Join us for a week of cooking in Tuscany with an Italian chef.

 guests sitting around dinner table
 view of mediterranean coast off italy
 pouring wine for wine tasting

Upcoming Dates

2018

June 23 - 29, 2018 (4 spots left)

October 1 - 7, 2018

 

What's Included

This 7-day, 6-night, all-inclusive culinary experience includes:
• Six nights of accommodation at a beautiful country hotel
• All meals: six breakfasts, four lunches (only one lunch on your own in Volterra) and six dinners, one in a fine-dining restaurant
• Four hands-on cooking classes with an Italian chef in her Tuscan farmhouse
• Two vineyard visits with wine tastings
• Daily excursions to Volterra, Bolgheri, and Populonia
• All transfers including to and from the local train station upon arrival and departure. Easily accessible by train from Pisa Airport (1 hour) or Rome Airports (2.5 hours). Private transfers directly from the Pisa airport available upon request with additional fee.

 meatloaf and fresh sausage in baking dish

Full Itinerary

DAY 1 - Welcome to Tuscany

Pick up at the local train station and transfer to your hotel. (Private transfer also available from Pisa airport for additional cost).

6:30 p.m. Welcome cocktail, introductions and overview of the week.

7:30 p.m. Dinner at a local wine bar and restaurant in the village.

DAY 2 - World-Class Wine Tasting in Bolgheri

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel garden.

11:00 a.m. Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse followed by lunch.

2:30 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa.

4:00 p.m. Visit the charming town of Bolgheri, home of some of the best wines in the world. Tour the castle’s old wine cellar from the year 700 and taste their world-class wines.

5:30 p.m. We’ll have time to explore and duck into the many artisan shops in the downtown area.  Afterwards, we’ll enjoy dinner at a wine shop and restaurant to try local specialties and handmade pastas.  We’ll end the day with delicious gelato.

DAY 3 - Populonia and Baratti, a Perfect View of the Mediterranean

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel garden.

10:30 a.m. Visit the magnificent Golfo di Baratti with its pine wood and the Etruscan necropolis built 3,000 years ago. The gulf is dominated by the village of Populonia on top of the hill, a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean. Walk the main road of Populonia with its artisan shops, and climb the castle’s tower with a 360° view of the sea and islands.  

12:00 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant in town.

3:00 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa, explore Castagneto Carducci or head to the beach.

6:00 p.m. Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse followed by dinner.

DAY 4 – Exploring Medieval Castagneto Carducci

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the hotel garden.

11:00 a.m. Hands-on cooking class followed by lunch at the farmhouse.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa.

5:00 p.m. Walking tour of Castagneto Carducci.  We’ll learn about the history of this small village and the famous poet for which it was named.  

7:00 p.m. Dinner at a local pizzeria. 

DAY 5 - Visiting Mysterious Volterra

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 a.m. Visit the mysterious city of Volterra, where 3,000 years of history gives the city a unique atmosphere. Stroll down the historic center, step back in time and enjoy the timeless atmosphere as well as some of the most beautiful city gates.  We'll visit handicraft workshops and see alabaster handmade objects, which Volterra is famous for.

1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own.

3:00 p.m. Return back to the hotel to relax before dinner.

6:00 p.m. Pre-dinner cocktail with a view of the Mediterranean sea.  Then we’ll enjoy dinner at a fine dining restaurant famous for steaks sourced from a local butcher as well as fresh pastas and charcuterie. 

DAY 6 - La Strada del Vino

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in the garden of the hotel. 

10:30 a.m. Visit a local vineyards on ‘La strada del vino,’ Wine Road. We will tour the vineyard, meet the producer, and taste four of their top wines. The owner will bring us into the world of wine making.

12:00 p.m. Visit a local winery established by one of the founding fathers of this region of wine.  At the winery, we’ll enjoy a cheese-making demonstration and lunch cooked by a local farmer using her products.

3:00 p.m. Free time to relax at the villa, explore Castagneto Carducci or head to the beach. 

6:00 p.m. Hands-on cooking class at the farmhouse and farewell dinner.

DAY 7 - Ciao, Tuscany

Transportation to local train station for departure.

 Tuscan countryside with medieval castle

Accommodation

Guests will stay at Villa le Luci, a bed and breakfast once privately owned by an established family in the medieval town of Castagneto Carducci.  The villa sits atop the hillside providing stunning views of the valley below and the Mediterranean sea.  Each room at this bed and breakfast is unique and charming.

Included at the hotel:

  • Self-service bar area
  • Balconies in some rooms
  • Fireplace and sitting room
  • Laundry and luggage service (additional fees apply)
  • Breakfast 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Wifi 
  • Safes in each room
  • Garden with sea views

Learn more about the accommodations here.

PRICE

June 2018:

$3,200 per person

October 2018:

$3,200 per person before July 1, 2018

$3,400 per person after July 1, 2018

Prices based on double occupancy. Single occupancy available upon request with additional fee.

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