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.

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
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

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 our 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 Cooks vineyards where you will learn to distinguish the different varieties of vines! See Tuscany Cooks cellars and acquire all the secrets about the wine processing. Have a wine sampling of all our 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 hours 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 chose: relaxed 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. And now lets have a dinner all 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)

  • Lisa Banchieri

    Lisa turned her passion for cooking into a real profession. The art of cooking is a talent that Lisa has refined through training experiences, the most prestigious certainly being the Scuola Etoile of Chioggia, where she mastered a global vision of both cooking and food presentation. Lisa loves to gather people around a table. When shopping, she chooses fresh, first quality products at farmer markets; then, through chopping, browning, and seasoning, her dishes gradually take shape, revealing her secret ingredients: passion and enthusiasm for her work and the utmost respect for her guests.

  • Elaine Trigiani

    Self Taught (Italian)

    Elaine was a former art historian, she then moved to Italy to learn about olive oil and Sicilian and Tuscan culinary traditions from her relatives, farmers, producers, home cooks, and chefs. Elaine lets the choice of fresh, local ingredients define a recipe and shape a meal because she believes thats the best way to achieve complex, complimentary flavors. Elaine designs culinary travel programs that allow culinary tradition to reveal the culture of the place, she is a writer, has an MA in art history, and is certified as an olive oil taster by the Regione Toscana.

  • Patrizia

    Patrizia is the matriarch, the master of presentation of Baco. She is the impetus to all that is initiated there and her joy of entertaining is a way of life lived in nonchalance; it is her very essence. Her exquisite taste and her meticulous attention to detail permeates all she applies it to: interior designing, remodeling, and cooking. She is capable of organizing all social functions from weddings, hotel openings, private parties, and weekly workshops. Speaking 3 languages fluently, 30 years of running the residential vacations at Baco, her clientele have become dear friends from all over

  • Lorenzo

    Lorenzo is the wine and oil producer. His passion for wines started in his childhood years during the summer holidays at the familiy estate Fattoria Baco. He loved watching the farmers in their noisy tractors and longed to drive tractors one day in the vineyards. After studying agriculture, he started working at Fattoria Baco continuing the family tradition. He started using modern agronomic techniques which increased the already high quality of wines. He produces several varieties of oils which have been prized both Nationally and Internationally. Hes involved in a new production of organical

  • Elisa Camporale

    Elisa is the tour guide in Tuscany Cook. She obtained her master degree in renaissance art history at the University of Florence and her Ph.D. in history of art from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She is the author of numerous journal publications. In 2004, Elisa became a tour guide of Florence and its province, and later to Siena and Province. Since then, she has been enthusiastically accompanying foreign guests in their discovery of her native region, sharing the secrets of the most enchanting sites of Tuscany.

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!

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 the countryside. We can provide also excursions to Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre.

  • 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 excpet 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

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Chef Giuseppe made each course of the complete dinner we cooked a delightful adventure. Everyone participated and learned about the foods as well as the ingredients. After finishing we all sat down under a beautiful tree to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The view was stunning and Francesca made sure we wanted for nothing. We had members of our group requiring gluten free and care was taken to provide for them. If you are anywhere in the area make this part of your time spent in Tuscany. A wine tour can also be arranged on the location."

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  • Review by Zoe
    10 out of 10

    "Food from heaven! Cheesy title, but what an amazing place! The cooking was so much fun, and we have never been so well looked after. Candlelit dinner for two under a beautiful horse chestnut tree awaited us on our arrival. When we didn't cook, the food prepared by Patrizia and Christina was an experience! The family is lovely, they even gave us a chance to practice our Italian.It wasn't just about the cooking, taught by a real expert and excellent teacher; we learned all about olive oil, the Bacio wine, local herbs, visited Siena and firenze with expert guides. When all the stress of relacing And eating become too much, we could doze by the pool gazing over the Vineyards. One of our best weeks ever. We shall be returning."

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  • Review by a traveler from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a cooking holiday last summer with some firends at Tuscany Cook. We attended their cooking classes and had a relaxing time in the Tuscan countryside. I love this place so much and their cooking classes: fun, simple, and delicious recipes that we eat in the beautiful garden under the big tree. Love it! I'll try to come back there very soon!"

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

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