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8 Days Cooking Vacations in Siena, Florence, Italy

Tuscany Cook, Via del Pino, 703 50052 Località Bacio Certaldo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany Cooking Holidays

Lets start cutting and mixing to create your own meal with Tuscany Cook. Each class will be an amazingly exciting experience that begins on the ground floor of your 18th century villa in a fully equipped kitchen. You will be guided by professional chefs and get a certificate in culinary art. Learn how to use olive oil in its natural state or in cooking, how to enhance your cooking with wine, and how to use fresh or wild aromatic herbs such as sage, rosemary, the wild nepitella, laurel, and much more. Explore a complete menu each day.

Meet the instructors

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Lisa, Elaine, Patrizia, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • Italian and Tuscan cuisine
  • Olive oil tour, olive oil tasting, wine tour, wine tasting
  • Excursions to food markets in Siena, Florence, and San Lorenzo
  • Certificate in culinary art, recipes, gift bag
  • 7 nights accommodation in Villa Baco
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 3 lunches
  • Meals with wines

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Accommodation

Villa Baco

The 19th century Villa Baco originally was a monastery. For five generations it has belonged to the Cascino family who restored it and started to host events like weddings, painting, theatre, tango courses, and cooking classes. The luxuriant garden surrounding the Villa has secular plants that give you the opportunity to eat al fresco and a small delightful consecrated chapel to provide a quiet corner for private meditation. From the big garden, you have a stunning views of the gentle rolling hills that lead to the ancient towers of S.Gimignano. The garden gives access to the swimming pool.

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.

Dining room & kitchen

Inside the Villa is very spacious and all for your personal use. On the first floor, there is a large dining room and a huge living room with sofas and a stone fireplace. The kitchen with a traditional Tuscan fireplace and the old marble table used to prepared bread and pasta fresca, evokes the past. On the ground floor of the villa, there is a large, well-equipped kitchen only for your cooking lessons.

Rooms

The Villa has nine spacious antique furnished double bedrooms. Named after the flowers of the garden, each room has its own character that combine to create a cozy atmosphere to make you feel completely at home. Some rooms have enclosed bathrooms and some beds can be made up as twins. From every window, you can admire the natural beauty of the Chianti valley.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Olive oil tour, olive oil tasting, cooking class

  • A guided walk in Tuscany Cook olive groves from where the extra-virgin olive oils are produced followed by lunch with oil tasting.
  • In the afternoon, 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.
  • Dinner in the garden with stunning views!

Day 3: Wine tour, wine tasting, cooking class

  • A guided walk in Tuscany Cook vineyards where you will learn to distinguish the different varieties of vines! See Tuscany Cook cellars and acquire all the secrets about the wine processing. Have a wine sampling of all the red wines with lunch.
  • In the afternoon, your second Tuscany Cook class with Lisa when you will learn how to enhance your cooking with wine!
  • Dinner under the century-old horse chestnut tree with the view of ancient towers of S.Gimignano.

Day 4: Excursion

  • A full day in Florence including a 3-hour long walking tour with an official guide illustrating the main sites and monuments of the historical center of the town.
  • Dinner in Florence to discover the true pizza napoletana.

Day 5: Free time, hosting lesson, cooking class

  • Come for a walk in the beautiful Tuscan countryside and gather the fresh wild aromatic herbs. On the way back, Patrizia will teach you how to create unusual table settings for the pleasure of your guests. After your lunch, your third Tuscany Cook class.
  • Lisa or Elaine will teach you how to make delicious 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, cooking class

  • A lazy day, when you can choose to relax at the fantastic pool, explore the surroundings or visit the ceramic laboratory of a great artist.
  • Spend time in the kitchen to prepare a special dinner with your chefs Lisa and Elaine to celebrate the end of your weekly cooking experience.

Day 7: Excursion

  • A full day in Siena and a delicious dinner at the Fattoria. Patrizia will cook for you a great dinner to discover the taste of the old Tuscan tradition. She will reveal you recipes and techniques passed down from generation to generation over the centuries. Then you'll all have a dinner together.

Day 8: Departure

  • Breakfast and transfer to Certaldo train station.

Tuscany Cook Italian Culinary Holiday Program

Each day, you will explore a complete menu from appetizers to desserts. You will receive recipes of the dishes you learned to cook during the cooking classes. Cooking classes include a 3-course traditional meal, using fresh in-season ingredients. The sources 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)

Included excursions

You'll have guided tours in Florence and Siena during this program.

Instructors

Lisa Banchieri

Elaine Trigiani

Patrizia

Lorenzo

Elisa Camporale

Location

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, Tuscany Cook 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 the countryside. They can also provide excursions to Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre.

What's included

  • 4 cooking classes in English guided by a certified chefs Lisa Banchieri and Elaine Trigiani
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A full day excursion to Florence with an official guide
  • A full day excursion to Siena with an official guide
  • A Tuscany Cook bag souvenir to go shopping in the market once back home
  • All dinners with wine except on the day in which you are on Florence tour
  • All lunches except days you are on tours
  • All transfers are included
  • An extra virgin olive oil tasting with lunch
  • Certificate in culinary art (graduation certificate)
  • Guided walk of the olive groves
  • Guided walk of the vineyard
  • Recipes of the dishes you learned during the cooking classes course
  • Transfer from and to Certaldo Train Station

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.

8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

This holiday is available from April to October with arrival on Satuday.

This holiday requires a minimum of 8 participants.

Saturday September 28, 2019
(8 days / 7 nights)

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