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About Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist was born in the spring of 1998 offering the first single-day hands-on cooking class in Tuscany. We welcome the curious and open-minded traveler in the heart of our Tuscan home, for an authentic yet magical experience. We take a maximum of 8 people, but will go with as few as one: we never leave the solo traveler behind. We welcome families with children as we know how challenging it can be to travel with the young ones in the Old Country. AND, we charge for our tours only if our guests are happy to pay for their day with us.
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TASTE WINE, COOK, AND DINE in CHIANTI

Experience the good life in Tuscany with a full-day experience that begins in the afternoon with transport to a small town in the hills of Chianti. Tour the wine cellars and taste a variety of wines, then go to a historical private home for a hands-on cooking class where you learn to make fresh pasta. Then your pasta during a dinner with dessert, unlimited wine, and homemade liquors.
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7 hours
from US$ 183.55

COOK, EAT, DRINK and TASTE WINE in CHIANTI

Lovers of good food and wine will love this culinary activity in Chianti. You’ll be picked up in Florence and taken to a historic home in the countryside. There, you’ll take part in a hands-on cooking class, learning all about local flavors and techniques. Enjoy your creations for lunch, and relax as unlimited wine is served. Afterwards, you’ll be taken to a nearby winery, to learn more about the local wine.
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7 hours
from US$ 169.02
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Christine wrote a review Jan 2021
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In these difficult times for travelling, Villa Paoli, as its history demonstrates, offers the perfect respite for those in need. The grounds are beautiful with olive orchards, forests and walking trails, an ancient chapel, and incredible views of Florence and the surrounding valleys. One can walk undisturbed for hours in a tranquil, beautiful and safe environment. Besides providing a warm and cosy home for me, the hosts arranged transportation from the airport, picked up groceries and even offered a few delicious freshly made meals, not to mention an amazing supply of excellent wine and olive oil! Plus there are tons of books to read in English, French, Spanish and Italian. I had everything I needed and more! I cannot say enough about the beauty and hospitality of this place and this family. If one has to quarantine, trust me, this is the best place in the world to do it!!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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soniawashere wrote a review Dec 2020
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I actually visited way back in 2017 but as I sit here in full lockdown one of the fondest memories I have is of my vineyard your and cooking lesson with Accidental Tourist. It was one of the best days I ever had. I was traveling alone and was on the tour with two couples but it did not matter, I felt so included and it was a wonderful experience. I now regularly make pasta from scratch and I also learnt some other recipes I now use. I hope when this is over I can take my mother there. It was such a genuine experience with lovely hosts who so graciously invited us to their amazing home and shared their love of food and cooking.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Jack Daniel wrote a review Oct 2020
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What a welcome we received into such a lovely Tuscan home! Can’t think of a thing we’d change. Delicious food, great company and a beautiful location made for an absolute highlight of our trip. We both learnt so much and can’t wait to try making pasta for ourselves back at home!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MajlaFirenze, Manager at Accidental Tourist
Responded 31 Oct 2020
Hello Jack, I cant believe I missed your review! So happy you enjoyed it and brought us some long awaited company from your country. Hope you are safe and staying positive. If you feel like spending some time in our home, we have plenty of space! And we never run out of wine...
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Jada C wrote a review Apr 2020
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I was fortunate enough to spend an amazing time with Majla and Marco. They were amazingly accommodating and made me feel at home right away. They live in a beautiful home in the countryside that has so much history and stories. We made pasta, ate and drank as if we’d known each other for years. It was truly the BEST part of my vacation. I’m so blessed to have gone right before the pandemic took over. If you’re ever in Florence, please make time for this experience. It was one for the books. Thank you Majla and Marco!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from MajlaFrancescaP, Owner at Accidental Tourist
Responded 15 Apr 2020
Hey Jada! Thanks so much for this glowing review! It was a pleasure hosting you, and hope you come back again
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Kate S wrote a review Apr 2020
18 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I did this tour while on our honeymoon, and absolutely loved it! We had such a great time learning to make pasta and sipping wine. Our host and teacher was amazing, and the food was delicious! I took notes during the class and once home we made homemade pasta for our family, and it came out just as good! The wine tasting was very nice as well. We learned about Chianti wines, and got to taste several wines. We would definitely book this tour again, and would recommend it hands down.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from MajlaFirenze, Owner at Accidental Tourist
Responded 31 Oct 2020
hello Kate, so sorry I missed your review! I want to thank you very much for it, and for choosing to spend some of your very special vacation with us. All the best, hang in there, stay safe and positive, and keep making pasta! PS: If you have trouble finding the right flour, oil or wine, please know we do ship it.
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