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Tuscan Cooking and Culture Short Break

From £769 pp

Italy, Tuscany

4 Days

Private Group 1-8 people

Tuscan Cooking and Culture Short Break

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What You'll Do

Tuscany at its best. Visit unspoiled medieval hamlets, dreamy Tuscan towns, cook and eat delicious, locally produced food, indulge in incredible wines, and unwind on this 3-night holiday.

The charming region of Tuscany, renowned for its delicious food and fine wines, will be the setting of this 4-day Tuscan cooking and culture holiday. Tucked away on a wonderfully authentic Italian farm, nestled in the surrounding hills and valleys just 6km from the historic city of Arezzo, you’ll be able to unwind and relax as you drink in the slower Italian lifestyle.

In a rural, relaxed atmosphere you’ll learn timeless recipes, create your own beautiful pastas and local specialties, and sample organic extra virgin olive oil produced right there on the farm. You’ll also enjoy tasting wonderful local wines, including Chianti and Vino Santo dessert wine, all local to the region.

You will be perfecting Tuscan specialities including fresh pastas, accompanying seasonal sauces, traditional cookies with local almonds and chestnut honey, panna cotta and so much more by learning the local secrets and techniques that make Italian cuisine so special.

As well as experiencing all things food and wine, you’ll also get to visit local towns with a rich history and an addictively slow lifestyle in Arezzo and Cortona, where you’ll visit wineries, local food markets, and truly immerse yourself in Italian culture.

During this memorable Italian cooking and culture holiday, your host and Chef Fabrizio will be on hand to ensure every element of your holiday runs smoothly, to ensure you return feeling relaxed and satisfied with mouth-watering Italian cooking, as well as a great collection of new recipes and techniques to replicate for friends and family.

Experience
Highlights

Stay in a traditional Italian farm and sample their organic produce

Learn the secrets of real, authentic Italian cooking with the best quality ingredients

Visit some of the local historic towns and get to know the Tuscany lifestyle

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.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival & Cooking Lesson

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. In the late afternoon, around 4-5pm, you will enjoy your first cooking lesson with Chef Fabrizio where you will prepare a delicious 3 or 4 course meal which you will then sit down and eat together.

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

Italian villa and outdoor pool in Tuscany

Arezzo Tour & Free Time

After a delicious breakfast at the house, you’ll head to the historic city of Arezzo on a guided tour to see the city’s wonderful sites and picturesque locations. Lunch is at a local family-run restaurant. 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, return to the house for a delicious pizza or calzone dinner prepared by your Chef and join in the preparation if you wish.

Accommodation:

The Farmhouse

bedroom accommodation on Tuscan cookery holiday

Cooking Lesson & Winery tour

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, sit down to a meal prepared by your Chef at the villa.

Accommodation:

The Farmhouse

stunning outdoor pool in the hills of Tuscany

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 (3)

L Powell

Friday 30th August, 2019

My husband and I stayed in a beautiful villa in Arezzo for a wonderful cooking holiday. Fabrizio is a great chef, he taught and cooked delicious Tuscany food for us. He also took us for sightseeing, wine yard etc. He helped to prepare a birthday cake...

My husband and I stayed in a beautiful villa in Arezzo for a wonderful cooking holiday. Fabrizio is a great chef, he taught and cooked delicious Tuscany food for us. He also took us for sightseeing, wine yard etc. He helped to prepare a birthday cake for my husband that made our vacation perfect.

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S Miller

Monday 14th May, 2018

Very relaxing and enjoyable few days. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Very relaxing and enjoyable few days. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

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K Griffiths

Saturday 29th July, 2017

I had a fantastic time with Fabrizio and Marina in Tuscany, they were so welcoming and made you feel part of the family. The cooking lessons were really good fun, I learnt a lot and had a great time in the process, the perfect combination. Overall I ...

I had a fantastic time with Fabrizio and Marina in Tuscany, they were so welcoming and made you feel part of the family. The cooking lessons were really good fun, I learnt a lot and had a great time in the process, the perfect combination. Overall I thought this was a really well planned and very enjoyable holiday and I would not hesitate recommending this to friends and family.

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