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Culinary Tour and Cooking Holiday in Italy

Cooking in Chianti is an eight-night, all-inclusive hands-on cooking vacation where locals will be showing you their culinary secrets. If that weren't enough, the week also includes visits to cheese farms where you will be tasting Tuscany's famous pecorino cheeses. Winery visits with tastings are naturally included as well as market visits, in addition to a very special day trip to a chocolate factory. You will be taken to explore the towns of Volterra, Siena, and Arezzo. You will truly experience Tuscany!


  • 5 cooking sessions
  • Wine tasting, cheese factory visit
  • Tour to a cheese farm, chocolate factory, local market
  • Learn cooking secrets from the locals
  • Explore Volterra, Siena, Arezzo
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 8-12 participants
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Accommodations for the 2020 tour season are at historical hotels in Florence (city center just a five-minute walk from the Duomo) as well as an abbey in Gaiole in Chianti and a majestic winery in northern Chianti.


What could be better than a cooking vacation in Chianti? This eight-night culinary adventure is all-inclusive and it begins in Florence where you will spend the first night followed by an early morning guided city tour (from a "foodies' perspective") with your private guide visiting the iconic sites in the city and will also mingle with the Florentines while strolling the narrow streets and even having a gelato at the world-famous Vivoli.

You will be transferred by private coach to your country home, an 11th-century abbey / winery located in the heart of Chianti where everywhere you look, you'll see vineyards and olive orchards.

Just imagine cooking with locals in Chianti! You’ll be learning the basics and hopefully a bit more in the kitchens of a historic abbey in the heart of Chianti for a week.

There are five hands-on classes and wine pairing with each meal. Classes will be held at the abbey and also around the Chianti area. When you aren't in the kitchen you'll be either on an excursion visiting a winery and tasting, visiting a cheese producer and tasting, visiting a hill-top town or just chillin' by the pool!

Can you see yourself strolling the cobblestone streets of the medieval villages, tasting local wines at some of the areas most majestic wineries, eating fresh pasta that you actually made? How about waking up in the Chianti countryside with church bells ringing from the neighboring village and the aroma of freshly made espresso and Tuscan bread? Well, you can do all this!

This tour includes eight nights lodging starting in Florence in a historic 14th-century hotel that was once a convent. You will have a private city tour, market visit, and wonderful dinners.

Days 3-8, the group is transferred to a wonderful abbey that is over 1000 years old. You will visit two wineries, a cheese producer, have wonderful hands-on cooking classes (five in total) with magnificent meals daily. Classes will be held at the abbey as well as in area wineries. You will visit the charming towns of Siena, Volterra and Arezzo in addition to a chocolate factory.

Tasting Tuscany Food & Wine Tours' program has been designed for those who appreciate all that is Italian and in particular Tuscan. The tour consists of escorted groups of no more than 16 are guided to experience all that Tuscany has to offer.


Tuscany is one of the greatest destinations in the world. The majestic scenery comes from the large tracts of agricultural land carefully placed among the rolling hills lined with cypress trees and crossed with the famous white-colored dirt roads.

It's hard to say whether Tuscany is better known for its food or its wine but one can surely say that the combination of both together with the landscapes and the people make it the perfect vacation! Tasting Tuscany Food & Wine Tours offers both food and wine tours as well as cooking vacations in Chianti, both typologies will surely please you.


All meals are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Cheese farm tasting
  • Market visits
  • Guided city tours (Florence and Siena)
  • Excursion to Arezzo and chocolate factory as well as to Volterra
  • Local transportation

What's not included

  • Air travel
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer to the hotel on day 1
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Hotel city taxes
  • After-dinner drinks or special wines at tastings that are not part of what is provided to the group
  • Gelatos and coffees while on visits or in transit

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
9 days / 8 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Thursday April 28, 2022
(9 days / 8 nights)

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