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Gourmet Tuscan Cookery Holiday

from £2049 pp

Italy, Tuscany

8 days

Max 12 people

Gourmet Tuscan Cookery Holiday

What You'll Do

Stay in a magnificent 13th Century Tuscan villa for a unique 7 night/8 day cookery holiday dedicated to the secrets and traditions of Tuscan cookery near Florence; includes a gastronomic program cooking with Italian master chefs, exploring regional delicacies, fine wines and fairytale castles.

This 7 night / 8 day gourmet Tuscan cookery holiday is ideal for both beginners and advanced cooks to immerse yourself in Italian life and its wonderful flavours.

In your hands on lessons you will learn to choose the finest Tuscan ingredients and balance flavours creating Italian dishes that any Italian Nonna would be proud of!

When you are not in the kitchen you will be touring through the wonderful Tuscan landscape, olive groves, vineyards and castles in order to taste the finest local produce and wines in this enchanting region.  You will also visit bustling Florentine markets, producers of Vin Santo dessert wine, organic prosciutto producers and much more.

Stay on site in one of the beautiful villas on the estate, all of which will take you back in history to a time of renaissance splendour. The villa’s estate produces red Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil from its own vineyards and groves and the antique cellar is used for storing wine. All produce used during your lessons is sourced from the estate, making it an Italian cooking holiday that gets you a truly authentic flavour of the country.

Experience
Highlights

Fully inclusive hands-on culinary course with Italian masterchefs

Action-packed Tuscan gourmet programme to immerse you in the local culture

Includes accommodation in a stunning villa on the estate

Your Local Host:

Meaghan & team

Meaghan is from American but now calls the beautiful region of Tuscany her home. Meaghan is the host on her Tuscan cookery holidays, heading up a great team of both admin staff and chefs.

The expert Italian chefs are passionate about sharing their knowledge of Tuscan cooking with their students and all classes are held in the antique gall Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

Arrival at the villa in the afternoon with time to settle into your wonderful accommodation. In the evening you will have a welcome dinner prepared by the master chefs in the main estate kitchen, with the organisers, villa owners and fellow chefs all in attendance.

Visit Pienza, Bagno, Vignoni and Montalcino for wine tasting and pizza

In the morning you will have breakfast in a local pastry shop. You will be visiting one of magnificent medieval hill top towns of either Pienza, Bagno or Vignoni. Following this visit you will head off for lunch in a typical trattoria for a wonderful meal. After lunch you will be driven to a short visit of Montalcino. You will enjoy a cellar tour and a Brunello wine tasting.

On returning to the village with your driver you will be taken to a local pizzeria where a typical pizza dinner is organised for you and your fellow participants.

Cooking classes and free time

Your 4 days of cooking courses with the professional chefs will take place in the beautiful kitchen facilities; the vast arched gallery kitchen provides the perfect setting for you to immerse yourself in Italy’s rich culinary and cultural history. You will have a free morning to relax, enjoy the grounds and pool but if you would like to go to Florence, the cookery school can have the driver take you there (not included in the price). Your first cooking lesson will take place from 3pm. The cooking class will finish with a delicious 5 course dinner.

Market and Florence visit

The day will begin with breakfast at the local bakery for fresh Italian coffee and pastries with a tour of a Florentine market and a historical tour Florence. Next it’s off to Florence to meet your guide for a historic tour before the tour of the central food markets where you will witness a real part of Florentine history, the best way to see fresh produce and Florentine life at its best. After lunch at a charming little Osteria. Afterwards you will have free time to shop, explore the city or visit the Uffizi museum.

A transfer will be arranged to take you back to the villa in time for a fantastic dinner at a villa just 5 minutes from your accommodation, a villa that was once home to a very famous opera singer!

Cooking classes and free time

Your day will start with your second cooking class at 9am. Your afternoon is free to relax or participate in an organized activity like a day trip to Rome, Cinque Terre, Venice, Lucca and Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano or Florence (not included in the price) or go truffle hunting – available from Sept – Dec (not included in the price).

Cooking classes and free time

Your third cooking lesson will start at 10am. You will have the evening free to relax, enjoy the pool or do an excursion. You will end the day making a light dinner/platter and have a glass of fine Tuscan wine- maybe finishing with a Vin Santo and a Cantucci.

Ceramics, cooking and farewell dinner

Today you will enjoy a local tour of one of the Medici Residence’s in Poggio a Caiano , a medieval hamlet and a ceramic factory that has been producing ceramics for over 1000 years. If you prefer we can do a local wine tasting instead of the villa or ceramics. Your day will start at 9 am to have coffee and pastry in a bakery. Next it’s off to a nearby ceramic factory to discover the making of beautiful Tuscan ceramics. You will then be driven through the scenic countryside of Carmignano to Poggio A Caiano for a tour of the Medici Villa, the villa was built for Lorenzo the Magnificent and was an architectural triumph for the period late 1400’s.

Lunch will be at the picturesque hamlet of Artimino overlooking a Medici Villa, originally one of their hunting lodges, the menu here is wonderful and it really is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Tuscany. Your final cooking class will start at 5pm. During the class you will all take part in the preparation of the farewell dinner for the group, including your hosts and the villa owners. Everyone will be dining together in the villa’s kitchen with lovely musical entertainment.

Departure day

Breakfast at the accommodation and transfer to the airport. Taking home with you delicious flavours, good memories and a collection of fantastic Italian recipes to make at home. If you would like to do an extra cooking class before you go, it can be scheduled on Saturday morning (not included in the price).

Location Information

This wonderful cookery school is set in a magnificent 13th-century villa on the outskirts of Florence. A stunning showcase of Renaissance architecture, the villa is also surrounded by a beautiful estate of manicured gardens, thickly wooded forests, sun-dappled vineyards and ancient olive groves.

Getting there

Nearest airport:
Florence

A transfer service is offered from a central point in Florence for just €12.50 return, per person daily. Alternatively, you can be picked up from your hotel for €25.00 per person return. To book this, simply contact your host after booking and pay locally.

  • 7 nights accommodation in an ensuite double/twin room on the estate
  • Please note: prices are per person and based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Solo travellers can book a private room for an extra single supplement
  • A welcome dinner on the night of your arrival
  • A breakfast basket upon arrival in your accommodation
  • 4 x 5 hour intensive cooking classes
  • A full five course meal after each class in the medieval dining room or antique 14th century kitchen with wine and coffee. (2 meals a day)
  • All cooking materials and ingredients
  • Various local excursions
  • A 150 page cookbook and academy apron to take home with you
  • Swimming pool access (depending on the season)
  • A certificate of completion
  • WiFi
  • You can check in any time after 3pm on day 1 and check-out by 11am on day 8

FAQs

- Suitable for all levels from beginner cooks to advanced chefs
- Minimum age 18 (under 18s accepted accompanied by an adult)
- All classes are taught by English speaking Italian chefs
- This course is on request but we can usually accommodate your requirements, to check availability, call us or email us on hello@nitgb.com with your preferred dates as well as any accommodation needs you have and someone will get back to you very quickly

- Non cooking guests are welcome to share a room with a cooking guest and prices for the non-cooking guest will be discounted accordingly

- This course starts on Saturdays
- On the day of arrival you can check into the accommodation from 2pm onwards, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at the villa in the evening
- Cooking classes take place in the morning at 10am in time for lunch or in the evening at 5pm in time for dinner
- You will have your 4 cookery lessons on days 3, 5, 6 and 7, check out of the accommodation on the morning of day 8
- Please note: this cookery school is closed from mid-November to mid-March

– The estate is in the perfect location to enjoy the outdoors, yet conveniently located near bustling Florence, loaded with culture and history
– Feel free to enjoy the pool
– For the nature enthusiasts, head to the forest with trails for some amazing walks
– Within walking distance to the estate there are local transport, shops,
restaurants, bars and pizzerias
– Florence is only a 15 minute drive away, have your hosts organise transfers for you and have a night on the town