Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Tuscany, Italy - 7 nights
Available April to November - Saturday to Saturday

 

Spend a fabulous week at a remote villa in the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany where rolling hills, ancient vineyards and Etruscan history will fill your senses. Learn to cook in a magnificent kitchen with a native born Tuscan who will teach you this wonderful peasant cuisine using the freshest ingredients available. Groups are kept small and vary between 8 and 14 participants to ensure hands-on cooking instead of only demonstration.

 

 

This restored large villa offers luxurious accommodation in the typical Tuscan style - wooden beams and terracotta floors, well equipped kitchens with all modern comforts, bedrooms all with marbled bathrooms, large living areas, large heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi, massage features and a hot tub.

 

There is also a Mediterranean Cookery Course which is given by an Italian chef. This course covers not only the Italian kitchen, but also the kitchens of four Mediterranean countries.

 

All the dishes have been selected from the Italian, French, Moroccan and Spanish kitchen to create menus which are innovative, healthy and delicious. This week also includes 2 additional morning cooking lessons of approximately 2 1/2 hours each.

 

 

 

ITINERARY
 

 

Day One - Saturday

 

Arrival Florence airport - we can arrange transfer to and from Florence airport on request.

 

Check-in your home for the week at 4:00pm.

 

Welcoming dinner and introduction given by your hostess at the villa and a chance to get to know each other.

 

Day Two -  Sunday

 

Breakfast is served in the villa and a light lunch at around 1:00pm for those who are not sightseeing.

 

Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 3:00pm.

 

You will prepare a four course dinner. For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.

 

Day Three - Monday

 

Breakfast in the villa. Time to relax, do some sight seeing, enjoy the pool or take a walk. 

 

A light lunch is served around 1:00pm.

 

Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 3:00pm. You will prepare a four course dinner. For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.

 

Day Four - Tuesday

 

After breakfast in the villa, there is an excursion to a pecorino cheese producer in Casentino. Then we will drive through the Tuscan hills into the Chianti area where we will enjoy olive oil and wine tasting. At the vineyard we will have a typical Tuscan light lunch.

 

After lunch we will drive through the hills to Arezzo where you will have time for sightseeing and shopping. Then we will all dine at a breathtaking location.

 

Day Five - Wednesday

 

Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure.

 

After lunch a hands-on cooking lesson starts around 3:00pm. You will prepare a four course dinner.

 

For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.

 

 

Day Six - Thursday

 

After breakfast you have the day to yourselves to do some sightseeing or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. An ideal day to make a trip to Florence for shopping and sightseeing as it's only a 50km (about 35 miles) drive away. Or visit La Verna an ancient monastery where San Francisco de Assisi lived most of his life.

 

You can of course stay at the villa and relax at the pool or take a dip in the Hot Tub.

 

Dinner reservations can be made at a restaurant of your choice.

 

Day Seven - Friday

 

Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure and for those interested we have a light lunch ready at 1:00pm.

 

The final hands-on cooking lesson starts at 3:00pm and you prepare an elaborate buffet dinner covering all the cooking techniques you have learned in the week. Presentation of food will also be demonstrated.

 

 

  

Day Eight - Saturday

 

Breakfast and departure. Arrivederci!

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. 

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.) 

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE 

 

Florence Airport -  1 hour and 15 minutes
Pisa Airport - 2 hours and 15 minutes
Rome Airport - 3 hours 

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2017 Fees Per Person

  

Double Room/US$3450
Single Room/US$3750
Non-participating guest/US$2500 (double occupancy for accommodation)
Non participating guests are welcome on the excursion and can use all the facilities at the villa and join in all the meals.

 

**All bedrooms have private bathrooms

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a 30% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. The balance must be received in full 75 days before the course commences.

 

2017 Italian Cookery Course Dates

 
Please inquire regarding available dates

 

2017 Mediterranean Course Dates

Please inquire regarding available dates



Included

ITALIAN WEEK LONG COOKERY COURSE

 

*Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as presented in the itinerary
*Seven (7) nights' accommodation and use of all facilities of the villa
*Four (4) cooking lessons of approximately 4 hours each
*Full-day culinary excursion including lunch and dinner
*Cookbook, apron and certificate
*Superb Tuscan wines during dinner, liquors for after dinner
*House wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee are freely available
*Email, Internet and Telephone facilities available

 

MEDITERRANEAN WEEK LONG COOKERY COURSE

 

*Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as presented in the itinerary
*Seven (7) nights' accommodation and use of all facilities of the villa
*Four (4) cooking lessons of approximately 4 hours each
*Two (2) morning lessons of approximately 2 hours each
*Full-day culinary excursion including lunch and dinner
*Cookbook, apron and certificate
*Superb Tuscan wines during dinner, liquors for after dinner
*House wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee are freely available
*Email, Internet and Telephone facilities available

 

 

Excluded

(EXCLUSIONS ARE FOR BOTH PROGRAMS)

 

*Transfers to/from the airport (can be arranged)
*Airfare
*Tips
*Wine other than the very good house wine at the villa
*One (1) lunch and one (1) dinner on your free day

 

**We can arrange transfers to and from the airport on request; however we recommend car hire, because if you do not want to relax around the pool, you do have time to explore the area. We can help you with suggestions as there are many places with great historical value and beauty in the area. The villa is an 8 minute drive from the closest village, so quite remote.


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Annie S., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Dear Jo-Ann – What a remote and glorious location. Facilities were outstanding. (Beds were luscious). Paola, our chef, was an absolute delight to be with." 

 

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MAP*

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*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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