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4 Day Organic Cooking Course with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting in Tuscany, Certaldo

Il Paluffo, Via di Citerna, 144, Certaldo, 50052, Metropolitan City of Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Cooking Course in Italy

Enjoy a whole sense experience at Il Paluffo in Tuscany, Italy! The program includes tasting the organic products of their farmhouse, breathing the flavors of the Tuscan cooking, and preparing with your hands the traditional Tuscan meals. You can look at the wonderful Chiantishire landscape and hear the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of the eco-lodge in the Tuscan countryside. Enjoy the sweet and calm Tuscan way of life!

Meet the instructors

Monica

Highlights

  • Wine and olive oil tasting with a sommelier
  • Hands-on pasta lesson with three types of pasta
  • Hands-on cooking class with a complete Tuscan menu
  • 3 buffet breakfasts and dinners made by you
  • Relaxing time by a natural pool / bio-lake
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 4-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (US$143 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$119 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Wedding
  • Outdoor shower

You will stay at Il Paluffo, a cozy small resort in a 15th-century historical building, beautifully restored in 2010 respecting Tuscan tradition and principles of green building with a touch of Italian design. Paluffo will enchant you with its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere as well as its bio-swimming pool overlooking the surrounding Chianti hills or you will be simply captured by the smooth beauty of the landscape with the view of San Gimignano.

The eco-lodge is surrounded by six hectares of organic olive trees and vineyards where you can enjoy pleasant walking paths in the Chianti hills nature. The resort includes the historical 15th-century olive oil mill, a cellar, and rock-walled cellar used in the past for the production of wine and storage of the barrels. The cellars are now available to guests with a large living room with fireplace.

Paluffo features four bedrooms in the manor house and four independent apartments. The rooms will be chosen according to the size of the group and based on availability. Guests can relax in the various common areas at Il Paluffo - in the Tinaia room with a fireplace, in the courtyard with views on the countryside, or by the natural pool with spectacular views overlooking the valley.

Rooms

According to availability, you will stay in a room with a double bed / twin beds with a private bathroom, safe, free Wi-Fi access, heating / air conditioner, hairdryer, eco-friendly courtesy set, linen provided, and daily cleaning (no linen change). For the best dreams, Paluffo selected latex matrasses for beds and pillows.

The manor house's double bedrooms are all richly furnished, with fresco paintings and well-finished private or en-suite bathrooms. Four luxury apartments (Torre, Stillo, Forno, and Frantoio) are available for self-catering rental with bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a private garden.

Special attention has been given to the design and functionality of bathrooms where they offer shampoo, shower, and hand soap locally produced from organic olive oil without chemicals. The soaps do not contain SLES (sodium laureth sulfate) and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) nor artificial tensioactives, so are allergenic-free.

Program

During the light dinner with local organic food, Il Paluffo srl's sommelier will teach you how to taste and appreciate a selection of natural Chianti wines and Evo oil. The chef will drive you through the secrets of the Tuscan cooking, teaching you how to make three types of pasta and let you prepare a complete dinner menu, from the starters to the dessert. In your free time, you can relax by a natural pool, a bio lake overlooking the surrounding valleys, or choose one of the other many activities they can propose to the guests.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival at Il Paluffo at 15:00, document registration, and check-in
  • Tour of the estate and description of its history and features
  • Wine and olive oil tasting with a light dinner at 18:00

Day 2

  • Breakfast in the ancient cellar from 08:00 to 10:00
  • Free time for activities (to be booked in advance) or relaxing by the estate
  • Pasta lesson at 17:30 with Il Paluffo's chef
  • Dinner with the meals prepared by you

Day 3

  • Breakfast in the ancient cellar from 08:00 to 10:00
  • Free time for activities (to be booked in advance) or relaxing by the estate
  • Cooking class lesson at 17:00 with the chef
  • Dinner with the meals prepared by you

Day 4

  • Breakfast in the ancient cellar from 08:00 to 10:00
  • Check-out from 08:30 to 10:00

Location

This holiday will take place at Il Paluffo. Il Paluffo is located in the Chianti region, in the heart of Tuscany, close to Florence, Siena, Certaldo, San Gimignano, Montalcino, and Volterra. This eco-lodge is surrounded by the Tuscan rolling hills of the Chianti area with wonderful views on vineyards, olive trees, and Valdelsa valley.

Distances

  • Certaldo center, 7 kilometers
  • Fiano, 1.5 kilometers
  • Lucardo, 1.5 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wedding

Food

Il Paluffo srl offers you breakfast every morning with fresh and local organic products and three dinners during the three proposed activities (a wine and Evo oil tasting, a pasta lesson, and a cooking class). Menus of the pasta lesson and the cooking class have been agreed before your arrival. Please let Il Paluffo know in advance any food intolerance or allergy and dietary restrictions, in order to fix the right menu for you.

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:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Attending an opera concert
  • Donkey trekking
  • E-bike tours
  • Guided cultural tours
  • Guided wine tours
  • Hot air balloon flights
  • Pizza night
  • Relaxing, decontracting, and craniosacral massages
  • Shiatsu massages in your room
  • Truffle hunting

What's included

  • 1 wine and Evo oil tasting with a light dinner with a sommelier
  • 1 pasta lesson with three types of traditional pasta
  • 1 four-course menu cooking class with a professional chef
  • Certificate of participation
  • 3 buffet breakfasts and dinners made by you
  • Wine and soft drinks during the 3 dinners
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Coffee, tea, infusions
  • Free use of 2 mountain bikes

What's not included

  • Lunches
  • Transfers
  • City tax (1 EUR per person per night)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Peretola Airport (FLR) or Pisa International Airport (PSA). Transfer costs are not included in the price.

Driving directions from Florence / Rome

  • Take the highway A1 in the direction of Rome (if you come from Florence) or Milano (if you come from Rome).
  • Follow the signs to Firenze Impruneta.
  • Take the road with the signs for Siena and exit Tavarnelle.
  • From Tavarnelle, go to Marcialla (four kilometers).
  • Then follow the direction of Montespertoli.
  • After four kilometers from Marcialla, just before Lucardo, you can find the sign for Paluffo.

Arrival by train

From Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station, take a train to Siena and stop at Certaldo train station. From there, Il Paluffo suggests you rent a car (reservation is mandatory) or take a taxi (about 25 EUR one way).

Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (US$143 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer available: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$119 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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Availability

This vacation is available from March 1 to December 27. Please select an arrival date below.

  • March 1 - April 18
  • April 23 - June 30
  • July 1 - August 24
  • August 25 - September 30
  • October 1 - December 27

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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