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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.