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5 Day Farm-to-Table Cooking Holiday in Tuscany, Manciano

Querciafelice, S.P. 67, Strada Provinciale Campigliola 29, 58014 Manciano GR, Italy

Mouthwatering Cooking Holiday in Italy

Embark on a mouth-watering Tuscany cooking vacation. Have fun and join a cookery break in this beautiful part of Tuscany, Manciano (GR) at Querciafelice. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basics of the Italian cooking techniques and traditions this area has to offer. Visit local markets and wander the streets of Manciano and Pitigliano, known as the "little Jerusalem", one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy. Come and join for special food experiences and wine discoveries in Italy!

Meet the instructors

Federica
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Visit to the local market
  • Learn to make pizza, pasta, focaccia, and tortellini
  • Recipes, apron and certificate of participation
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Wine included

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3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Library

You will be staying in Querciafelice, Villa Gelso. This villa of 200 square meters was recently renovated and consists of one floor; it can accommodate up to nine people. Surrounded by a well-kept garden with lawn, it has a wonderful wooden porch with dining table and seating for up to 12 people, ideal for outdoor dining.

Inside the villa, there is a large and comfortable living room, furnished with sofas, a library, and a fireplace. As an additional room, there is a bright and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, freezer, and breakfast table. The sleeping area consists of five sunny and colorful bedrooms – four double rooms and one single room, all provided with closet and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Querciafelice

Querciafelice is a beautiful country estate placed in a property of seven hectares located in the municipality of Manciano, in the Maremma area of Tuscany, not far from Capalbio. This splendid estate is covered with 700 olive trees producing an excellent organic virgin olive oil. This property consists of three villas and a swimming pool. Entering Querciafelice, an enchanting road lined with cypress trees welcomes you, leading to a lush garden with lawns, roses and a vegetable garden whith all-natural products available to guests.

Querciafelice is the ideal choice for those families or groups of friends wishing to spend an unforgettable holiday in the tranquil Tuscan countryside, with the opportunity at the same time to be near the sea. The whole estate is also suitable for hosting any kind of event - weddings, parties, celebrations - for up to 700 guests.

Program

Amidst the lush greenery of Querciafelice Villas, the discovery of a secluded, extensive organic vegetable garden is a splendid surprise: fresh produce, grown and picked to create farm-to-table dishes, are at the base to give shape to delicious menus made by Federica and her team.

Sample daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to the property and enjoy a welcome drink while meeting the owner, the lady of the Italian design, Federica Maglione; she will share with you the insights of the area and the activities planned for your vacations. Next, spend some time exploring the property or just relaxing in your room or you could visit the local wine cellar for a little wine tasting (cost not included).

Day 2

After breakfast, you will head to Manciano to the local market and wander its streets. There will be a cookery lesson last for three hours. Today's lesson is pasta. After the lesson, you will have time to relax on the patio before savoring the meal you just prepared accompanied by a nice glass of local wine.

Day 3

After breakfast, you can enjoy the morning to the swimming pool or can have a tennis game. Next will be your cookery lesson which lasts for three hours, making pizza and focaccia. Enjoy the Italian pizza in company with others and a nice cold beer relaxing the sight of the picturesque valley of Manciano.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will head to Pitigliano. Known as the "little Jerusalem", it is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy. Today will be your final cookery lesson again for three hours. Today's lesson will be preparing fresh tortellini which you will later enjoy accompanied with local organic red wine.

Day 5

After breakfast you will be given apron and certificate of participation.

Included excursions

  • Take a trip to Pitigliano
  • Visit the local market in Manciano

Instructors

Federica Maglione

Location

This cooking holiday will take place in Manciano in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. In the past, Manciano was one of the main Etruscan cities in the area between Tuscany and Lazio, and there are several important archaeological sites nearby Querciafelice, such as Tuscania, Cerveteri, Blera, Vulci, Barbarano, Vetulonia, and Roselle, as well as the Roman ruins of Cosa.

In addition to archaeological excursions, Querciafelice is an excellent starting point to visit the charming towns of Orbetello, Montemerano, Sovana, Sorano, and Pitigliano. The sea is within easy reach: Monte Argentario, with Porto Ercole and its wonderful Feniglia beach, besides Porto Santo Stefano, is less than an hour’s drive. White sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, this coastal area can be considered paradise for divers and sailors.

Furthermore, for those who wish to explore the sea over the coast, from Porto Santo Stefano there are daily boats to visit the islands of the beautiful Tuscan archipelago, for example the “jewels of the Mediterranean”, Giglio and Giannutri Islands. Along the Tuscan coast, not far from Querciafelice, you can find well known seaside resorts such as Capalbio, Ansedonia, and Talamone, as well as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) natural oasis of Burano, a wonderful place not to be missed, with its 410 hectares, its lake and protected species.

Lake Bolsena is also easy to reach from Manciano. It is the biggest lake of volcanic origin in Europe, well known for its fascinating landscapes and surroundings. Moreover, Saturnia thermal spa cannot be missed, with its sulphurous water at 37°C and its 18-hole golf course. A visit to the Maremma Natural Park and Uccellina Regional Park is also recommended; this area is an uncontaminated heaven of many animal kinds, characterized by a rich landscape of woods and Mediterranean scrublands.

Nearby places

  • Albinia train station, 38 kilometers
  • Bolsena Lake, 54 kilometers
  • Florence, 200 kilometers
  • Grosseto, 60 kilometers
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), 130 kilometers
  • Maremma Regional Park, 40 kilometers
  • Monte Argentario, 50 kilometers
  • Orbetello, 45 kilometers
  • Rome, 150 kilometers
  • Saturnia, 12 kilometers
  • Siena, 140 kilometers
  • Sorano, 24 kilometers
  • Talamone, 44 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court

General

  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Food

This cooking holiday includes wines. As part of the culinary experience, there will be three cooking classes. In the cooking classes, you will learn how to make pasta, pizza, focaccia, and tortellini. After preparing the dishes you will get to enjoy them either with beer or a glass of red or local wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

Things to do (optional)

Food and wine tours

Guided tours with wine and food tastings can be organized in the prestigious wineries of the area. This area is rich in gastronomy, with preserved products known worldwide, especially various kinds of vegetables, above all many kinds of tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, pecorino cheese of different types of milk and different aging.

Many restaurants offer traditional cuisine and flavors of the old times. Restaurant “Da Caino”, awarded with two Michelin stars, is the house of chef Valeria Piccini, appointed as best chef in Italy, and is a well known address by connoisseurs and listed among the best in Italy.

On day 1, you can indulge in tasting of the great wines of the territory at Vini Montauto. Prices are per person, reservations are required.

  • Visit at the cellar and tasting of 2 wines - 10 EUR
  • Visit at the cellar and tasting with selection of 4 wines (2 wines from local grapes and 2 wines from international varieties) - 15 EUR
  • Visit at the cellar and tasting with selection of 7 wines (red and white) - 20 EUR
  • Visit at the cellar and tasting with selection of 4 wines accompanied by oil and typical Tuscan products - 20 EUR
  • Visit at the cellar and tasting with selection of 7 wines accompanied by oil and typical Tuscan products - 30 EUR

Play golf

In Saturnia, close to Querciafelice estate, there is a spectacular 18-hole golf course, where Querciafelice can book a green fee for their guests. Furthermore, golf lovers will find their way at Argentario Golf Club where, upon reservation, it is possible to play all year long, surrounded by a natural protected area.

Sport activities in Maremma

This countryside offers many opportunities for lovers of horse riding, walking, hiking, jogging, or mountain biking. Upon request Querciafelice can arrange specific itineraries for every activity. In this area there is the possibility to organize hunting trips throughout winter months. For nature lovers we suggest a visit to Maremma Natural Regional Park, an uncontaminated paradise with many animal species, characterized by a landscape rich in woods and intensive scrublands.

What's included

  • 3 cooking classes of three-hour each
  • Visit to the local market
  • Recipes, apron, and certificate of participation
  • Wine included
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

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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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