8 Days Tuscan Villa Cooking Holidays in Tuscany, Italy

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

Overview

Tuscany Cooking Vacations

Come and join Tuscany Cook from the fields to the table. We are the first to incorporate the total process of cooking! From buds to flowers, then berries to fruit, discover what happens in the fields during the productive cycle of vines and olive trees, how grapes or olives are transformed into wines and oils and, last but not least, tasting and cooking with them. You will be guided by professional certified chefs, Lisa Banchieri and Elaine Trigiani, during the holiday. Book your place now and indulge your taste buds with Italian and Tuscany cuisine.

Highlights

  • 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 Villa Baco
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 3 lunches
  • Meals with wines
  • 3 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

  • After your arrival, you will join a welcoming dinner before you start your cooking journey in Tuscany.

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

  • After a free morning and a light lunch, you will learn how to enhance your cooking with wine on your second Tuscany Cook class with Lisa or Elaine.
  • Dinner under the century-old horse chestnut tree with the view of ancient towers of S.Gimignano.

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.
  • Dinner in Florence to discover the true pizza napoletana.

Day 5: Free time, cooking class

  • After a free morning and a light lunch, your third Tuscany Cook class will begin. 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.
  • Dinner al fresco in the garden.

Day 7: Free time

  • Enjoy the garden, the swimming pool, and the stunning view.
  • Relax and have a delicious dinner at the Fattoria afterwards. Patrizia will cook for you a great dinner to discover the taste of the old Tuscan tradition. She will reveal to you recipes and techniques passed down from generation to generation over the centuries, and lets have a dinner all together!

Day 8: Departure

  • Breakfast and 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)

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!

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Tuscany Cook an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler

    "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

    "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 Florence, Italy

    "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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