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Cooking classes during this cooking vacation, designed by Silvia Baracchi, a Michelin Star chef and owner of The Relais Il Falconiere and Spa, celebrate traditional Tuscan recipes. Learn how to cook authentic Tuscan cuisine in focused, spirited classes in the residential style kitchen, using local ingredients personally selected by the chef under healthy, ethic, and protection of the land criteria. After your cooking classes, enjoy a seated, served dinner in the charming dining room, in which you will savor the food you have prepared. When you walk through the front door of the kitchen, you are walking into a house. Il Falconiere carefully designed the cooking kitchen to avoid comparisons with stainless steel dominated restaurant kitchens and cookery schools.
Il Falconiere, along with a Michelin star restaurant, a wine resort, and exclusive spa is a small world of charm suspended in time, that has preserved the simplicity of two youths in love with a dream, from which a wonderful story has been created. The Relais Il Falconiere and Spa is an old world charm in Tuscany. Guests are invited to choose their own corner of their heart. The rooms in the old villa, which preserve the intimacy of a stay in the main house, the little chapel to those adjacent or very close to the spa. Whatever type of holidays you are having, all rooms share the style of refined simplicity reminiscing of the most important Tuscan houses with picturesque views of the countryside of Cortona always at your front door. Each room is unique and enriched by the inspiration of local artisans; frescoed walls, antique furniture, glorious beds and graced with woven fabrics, bringing you back to the renaissance in real time.
Classic rooms are in the Tuscan style of a noble family home. In these five classic rooms, the decor is simple and elegant. Four poster beds, linen curtains, upholstered headboards, you will find yourself with all the intimacy of staying in an old manor house. With views of box hedges, fruit or chestnut trees, or vineyards or perhaps the hillside of Cortona, the architectural jewel is at your fingertips. The room is composed of:
The charm of the Relais in four junior suites are arranged in different areas of the property, some located near the church, others in the cottage, or a few steps from the spa. The room is composed of:
The Executive suite’s beauty and harmony are simply exclusive. The room is composed of:
Il Falconiere wants you to feel relaxed and at home and so the courses are designed around the sort of cooking you would do in your own kitchen to entertain family and friends: the aim is to inspire you and send you home with new and exciting recipes while at the same time giving you time to cook with like-minded people. It doesn’t matter what level you are, just come along and enjoy the experience! You'll learn how to make delicious bread, pasta, stress-free main courses, impressive starters, and tempting desserts.
Enjoy welcome cocktail with Silvia, your host for the week. The aperitif will be followed by a delicious gourmet dinner in Il Falconiere’s Michelin star restaurant.
At 10:00, depart for a guided sightseeing tour of Cortona for a visit to this charming city, setting of the book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Lunch will be at Bottega Baracchi and come back to the Relais for your first cooking class. Tuscan cuisine transports, comforts, entices and speaks to the friendly, genuine, and improvisational spirit of Tuscan life. Both cooking and eating in Tuscany are natural pleasures. Today’s special includes:
Later, dinner will be with your creations matched by great Tuscan wines.
At 10:00, be ready for the second cooking lesson followed by the lunch. Tuscan food tastes like itself. Ingredients are left to shine. So, if on your visit Silvia will hand you an apron, your work will be easy. You’ll start with primo ingredients, a little flurry of activity, perhaps some glasses of O’Lillo of the Baracchi Winery, and soon you’ll be carrying platters out the door. There will be zucchini flowers with ricotta cheese and basil, gnudi of ricotta with baby vegetables and saffron sauce, as well as chicken with Tuscan flavors, cantucci. In the afternoon at 6pm, enjoy a tour of the vineyard and winery of the Baracchi estate followed by the sabrage and wine tasting dinner in the restaurant.
Enjoy your breakfast. Arrivederci to the next year!
You will enjoy one guided sightseeing tour.
Silvia is really Etruscan! She was born in Perugia and grew up in Cortona in the heart of the Etruscan territory one of the most suggestive parts of Tuscany. Her family owned a restaurant and she starts her life to direct contact with the world of hotelerie. She gets by the family the passion for the cuisine, sensibility for the traditions, good food, and wine. She opened Il Falconiere restaurant in 1989 and starts to cook new dishes and realize her life focusing on cuisine and welcoming art. She had a lot of exchanging experiences with chefs from all over the world who enriched her know-how.
This holiday will take place at The Relais Il Falconiere and Spa in Cortona, Italy. The Relais Il Falconiere and Spa is a charming house kept in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, where the hills give way to the enchanting Etruscan hill-town of Cortona. Silvia and Riccardo Baracchi’s love for this land, rich in history and ancient traditions, is the foundation of the best expression of food and wine of Tuscany which inspired and guided this great dream of them, transforming the ancient villa of the 17th century, once home to the famous poet Antonio Guadagnoli, into a jewel of hospitality.
You will be served daily buffet breakfast and welcome aperitif and dinner (with beverage) at the arrival. Also, lunch or dinner with matched wine selection after your cooking lessons and two dinner courses after wine tour and tasting of Baracchi will be served. Moreover, you will enjoy a lunch at Bottega Baracchi after your sightseeing tour.
Please book your flights to arrive at any of the following airports. Transfers are available by car or van. A car can accommodate up to 4 people while van up to 7 people. Obviously if the 7 persons have two luggage each, they would need another car.
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