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1 Week Food Immersion Tuscan Cooking Vacation in 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.