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Cookery Holidays in Italy

A great culinary experience, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN in one of the most beautiful and historical corner of Tuscany. Arezzo is its 4 valleys... delights of the traditional Italian lifestyle, while attending fun-filled, hands-on cooking classes and enjoying “UNESCO World Heritage Sites “. You will be cooking, dining, drinking, relaxing, and exploring the treasure of Tuscany, while having fun staying at a comfortable luxury villa in the outskirts of Arezzo city centre.

Meet the instructors

Fabrizio
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Highlights

  • 1 Private wine tastings tour
  • 4 cooking class at Villa Restaurant point (no commuting)
  • 2 guided tours (hamlet of UNESCO world historical importance)
  • 1 visit to the prestigious organic food market in Arezzo (only on Saturday)
  • All meals with drinks (1 bottle of wine, for each meal included)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on private on suite bedroom
  • Roundtrip Arezzo train station transfers
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Spanish
Group size: 2-6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Outdoor shower

You will have the opportunity to choose two locations for your magical experience, in Tuscan food and traditions at different prices as follows:

Villa Le 3 Rose Farmhouse

Villa Le 3 Rose Farmhouse is nestled in the rolling hills surrounding the ancient city of Arezzo. Just 7 kilometres away from the historical city of Arezzo, the villa is accessible by car or by public bus.

The farm provides three 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.

The villa is equipped with a cosy 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.

Moon Light Homestay

Moon Light Homestay is located in one of the most beautiful residential areas, surrounded by prestigious cellars and woods of the Lignano National Park. Three km from the centre of the historic city of Arezzo On a hill surrounded by nature.

The facilities at guests' disposal include a fenced park of 6 hectares, heated Jacuzzi pool, and relaxation area with loungers and sofa and solar outdoor shower. It offers three bedrooms with bathroom on suite, with all the comforts of a hotel.

The villa is equipped with a restaurant and professional kitchen where you can indulge yourself with the help of the chef, on new techniques and flavours of Tuscan and Italian cuisine.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

  • Meet at the Arezzo train station at your scheduled time for free transfers.
  • Upon arrival at the villa, enjoy a welcome aperitif snack buffet with Prosecco wine tasting.
  • You will have an introduction with chef Fabrizio; a chance to get to know each other and talk about the itinerary.
  • Delicious dinner tonight will be served at the villa restaurant court.
  • Meal plan: lunch, dinner

Day 2: Cooking lesson, free time

  • Take breakfast before taking part in your first cooking lesson.
  • Enjoy the lunch you prepared during your lesson.
  • Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
  • 3-course dinner prepared by the chef in the evening.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Cultural tour

  • Enjoy breakfast, then head out with your guide to tour the most picturesque locations in Arezzo. Your guide will give you background history to every location and give you ample time to take photos.
  • Lunch in a historic Tuscan trattoria (drinks included).
  • Light dinner will be in the villa restaurant point, served for you.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Free time, wine tour

  • Breakfast.
  • Free morning to relax by the pool or walk in the magnificent scenery around the villa, through vineyards, olive groves and woodland.
  • Light lunch served for you at the gazebo by the pool.
  • In the afternoon take a wine tour in a prestigious winery famous for its Chianti superior and chardonnay white wine.
  • Return to the villa where the chef will prepare a delightful crispy calzone - pizza menu for you.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Cultural tour, cooking lesson

  • After breakfast, you will will heading towards La Valtiberina Valley for your second excursion, in one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, famous for its paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and place of birth of important artists, such as Michelangelo B., Andrea della Robbia and Piera Della Francesca (world heritage site).
  • Lunch at local restaurant with 1 drink.
  • In the early afternoon towards the evening, MangiarDivino will prepare dinner for your third cooking lesson.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Market tour, cooking lesson

  • Enjoy breakfast, then take a tour to one of the most famous Tuscan markets for its organic products.
  • Lunch will take place during the tour to the market, tasting local and typical products of Tuscan street food accompanied by a good glass of wine.
  • In the late afternoon, you'll prepare a typical dinner in your fourth cooking lesson, again with the help of executive chef Fabrizio, where you will learn new techniques.
  • Enjoy your fabulous dinner.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Cooking class, cultural tour

  • After breakfast, participate in your last cooking lesson. Now that you are more confident, you will prepare a typical Sunday lunch, with more advanced cooking techniques.
  • In the afternoon, take a guided tour and pay a short visit to the Etruscan hamlet (world heritage site).
  • Enjoy dinner in the evening at a typical local restaurant with a drink.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Departure

  • Breakfast.
  • Spend some time to relax.
  • You will be taken back to the Arezzo central train station.
  • Meal plan: breakfast.
  • The program may change slightly based on seasonality and availability of the cellars and local market. This can be customized to your requirement and experience.
  • not suitable for wheelchairs.

Included excursions

  • City escape guided tour
  • Guided tour to hamlet of UNESCO world historical sites
  • Guided tours along street food market (only on Saturday)
  • Private wine tasting tour

Instructors

Fabrizio Merli

Location

Your cooking holiday will take place on the outskirts of the historic city of 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, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesa, Andrea della Robbia, and Giorgio Vasari, etc. Arezzo was the birthplace of the great poet Petrarch, the inventor of the Italian language; 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..

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 handicrafts 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 is a gem set amidst the gentle Tuscan hills, the birthplace of so many illustrious personages that the distinguished poet Josue Carducci exclaimed that the territory of Arezzo alone is sufficient to give glory to Italy!

Distances

  • Perugia airport 80 kilometers – 1,5 hours
  • Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), 80 kilometers - 1.5 hour
  • Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), 250 kilometers - 2-3 hours
  • Pisa International Airport (PSA), 150 kilometers - 2 hours
  • San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG), 80 kilometers - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Siena downtown, 60 kilometers
  • Florence downtown , 60 kilometers
  • Cortona, 30 kilometers

Food

When possible MangiarDivino will provide seasonal organic vegetable from is 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: good food need top ingredients.

Food option

  • Your culinary holidays can be customized according to your needs. Please inform us before your arrival: preferences, skill level, and food intolerance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • 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)

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
  • Truffle tour

Spa treatments

It Is possible to organize Physiotherapy Massages directly in the villa to be booked In advance.

What's included

  • Welcome aperitif
  • All meals with drinks (1 bottle of wine, for each meal included)
  • Daily breakfast
  • City escape guided tour
  • 2 guided tours (hamlet of UNESCO world historical importance)
  • 1 private wine tastings tour
  • 1 visit to the prestigious organic food market in Arezzo (only on Saturday)
  • 4 cooking class at Villa Restaurant point (no commuting)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on private on suite bedroom
  • Roundtrip Arezzo train station transfers

What's not included

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

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 arrival.

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