If you love to feel at home while on vacation and adore Italian cuisine, Tuscany Cook invites you to a cooking holiday program that has been specially designed just for you. You will have the freedom to enjoy the surroundings of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, the little city, and the medieval villages. Comfortable accommodation in a lovely restored farm house, Azaela, for two and four people is provided for a feeling-at-home vacation. The house lying in the fabulous estate is a perfect getaway for you. Lisa and Elaine, our professional chefs will guide you to discover the traditional cuisine of Tuscany.
This lovely restored farm house with woodbeamed ceilings and tiled floors is situated in the garden of the main building of Villa Baco. Although Casa Azalea shares the same big garden with other guests, the beautiful Azaleas give the opportunity for creating ones own secluded corner. The apartment is composed of a living room, a large kitchen with a characteristic fireplace, 2 bedrooms, and 1 bathroom with shower. The apartment has independent heating and suitable for up to 4 people.
The wide swimming pool (16 x 6.50 meters) overlooking the vineyards will invite you to a fresh and relaxing swim. There is plenty of opportunity for creating ones own secluded corner so you can spend your holidays in complete relaxation. The nearby fields will invite you to have a walk or follow the trekking paths nearby.
On request, we can help you to organize extra programs as: hot-air ballooning to float over Chianti vineyards, horseback riding, and bike or Vespa tour, rent-a-car to explore our countryside. We can provide also excursions to Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre.
Let's start cutting and mixing to create your own meal with Lisa or Elaine! They will guide you on 3 cooking lessons of 3 hours each. You will learn how to use olive oil in its natural state or in cooking, how to enhance your cooking with wine, how to use fresh or wild aromatic herbs such as sage, rosemary, the wild nepitella, laurel and much more.
You will have guided tours in private vineyards and olive groves and taste wine products as well as extra virgin olive oils. You will also join a guided tour in Florence with transfer from Certaldo train station and return. On your free time, enjoy the relaxing countryside and the beautiful pool at your disposal.
Handmade pasta, made the traditional way, using a rolling pin (not a pasta machine)
Local ragu sauce (or vegetarian alternative) to accompany the pasta dish
Saltimbocca alla romana - a classic roman dish using veal, prosciutto, and fresh sage (or a vegetarian alternative) with a family recipe sauce served with side salad or vegetable dish
Torta di ricotta alla Romana (traditional roman cake using homemade pastry, that includes a fresh locally sourced ricotta)
Naomi qualified as a yoga teacher in February 2016 after studying with Simon Low, completing her 200-hour qualifications in Yin and Yang yoga. She always has been interested on how a regular yoga and meditation practice could assist in the everyday life. She loves to see the progression of her students and she likes to learn from every class and workshop. She enjoys finding new ways to relate yoga principles to her life and how this can benefit her. She also teaches hot yoga and incorporates the romantic eastern philosophies including bandhas, mudras, and nadis into her classes.
Fattoria Baco is 35 kilometers from Florence and 6 kilometers from Certaldo. It is surrounded by many historical cities such as Certaldo, Boccaccios birth place - the author of Decamerone, S.Gimignano; famous for its 15 medieval towers, Montelupo Fiorentino; famous for its ceramics production dating back to the Middle Ages, Colle Val dElsa; the italian capital of glassware. Vinci, Leonardo da Vincis birth place and its interesting museum.
Remain at the estate to enjoy the grounds and the lovely pool, and take magnificent walks in the fields. Naturally, you are welcome to participate to all our extra cooking activities including all excursions and of course to share the amazing dishes your partners have prepared for you!