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7 Days Cooking Holidays in Siena Italy

  • Montecastelli, Strada di Pieve a Castello, 10, 53035 Monteriggioni SI, Italy

Italy Cooking Holiday

Develop your culinary skills in one of the most beautiful settings in Italy. You will be confronted with each aspect of Italian cooking and will learn to make creative choices depending on the season and the availability of the best ingredients at the time of your course. You will witness the importance of local purveyor relationships, experience shopping at specialty markets, and develop the general outlay of the menu upon the purchases made. You will also have ample time to explore the surroundings and enjoy the comforts of the wonderful villa where you will be staying.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Trips to specialty markets to buy ingredients
  • Lessons to prepare a 4-course traditional Italian menu
  • Dishes prepared with typical Tuscan, fresh seasonal ingredients
  • Reduced groups and personalized attention
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • French, German, Italian, English
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Montecastelli is a restored fortress perched high atop a hillside overlooking the Elsa River Valley. The villa has been immaculately renovated to offer its visitors an authentic luxury experience in Tuscany centered on food and wine. Located one-hour south of Florence, the villa is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and nature reserves at its base. Montecastelli is a full size working organic farm, that produces extra virgin olive oil, as well as a unique and vast assortment of garden produce and herbs which will be used in the cooking class throughout the week. The pool offers an oasis for relaxation and views over the beautiful landscapes that surround the villa.

Montecastelli offers multiple room options of varying sizes. Each is filled with beautiful antiques, luxurious linens and all are warm and charming. The villa has many shared sitting areas both inside and out, a library filled with books about Italy, food and wine, as well as a professional chef’s kitchen, where your cooking classes will take place.

Each day you will learn how to prepare one course of a four-course menu. The last day you will practice what you have learned by cooking a full meal.

Day 1

Check in and free day for you own activities.

Day 2

Antipasti, cold and warm.

Day 3

Handmade pasta.

Day 4

Secondo Piatto or main course based on fish and meat.

Day 5

Dolce (Dessert).

Day 6

You will cook the whole menu for a fellow student and enjoy the meal prepared for you in exchange.

Day 7

Free day for you own activities and check out.

This vacation will take place in Siena, Italy, in the region of Tuscany. The region is known for the production of high-quality wines, cheeses, and olive oil.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Toiletries
  • Wedding

In most seasons you can buy olive oil, which is made right at their farm, enjoy fresh organic produce from the garden, sample Montecastelli's homemade prosciutto and salumi or gather fresh eggs from their hens. You can book a privately catered dinner that will be prepared using farm fresh ingredients, or schedule a pizza night cooking outdoors in the 1000-year-old pizza oven. You will be able to try delicious gourmet food and world class wines and also eat at local trattorias with traditional food.

You will find multiple activities taking place close to the villa. You can go to a crystal glass show in Colle Val d'Elsa; visit the multiple museums, antique churches, and the Duomo; book a wine tour or an olive oil tasting; go truffle hunting; swim; learn how to make cheese; bike; hike; or even take a trip in a hot air balloon.

  • 5 hands-on cooking classes with Jens Schmidt
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A culminating meal of the foods prepared during the course
  • Full access to the grounds of the villa
  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Transportation

Driving directions from Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

  • Take Via Francesco Paolo Remotti and Via Mario de Bernardi to A91
  • Continue on A91. Take Grande Raccordo Anulare / A90, A1 / E35, Raccordo Siena-Bettolle, SS73 and Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena to Strada Provinciale del Castello di Stagg in Colle di Val D'Elsa. Take exit Colle Val d'Elsa Sud from Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena
  • Take SP541 and Strada Provinciale 101 di Montemaggio / SP101 to your destination in Monteriggioni

Driving directions from Pisa International Airport (PSA)

  • Get on Superstrada Firenze Pisa Livorno from Via Pier Giorgio Ballini and Via Eugenio III
  • Take SGC Firenze - Pisa - Livorno to Via I Maggio in Empoli. Take exit Empoli Ovest from SGC Firenze - Pisa - Livorno
  • Get on Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena in Poggibonsi from SS429, Via Niccolò Macchiavelli, SR429 and Strada Regionale 429
  • Follow Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena to Strada Provinciale del Castello di Stagg in Colle di Val D'Elsa. Take exit Colle Val d'Elsa Sud from Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena
  • Take SP541 and Strada Provinciale 101 di Montemaggio / SP101 to your destination in Monteriggioni

Driving directions from Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR)

  • Get on SGC Firenze - Pisa - Livorno from Viadotto Indiano
  • Follow A1 / E35 and Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena to Strada Provinciale del Castello di Stagg in Colle di Val D'Elsa. Take exit Colle Val d'Elsa Sud from Raccordo Autostradale Firenze - Siena
  • Take SP541 and Strada Provinciale 101 di Montemaggio / SP101 to your destination in Monteriggioni

Arrival by airplane

The closest airports are Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Pisa International Airport (PSA), or Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR).