Private Guide, Driver and State-of-the-Art Minivan as required for the day
Gastronomic walking tour and cooking class led by a professional chef
Lunch based on specialties prepared
EVERYDAY at 9:00 AM ( EXCEPT on Friday)
Approx. 3 days
APRIL to OCTOBER
Ever since the Grand Tour travelers beckoned to Tuscany by its cultural richness, art, long-standing heritage and gorgeous views have been bewitched by its luscious food and captivated by its sublime wines.
Treat yourself to a blissful bite of culinary heaven!
Covered with olive groves, rich-soiled fields and vines Tuscany is Italy’s richest larder, and its gastronomic inspiration. Have a glass, and a slice, of the best! Including hands-on activities, guided tours and wine tastings led by a professional sommelier our Taste Tuscany Tour leads you down vineyard-lined country paths and cobblestone streets to find authentic Tuscan flavor in fascinating wineries, charming farmhouse kitchens and lively open-air markets.
Taste your way through Tuscany, be inspired, indulge!
DAY 1 – An exquisite welcome to Tuscany: Farmers’ Market Tour and Organic Cooking Class
Meet your dedicated private guide, driver and fellow travelers in Florence (our staff will take care of your luggage, delivering it directly to your Hotel), and set off on your first tantalizing flavor experience: a visit to Florence’s colorful farmers’ market.
Browse through the colorful stalls piled high with fresh produce, get to know the typical products, meet the bakers, butchers and cheese vendors. Taste a selection of scrumptious specialties and select what you'll need to prepare your meal. After the market a pleasant drive aboard our comfortable minivan will take you to the peace and quiet of the rolling countryside, and the charming farmhouse kitchen where you will have your cooking class.
Meet your friendly dedicated chef, follow him to see our organic vegetable garden, and pick the best and most tempting of the fresh veggies and fragrant Tuscan herbs. Aprons on! Follow your chef's skilled know-how and learn the secrets of making exquisite traditional dishes. Your menu will vary depending on the season and fresh ingredients available but, among the rest, will invariably include two kinds of home-made hand-rolled pasta, such as pappardelle and ravioli, and a typical dessert. Master the art of kneading dough, roll out perfect pasta! Once ready relish the best meal ever, the one you made yourself in the heart of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, accompanied by a selection of excellent wines including a dessert wine. At the end of the class receive a Certificate of Attendance and a full Recipe Booklet, a superb souvenir which will allow you to share the delicious recipes you learned with your friends and family at home.
After lunch enjoy a couple of hours at leisure at the Hotel, to unpack and relax by the pool before getting ready for yet another unforgettable meal: luscious Tuscan specialties prepared by the Hotel restaurant chef.
NOTES on the cooking class: Vegetarians and/or those suffering from intolerance and/or allergies are more than welcome: vegetarian recipes, and/or other alternatives are available and included; thank you for kindly informing us in due advance. Meal includes the menu as prepared and 2 glasses of Chianti wine per person. Kindly note the Farmers' Market is closed Sundays and public holidays: on these days the class program will comprise a visit to an ancient olive oil mill located within a noble estate, including an olive oil tasting
DAY 2 – Vineyards & Cellars: sommelier-guided wine experience
After enjoying breakfast at the Hotel meet your dedicated guide and private minivan and get ready to discover the soul of Tuscany through your senses with an enlightening firsthand wine-focused experience. We will lead you down the vineyard-lined country roads of the Chianti hills, into the cellars of ancient mansions and innovative boutique wineries, to unveil the secrets of the world's most exceptional wines: the Supertuscans. Get behind the labels, and straight into the ruby red bottles full of precious blends!
Blessed by a bountiful soil and exquisite climate the Chianti region is where the ideal percentage of different grapes used to make the area's namesake wine was discovered. Learn all about the marvelous realm of wine in its birthplace, explore different tastes visiting three different wineries, all famous for their own Supertuscan production, led by an exceptional guide: an expert sommelier. Wineries visited will include two famed world-class wineries and the boutique cutting-edge winery from Relais Villa Olmo.
Understand about acidity, aroma and scent, learn what makes a blend a "Chianti Classico", and how to pair foods with wine to bring out the best. And get to know all about the most precious wines of all, Supertuscans. Created by committed and passionate vintners and progressive producers these exceptional blends are the quintessence of oenological excellence. See how the three estates differ in their techniques and approaches, how they apply ancient tradition and combine it with modern technology. And taste the results, savoring a variety of the wineries' best blends led by the expertise of your dedicated sommelier.
Crown your wine experience sampling a fine Tuscan wine-pairing lunch menu at your hotel: the daily local specialties carefully combined with the most suitable among the excellent estate wines.
After lunch relax and enjoy the grounds and swimming pool before getting ready for… some super flavors and great fun!
Try listing among the best traits of Italy. Well, these certainly include pizza, gelato and the gorgeous Tuscan countryside! Combine your love of fragrant pizza and creamy gelato with a unique cooking class held in our farmhouse. Meet your friendly dedicated chef and pick the best of the fresh veggies and fragrant Tuscan herbs on our organic vegetable garden. And onto the charming country kitchen, where shiny marble tabletops are ready with equipment and ingredients. Follow your chef's skilled know-how, learn the secrets which lie behind picture-perfect scrumptious Pizza. He'll show you how to make pliable paper-thin yeast dough, and give you tips on how to prepare a zesty yet light tomato sauce to top it with. Aprons on, it's your turn to get your hands floury measuring and mixing the ingredients, and to knead your dough to perfection! While it rests enjoy the chance to learn about Italian gelato, its history and heritage, and get an insider's view on how home-made gelato is made. And then time for delightful fun: roll out your pizza, season and flavor it to taste! Once ready raise it with the flat pizza-shovel and slide it into the oven, let it bake savoring the fragrant scents and finally relish the unique taste of the best Pizza you've ever had: the one you made yourself! Dinner will include excellent Chianti wine and delicious gelato too! At the end of the experience receive an Attendance Certificate and a Recipe Booklet, to share the recipes you learned with your friends and family once back home.
NOTES on the activity: Entertaining, instructive and easygoing our Pizza and Gelato Class is perfect for families seeking an activity where their children can learn about local culture in a fun and relaxed way. Vegetarians and/or those suffering from intolerance and/or allergies are more than welcome: vegetarian recipes, and/or other alternatives are available and included; thank you for kindly informing us in due advance.
DAY 3 – Gastronomic Quest and Cooking Masterclass
After enjoying breakfast and checking out meet your dedicated driver and travel through the hillside to Florence for an exclusive hands-on culinary experience: our unique VIP Small-Group Cooking Masterclass & Food Tour in Florence.
Dive into the local gastronomic heritage, savor mouth-watering traditional delicacies and enjoy a real insider’s look! Meet your dedicated chef and follow him on a wondrous "Food Quest" through the charming streets of historic Florence and the Oltrarno neighborhood. Talented and entertaining, he will lead you to the most picturesque traditional grocery shops, the ancient Florentine botteghe. This is where the local gourmands and chefs do their shopping! Browse through the shops, losing yourself among delectable aromas and sensational flavors. Taste specialties, enjoying the exclusive guidance offered by your professional chef, and choose the ingredients to use for your cooking class. Groceries in hand take a short walk to our cooking class facility, a delightful location in the city center.
Aprons on! Follow your chef's skilled know-how and learn how to concoct the most exquisite traditional dishes: your menu will generally include home-made hand-rolled pasta, a tasty pasta sauce, a traditional main dish such as eggplant parmigiana and a typical dessert, too, like almond Tuscan cantuccini to dip into sweet Vinsanto wine. Master the art of kneading dough into fragrant home-made pasta, or roll out perfect potato gnocchi, and get the hang of using a pestle to crush fresh basil and pine-nuts into creamy flavorful pesto! Measure, mince, mix and stir (and taste, of course, to get the seasonings right!), and finally sit down with a glass of excellent Tuscan wine to relish the best Tuscan meal ever: the one you made yourself, in the heart of historic Florence.
Bite into Tuscan gastronomic heaven, in a welcoming relaxed atmosphere and with the privilege of the personalized attention of a professional chef. At the end of the experience receive a full Recipe Booklet, a superb souvenir which will allow you to share the delicious recipes you learned with your friends and family at home
After the activity enjoy a brief stroll through the city center to pick up your luggage at our headquarters.
accommodation for 2 nights included
all transportations are included
3 lunches and 2 dinners with local products and wines
2 different cooking classes with professional cooks
1 wine tasting with a sommelier
licensed guide is provided
People on this tour:
min1 - max12 on VIP Cooking Class
min1 - max8 on wine experience
min1 - max16 on pizza & gelato cooking class
min1 - max10 on masterclass
FLORENCETOWN TOURS & NEWS STAND - Piazza della Repubblica (next to the APPLE STORE under the loggias, corner with Via Pellicceria) - Florence - SEE ON MAP
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them. Please inform us of any food intolerance or allergy in advance.
This tour runs rain or shine.
EUR 699 p.p. (price based on a party of 2 pax) EUR 849 p.p. (price based on a single partecipant)
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