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4 Days Truffle Hunting Italian Culinary Vacations

  • Villa Le 3 Rose, Localita Libbia 22G Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Flavours of the Forest Cooking Vacations in Tuscany

Flavors of the forest cooking holiday is for those who want to immerse themselves in the preparation of dishes and recipes, important Tuscan tradition, with forest products such as mushrooms, truffles, chestnuts, honey, and roast game. You can dive (hands-on) in the regional culinary traditions (40 recipes to choose from) and discover places where history and nature has taken its course, through guided tours and excursions.

Highlights

  • Private truffle hunting tour
  • 3 hands-on, Italian cooking classes
  • Wine tour and historical village excursions
  • Typical Tuscan meals at local restaurants
  • Cooking certificate and recipes book
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinks together with meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Villa Le 3 Rose Farmhouse

A quiet and cozy atmosphere on a typical green Tuscany, Chianti area, nestled in the rolling hills surrounding the ancient city of Arezzo. The holiday villa, Le 3 Rose Farmhouse, offers four comfortable private apartments, with full furniture. A lovely peaceful location with panoramic views over the city of Arezzo, where "on your leisure" you can relax at the scenic swimming pool with an excellent glass of Chianti wine they produce, or enjoy excursions in beautiful surroundings of the villa, with its rolling hills worked meticulously with olive trees and vineyards, produce an excellent Chianti wine.

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
  • In the late afternoon, around 16:00 - 17:00, your first cookery introductions on the basics of Italian cuisine, in which you will prepare the evening meal

Day 2 - Cultural tour

  • Following breakfast, cultural tour in the most picturesque locations in Arezzo area lunch included at typical local restaurant
  • In the afternoon, you will have free to relax by the pool or take a stroll in the magnificent surroundings of the villa
  • Return to the villa for an excellent pizza - calzone dinner prepared by the chef

Day 3 - Cooking class, truffle hunting tour

  • After breakfast, your final hands-on cookery lesson, followed by lunch
  • In the afternoon, hiking in the woods, searching for precious truffles with the help of experienced guides and trained dogs
  • Return in the villa for a farewell dinner prepared for you using the precious fruits that you found in the wood

Day 4 - Departure

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

    Chef Fabrizio decided to create MangiarDivino to be able to pass on this traditions and give his guests the opportunity to discover his land with a cooking school and wine tours in the best regions and cellars of Tuscany, in collaboration with professionals, sommeliers, and magnificent hosts. Chef Fabrizio has a cooks certificate in Food and Wine. He is also equipped with medical fitness HCCP, issued after the courses provided by the legislature on the matter and after submitting a copy of his book "Engaged in Handling Food Substance".

The holiday will take place in Arezzo Tuscany, Italy. A quiet and cozy atmosphere on a typical green Tuscany countryside, only 8 kilometers away from city center of Arezzo, rich city in history and local food products, quintessence of culinary traditions.

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

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 Fabrizi,o 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.

  • Biking tour
  • Cheese tour
  • City escape tours
  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Medieval hamlets tour
  • Medieval tournaments tour
  • Relaxing in garden or swimming
  • Trekking and hiking tour
  • Vespa tour
  • 2 half-day excursions
  • 3 cookery lessons
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • All tax
  • Drinks
  • Transfer to from train station
  • Truffle hunting tour
  • Welcome Prosecco wine testing with Tuscan appetizer
  • Additional tours
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Train fare
  • Transfer to from airport (extra price available on request)

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. MangiarDivino will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price.

GPS

N 4330'36.6 - E 1154'08.7

Distances

  • Arezzo, 8 kilometers
  • Cortona, 30 kilometers
  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), 150 kilometers - 2 hours
  • 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

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by Terri Chrisman from Hong Kong
    7 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed the cooking part of the holiday. Chef Fabrizio has an easy going nature and is a very lovely man. He explains things very well. I liked the selection of things that we made. There was a mix of cooking, resting by the pool and cultural excursions. I would have preferred a bit more cooking though. "

    "I am vegan and I was hoping to learn more about vegan cooking. I did not. In fact, if you know anything about vegan cooking you will not learn anything new. I did learn new things about Tuscan cooking though, and that was fine with me. If you are vegan and you don't tolerate animal products in the kitchen, you will not be happy as there are non vegan dishes being made for other participants. However, Fab is very accommodating, so if you booked for 4 people I'm sure he would make it totally vegan. However, there were 2 omnivores and a vegetarian in my course. Sometimes it was a bit disappointing that my dishes were the same as the others, just without the cheese for example, but other times commercial vegan cheese was used. I think Fab is new to vegan cooking so it is still a learning experience for him. As a chef, he was great and I would hire him again another time. "

    "The accommodation, The 3 Roses, and it's kitchen facilities on the other hand were poor. I get the impression that Chef Fab from Mangiardivino just rents the space for the cooking classes from different villas. The location was good and the views and surroundings spectacular, but the cleanliness was poor and the accommodation basic at best. The bathrooms were dirty, the towels old and threadbare, cobwebs, dirty curtains etc. Basically you are living in someone's house along with their noisy teenage children, motorbikes and barking dogs. "

    "The kitchen equipment was inadequate too. For example we had 1 old plastic measuring jug between us that the measurements had worn away it was hard to see what you were measuring. Those things are only 99c so it would not be hard to get a few new ones. We had a kitchen scale that did not work. We often did not have the correct sized pan for the job. "

    "So, if you are looking for a cooking holiday I would definitely use Chef Fabrizio. I would rent my own villa and get him to come to me. Or I would ask him if he had a better villa on his books than The 3 Roses."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Haim H
    10 out of 10

    "I spent 6 fabulous days with Fabrizio and every day was a new adventure! Fabricio is professional, entertaining, energetic and friendly, and he has a shining personality that brings so much added value to the cooking experience! Awesome chef, delicious food, relaxing atmosphere, beautiful views. Everything you could hope for in your cooking vacation. Thank you Fabricio for a wonderful experience!"

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  • Review by Sacoy from France

    "I had the opportunity to spend four days in a villa in Arezzo, about ½ hour from Florence, to enjoy daily Tuscany cooking classes. I am used to cooking lessons for several years since I am fond of gastronomy but that one is really the best I have ever tested. Everything was perfect: the place (a quiet villa with a swimming-pool in a wonderful Tuscany landscape), the food (Italian food is so tasty! I ate truffles for the first time and it was just marvelous), the lessons (I learnt to prepare fresh pasta. It was really easy and I succeeded to make it again back home, with no pasta machine, only a rolling pin. Thanks to the chef for sharing his cooking secrets.), and above all the chef, Fabrizzio who is very professional and so kind. We had the impression to cook with a friend and had good times sharing a glass (or more !) of wine after the lessons. Thanks to Fabrizzio for these beautiful holidays, in the villa’s kitchen and also in tours (visit of a winery and the Arezzo old city with the chef). I will never forget these holidays and really hope to have other stays in Tuscany and cooking lessons with Fabrizzio."

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  • Review by a traveler from Italy

    "Fabrizio is a wonderful teacher... patient, fun, funny and an excellent chef! Our cooking class for four women who made pasta and tiramisu from scratch was amazing! We liked the class so much we are already planning a return next year. Thank you, Fabrizio!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada

    "This past June four Canadian couples rented a villa for a week in Tuscany and hired Fabrio to provide meals for three of the nights; two nights he cooked at the villa and we bought a lasagna to have for a third night. Fabrizio and his assistant presented a wonderful meal on all occasions... Flavorful, authentic and beautifully plated. Being accomplished in the kitchen ourselves, we had a rather high standard to achieve. Fabrizio exceeded our expectations with his warm and engaging manner, his skill in the kitchen, the wonderful meals he prepared and served, and the way he quietly moved into our kitchen, elegantly wowing us through every course. We also thoroughly enjoyed the wine he provided from his family's vineyard. We would highly recommend this wonderful experience."

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  • Review by Jerry from United States

    "My wife had lunch before our trek through Assisi. The Caprese with bufala mozzarella was excellent. I had the pizza tortufo extra, which was good, but not a lot of flavor. I had to spice it up a bit and added a little hot paprika! My wife enjoyed the porcini pizza. Definitely worth the visit."

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  • Review by Dominic from Florida
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I shared an amazing 5-course meal prepared by Fabrizio on the evening of our wedding at a villa in Tuscany. Everything about our experience was fantastic - Fabrizio designed a menu to fit our tastes, and paired his exquisite food with some excellent local wine. Each course was perfect; my wife especially enjoyed the truffled beef entree, and I was amazed by Fabrizio's handmade pasta with seafood sauce. The delicate ricotta semifreddo was the perfect finisher as well. We would highly recommend Fabrizio to anyone visiting Tuscany and looking for an amazing personal chef!"

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  • Review by Anne L from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "8 friends, a beautiful Tusan Villa and a wonderful 4-course meal prepared by Fabrizio! We had been referred to Fabrizio by friends and he didn't disappoint. We had decided on the meal prior to arriving in Tuscany. Fabrizio was very helpful and always answered my emails quickly. He arrived at our villa the day of our meal with his helper Jessica. They prepared our meal from scratch using beautiful fresh ingredients. The presentation was pleasing and the flavours incredible! Fabrizio explained the history of each of the courses which was very interesting. Overall a wonderful Tuscan experience. Would recommend Fabrizio to all!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "We hired Chef Fabrizio Merli to cook a 4 course dinner at our rental villa near Poggibonsi. We met new friends at the villa and invited them to join us. The chef was willing to accommodate. He had many menu selections to choose from, set our table outside, and explained each course that we were enjoying. Each course was really wonderful! He was prompt, and professional, even wore the chef hat and apron. This will be a great memory for years to come!"

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  • Review by Petteri from Finland

    "We rented a villa at Caiano near Londa and to celebrate my 50th birthday found Fabrizio to cook for us. We cook oursleves and know the wines so expectations were high for Fabrizio. And he delivered. The agreed menu was authentic Tuscan menu and ingredients Fabrizio brought with him were top quality and mostly organic from their own garden. He even had wild herbs with him. Apetizers were nice and his ravioli was a perfect dish. Chianini beef was prepair on rosesalt in a dry pan and was delicious. On the spot prepaired Tiramisu could not be better and fresh. We can truely recommed Fabrizio and his professional level cooking. And for a very reasonable price. "

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  • Review by Deborah

    "We didn't partake of the Cooking Lessons, but Fabrizio instead took my husband and I on a White Truffle Hunt mid-October that was an experience of a lifetime! Watching the handlers and the dog in search of the precious commodity was absolutely amazing! In addition to the hunt, hours before he gave us an educated and thoroughly enjoyable tour of historic Anghiari, and the night before that, we enjoyed a mouth-watering meal created especially by Fabrizio. He is an exceptional human being and you can count yourself extremely fortunate to spend time in his company. "

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