducted in comfortable mini buses. Riding along some of the most suggestive roads, these day trips will make you discover the Tuscan countryside, one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. You will visit different vineyards that will give you a great flavor of the area.

In some of the best wineries, you will meet personally with the farmers or winemakers, who will show you around. You will live some unforgettable moments of fun and excellent wines! As all our programs, these tours are proposed for small groups of minimum 2 persons. Such self-formed groups can do the wine tasting tours without having to be enrolled in one of our courses.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Galilei Institute an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Anna B from Germany

    "I have spent a fantastic and intensive week at the Institute Galileo Galilei. All the staff was very welcoming and friendly so I felt at home instantly. The secretary Eleonora was very helpful in every possible way, also for booking museum tickets or recommendations of restaurants. The course I followed was totally individualized. My teacher Antonio was very professional and it was also a lot of fun to work with him. There was no endless repetition of grammar but we only studied what was relevant to me personally. Especially the simple explanations of the actual use of each grammatical form in today's Italian language of every day was extremely valuable to me. I must strongly recommend this school to anybody who really wants to make the most of their time in Florence. And I will certainly come back."

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  • Review by Defoy L from Montreal, Canada

    "My sister and I have been recently this opportunity to discover In Florence, this Institute wich offers services of visiting places with a specialised guide in History of Art. We appreciated a lot the professionalism and efficiency of the work made by Eleonora, the secretary, to help us to arrange the visits "A la carte" exactly the manner we wanted to be. And more, we had a very personalised reception when we were there. Raffaello, the teacher, was great as well. We learned a lot from him and he shared generously his knowledge and love for this city. Istituto Galilei contributed to enhance our pleasure to live this amazing experience and to feel a part of Florence in relation with its treasures."

    "Thanks."

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  • Review by Ksenia K from London, United Kingdom

    "A native Russian speaker, I have studied various foreign languages and know the difference between an ordinary school and an exceptional one. When I decided to embark on Italian, I did a thorough research and identified Istituto Galilei as a language school unlike all others - and proved to be right! Istituto Galilei is geared towards adult learners who are motivated to come to grips with Italian within a tight time frame, regardless of whether they need the language skills for business or pleasure, and provides them with the perfect means for achieving this goal. The combination of their tailored approach, individual classes, unique immersion method, focus on immediate application of the learned material in a natural setting and fantastic teachers make Istituto Galilei truly stand out among other language schools. I would highly recommend it to anyone who cares about an efficient and highly enjoyable investment of their time in learning to speak one of the most beautiful languages in the world."

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  • Review by Stephanie and Frederic Sabalski

    "We would like to tell you that we are very happy about our stay at la Villa; all the people there where very friendly with us. We really enjoyed the cooking classes with the chef, who is really good and friendly. We learned a lot about Italian cooking and we had wonderful diner every evening (now we are on a diet!). We wanted to thank you and let you know that we will surely recommend the school and the Villa. Thanks to you and to everyone who made our stay so pleasant."

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  • Review by Tatiana and Manuela

    "Again: thank you very much for arranging a cooking course for us. We really had a good time and learned a lot. We had a dinner party at our apartment last night and we cooked a few of the dishes I learned; they were a hit! One of our guests was Italian and he said it was perfect, so you could imagine how we were. So please, tell the chefs, we did not just laugh a lot during our one-week with them, but we actually learned and applied this knowledge. Please thank both Antonio and Alessio for us. We will go home to Manila on Sunday and together with Annette and Rocky, we will cook for our friends and family. That's all for now, until our next course!"

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  • Review by Gregor and Celina

    "We would like to congratulate you on your cooking program up at the Villa. We feel fortunate with our decision in many ways. But allow us to get more substantial in our observations (we were looking for a week of rounded Italy experience; a week of art history; mediterranean culture; beautiful landscape and cooking. During our stay we found this and plenty more. Florence, like Rome, Venice or many other places, provided the ingredients for what we were looking for. Italy, without question, is not short of opportunities. Finding a place like the Villa seemed a particularly fortunate decision for our endeavor, but all together, we are very enthusiastic about the course. The location, the cooking and the idea of getting closer to Italy were great. Possibly next time with a bit more of Italian language teaching!"

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Availability

Available all year round with arrival on Monday and departure on Sunday.

 

Low season
  • January 2 - March 25
  • November 5 - December 23

 

Mid season
  • March 26 - April 22
  • October 22 - November 4

 

High season

  • April 22 - October 21
  • December 24 - December 31

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