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8 Days Cookery Holiday in Tuscan Stone House, Italy

Tuscan Cooking Vacations in Italy

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.

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Lisa, Elaine, Patrizia, & 2 More…
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  • Italian Tuscan cuisine
  • Wine tour and wine tasting
  • 3 cooking classes and recipes
  • Olive oil tour and olive oil tasting
  • Excursion to Florence, San Lorenzo food market
  • 7 nights accommodation in La Casina or Palavigne S
  • 3 dinners in the garden


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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La Casina

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.

Palavigne S

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.

Swimming pool

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.


Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival to your private stone house apartments.

Day 2: Wine & olive oil tour, wine & olive oil tasting, cooking class

  • Participate in a tour at our olive groves and our vineyards, from where our extra-virgin olive oils and wines are produced. You will also partake in tasting some of our extra-virgin olive oils and wines, with lunch.
  • In the afternoon, begin your first Tuscany Cook class with your teachers, Lisa and Elaine, professional chefs who will teach you how to use the extra-virgin olive oil in daily meals to give every course the right aroma.
  • Continue with dinner in the garden with stunning views!

Day 3: Free time, cooking class

  • Free time
  • Learn how to enhance your cooking with wine on your second Tuscany Cook class with Lisa or Elaine.
  • Dinner in garden.

Day 4: Excursion, market visit

  • Spend a full day in Florence including a 3 hours long walking tour with an official guide illustrating the main sites and monuments of the historical center of the town; and a tour of the San Lorenzo food market.

Day 5: Free time, cooking class

  • Free time
  • In the afternoon, Lisa or Elaine will teach and show you how to make delicious fresh pasta and other delicious recipes with aromatic herbs to give your own food a touch of Tuscanity.
  • Dinner al fresco in the garden.

Day 6: Free time

  • A lazy day in which you can choose to pass it relaxed at the fantastic pool or you can decide to explore the surroundings and maybe visit the ceramic laboratory nearby.

Day 7: Free time

  • Enjoy the garden, the swimming pool, and the stunning view.

Day 8: Departure

  • Transfer to Certaldo Train Station.

Tuscany Cook Italian Cooking Program

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.

Tuscan cuisine sample menu

  • Prima piatto - First course

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

  • Secondo piatto - second course

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

  • Dolce - dessert

Torta di ricotta alla Romana (traditional roman cake using homemade pastry, that includes a fresh locally sourced ricotta)


Lisa Banchieri

Elaine Trigiani



Elisa Camporale


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.

Things to do (optional)

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!

Optional tours

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.

What's included

  • 3 cooking classes (5 courses for 3 hours each) with our English speaking chef Elaine or Lisa
  • 7 nights accomodation in an apartment for 2 persons
  • Dinner in the garden with the view of San Gimignano Towers
  • Guided tour in Florence with transfer from Certaldo train station and return
  • Tastings of our extra virgin olive oils and wines
  • Tours of the vineyard and olive groves

How to get there

Arrival by train

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.

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