Gourmet Tuscan Cookery Holiday

from £2134 pp

Italy

8 days

Max 12 people

What you'll do

ishes 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.

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 Info

This wonderful cookery school is set in a magnificent 13th century renaissance villa on the outskirts of Florence. A stunning showcase of renaissance architecture the villa is also surrounded by outstanding estate of manicured gardens, thickly woo..

  • 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

Gourmet Tuscan Cookery Holiday