8 Days All Inclusive Gourmet Cooking & Culture Holiday in Tuscany

Cookery Holidays in Italy

A great culinary experience, under the Tuscan sun, in one of the most beautiful and historical corners of Tuscany, Arezzo is its 4 valleys. Delight the traditional Italian lifestyle, while attending fun-filled 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 farmhouse villa, which produces excellent IGT Chianti wine and IGP extra virgin olive oil. Stay in a private apartment, complete with panoramic pool overlooking the historical city of Arezzo and its rolling hills. The best place to enjoy a cocktail!

Highlights

  • Welcome aperitif
  • Visit to vineyard with tasting tour
  • 4 cooking classes with executive chef
  • Visit to the prestigious organic food market in Arezzo on Saturday
  • Tours to UNESCO heritage site
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals with drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, 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 Mediterranean Culinary Vacation Itinerary

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 from chef Fabrizio and host Marina; 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. This can be customized and extended according to your requirement and experience. This is 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 visit to vineyards and wine tasting 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!”

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:

  • 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

What's included

  • Welcome appetizer and drinks
  • All meals with drinks
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 wine tour
  • 3 guided tours with lunch
  • 4 cooking classes of 4 hours each with executive chef
  • 7 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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