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Cooking and Culture Break

from £1002 pp

Italy, Tuscany

6 days

Max 8 people

Cooking and Culture Break


What You'll Do

This fantastic 5 night Tuscan cookery and culture holiday near Arezzo is all about delicious locally produced food, great local wines and cultural tours to unspoilt medieval hamlets, pretty Tuscan towns & much more; fully indulge your passion for all things food and wine!

The charming region of Tuscany, renowned for its delicious food and fine wines, will be the setting of this 5 night/6 day Tuscan cooking and culture holiday, tucked away on a wonderful Italian farm, nestled by the surrounding hills and valleys just 6km from the historic city of Arezzo.

Covering a wide variety of skills, you will be perfecting Tuscan specialities including fresh pastas, accompanying seasonal sauces, traditional cookies with local almonds and chestnut honey, panna cotta and more. Wine tasting and prosecco tastings complete the culinary week which is sure to delight your senses.

Combine all this delicious food and wine with excursions to visit local historic towns such as Arezzo and Cortona, visiting wineries for tastings and of course, local food markets and you’ll be fully immersed in all things Italian.

This Italian cookery and culture holiday is a true culinary extravaganza guaranteed to fuel your appetite and passion for amazing local specialties, flowing Italian wine and prosecco, and great company, all while you to step back in time and explore the medieval towns, cathedrals, and buildings.

During this memorable cooking and culture holiday, your host and Chef Fabrizio will be on hand to ensure every element of your holiday delights you to ensure you return feeling relaxed and full with mouth watering Italian cooking, and a great collection of new recipes and techniques to replicate for friends and family. You’ll acquire great knowledge of the surrounding area and it’s history, as you are guided by locals who have a deep knowledge of this Roman and Etruscan city on an Italian cooking holiday with a difference.


Learn to cook with delicious, local Italian produce

Tour unspoilt medieval villages with a local

Sample some of the best wines in the region

Your Local Host:


Chef Fabrizio was born in the Tuscan wine region of Arezzo in the 70’s and grew up surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Under the influence of his mother and grandmother, Fabrizio fell in love with cooking and the food from his region.

His family are local producers of Chianti and extra virgin olive oil and you’ll have th Read More

Experience Itinerary


– Meet at Arezzo train station where you’ll be transferred free of charge to the farmhouse
– Arrive at the farmhouse for an aperitif with your hosts, Chef Fabrizio and the villa host, Marina, and enjoy your first lesson tasting prosecco with a welcome snack buffet
– Enjoy a welcome dinner prepared by Chef Fabrizio


– Beautiful hillside setting only 2 km from the centre of Arezzo
– Just 5 km from Arezzo train station
– 3 double rooms with ensuite and air conditioning
– Professional kitchen and workspace to hands-on learn
– Wonderful gardens to relax in with tables and chairs for dining
– Relaxng area with sun loungers and sofa + whirlpool spa
– BBQ ,communal garden and private panoramic terrace
– English and Italian speaking hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the area
– Delicious local food and wine
– Secure private parking
– WiFi

Cooking lesson & wine tour

– After a delicious breakfast at the house, you’ll head into the kitchen for your first cookery lesson
– Enjoy the results of your cookery lesson for lunch together with the group
– In the afternoon, there is a wine tour in a prestigious winery which is famous for its Chianti and Chardonnay
– In the evening, enjoy dinner together prepared by your Chef

City tour of Arezzo & free time

– After breakfast today, it’s off for a cultural tour around the most picturesque places in Arezzo
– Enjoy lunch out in a typical local restaurant (wine is an extra cost)
– The afternoon is free to spend as you wish; relax by the pool with a glass of wine, go for a stroll in the surrounding countryside or simply relax in the garden with a book
– In the evening, return to the house for a delicious pizza or calzone dinner prepared by your Chef

Cooking Lessons

– Today after breakfast, relax and enjoy a free morning around by the pool or exploring the hiking or biking trails
– Lunch is served at the house and in the afternoon, don your apron for another cookery lesson followed by dinner where you’ll eat the fruits of your labour together with delicious local wine

City tour of Cortona

– Today is the last day of cooking and after breakfast, head into the kitchen to enjoy a final cooking lesson before lunch
– After lunch, visit the world heritage Etruscan city of Cortona, the set of the film ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’
– In the evening, everyone gets together for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant (soft drinks included, wine is extra)


– Today is your last morning and after breakfast, check-out and you’ll be transferred back to Arezzo station for your journey home

Reviews (1)

A Sexsmith

Sunday 18th March, 2018

A really enjoyable break! A real 'lasagne' of culture and cooking. Comfortable accomodation and so wonderful to have Arezzo nearby to explore. Fabrizio's lessons were, to use his own word, 'TOP'! Patient instruction and lots of skills and recipes to ...

A really enjoyable break! A real 'lasagne' of culture and cooking. Comfortable accomodation and so wonderful to have Arezzo nearby to explore. Fabrizio's lessons were, to use his own word, 'TOP'! Patient instruction and lots of skills and recipes to take home. The trip to Cortona and the wine tasting were an added bonus.

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Location Information

Getting there

Nearest airports:
Florence (80km, 1 hour)
Perugia (110km, 90 minutes)
Pisa (150km, 2 hours)
Rome (250 km, 2 hours 30 minutes)

By train:
The nearest train station is Arezzo which is 5km away from the villa.

A return transfer service to and from Arezzo train station is included in the price, and pick ups are anytime after 12pm. Please be sure to provide your arrival and departure details at least 7 days before you arrive.

For more information, please visit www.trenitalia.com


  • Accommodation in an apartment based on staying in a twin/double apartment for 5 nights/6 days
  • You can check in any time after 4pm on day 1 and check-out by 11am on day 6
  • Breakfast each day at the house
  • 3 cooking classes (preparation of 3/4 course meal with drinks) on days 2, 4 and 5
  • All lunches and dinners throughout your stay (please note that some meals are taken in local restaurants where soft drinks are included but wine is extra)
  • Tuscan wines during meals taken at the house
  • Prosecco tasting on your arrival evening
  • 2 half-day cultural excursions including transportation
  • A private wine tasting tour with dinner in a local restaurant
  • A return transfer to and from Arezzo train station


- Cookery and culture holidays are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced cooks
- Minimum age 18 (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)
- Your hosts are Italian, however so all cooking classes are taught in English

- These cookery holidays make great singles holidays and singles are welcome to join an existing group
- Solo travellers can book a twin/double room for sole use for NO supplement
- To book a private single or shared room, email hello@nitgb.com

- Holidays can start on any day from March to December depending on availability
- The cookery school is closed in January and February
- Cooking holidays are for 5 nights/6 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- If dates appear ‘on request’, please email us hello@notintheguidebooks.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

- Fabrizio was born in the Tuscan wine region of Arezzo in the 70’s and grew up surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and under the influence of his mother and grandmother, grew to love food and cooking
- After obtaining a degree, he went to a hotel school in Tuscany before deciding to move to Bournemouth in the UK to work as a Chef
- After that, the travel bug bit and he moved to various countries around the world to cook and experience new cultures, learn about different food and techniques in places as far afield as India, Thailand and Morocco
- Despite his travel and experience, he credits his mother and grandmother as the ‘gurus of traditional cooking’ where he learnt his Tuscan cooking skills and passion for quality, organic, seasonal food
- His family are local producers of Chianti and extra virgin olive oil and you’ll have the chance to taste these during your stay!