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4 Days Pasta, Dessert and Bakery Cooking Vacation Italy

Cooking Holidays in Italy

Join this all-inclusive cooking and culture vacations in Tuscany! MangiarDivino cooking holidays provide visitors with a unique and rare opportunity to live and experience the real life in Tuscany, whilst providing the best possible culinary vacation in a stunning holiday farmhouse in Arezzo, Tuscany, providing a charming private apartments with all the comforts and private use of a magnificent panoramic swimming pool. During these four-day cooking holiday, you will not only learn some great new techniques or explore unspoiled places, you will also have the chance to make friends for life. Its the perfect way of learning to cook great food while discovering the regional culture and cuisine.

Highlights

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Prosecco tasting upon arrival
  • Organic ingredients from MangiarDivino's production
  • Cultural tour around picturesque areas of Arezzo
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with drinks
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

The holiday farmhouse is nestled in the rolling hills surrounding the ancient city of Arezzo, which saw the development of the skills of many famous artist in history and Italian literature. Just 6 kilometers away from the historical city of Arezzo, the villa is accessible by car or by public bus.

The farm provides four comfortable apartments equipped with a private garden entrance. It's a lovely peaceful location with panoramic views over the city of Arezzo, where "on your leisure" you can relax at the swimming pool with an excellent glass of Chianti produced by MangiarDivino, or enjoy excursions in beautiful surroundings of the villa, with its woodlands and rolling hills worked meticulously with olive trees and vineyards that produce an excellent Chianti wine.

The villa is equipped with a cozy food court, where you will carry out your cooking lessons in a well-equipped kitchen and enjoy delicious seasonal dishes prepared by master chef with organic products of their own production. Enjoy your meals in the shadow of the gazebo in front of the pool with breathtaking views while sipping an excellent glass of wine. It's the best cocktail for a wonderful stay in the magical Tuscany.

MangiarDivino Cooking Vacations in Tuscany, Italy Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival, cooking class

  • Meeting at the Arezzo train station or at the villa
  • Enjoy typical welcome garden aperitif buffet with Prosecco wine tasting
  • Have a briefing with the chef. It's also your chance to get to know each other and talk about the itinerary.
  • In the late afternoon is your first cookery class where you can engage yourself in the art of Tuscan and Italian bakery and dessert technique with the aid of an expert Tuscan chef.
  • Enjoying the results for dinner.
  • Overnight: private apartment.
  • Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2 - Cultural tour, cooking lesson

  • Following breakfast you'll have a cultural tour in the historical city of Arezzo.
  • Enjoy lunch with drinks at a local trattoria Toscana.
  • In the afternoon, you will have your second cooking class.
  • Enjoy the results for dinner.
  • Overnight: private apartment.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3 - Cooking class, free time

  • After breakfast, you will have your final hands-on cookery lesson where you will prepare a farewell lunch.
  • In the afternoon, you can relax by the pool with good glass of wine or walk in the magnificent scenery around the villa, through vineyards, olive groves and woodland.
  • Return to the villa for a farewell dinner prepared for you with the mastery of the chef.
  • Overnight: private apartment.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4 - Departure

  • Breakfast.
  • Spend some time to relax.
  • You will be taken back to the Arezzo central train station.

The program may change slightly based on seasonality and availability of the cellars.

Included excursions

Arezzo city tour

Instructors

Fabrizio Merli
Alberhiera School (Italian)
Chef Fabrizio grew up in a family with strong Italian culinary traditions, foundations of the traditional Tuscan cuisine, and the Mediterranean diet. After a long experience in the UK as a chef, then he moved to various countries and worked with important chefs, who have taught him new techniques and exotic touches. While favoring the traditional cuisine, using methods of the past and highest quality ingredients, Fabrizio can delight with aromas giving them a contemporary twist.

Location

Arezzo city origins are lost in the very ancient past. As the settlement grew, it eventually became an important Etruscan city, and was later part of Rome. Already in the 4th century Arezzo had become a Bishopric. It was occupied by the Lombards at the end of the 6th century and was strongly conditioned by their influence. In the Middle Ages, Arezzo was a free and powerful commune, often ruled by its Bishops who were Counts of the Holy Roman Empire.

The city was frequently at war, with Siena certainly, but above all with Florence and, in 1384, it was finally subjugated to Florentine rule. From then onwards, with the exception of two widespread rebellions in 1502 and 1529-30, Arezzo ‘s history runs parallel to the history of Florence and, later on, to the fortunes of Tuscany.

Today, the ancient center of the city retains all the fascination of its illustrious past. The principal buildings and monuments possess a wealth of Medieval and Renaissance art created by artists such as Cimabue, Piero della Francesa, Andrea della Robbia and Giorgio Vasari. Arezzo was the birthplace of the great poet Petrarch, and it became internationally famous as the backdrop to a widely acclaimed movie when some of the most beautiful corners of the city’s monumental center formed the setting for scenes in Roberto Benigni’s film “Life is Beautiful”, three-time Oscar winner in 1999.

This is Arezzo, the modern, hard-working, artistic city rooted in the past but renewing itself in the architecture of the present and in exhibitions of contemporary art, whose citizens, with their ingenuity and creativity, still find expression in the aromas and tastes of an ancient culinary tradition, in handcrafts of renowned quality, in a genuine sense of hospitality to tourists, and in such jewelry-making expertise that Arezzo is known worldwide as the “city of gold”.

Arezzo, city of the jousting tournament Giostra del Saracino, of the Antiques Fair and of the international polyphonic competition “Guido d’Arezzo”. Arezzo, a gem set amidst the gentle Tuscan hills, birthplace of so many illustrious personages that the distinguished poet Giosuè Carducci exclaimed that the territory of Arezzo alone is “sufficient to give glory to Italy!”

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour

General

  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Cafe nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market

Food

Maximum guarantee on the organic products that will be used during your vacation, most of MangiarDivino's production. You will learn to prepare all the essential of an Italian meal with the passion for reviving Tuscany historic recipes while giving them a contemporary twist appetizers, bread, pizza, soups, homemade pasta accompanied by sauces, meats, vegetables, and finish with delicious desserts. You will be using vegetables in season from MangiarDivino's own farm or from local markets. All the others ingredients used will be purchased in the morning before the course, from trusted suppliers, to guarantee top quality and freshness.

During your stay, you will have the chance to taste wines Chianti IGT, Vin Santo dessert wine, and extra virgin olive oil from MangiarDivino's production farm, totally organic, with the quality of the past. All of MangiarDivino's products can be purchased with suitable packaging for transportation. Also available, are confitures and organic products such as truffles, porcini mushroom sauce, and other culinary delights from a local producer, strictly sealed for oversea transport.

Their cooking lessons are relaxed, fun, and hands-on. They take place in the fully-equipped restaurant kitchen of the villa, with everyone working in a group with the chef. As MangiarDivino takes small groups, up to 8 participants, everyone can really get involved. Chef Fabrizio with his skills and experience, will bring you all the passion for cooking and Tuscan tradition while creating recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Italian food is simple but tasty, with ingredients that can be found mostly everywhere. Your chef, Fabrizio, will go into some depth regarding the history and science nutrition of each dishes, so even expert guests will come away having learned quite a lot. Let your host know in advance of your special dietary request and they will be glad to accommodate it.

Sample menu

Appetizer

  • Bruschette
  • Cecina flat bread made with chickpea flour, served with Tuscany ham and stracchino cheese
  • Eggplants parmigiana
  • Marinated mussels
  • Panzanella salad
  • Panzerotti stuffed with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella
  • Seasonal vegetable flan
  • Spelt salad
  • Tomato bruschetta
  • Tuscany antipasto
  • Zucchini flowers

Starter

  • Black tagliatelle with truffle served with mushroom sauce
  • Cannelloni with ricotta cheese and spinach
  • Gnocchi di pane con ragù di salsiccia
  • Gnocchi potatoes dumplings with tomato sauce or pesto
  • Gundi served with truffle cream (typical dish of Arezzo with spinach and ricotta cheese ball)
  • Handmade pasta
  • Lasagna with Chianina beef ragu
  • Pappardelle with chianina meat sauce ragu (Bolognese style)
  • Pappardelle with duck sauce
  • Ravioli filled with porcini mushroom served with truffle cream
  • Ravioli ricotta e spinaci flavored with butter and sage
  • Squid ink tagliolini
  • Taglietelle with cream of mushrooms
  • Tagliolini with carbonara sauce
  • Tagliolini with seafood
  • Tortelli with beetroot and asparagus gorgonzola cream
  • Tortelli with pumpkin and ricotta cheese served with truffle butter
  • Vegetable lasagna

Rice dishes

  • Risotto granny Landa
  • Risotto with chianti and season pecorino cheese
  • Risotto with porcini mushrooms
  • Risotto with saffron and melted robiola cheese
  • Seafood risotto

Soups

  • Cacciucco (fish soup)
  • Carbaccia the real onion soup
  • Creamed chickpeas and truffle
  • Moscardini al guazzetto (baby octopus stew)
  • Pappa al pomodoro
  • Porcini mushroom soup
  • Ribollita
  • Spelt and legume soup

Main course served with seasonal side dish

  • Baby octopus stew
  • Beef meatballs Tuscany style with tomato sauce
  • Chicken stuffed with peppery sausage served with wine gravy
  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Escalope of veal with lemon
  • Escalope with porcini mushrooms
  • Fagioli all’uccelletta with peppery sausages
  • Guinea fowl in hunting style sauce
  • Involtino alla pizzaiola
  • Peposo (Renaissance dish of Tuscan traditional made with beef cooked in Chianti wine)
  • Pizza calzone stuffed, served with tomatoes and oregano cream
  • Pork fillet rolled
  • Roll of turkey stuffed
  • Rosticciana stufata (stewed pork ribs with black olives and pine nuts)
  • Salmon in crust
  • Shoulder of lamb Tuscany style
  • Stuffed squid
  • The real crispy pizza
  • Tomatoes stuffed with rice and meat ragu
  • Zucchini flowers stuffed
  • Zucchini stuffed Tuscan style

Desserts

  • Cantucci di prato con vinsanto (typical Tuscan biscuits with almonds served with Vin Santo sweet wine)
  • Castagnaccio (traditional cake with chestnuts flower served with pistachios ice cream)
  • Chef Fabrizio tiramisù
  • Chocolate fondant
  • Chocolate panna cotta
  • Gato
  • Grandmother cake
  • Limoncello tiramisù
  • Profiterole
  • Ricotta cheese cake and chocolate
  • Strudel
  • Vanilla panna cotta with seasonal fruit and chocolate coulis
  • Zuppa Inglese (delicious spoon dessert of the Tuscan Renaissance tradition)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

  • Biking tour
  • Cheese tour
  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Medieval hamlets tour
  • Medieval tournaments tour
  • Relaxing in garden or swimming
  • Trekking and hiking tour
  • Vespa tour

What's included

  • 3 cookery lessons
  • 3 nights accommodation private apartment
  • All meals
  • All taxes
  • City tour
  • Drinks
  • Transfer to from train station
  • Welcome Prosecco wine tasting with Tuscan appetizer

What's not included

  • Additional tours
  • Airfare
  • Extra drinks
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Train fare
  • Transfer to from airport (extra price available on request)

How to get there

Driving directions to Le 3 Rose Farmhouse

  • Take A1 motorway until the exit to Arezzo
  • Follow the signs to Casentino (Bibbiena) until the new roundabout, Ceciliano
  • Go on to Antria
  • At the first intersection, take the direction towards Tregozzano
  • You will see the signs for Le 3 Rose Agriturismo after 1 kilometer

Arrival by airplane

The closest airports to the location are Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) and San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG). MangiarDivino can pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is not included in the price.

Arrival by train

Arrive at Arezzo railway station. The pick-up is included in the price. The meeting point is in front of the train station by the taxi stand. Please get to the exit Piazza Della Repubblica. Do not take the direction Campo Di Marte, which leads you to different entrance.

GPS

N 4330'36.6 - E 1154'08.7

Distances

  • Arezzo downtown, 6 kilometers
  • Cortona, 30 kilometers
  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), 180 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), 80 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), 250 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Pisa International Airport (PSA), 150 kilometers - 2 hours
  • Railway station, 10 kilometers
  • Rome, 200 kilometers
  • San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG), 80 kilometers - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Siena, 60 kilometers

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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