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Cooking and Culture in Tuscany

From £1308 pp

Italy, Tuscany

8 days

Private group max 8 people

Cooking and Culture in Tuscany

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What You'll Do

This fantastic 7 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 7 night / 8 day Tuscan cooking and culture holiday, tucked away on a wonderful Italian farm, nestled by the surrounding hills and valleys just 2km from the historic city of Arezzo.

The rural, relaxed atmosphere will have you learning timeless recipes and creating your own beautiful pastas and specialties as well as sampling organic extra virgin olive oil produced on the farm and tasting wonderful local wines including Chianti and Vino Santo dessert wine all local to the region.

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.

Your host and Chef Fabrizio will be on hand to ensure every element of your Italian cooking 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.

Experience
Highlights

7 nights of accommodation in a rural Italian setting, allowing you to soak up the countryside and Tuscan culture

Cooking lessons with an amazing Italian chef

Sample some of the regions finest wines

Your Local Host:

Fabrizio

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

Arrival

– 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

Accommodation 

Features
– 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

Start cooking

– 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
– Spend the afternoon as you wish; relaxing by the pool with a glass of Chianti, exploring the surrounding countryside or reading a book in the gardens
– In the evening, enjoy dinner together prepared by your Chef

City tour of Arezzo

– 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)
– In the evening, return to the house for a delicious pizza or calzone dinner prepared by your Chef
– In the evening, enjoy dinner together prepared by your Chef

Tour the Vineyards

– Today after breakfast, don your apron for another cookery lesson followed by lunch where you’ll eat the fruits of your labour together with delicious local wine
– In the afternoon, there is a wine tour in a prestigious winery which is famous for its Chianti and Chardonnay
– In the evening, return to the house for an amazing home made meal made by your chef

Cooking lesson & free time

– Today, after breakfast, have some free time in the morning before a light lunch at the villa
– After lunch, head into the kitchen to prepare dinner during your cookery lesson

Local Markets

– After breakfast, take a tour of a Tuscan food market known for it’s organic produce with an emphasis on 0km products
– Lunch will take place in the market tasting typical products like Tuscan street food washed down with a glass of wine
– In the afternoon, head back to the kitchen to learn more skills and prepare the dinner for that evening

Cooking and Medieval Hamlets

– After breakfast, enjoy your final cooking lesson of the week where you will prepare a typical Italian Sunday lunch with more advanced cooking techniques
– In the afternoon, there will be a guided tour to an Etruscan Hamlet followed by a farewell dinner in a typical local restaurant (1 drink included).

Departure

– 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)

V Scarcella

Monday 21st October, 2019

Fantastic experience cooking and learning more about the history, food culture and community around Arezzo and Tuscany. What I loved about this experience in particular is that this course runs if you are an individual or if you are a group of 4 pe...

Fantastic experience cooking and learning more about the history, food culture and community around Arezzo and Tuscany. What I loved about this experience in particular is that this course runs if you are an individual or if you are a group of 4 people. Fantastic when you are a solo traveller!

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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 7 nights/8 days
  • You can check in any time after 4pm on day 1 and check-out by 11am on day 8 Breakfast each day at the house
  • 5 cooking classes (preparation of 3/4 course meal with drinks) on days 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • 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

FAQs

- 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

- This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people, however if there are others booked on your dates, you can book a twin/double room for sole use for NO supplement
- To book a private single or shared room, email hello@nitgb.com or contact us via live chat (click on the ‘start chat’ link at the bottom of this page) or call us to check availability

- 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 7 nights/8 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@nitgb.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!