Discovering the True Essence of Tuscany
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Taste of Tuscany Cooking Week

Special Offer 50% discount for 2nd second partecipant for our 2016 cooking weeksJoin us for TASTES OF TUSCANY, our TUSCAN COOKING VACATION, a week-long immersion into Italian food culture: stirring, tasting, sipping, sampling, nibbling and toasting in incredible company, in one of the most beautiful corners of the world! You will be among an intimate, select group of travelers who will experience the culinary, cultural and natural delights of this extraordinary region in central Italy. The goal of our cooking programs is not to simply teach you new recipes, but to leave you with a profound understanding of the philosophy behind Italian culinary choices and techniques. Through this new awareness, you will discover the true meaning behind "real food" -- simple ingredients and flavors that will grant you a new approach to preparation and dining that will inevitably lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Our personal chef, Paola, will host this amazing week in a stunningly beautiful, restored country villa with gorgeous views, located just a 3-minute drive from the medieval town of San Gimignano where guests are invited to indulge in absolute relaxation amidst Tuscany's endless hills.
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, VISIT OUR DEDICATED WEBSITE AT WWW.TASTESOFTUSCANY.COM

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEAL - 7 days / 7 nights

- 7 night stay in a gorgeous, lovingly-restored villa nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
- 4 gourmet cooking classes with Tuscan chef.
- Farmer's market visit with chef.
- Olive oil tasting session
- Homemade lunch & tasting at an organic cheese farm specializing in sheep and goat cheese.
- Tour & lunch at a local winery in Chianti with tastings of its wines and local specialties
- Homemade dinner & tastings at a local farm raising a unique ancient breed of pigs.
- Hearty homecooked meals with local, season produce: farm-to-table at its best!
- Visits to ancient villages and hamlets such as San Gimignano, Volterra, Certaldo, Castellina in Chianti and others.
- Free use of the villa's facilities including swimming pool and WIFI connection.
- Complimentary apron and cookbook.

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PRICE PER PERSON (including taxes and fees)

SPECIAL OFFER FOR 2016!!! 50% DISCOUNT FOR 2ND PARTICIPANT!!!
3100 Per cooking guest (double occupancy)
2750 Per non-cooking guest (double occupancy)
300 Single room supplement

PRICE FOR 2ND PARTICIPANT:
3100 50% OFF! 1550 Per cooking guest (double occupancy)
2750 50% OFF! 1375 Per non-cooking guest (double occupancy)

For larger groups, please contact us for a price quote.
Please note that any request to customize the itinerary may incur additional costs.

2016 DATES

SPRING COOKING IN TUSCANY
Dates are still open: Contact us for details

AUTUMN COOKING IN TUSCANY
Dates are still open: Contact us for details


INCLUDED IN PRICE

4 gourmet cooking classes with chef Paola (about 3-3.5 hours each)
7 night accomodations in a lovingly restored ancient Tuscan villa
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners except for lunch and dinner on your free day (Day 6)
Wine and beverages during meals
Maid service every other day
Complimentary water, juices, sodas, teas and coffee during your stay
Olive oil tasting session
Farmer's market visit with chef Paola
Organic cheese farm tour with lunch & tastings
Sienese pig farm tour with dinner & tastings
Guided tour, wine-tasting and lunch at a prestigious wineries
Apron and cookbook
Use of all facilities at the villa
WIFI service at the villa
Assistance and concierge service


NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Ground transportation (we recommend renting a car in order to move around in the Tuscan countryside)
Flights, transfers to and from the airport
Travel insurance (we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance)
Entrances to museums and other sites
Gratuities
Anything not expressly mentioned above

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Full itinerary for our Taste of Tuscany Cooking Week 7 days / 7 nights

This is designed as a private tour and not a generic group tour so that you may customize it as you wish to suit your interests, needs and budget. Please see our ideas for other activities.
  • DAY 1

    - Arrival at villa and check-in. (Transfers to villa can be arranged upon request and at an additional cost.)
    - Meet the chef, Paola, and also our food expert, Fabio, who will introduce you to Italian food philosophy, the olive oil culture, the slow food movement and basic etiquette to wining and dining in Italy.
    - An olive oil-tasting sesson will introduce you to the subtle differences between a good oil and an excellent oil.
    - A delicious welcome dinner made with fresh produce will make you feel right at home.
  • DAY 2

    - After breakfast, you will have a free morning to relax or explore the surrounding hills and nearby towns.
    - Light lunch in villa for those who choose to dine in-house.
    - 3:30PM: Cooking class 1 - PASTA RICE & BREAD, followed by dinner with the dishes you and your team have whipped up together with Paola.
  • DAY 3

    - After breakfast, head out to the ancient town of Volterra for a self-guided exploration of its historical center.
    - Visit a nearby organic cheese farm and enjoy a lovely lunch with tastings of cheeses, fresh veggies and wine produced directly on the farm.
    - 3:30PM: Cooking class 2 - MEATS & POULTRY, followed by dinner with the dishes you and your team have whipped up together with Paola.
  • DAY 4

    - Today will be dedicated to the exploration of Chianti wine country and local Tuscan specialties.
    - Our day will begin after breakfast with a visit to a nearby hamlet such as Monteriggioni or Castellina in Chianti.
    - A light lunch will be served at a local winery with tastings of farm products such as balsamic vinegar, truffle, honey and saffron spice paired with the estate's wines.
    - We will make more stops at small towns in the afternoon before arriving at a unique pig farm to learn of a fascinating ancient breed of pigs native to Siena. A hearty dinner will be served on the farm with tastings of its meats together with local cheese, salads and wines.
  • DAY 5

    - Explore and shop at a local farmer's market in the nearby village of Certaldo, together with Paola, to discover the importance of using seasonal ingredients.
    - Take a leisurely stroll through the ancient center of town.
    - Light lunch in villa for those who choose to dine in-house.
    - 3:30PM: Cooking class 3 - VEGETABLES & SIDES, followed by dinner with the dishes you and your team have whipped up together with Paola.
  • DAY 6

    - After breakfast you will have the entire day free to explore the area as you wish. You may choose to take a day trip to Florence or Siena, or to venture further out into the countryside to explore the Val d'Orcia area. You are free to explore local restaurants and trattorias for lunch and dinner today. (Upon request we can help you to organize any aspect of this day.)
  • DAY 7

    - After breakfast, you will have a free morning to relax or further explore the surrounding hills and nearby towns.
    - Light lunch in villa for those who choose to dine in-house.
    - 3:30PM: Cooking class 4 - FISH & SEAFOOD, your final cooking session with Paola.
    - Farewell dinner with entire team to celebrate the end of a fantastic week!
  • DAY 8

    - After breakfast, farewells and departures.
    - Arrivederci and buon viaggio!
  • FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, VISIT OUR DEDICATED WEBSITE AT WWW.TASTESOFTUSCANY.COM
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