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8 Day Gastronomical Tuscan Cooking Adventure

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Day 1 (D)

Arrival to Villa Pandolfini Estate after lunch and settle into accommodation. Relax & freshen up for the ‘Benvenuto’ dinner in the historic villa or medieval castle torre. A fun & easy way to get to know everyone including the owners & chefs. Prosecco tasting & a 4 course meal served with wine.

Day 2 (B,L,D)

An authentic travel experience taking in the delights of Tuscany. Head south & stop in the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Visit magnificent hilltop villages & castles such as Montalcino & experience a unique Brunello wine tasting & cellar tour. Lunch in a typical local trattoria. Discover a 12th century hidden abbey & Pienza, a quaint village famous for pecorino cheese. Dinner at a local pizzeria.

Day 3 (B,L)

Breakfast in your villa before beginning your first cooking class. Hot mocha coffee to greet you. Our professional Italian chef will explain the day’s menu & present you with your cookbook & apron to start your culinary experience! After a 5 course cooking class you will sit down around the long Tuscan table to enjoy your creations. Free time in the afternoon to enjoy the grounds of the estate or opt to choose an additional activity. Dinner can be enjoyed at your villa, a glass of Chianti wine, cheese & meat platter from your basket.

Day 4 (B,L,D)

Set off to Florence where you will meet your guide for a historic walking tour, followed by Mercato Centrale to experience a real part of Florentine gastronomic history enjoyed by locals for centuries. Lunch in a charming Osteria. Free time to explore the city or visit a famous museum. Tonight we will share a memorable dinner.

Day 5 (B,L)

Roll up your sleeves & add another 5 courses to your culinary repertoire. Free afternoon for optional tours such as Chianti & San Gimignano or explore on your own & visit the charming towns of Pisa or Siena.

Day 6 (B,L)

Your third cooking class! Indulge in the epic feast you created, complemented by the estates own Chianti wine & extra virgin olive oil. Free afternoon to relax. 

Day 7 (B, L, D)

Rare tour of a Medici Residence, medieval hamlet & ceramics factory or local wine & cheese farm.

Leave 9am for coffee & pastries, continue to nearby ceramic factory, see how they paint & produce the beautiful ceramics. Picturesque drive through the countryside to Poggio A Caiano for a tour of a Medici Villa, built for Lorenzo the Magnificent,an architectural triumph of the 1400's. Lunch at a picturesque hamlet & take in the incredible view. Back to the villa to relax, pack & freshen. Tonight you will enjoy your last cooking class where you will prepare the farewell dinner and receive your graduation certificates.

Day 8 (B)

Checkout & departure.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Lastra a Signa, near Florence
Departure Time
3 pm/4pm on the first day
Duration
8 days
Inclusions
  • 7 nights accommodation in the historic setting of the Villa Pandolfini Estate, staying in one of the villas or apartments, relax and enjoy the grounds, pool and sample the estates very own wines and extra virgin olive oil. Only minutes from Florence, easy walk to the local village and train station giving access to Pisa, Siena & Florence
  • Meals as per itinerary (B= Breakfast baskets provided for your villa, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Small group hands on cooking classes using only the freshest ingredients
  • Transport to all included activities and sightseeing as specified
  • Ultimate Tuscany Recipe book
  • Good Tastes of Tuscany signature apron
  • Graduation certificate
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Exclusions
  • Airport/hotel pick up & drop off, private shuttle can be arranged for an additional charge
  • Additional meals & drinks
  • Price is per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement available payable direct on day of arrival for an additional €300 per person
  • Museum tickets
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking Maximum class size 12-14, average 6-8 Price is per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement available payable direct on day of arrival for an additional €300 per person Free parking available onsite A current valid passport is required on day of travel Tourist tax of €10 per person required to be paid by law onsite Possibility of booking for non cooking participants Children must be accompanied by an adult Certified culinary academy Official agency with personal liability insurance
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Maximum class size 12-14, average 6-8
  • Price is per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement available payable direct on day of arrival for an additional €300 per person
  • Free parking available onsite
  • A current valid passport is required on day of travel
  • Tourist tax of €10 per person required to be paid by law onsite
  • Possibility of booking for non cooking participants
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Certified culinary academy
  • Official agency with personal liability insurance
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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