Palazzo del Duca

Tuscany, Italy

We offer rental accommodations in Tuscany, cooking and wine weeks including day tours in the most beautiful and known places in Tuscany.

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7 Days Tuscany Wine Tours & Cooking Holidays in Italy

October 22-28 | October 29-November 4, 2017

Speaks English

from US$1,470
from US$1,470
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Testimonials 8

  • a traveler United States

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    We stayed at Palazzo del Duca as a part of the cooking and wine touring option. We traveled with friends and shared the Malaspina apartment, which was spacious and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped, bathrooms nice and beds comfortable. It had a huge dining table that could seat 12, if we wanted to throw a big party, and a large living room! Both cooking classes were good and loved getting our hands all floured up with making the pasta and other local dishes, such as torta d'erbe and chestnut flour cakes. Our host Francesco took us touring to a couple of wineries in the Cinque Terre with a wonderful lunch at a restaurant in Manarola. We also enjoyed an informative visit with the local beekeeper and happened upon the annual horse festival in Comano, which was a great slice of local, rural culture. The village is very small with only a bar/restaurant, but loved getting away from the hustle of larger Italian cities. And it was great that we could walk out the door and go three or four different directions on well marked trails thru the hills and tiny villages. Meals at Casa Turchetti and Montagna Verde were also very good, especially Montagna Verde! The local winery, Casteldelpiano is also a gem to visit.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

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    Here once more, this time in the Depandance apartment which is ideal for two, especially as it has its own seating area with table and chairs overlooking the pool and gardens. People have written elsewhere about the background and history and so all I can add here is to reinforce the positive views about the location, apartments and most importantly, the owners, Mirella and Francesco, plus Pat. They are so genuine and helpful and want to help you enjoy your stay more so tap them for information. Both Francesco and Pat are very knowledgeable in all wine matters! Ideal for an informal stay in the area. Will be returning. Each time we visit we find somewhere new to explore. This area has so much to offer, sea, walks, mountains, wine, food, medieval villages, and others. It is underrated area and difficult to find information in standard guidebooks. Try Pontremoli, Filetto, Bagnone, Villafranca, Equi-terme, the lakes, Cinque Terre, Viareggio, Lerici! Will again be recommending to all I know!

  • Kacy F.

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    I've been fortunate to spend many summers of my life in different areas of Tuscany and being at the Palazzo in Tavernelle offers something I have yet to experience anywhere else in Italy. The Palazzo itself is an incredible restored palace, beautifully furnished and very comfortable. When you leave the palace you find yourself in a village with winding stone streets that take you back to a different time. Every morning you can get up and see the sheep being walked up the mountain to graze and a lady in town makes cheese from their milk which you can try(highly recommend). From Tavernelle, you can hike or drive to other villages with more castles, places for food, and views than you can possible see on one trip. If you want to experience real Italy where you aren't surrounded by a sea of tourists this is a great area to be. The Palazzo and the surrounding areas are enough of a reason to come visit but what really makes staying at the Palazzo a truly incredible experience are the wonderful hosts, Mirella and Francesco. The last time I visited I was able to do a cooking class and a wine tasting with Mirella and Francesco. Mirella is an incredible cook and taught us to make bruschetta, homemade ravioli(no pasta machine necessary- the best ravioli I've ever had), sgabei and so many different foods that were perfectly accompaniments to the wines Francesco expertly introduced. You truly get the farm to table experience, all of their food is locally sourced and the fresh, local ingredients as well as the love they put into making the food really make the difference, some of the best meals I've ever had were at the Palazzo! They are hosts that will go to great ends to ensure that you are having a great Italian experience, they also took us on a tour of the Cinque Terre wine coop as well as a seafood lunch with wine tasting at one of Francesco's friends Cinque Terre vineyard and restaurant, it was one of my best days in Italy. I really cannot say enough about my time at the Palazzo, I cannot wait for a time to go back! Once you go there, it's the only place you'll want to go back to in Italy!

  • a traveler United States

    TripAdvisor website

    Stayed here with a large group of friends. It was wonderful. Divided into separate apartments means private baths for all and several well-appointed kitchens. One large room on the second floor served as a sitting and dining room for our large group. Outdoors was lovely, too. The hosts were very kind and friendly. We had the hostess prepare two evening meals for us which were just superb. The best bruschetta I have ever eaten, as an example. There is a pub and restaurant less than a block away that was very good and very reasonable in price. It is in an isolated location but it worked out well.

  • a traveler United States

    Trip Advisor website

    I stayed here with a large group of friends. It was wonderful. Divided into separate apartments, means private baths for all and several well-appointed kitchens. One large room on the second floor served as a sitting and dining room for our large group. Outdoors was lovely, too. The hosts were very kind and friendly. We had the hostess prepare two evening meals for us which were just superb. The best bruschetta I have ever eaten, as an example. There is a pub and restaurant less than a block away that was very good and very reasonable in price. It is in an isolated location but it worked out well.

  • Federico United States

    Trip Advisor website

    As we arrived at the small "Borgo" which is home to the Palazzo, we were magically transported back to the Middle Ages. An old woman came down the small cobblestone road with a huge hay stack balanced on her head. It was the start of a very wonderful experience in a magical place.Mirella and Francesco were incredibly gracious hosts and the apartments were comfortable and spotless. Francesco's passion is wine and he shared some vintages with us that I still remember very fondly to this day. The food, location, views and hospitality are all first rate. We will definitely return for another stay.

  • Gerard Switzerland

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    We had a super time! The owners are super friendly. Rooms are huge, clean, and have lots of space. Library has WiFi too! Cooking class was great fun. Pool is clean. Only 30 minutes away from the beach. Porto Venere was awesome. We will try to go back next year again. The towns will make you feel like going back in time. Hotel walls are like 6 feet thick, fire place burning while having dinner, it is just beautiful. Like in a castle.

  • Wendy United Kingdom

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    This is our third time here (staying for a week each time over the past 4/5 yrs) and our first as a couple. This is a beautiful location and ideal for walking and travelling around. The Palazzo has many apartments and our first time was when it was just opened so we have seen all the apartments - our favorite is Luni, a contemporary apartment on the second floor with lots of space and a huge kitchen which is quite well equipped. The best about the Palazzo though are the owners, Mirella and Francesco. They make you feel very welcome and special.They always seem on hand to offer advice from where to go to restaurants and food. Often Mirella will cook for the guests which make it seem like one big house party. We have never been disappointed with the food, wine, or the company. It's great how language barriers fade away with good wine and company. This is a very special place and whilst we love to try and visit different places we somehow manage to spend some time in Tavernelle. Highly recommended wine tasting in Cinque Terre with Francesco and Mirella's cookery lessons. Bravo!

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