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Enjoy Italian cuisine and feel at home while on vacation, where youll be staying at authentic Tuscany houses. 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. The comfortable accommodations, La Casina or Palavigne S are provided for a feeling-at-home vacation. The houses lying in the fabulous estate are perfect getaway for you. Lisa and Elaine, our professional chefs will guide you to discover the traditional cuisine of Tuscany.
In an oasis of peace, 30 meters distance from Fattoria Baco, lies a fine small red brick house surrounded by olive groves. From the big terrace with its tiled floor, there is a beautiful view of the Tuscan hills. The apartment is composed of a living room with a kitchen corner and a fireplace, a double bedroom, and a bathroom with shower. The apartment is heated by electric stoves. La Casina is suitable for 2 people.
Immersed in the characteristic countryside of Tuscany, amongst olive groves, cypresses, and vineyards, at 300 meters distance from Fattoria di Baco, this small wonderfully restored stone house with woodbeamed ceilings and terracotta floors is ideal for a couple. It comes with a living room with kitchen corner, 1 double room, and 1 bathroom with shower. The furniture combines antique and modern pieces. The apartment has central heating and is suitable for 2 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.
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.
Each day you will explore a complete menu from appetizers to desserts. Each class will be an incredibly fun experience that begins on the ground floor of your 18th century Villa in a fully-equipped separate kitchen. You will receive recipes of the dishes you learned during the cooking classes.
Cooking classes include a 3 course traditional meal, using fresh in-season ingredients. The source are produce / ingredients from local farmers with local recipes which include Roman and Tuscan cuisine. All courses include local wood-fire oven bread, local extra virgin olive oil, and abundant local wines and water to accompany all meals.
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, procuitto, 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)
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!
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.
Guests should take the direct train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station (the main station) to Certaldo train station. Tuscany Cook will pick you up at Certaldo train station.