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Tuscany, Italy - 5 nights
Available April to October


Come to Tuscany to learn traditional family recipes from native instructors who have been teaching hands-on cooking lessons for over 20 years. Aside from improving your culinary skills and bringing some fabulous recipes back home, you will learn the beautiful Italian language with daily private instruction in the home. This is truly an authentic experience where you will stay in a true Tuscan home and this vacation comes highly recommended by everyone who has participated.


Enjoy the delights of fine Italian cuisine and wines to share the love for living that the Italians are famous for. Your instructors follow traditional family recipes using fresh and organic ingredients, preparing a complete meal with appetizer, pasta dish, vegetable and meat dish and dessert, accompanied by the wines which best complement the meal.  



The kitchen is in a typical 13th century Italian farmhouse in the Chianti countryside in Tuscany with terracotta floors and chestnut beams. It has been lovingly restored by the family, one of the oldest noble families in Italy. There is an organic garden, vines, olive trees, roses, oleanders, geraniums, spices, fruit trees and other typical plants of the area. 






Day One


Today you will arrive at 6:00 pm at the Montevarchi Train Station, from Florence. (Or, if you are renting a vehicle, you can arrive at the home at 6pm)


Transfer by private car from the train station to your home for the week.


Tonight is a time to get used to your surroundings, meet the other guests and enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner.


Day Two


Breakfast with the family is followed by your first hands on cooking class with your instructors. You will prepare 4 or 5 different recipes and enjoy each as you have lunch together. We eat our recipes and taste the accompanying wine. Following lunch, you will have your first Italian language lesson.


This afternoon is free for relaxing with a good book in the garden or in front of the fire during wintertime or walking around discovering the area.


Dinner your home for the week.


Day Three


Breakfast with the family followed by your second hands on cooking class.  Lunch follows with a second Italian language lesson. 


In the afternoon you will have a guided excursion to the Chianti area, visiting a winery and some and some beautiful sites and maybe with the chance to shop a little bit!


Dinner at home, talking about Italian culture with your hosts.


Day Four


Breakfast with the family. Today is your third hands on cooking class where you will prepare some more traditional recipes. Lunch together followed by your third Italian language lesson.


Free afternoon - take a rest, go for a walk, explore the area.


Enjoy another delicious dinner at home.



Day Five


Breakfast with the family followed by your fourth hands on cooking class, followed by lunch and your final Italian language lesson.


Today you will have a guided excursion, where you will learn about the culture and do some shopping.


Dinner at home and enjoying all the memories of your great week in Italy.



Day Six


Breakfast with the family. Today is your last hands on cooking class with a good bye lunch before connecting to your train to Florence.


Transfer by private car to Montevarchi Train Station.


Arrivederci and we hope you had a wonderful time in bella Italia!







A minimum of 1 participant is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.





Closest Airports/Train Stations:


Florence Vespucci Airport about 60 Km - 1 hour and 20 minute drive
Other airports:
Pisa Airport - 2 hour drive
Leonardo da Vinci (Rome) Airport - 3 hour drive 
Malpensa (Milan) Airport - 4 hour drive

Florence SMN - Nearest train station (fast connection to Rome, Milan, Venice, Naples, etc.) about 57 Km - 1 hour and 15 minute drive 

If flying into Rome or Milan, we suggest taking a train to Florence.

**Transfer can be organized from Pisa or Florence airport with an extra charge that would be paid directly to the taxi driver (we can book it in advance). The cost is approximately 170€ (2 persons)


**We can also arrange from Rome airport, but it is quite expensive, about 300€. We suggest catching a flight or a train to Florence and we can organize a transfer from Florence.


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






2017 Fees Per Person


Double/Single Room in Italian Home/US$2675


*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation


After availability is confirmed, a deposit of 30% per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.

2017 Dates

Available April to October.


*Five (5) hands-on cooking classes with accompanying meals, water and wine
*Four (4) Italian language personalized course (2 hours per day)
*Five (5) nights' accommodation with breakfast and dinner every day with various typical Italian products
*Two (2) guided excursions in the Chianti region
*Welcome dinner at home on the arrival evening
*Apron and recipe book
*Snacks with drinks and wine during the lessons
*E-mail, Internet WIFi facilities available
*Italian language teaching materials
*Transfer at the beginning and at the end of the course from/to Montevarchi to/from the accommodation by private car (Montevarchi is connected to Florence and Rome by train)

*Transfers from Florence or Siena and Pisa airport can be arranged with an extra charge.

Airfare and personal expenses are not included.

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







Vickie C., Cedarburg, Wisconsin

"Dear Jo-Ann - The course was everything we hoped and more!! We felt a true part of an Italian family. Everyone was as gracious and welcoming as they could possibly be. From Luigi to the little girls, we found them all delightful. The food was great, the instruction was great, the ambiance, the wine....everything was great. We visited Radda, a winery, and Greve with Simonetta. She was so knowledgeable and willing to share that we thought it was very enriching experience. Thank you so much for all of your help in arranging it. It's a little scary to just pick a site off the Internet and trust that all will go well. From the first email and your quick response, I was put at ease. Needless to say, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services."

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

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!


Teri Sciamarelli, Brick, New Jersey

"We had a fabulous time!! Simonetta was wonderful and the winery she selected for us was great. Paola was just as wonderful!! And a great cook!! The four of us were very happy. My friends have never had the experience of eating in a true Italian home (my husband and I have since my husband has family there) and the experience for them was priceless.  I have already told so many people about you and Simonetta and Paola. I will keep in touch with you since I am sure I will be booking more through you. Thank you again!"

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"Believe me we were impressed...very impressed...I don't know how we could possibly top this vacation...any suggestions? Active Gourmet did good. Everyone we came in contact with was superb. Friendly, professional, efficient, accommodating,fantastic. What a pleasure having them assist us with our was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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