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Tuscan Cooking Short Break

From £380 pp

Italy, Tuscany

4 Days

1-6

Tuscan Cooking Short Break

What You'll Do

Truly immerse yourself in Italian cuisine, and learn to prepare home-cooked, traditional dishes from simple pasta sauces to incredible Tuscan soups, in the authentic setting of an old Italian 'palazzo' run by Mirella and her husband.

Tucked away in the rolling hills of the Lunigiana region of rural Tuscany, you will find the restored 400-year-old palazzo and home of this wonderful Italian cooking break.

Once you have arrived and settled in for your 3 night/4 day holiday, it’s time to enjoy the fun and relaxed atmosphere will have you cooking up a storm in one of the house kitchens. Here, you will create a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, from antipasti to dessert, with your local Italian chef.

Accommodation is set in an impressive 17th-century palazzo, that used to belong to an Italian noble family and has now been lovingly renovated to provide 5 self-contained apartments. Each apartment has its own individual style, a well-equipped kitchen, and bedrooms with private ensuite bathrooms.

The grounds include a swimming pool, beautiful garden lawns and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and rural landscape – an ideal setting to relax and sample delicious local produce on a local cooking holiday in Italy.

Experience
Highlights

Stay in an authentic 17th-century Italian palace with a swimming pool

Learn to cook traditional Italian and Tuscan dishes

Really get to know Italian cuisine, from the ingredients to the skills used in cooking

Your Local Host:

Mirella and Francesco

Mirella and Francesco are the hosts and the teachers of their Tuscan cooking break.

A love and understanding of excellent quality cuisine and produce has been engrained in Mirella, your chef for the week, from a young age. Her parents grow organic fruit and vegetables, produce extra virgin olive oil and wine in the Chianti region and so s Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival and Welcome Aperitifs

Check into your room any time after 3pm and enjoy a welcome drink and chance to taste some of the regions local dishes by the pool (weather permitting) before taking your time to explore the house, gardens, pool and local area. Whilst enjoying aperitifs by the pool there will be a chance to talk to your hosts and ask them about the course, and the local area.

Accommodation:

Stay in a magnificent 400 year old Tuscan palazzo nestled in the medieval village of Tavernelle, overlooking a National Park in the countryside of northern Tuscany just 2 hour’s drive from Florence and just over an hour away from Pisa and Genova by car. Enjoy a cookery and wine or purely wine holiday in this tranquil setting for a learning holiday with a difference.

Features
– Just over an hour from Pisa and Genova airports by car
– 2 hour’s drive from Florence airport
– Set in a relatively undiscovered area of Tuscany, away from the tourist crowds
– Near to the pretty National Parks of UNESCO Cinque Terre which is 30 minutes’ drive away and overlooking the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines National Park
– Impressive 17th century palazzo that has been restored to a high standard
– Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and very secluded
– Wonderful garden to relax in with sun loungers
– Lovely 8m x 4m outdoor swimming pool
– 5 beautifully restored apartments each with their own entrances and kitchens
– Kitchens are fully equipped to prepare meals on days when lunch and dinner aren’t provided.
– Ensuite in each bedroom
– English and Italian speaking hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the area
– Experienced cook and Italian sommelier with knowledge passed down from generation to generation
– Delicious local food and wine
– Secure off-road parking
– Internet access
– Reasonably priced local restaurant near to the palazzo serving authentic local dishes
– Around 6km drive from the nearest village with shops and other facilities
– Car hire is strongly recommended for this holiday to explore the local area

Free Morning & Cooking Class

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the palazzo and spend some free time getting to know the area or relaxing. In the afternoon, it’s time for your first cookery lesson with the chef, which will last 4 hours. Your dinner will consist of the delicious meal you will have prepared.

Accommodation:

The Palazzo

double bedroom with four post bed on cooking holiday in Tuscany

Free Morning & Cooking Class

After breakfast at the palazzo, you will have free time to enjoy the pool or explore the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, time for your second hands-on cookery class. Your dinner will consist of the wonderful meal you will have prepared earlier.

Accommodation:

The Palazzo

rustic Italian street in Tavernelle, Italy

Departure Day

After a leisurely breakfast, guests are asked to check-out of their rooms by 10am ready for departure, taking home with them new cooking skills, recipes and an insight into Tuscan culinary life that will stay with them long after the holiday is over.

Location Information

Getting there

Nearest airports:
Pisa (1 hour 10 mins away)
Genova (1 hour 30 mins away)
Florence (2 hours away)

Car hire:
It is ideal if you have a car to get to the palazzo. Your accommodation is set in a beautiful part of Tuscany and a car is recommended if you wish to enjoy the stunning countryside and charming villages in the area, as there is no public transport and taxis are very limited.

The drive from the airport is an easy one, the roads are very good, and you’ll see some of the best scenery that this rugged region of northern Tuscany has to offer along the way.

 

  • 3 nights accommodation at the palazzo in a twin/double room with a private bathroom in one of the self-contained apartments
  • Please note: prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing
  • A single supplement applies for those travelling solo who wish to book a private room
  • Welcome drinks and tasting of local produce on arrival on day 1
  • Italian cookery lessons on day 2 and 3
  • Cookery lessons start at 10.30am and finish at 2pm
  • Self-catering breakfast each morning at the palazzo
  • All cooking materials and ingredients
  • The delicious meals you’ve learnt to cook during your lessons with wine for your dinners

FAQs

- This cookery holiday welcomes all levels from complete beginners to experienced cooks but is more suitable for those looking to learn about the fundamental basics of Italian cuisine
- Minimum age 18
- Your hosts are Italian but speak excellent English, all cooking classes are taught in English or Italian

- This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run but singles are welcome to join an existing group
- Please note there are no shared room options on this course

- Cooking holidays are for 3 nights/4 days
- This holiday only runs during specifics periods in the year
- This holiday is ‘on request’ so please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

- This Italian cookery and wine holiday is perfectly situated to explore this beautiful part of undiscovered northern Tuscany easily
- You are within 2.5 hours of many Italian major cities; Florence, Genova, Pisa, and Milan
- Beaches and the coast are just 30 minutes away by car, or you can take a train from nearby La Spezia along the coast to visit the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre
- The nearest shops and grocery stores are about 6km away
- The hamlet of Tavernelle is very small but there is a good family-run restaurant a short walk from the palazzo
- Your hosts will give you lots of information on what activities are on offer in the local area such as the local markets, restaurants, walking and more
- We recommended you hire a car to fully explore the area as there are so many scenic drives throughout the region