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5 Days Take a Bite Culinary Vacation in Italy

5 Days Take a Bite Culinary Vacation in Italy

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

Real Tuscan Culinary Holiday in Italy

Prepare yourself for an intense and unique all inclusive Tuscan experience in a real Tuscan home cooking and eating all together enjoying the taste of an authentic Tuscan break. As good as a good Italian Panino! Piccolo but extremely tasty, and intense, real and genuine as the welcome here at Tasty Tuscany.

Combining art and cooking

During the 3 hands-on cooking classes, following seasonal products and the fruits of our organic garden well 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. A different excursion everyday to meet the beauty of our art: medieval walled towns, art cities, small undiscovered villages. Places where each brick tells you a story from the past. In a few words: the kings morsel. In a few days: the best of Tasty Tuscany.

Highlights

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 1 full-day guided excursion to Volterra or San Gimignano
  • 2 half-day excursions to the Baroque Monastery in Calci, Certaldo, Villa Saletta
  • All meals accompanied by Tuscan table wine
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Hiking trails
  • 4 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 furnitures 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.

Sunday

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

Monday

  • 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 youll 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

Tuesday

  • 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

Wednesday

  • 08:30-09:30 : Breakfast
  • 09:30: Visit to the Baroque monastery of Calci
  • 13:30: Lunch at home: aalad 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 vegatables and wine), potato ring ( three flavors baked mash potato), cipolline with amaretti, bunet (chocolate pudding)

Thursday

  • 08:30-09:30 : Breakfast
  • 09:30: Departures

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

  • Pisa, Florence, Volterra, San Gimignano - 45 minutes
  • Lucca, Siena and the Chianti - 1 hour
  • Cinque Terre, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza - 1.5 hours
  • 1 full-day guided excursion to Volterra or San Gimignano
  • 2 half-day excursions (art towns, medieval villages, traditional art workshops, wineries, open markets): the Baroque Monastery in Calci, Certaldo, Villa Saletta
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 4 nights accommodation in single/double bedrooms with private washrooms
  • All meals and Tuscan table wine - Chianti (red) and Vernaccia (white)
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Hiking trails
  • Laundry facilities / Wi-Fi / hair dryer
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Transportation and transfers from/to Pontedera train station or Pisa airport
  • 1 restaurant lunch 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 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.