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8 Days Italian Culinary Vacations in Tuscan Farm House

Tuscan Cookery Holidays in Italy

Join a unique holiday in an authentic Tuscan style house where you will feel at home while enjoying Italian cuisine. This cooking holiday program has been specially designed just for you by Tuscany Cook. You will have the freedom to enjoy the surroundings of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, the little city, and the medieval villages. Comfortable accommodations in Oliveta or Azaela farm house for two and four people 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 Oliveta or Azalea
  • 3 dinners in the garden


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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This lovely restored farm house with wood beamed 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.


Located at 30 meters distance from Villa Baco, this nice farm house surrounded by olive groves has been restored in the authentic Tuscan style. Downstairs there is a large living room with characteristic fire place used in the past by the old farmers, a sofa bed and a dining-room corner. From the kitchen there is access to a paved garden. It offers the opportunity to eat alfresco and to enjoy the courtyard sight. On the first floor there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms with shower. Oliveta is suitable for up to 4 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 farm 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 Cookery Holidays Program

Lets 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.

Relax in the beautiful garden at the estate while enjoying your dinner there. You will also have guided tours in private vineyards and olive groves and taste wine products as well as extra virgin olive oils. You will join a guided tour in Florence as well with transfer from Certaldo train station and return. On your free time, enjoy the relaxing countryside and the beautiful pool at your disposal.

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)

Tuscany Cook

Fattoria Baco has belonged to the Cascino family for five generations since 1850. Now it is composed of Alberto, his wife Patrizia, and their two children, Francesca and Lorenzo. Alberto remodeled all the estate, planting vineyards, olive trees and fields of wheat and sunflowers; then he started the work of restoration of the Villa and the adjoining farm houses. Patrizia helped furnishing the ten farm houses in an authentic Tuscan style.

Later on, Lorenzo successfully converted the Fattoria Baco into a modern estate. In the 80s, Alberto and Patrizia started to host events like weddings, and various workshops like painting, theater, choral and tango. Recently Francesca decided to organize Tuscany Cook leading the guest on a path of taste and culture led by professional chefs and official guides to discover the delicous taste of Tuscan cooking and the beauty of Florence, Siena and their surroundings.


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!

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 (3 hours each) with English speaking chefs Lisa or Elaine
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Dinner in the garden
  • Guided tour in Florence with transfer from Certaldo train station and return
  • Tastings of 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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