8 Days All Inclusive Culinary Holiday in Tuscany

  • MangiarDivino, Localita Libbia 22G Arezzo Tuscany Italy

Cookery Holidays in Italy

MangiarDivino provides visitors with a unique and rare opportunity to live and experience the real life in Tuscany. You will learn to prepare all the essential components of an Italian meal, with passion for reviving Tuscany historic recipes, and give them a contemporary twist, using local fresh ingredients of our production. You can dive, hands-on, in the regional culinary traditions technique and discover places where history and nature has taken its course, through guided tours and excursions; the perfect stress free cocktail, all inclusive.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Visit to the Etruscan hamlet
  • Classes suitable for all levels of expertise
  • Excursion of the most picturesque locations in Arezzo
  • Wine tour and excursions of the historical village
  • Daily meals with drinks included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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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.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • You will meet at the Arezzo train station or at the villa where you will enjoy a typical welcome aperitif buffet with Prosecco wine tasting.
  • There will be an introduction given by the chef, Fabrizio, and the villa host, Marina, and you will get the chance to meet them and the other members of the group.
  • Exclusive dinner prepared by chef Fabrizio.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • Meal plan: dinner

Day 2 - Cooking lesson

  • After breakfast, you will participate in your first cookery lesson where you can engage yourself in the art of Tuscan and Italian cuisine with the aid of an expert Tuscan chef.
  • Enjoy the results for lunch.
  • The afternoon will be 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.
  • You will have a dinner prepared for you by the chef at the villa.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - Cultural tour

  • After breakfast, head out with your guide to tour the most picturesque locations in Arezzo. There, your guide will give you background history to every location and give you ample time to take photos.
  • You will have lunch in a historic Tuscan trattoria (drinks included).
  • Return to the villa for dinner.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Cooking lesson, wine tour

  • After breakfast, engage in your second cooking lesson, delving into the art of Tuscan and Italian cuisine with the aid of an expert Tuscan chef.
  • Enjoy what you prepared for lunch.
  • In the afternoon, take a wine tour in a prestigious winery famous for its chianti superior and chardonnay white wine.
  • Return to the villa for a delightful chef-prepared crispy calzone pizza dish.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Cooking lesson, free afternoon

  • After breakfast, you will have your third cooking lesson and lunch.
  • The afternoon will be free.
  • You will have a delicious dinner, prepared by chef Fabrizio, back at the villa.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • 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 a professional Italian chef.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Cooking class, cultural tour

  • After breakfast, you will have your last cooking class. With your newly-found confidence, you and the experts will prepare a typical Sunday lunch, using more advanced cooking techniques.
  • In the afternoon, take a guided tour and pay a short visit to the Etruscan hamlet, Cortona.
  • Enjoy dinner in the evening at a typical local restaurant.
  • Overnight: private apartment
  • 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.

City break tour

Historical hamlet tour

Local market tour (Saturday market)

Wine tasting tour

  • 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".

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!”

Distances

  • Arezzo city center, 1 kilometer
  • Cinque Terre, 240 kilometers (3 hours)
  • Cortona, 20 kilometers (25 minutes)
  • Florence, 68 kilometers (45 minutes)
  • Gaiole in Chianti, 40 kilometers (40 minutes)
  • Lucca, 170 kilometers (2 hours)
  • Montalcino, 55 kilometers
  • Montepulciano, 45 kilometers (45 minutes)
  • Pisa, 150 kilometers (2 hours)
  • Rome, 220 kilometers (2 hours)
  • San Gimignano, 100 kilometers (1 to 2 hours)
  • Siena, 60 kilometer (45 minutes)
  • Venice, 320 kilometers (3 to 4 hours)
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
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market

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)

MangiarDivino can cater to your special dietary requirements. Please let your host know in advance.

Chocolate tour (at extra price)

Medieval olive oil mil and olive oil tasting tours (at extra price)

Special event guided tours (medieval touraments and others) available on request

Val d’Orcia (Siena province) tour (at extra price)

  • 1 market tour
  • 1 wine tour in a prestigious winery in the Chianti area
  • 2 city break excursions with meals
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes
  • 7 nights accommodation in private apartment
  • All meals with drinks
  • All taxes
  • Complimentary transfers to and from train station
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Seasonal organic ingredients from MangiarDivino's production
  • Additional tours
  • Airfare
  • Extra drinks
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • 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. 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
  • 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.

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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