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4 Days Flavors of Tuscany Cooking & Tours Holidays

Culinary Vacation in Italy

A short break cooking holiday with an executive chef at your disposal! You will be cooking, dining, drinking, relaxing and exploring the treasures of Arezzo City, one of the oldest cities in Italy, full of artwork of an ancient past, also famous for its culinary history. Have fun at a stunning villa with panoramic pool overlooking the historical city center. What a great way to treat yourself!

Highlights

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Custom-made Italian, organic menu
  • Cooking certificate and recipes book
  • Organic ingredients of MangiarDivino's own production
  • Wine tour in a prestigious winery in Chianti
  • Daily breakfast and dinner with drinks
  • Excursions to the historical sites
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

The holiday farmhouse is nestled in the rolling hills surrounding the ancient city of Arezzo. Just 6 kilometers away from the historical city of Arezzo, the villa is accessible by car or by public bus.

The farm provides comfortable apartments with a small kitchen 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 of own produce, 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 and restaurant point, where you will carry out your cooking lessons in a well-equipped kitchen and enjoy delicious cuisine, prepared by you and your private executive chef using organic products and extra virgin oil of 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.

Your accommodation comes with kettle, fridge, TV, microwave, and air dryer. Swimming pool towel is supplied and you are entitled to the use of washing machine. No pets are allowed inside the apartments. No smoking inside the apartments.

MangiarDivino Tuscan Cooking Vacation Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival, cooking class

  • Meet at the Arezzo train station, where you will be picked up and taken to the villa.
  • Enjoy a welcome aperitif buffet with Prosecco wine tasting.
  • In the late afternoon, around 16:00-17:00, have your first cooking lesson with chef Fabrizio, (if you have no problems with the time zone) in which you will prepare fantastic 3-4 course evening meal.
  • Meal plan: lunch, dinner.

Day 2 - Excursion, free time

  • Following breakfast is a cultural excursion in the most picturesque locations in Arezzo.
  • Full lunch with drink is included at a local Trattoria Toscana.
  • Afternoon free to relax by the pool with good glass of wine or walk in the magnificent scenery around the villa, through vineyards, olive groves and woodland.
  • Back to the villa for a wonderful dinner prepared for you.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 3 - Cooking lesson, wine tour

  • After breakfast you will have your last cooking class where you will be challenged on more elaborate techniques of the traditional Italian cuisine, preparing a delicious lunch.
  • Wine tour in a prestigious winery Famous for its superior Chianti and chardonnay white wine.
  • Tonight you can savor the typical crispy calzone-pizza menu prepared for you masterfully by the chef Fabrizio.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4 - A warm arrivederci

  • After breakfast and some time to relax, you'll be taken back to the Arezzo central train station for departure.

The program may change slightly based on seasonality and availability of the cellars. This can be customized and extended according to your requirement and experience. This is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Included excursions

City escape guided tour

Private visit to vineyards and wine tasting tour

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!”

Food

Products warranty

When possible MangiarDivino will provide seasonal organic vegetable from their own gardens, organic Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil of own production. The rest of the ingredients you will use during your holiday will be purchased from trusted suppliers to guarantee top quality and freshness. The key point of MangiarDivino's philosophy is good food need top ingredients.

Food oprions

Food intolerance and vegetarian and vegan options are welcome. Please let MangiarDivino know 1 week before your arrival.

Skill level

MangiarDivino accommodates beginners, advanced and master chef. Please let them know what level you prefer.

Menu

The menus can be customized according to your needs and preferences. This is to be agreed upon in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
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)

These activities are available upon request, All holiday packages can be customized with other trips and excursions and cookery lesson at an additional cost.

  • Chocolate tour
  • Historical hamlet tours
  • Medieval olive oil mil and olive oil tasting tours
  • Special event guided tours (medieval tournaments and others - to be booked 3 months in advance)
  • Val d’Orcia (Siena province) tour

What's included

  • Welcome appetizer and drinks
  • All meals with drinks
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 wine tour
  • 1 guided tours with lunch
  • 2 cooking classes at villa restaurant point (no commuting) of 4 hours each
  • 3 nights accommodation on private apartment (two-bedroom)
  • Return Arezzo train station transfers
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare ticket
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Train fare

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 airport. The pick-up is not included in the price.

Arrival by train

Please book your train to arrive at Arezzo train station. Complimentary transfer from and to Arezzo train station is provided at your scheduled time. The meeting point is in front of the train station by the taxi stand. Please go to the exit Piazza Della Repubblica. Do not take the direction Campo Di Marte. which lead you to different entrance.

GPS

N 43°30'36.6 - E 11°54'08.7

Distances

  • Arezzo downtown, 6 kilometers
  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), 150 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes by car, 2 hours by train
  • Cortona, 30 kilometers
  • Florence, 60 kilometers
  • Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), 80 kilometers - 30 minutes by car, 1 hour by train
  • Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), 250 kilometers - 2 hours 30 minutes by car, 2 hours by train
  • Pisa International Airport (PSA), 150 kilometers - 2 hours by car, 2 hours by train
  • Railway station, 10 kilometers
  • Rome, 200 kilometers
  • San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG), 80 kilometers - 1 hour 30 minutes by car, 1 hour by train
  • 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 120 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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