Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the regions passion for food and wine. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, teach our classes. Theyll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries.
Your accommodation is an elegantly restored farm house and olive oil mill. La Chiusas luxurious accommodations and award-winning restaurant have been critically acclaimed for decades, and travelers from all over the world come to Montefollonico just to stay in this enchanting place.
Youll find every part of La Chiusa tastefully decorated with Tuscan antiques, and every taste of it paying homage to the rich farmlands which surround it. Each of the 15 rooms is unique, featuring architectural elements from the original structure - exposed brick walls, millstones from the olive press, wood-beamed ceilings, and fireplaces.
Thats not to say that you wont also feel very pampered here - rooms have deep soaking tubs, many with Jacuzzis. Everyone you meet at La Chiusa, beginning with Dania and Umberto, warmly welcomes you into the family, delivering superior custom service. Not surprisingly, this place has many return visitors.
The restaurant presents an airy, gracious setting, with white-table-clothed-draped tables adorned with wildflowers. Dania Masotti is the shining star here, a recipient of a Michelin star for her cooking. Shell be one of your cooking teachers and is also a most memorable hostess.
Using produce from La Chiusas gardens and orchards, along with food from local producers, Dania cooks Montefollonicos classic peasant dishes in elegant renditions that dont lose any of their soulful quality in the process. Most outstanding is her homemade pappardelle with ragu - silky pasta with a perfectly balanced tomato sauce.
Guests enjoy the restaurants old world style. Sorbets are served between courses. Small ottomans are placed next to womens chairs so they have a place to perch their purses. The wine cellar offerings range from top local picks (Vino Nobile, Brunello di Montalcino), to world renowned vintages.
La Chiusa is ideally situated for glorious views of the Chiana Valley - rolling hills covered with olive trees and vineyards, and the ivory-colored hilltop town of Montepulciano in the distance. You can have breakfast on the terrace, enjoying bread thats been freshly baked in La Chiusas wood-burning oven, slathered with jam made from the propertys fig trees. A breeze may blow through, carrying with it the scent of lavender from the herb garden. In the evenings, the sunsets over La Chiusas panorama will dazzle you. Here is a country retreat that calms, inspires, and lifts your spirits.
At both lunch and dinner, you'll dine in a variety of Tuscanys finest restaurants, humble local osterie, and the private homes on Tuscan farms. You will dine at La Chiusa in our village of Montefollonico and sample the lamb with rosemary oil or duck with fennel, or both if you're so inclined. Conde Nast called this Michelin-starred restaurant the best country inn in Italy.
You'll want to take advantage of local markets, festivals or sagre, and flea markets. Depending on the time of year, you may have the opportunity to visit the Palio in Siena, Tuscanys best antiques market in Arezzos Piazza Grande, the donkey races in Torrita di Siena, the olive oil festival in San Quirico dOrcia, or even experience first had the picking and crushing of the seasons grape, what Tuscans call Vendmmia.
You are invited to explore the surrounding area and make the program as structured or unstructured as you wish. There will be plenty of free time to explore the area on your own and in small groups. Outings often include day trips to any of the wealth of local towns or cities within striking distance by car.
Be prepared to rejoice in the scenery and rejuvenate your soul. Everyone loves Tuscany as you simply become one with all the elements. Enjoy the quiet days and cool nights. Relax by the swimming pool. Come here to cycle, trek, or soar in a hot-air balloon.