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Get away from the stress of your usual life. Take a break to relax and learn something new. Open your eyes to different possibilities. Feel and experience Italy through its dishes. Enjoy cooking local Italian food. Use fresh, locally produced ingredients in your dishes. Be relaxed and surrounded by the amazingly beautiful views of Cortona. Breathe in, live, and eat the Italian culture.
Pick up from Camucia - Cortona rail station or Perugia airport.
In the evening 18:00 cooking class followed by dinner.
The town of Cortona has plenty to see and do in two days, for those who want to look further afield, Perugia, Orvieto and Florence are from 40 minutes to 1h 20 minutes away by train.
Each evening a cooking class and dinner.
Italy has been a favorite place for travelers for hundreds of years, and of all the regions Tuscany is perhaps the richest in history and culture. More recently Cortona too has gained in popularity though it was always been known as one of the more interesting towns, even back in the early sixties when Jonathan Arthur first came to Italy.
The city was founded by the Etruscans around 700 BC and has been continually inhabited ever since. The surrounding countryside of olive groves, vineyards, wheat fields and grazing sheep provide the raw materials for the famous Tuscan cuisine.
History and culture: History and culture are certainly the first things that overwhelm when coming to Italy. It's important to give you an all-rounded knowledge of the place you are visiting: first of all through museums, historical sites and monuments but also through markets, cafes and movida. What's most important to us is to trace a thread through all of these experiences so you can see them as different aspects of the same thing. We want to introduce history and art history as something dynamic and interactive, leaving you with an understanding rather than just sterile facts.
Olive oil: It is since pre-Roman times that olive oil has been the basic ingredient for all cooking but also used for skin and hair. It's beneficial properties have been known for millennial to the Mediterranean man who tightly interwove this precious gift of nature to his traditions. This is why we invite you to see olive mills and participate in olive oil tastings. For clients who wish to visit at the right time of year it is also possible to witness the picking of the olives and mos importantly the creation of the olive oil: an experience that no one forgets!
Painting courses: Italy's beauty has been the inspiration for artist throughout the ages and whey you see it you can definitely understand why. Painting is one of the deepest ways to engage with the beautiful views you will encounter. This is why we offer a variety of courses both for first timers and for experienced artists and of course children. There are many ways to fully absorb the Italian countryside so we try to give you a wide choice. In fact it is possible to go for walks on foot, hiking, excursions on electric bicycles and even horseback.
Shopping: Of course as well as for the arts and culture we know you are just dieing to get your hands on some of those shoes you know you'll only find here. Whether you are looking for Gucci suits or boutique leather goods we can take you to outlets and markets to find the best deals.
Wine tastings: Wine is an art to be enjoined in the appropriate situation. We are proud to say these experiences we offer our clients are often one of the reasons they come back. The vineyards we visit are few in number and carefully selected. You will enjoy breathtaking views in an atmosphere of relaxed friendliness, often with the owner himself. When visiting cities like Florence we also like to take you to exceptional wine bars to taste and discuss different varieties from all over the country with educated sommeliers. From views of Pitti Palace to cellars dug out of volcanic rock, you're wine adventures with us will be terribly exciting.