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1 Week Food Immersion Tuscan Cooking Vacation in Italy

  • Tasty Tuscany Cooking School, Via Agliati, 123, Palaia, Pisa, Italy

1 Week Food Immersion Tuscan Cooking Vacation in Italy

  • Tasty Tuscany Cooking School, Via Agliati, 123, Palaia, Pisa, Italy

Culinary and Art Vacations in Tuscany, Italy

Stay for a deep and unique all inclusive Tuscan experience in a real Tuscan home, with the company of your hosts, cooking and eating all together, experiencing the local culture, enjoying sightseeing, food and art workshops and local farmers markets. Following seasonal products and the fruits of the organic garden, you will cook several traditional family recipes coming from different Italian regions, to experience the large variety of flavors and ingredients that makes Italian cuisine so wide and unique. You will have different excursions everyday to meet the beauty of Italian art. You will visit places where each brick tells you a story from the past. A unique experience to meet the great Italian spirit and hold it forever.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Pay a visit to the farmers' market
  • Enjoy a full-day guided excursion to Volterra or San Gimignano
  • Half-day excursions to the Baroque Monastery in Calci, Certaldo, Villa Saletta
  • Enjoy a full day excursion to Lucca or Florence
  • All meals and Tuscan table wine
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The house, called Podere il Poggione is nestled on top of a hill, surrounded by cypress and olive trees. The beautiful garden invites you to eat "al fresco", to take a nap under the fragrant shade of the wistaria tree. The pool is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the 360 panorama. Four bedrooms and a suite, all with enclosed bathroom, each one with it's own character and beautiful furniture handed down from generation to generation. Everything combines to create a cozy atmosphere to make you feel completely home. Daily room cleaning and laundry on the property.

Tuscan leisure time

After experiencing the cooking classes and the guided tours, you are ready to move your own steps on this beautiful land. It is time to connect with the Tuscan lifestyle from within it. A little bit of time by yourself or with your friends, exploring Florence or Lucca, sitting in a caf, getting a cappuccino or a real gelato, doing a little shopping, visiting a museum, or just hanging around with the pleasure of breathing the place, the sounds, the smells, the rhythm of life here. Then, get back home in the evening for another delicious dinner all together. Friday is farmers market day and you cannot miss a visit: food, vegetables, plants and flowers, clothes, and leather items. Some good deals and lot of fun.

Day 1, Sunday - Arrival

  • Check-in in the afternoon: the pick-up service starts at 15:00.
  • Welcoming aperitivo.
  • Dinner: minestrone from the garden, sformato with zucchine in crosta, mixed salad, macedonia con gelato.

Day 2, Monday - Cooking class

  • 08:30 - 09.30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 Visit to Volterra and lunch at the enoteca Vena di Vino. It is possible to sign for a wine tasting. The cost is 15 EUR and you will taste 4 great Tuscan wines.
  • Lunch at your charge for around 15 EUR.
  • 17:00 Cooking class - a southern vegetarian dinner composed of lasagne with eggplants, sweet and sour peppers, stuffed and baked zucchine, brutti e buoni.

Day 3, Tuesday - Excursion, cooking class

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 Visit to the medieval walled town of Certaldo. Several art workshops and the best cappuccino ever!
  • 13:30 Lunch at home: assorted local cheeses with honey and fruit, mixed salad, fruit.
  • Relaxation time.
  • 17:00 Cooking class - a Tuscan dinner composed of a risotto with pumpkin and mushrooms, chicken alla Toscana, salad with pears and pecorino cheese, crostata with figs and rosemary.

Day 4, Wednesday - Excursion, cooking class

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 Visit to the Baroque monastery of Calci.
  • 13:30 Lunch at home - salad with savoy cabbage and beans, bruschetta with scamorza cheese, fruit.
  • Relaxation time.
  • 17:00 Cooking class - a northern dinner composed of rasato al chianti (beef stew with vegetables and wine), potato ring ( three flavors baked mash potato), cipolline with amaretti, bunet (chocolate pudding).

Day 5, Thursday - Excursion

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 You will be transferred to Pontedera train station to catch the connection to either Florence or Lucca.
  • Tasty Tuscany will then come to pick you up later in the evening at around 18:00 for a dinner all together.
  • Tasty Tuscany will provide all the information, suggestions, tips, and the train schedule.
  • Lunch is on your own, at your charge for around 15-20 EUR.
  • 20:00 Dinner at home - spaghetti pommarola, chicken breast in balsamic vinegar, mixed salad, dessert.

Day 6, Friday - Farmers market, free time

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 Visit to the farmers' market in Pontedera.
  • 13:30 Lunch at home: Friday lunch.
  • Free afternoon devoted to relaxation and enjoyment, with activities of the house: a long walk in the wood, an afternoon at the pool, a party with friends. A different way to be together again!
  • 20:00 Dinner at home - Italian barbecue, assorted bruschetta, grilled vegetables, gelato.

Day 7, Saturday - Departure

  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast.
  • 09:30 Departure.

Your culinary holiday will be in Palaia, a beautiful walled medieval town in the province of Pisa. The landscape is gorgeous, nature is pure and the small medieval villages, located on top of a hill, are still full of fascination, with their several cafs, a baker, a butcher, a small grocery, few restaurants, and an open market, at least once a week. From there, the beautiful Tuscan panorama: rolling hills, with their profiles marked by the dark shade of the cypresses.

Nearby places

  • Cinque Terre, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Lucca, Siena and the Chianti - 1 hour
  • Pisa, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano - 45 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • 1 full-day excursion to Lucca or Florence (round trip to the train station included)
  • 1 full-day guided excursion to Volterra or San Gimignano
  • 1 visit to farmers market
  • 2 half-day excursions
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 6 nights accommodation in single/double bedrooms with private washrooms
  • All meals and Tuscan table wine - Chianti (red) and Vernaccia (white)
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Transportation and transfers from / to Pontedera train station or Pisa Airport (PSA)
  • 2 restaurant lunches for around 20 EUR each
  • Airfare
  • Train and museum tickets are not included in the weekly rate

Driving directions

  • Take the highway (superstrada FI-PI-LI) from either Florence or Pisa and get off at the Montopoli Valdarno exit, then follow indications to Palaia.
  • Once on the way to Palaia pass the village of Chiecinella, after around 2 km, there is a sign on the left that indicates "Agliati", and a small sign indicating Tasty Tuscany.
  • Take the dusty road (after 200 mt it is paved), drive to the top of the hill and follow the signs with our logo.
  • Pass the church. The road gets narrow.
  • At the next fork, take a left to "Tasty Tuscany".

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Pisa Airport (PSA). Tasty Tuscany has a shuttle service organized for you. The shuttle is included in the price.

Arrival by train

If you fly to Milano Malpensa, take the shuttle to Milano Centrale train station. Take the train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (remember that the Eurostar, the fastest train, requires a booking), catch the connection direction Pisa and get off at Pontedera station. A taxi service from the Pontedera train station can be reserved upon request.

If you fly to Rome, take the shuttle to Roma Termini train station. Take the train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (remember that the Eurostar, the fastest train, requires a booking for weekend travel), catch the connection direction Pisa and get off at Pontedera station. A taxi service from the Pontedera train station can be reserved upon request.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Testimonials

  • Review by Mattia
    10 out of 10

    "Quality and simplicity in contact with nature! Thank you Manul and Paolo, see you soon!"

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  • Review by Andrea Englander Distenfeld
    10 out of 10

    "If you really want to have the time of your life, please, please make reservations for Patrizia and Paolo's slice of heaven. I know I loved my time with them at the villa and all that went with it."

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  • Review by Shawn B from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I was staying at a neighboring farmhouse and found out about Tasty Tuscany's classes and I'm so glad!! I had the most fabulous experience learning to make Tuscan cuisine. Manul is a wonderful teacher, she is so patient, funny and smart. Her way of using produce from her own garden, seasonal items, and/or local and organic was inspiring. She is a wealth of information and so passionate about the value of great food. Each menu was well thought out, with simple ingredients and delightful. We made multiple courses each night in the kitchen while sipping wine and later sitting down together for a wonderful meal. The conversation, ambiance and vibe of this place was a true treasure. Each evening I would hear about the fantastic day excursions the other guests took with Paolo and I have to say I was jealous. This is a true one-stop holiday destination."

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  • Review by Helen T. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We've just come back from six wonderful nights with Manul and Paolo, and so many happy memories. Not to mention a stack of wonderful recipes to recreate at home. Travelling with my 14-year old daughter, this really was an ideal trip: mornings of visiting fascinating local places, afternoons of cooking, evenings of eating, talking, laughing. The house is in an idyllic hillside location, surrounded by olive trees. The rooms are comfortable, although we didn't spend a lot of time in them. Well, the odd afternoon siesta perhaps. The pool is delightful, perfect for a cooling dip. The itinerary is a perfect combination of activity and downtime, though definitely errs on the busy side, so if you are just looking to sit by the pool, this is not the trip for you. But if you want stimulating adventures and incredible food, with great people, then I would say book now! I'd love to go back when they do the olive harvest, what an experience that would be. Thanks to Paulo and Manul, it was most definitely a trip we will always remember!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We were so glad we listened to our friend, Tony, who recommended Tasty Tuscany. What a great experience! The schedule was perfect - just the right mix of relaxation time, excursions and cooking. Manul and Paolo were wonderful hosts - Paolo was the perfect tour guide and Manul is not only a great cook but a wonderful teacher, too. We were also blessed to be joined by two other couples who became our new friends. It was a lot of fun and we’ve all decided to not only stay in touch but to do it again in a few years! Mille grazie, Tasty Tuscany! Ci retorneremo! (We shall return!)"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "This was the perfect cooking vacation for my mom and me. The farmhouse was lovely and we enjoyed the beautiful views from our bedroom windows. There were ample gorgeous hiking trails to enjoy in evenings. The cooking classes were very enjoyable and easy to follow (and incredibly delicious)! All the meals we had were savory. We couldn't get enough of the homemade olive oil. Manul has a way with food and is a wonderful teacher. Paolo did a fantastic job taking us to multiple beautiful locations and teaching us "fun facts" along the way. "Wiki Paolo" is a source of invaluable information. Paolo made sure we not only knew about the history of the area we were going to, but also catered the information he presented to information he knew we would want to know. I would highly recommend Tasty Tuscany to those looking to relax, enjoy a quieter side of Italy, and learn to cook."

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  • Review by a Johnny from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "From the choice of menu, the quietness of the villa, the music selected while we cooked and the friendliness of Paolo and Manul. Everything was great. They were open to changing the menu and always had some great wine around."

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  • Review by Julienne from United States
    10 out of 10

    "An absolutely lovely experience at a farmhouse villa in the provence of Pisa. The setting is beautiful, quiet, relaxing, and comfortable. One of the best parts was not having to plan a thing.The breakfast was set up every morning and we could take a walk, run, or do yoga on the grounds. Then we had wonderful, intimate excursions led by the informative and entertaining Paolo each day. Coming back for lunch, or right after we had some downtime in the late afternoon and then enjoyed a 4-course cooking class."

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  • Review by Gabrielle from United States
    10 out of 10

    "An absolutely lovely experience at a farmhouse villa in the provence of Pisa. The setting is beautiful, quiet, relaxing, and comfortable. One of the best parts was not having to plan a thing.The breakfast was set up every morning and we could take a walk, run, or do yoga on the grounds. Then we had wonderful, intimate excursions led by the informative and entertaining Paolo each day. Coming back for lunch, or right after we had some downtime in the late afternoon and then enjoyed a 4-course cooking class."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This holiday was the choice of a friend who was celebrating a special birthday. I'd looked at the Tasty Tuscany web site before we set off but was unsure of what the week would hold. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable holidays we've had. From being picked up on time at Pisa airport we were looked after for the whole week. We were joined by two Canadian ladies and we hit it off right away. We talked, laughed, cooked, drank wine and on one occasion the birthday girl burst into song ! Lunch was simple but tasty and the cookery lessons were so different to my own cooking , lots of herbs and vegetables. Our trips out were always exciting - not the usual touristy spots and the views were spectacular especially looking out from Volterra. Our trip to Florence was memorable as was the few hours we spent in Pisa. Overall a great week . Thank you for everything Manul and Paolo."

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  • Review by Melhoff from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Well, my husband and I just returned from a week with Pat & Paolo and they certainly exceeded all the expectations that I at least had. It was a nice balance of activity, rest at the home (not to be confused with "house"), cooking, and all around good times. I was a bit worried at first when we first arrived, mostly since our flight got diverted from Florence to Pisa midflight and Paolo was waiting for us at Florence, although he took this with stride and still picked us up from the airport (much thanks!). Make sure you do bring your basic hygiene products (lots of bugspray, we got eaten up relaxing in the evenings outside) and sunscreen since you do have some time to spend at the pool (or just sunbathe for that matter).The breakfast is pretty light with yogurts, cereals, fruit, juice, and you can also make espresso. The lunches and dinners were so delicious with fresh fruits/veggies used and Pat is very knowledgeable about different ways to make the recipes so you can have multiple variations/uses for the recipes she teaches to you. The cooking classes are pretty informal, although Pat will answer any questions you have (even the ones that aren't quite related to what you are presently doing), and occasionally break in dance (well, we all sometimes did) with the music playing, and is just overall a very enjoyable experience.Paolo takes you to many historic places like Certaldo, a beautiful monastery, Volterra (great views) and is a great storyteller and has a great sense of humor. This was just a great experience where you don't have to worry about all the details, and just go with the flow and enjoy many a glass of wine, good company, and great food while you are at it. My only wish is that I could have spent more time with Pat to learn from her and spend time with the amazing group we were with. Thank you Pat & Paolo for an amazing week into your slice of heaven, it will always hold a special place in our hearts!"

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  • Review by Geri Wetanson from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I want to thank Patricia and Paolo for opening up their home and hearts. The villa (farmhouse) is warm and inviting, and I felt comfortable traveling solo. I met the most wonderful loving people. We learned to cook local food that was so fresh and delicious. Pat is an amazing, spiritual woman that makes everyone feel special. Poalo took us on excursions that were off the beaten path. He is very knowledgeable and charming. I will never forget this trip of a lifetime. It was more than I asked for. I highly recommend it to all. Bellisima."

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