Cooking Holiday in Tuscany

Inspiring small group journeys.
8 days from $2995
  • Holiday type: Cooking Tours
  • Countries: Italy
  • Starts (city): Pisa
  • Ends (city): Pisa
  • Group size: 8 maximum
  • Trip style: Superior - 4 star
  • Tour code: 735

Learn to cook from a Tuscan chef

Tuscany is quintessential Italy: a dreamscape of rolling hills topped with willowy cypress trees, shimmering olive groves and rows of tangled vines, peppered with picture-perfect medieval hilltop towns. This rich, rural landscape provides all the ingredients for our chefs as they show you how to rustle up mouth-watering local dishes. Our cooking lessons are relaxed, fun and hands-on. They take place in the kitchen of the villa, with everyone working in a group with the chef. For a break from the kitchen, you can explore the higgledy-piggledy charms of San Gimignano, the low-key walled elegance of Lucca or meander Florence’s winding streets.

 

AT A GLANCE
Highlights
  • 5 x 3 course cookery lessons with our Italian chef
  • An afternoon visit to Lucca or San Gimignano with evening meal and wine in a local restaurant
  • A day exploring Florence with lunch in a local restaurant
  • Private wine tasting
Solo Traveller Comments

Group sizes are usually about eight people and generally half are single travellers. Whether you're used to travelling alone or simply taking some time out for yourself, the relaxed, friendly atmosphere at all our venues is geared towards allowing you to be part of the group when it suits and striking out on your own when you want to.

This holiday is not just a typical touristic experience as it involves travelling with a purpose and the opportunity to see the genuine and local face of Italy. Our local Italian hosts have lived abroad and know exactly what to do to avoid making our guests feel like tourists. They will always be by your side and organise trips to wine tastings, local food producers, markets and sites of cultural interest.

The ages of our guests vary. We understand that it is important to be with like minded people, so we always do our best to match ages for each group. Our guests are from all over the world - mostly from Australia, UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

And most importantly for solo travellers - there is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!

TOUR DETAILS

Our groups are small so everyone can really get involved. Our local chefs are very passionate about cooking and sharing their knowledge. You’ll learn new techniques and skills, while creating recipes traditional to the region using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Italian food is simple but tasty and the recipes you’ll learn are ones you can bring home and create in your own kitchen with ingredients that can be found anywhere.

Tuscan fare is simple but hearty and bursting with flavour: from ribollita, a hearty vegetable stew to chunky Tuscan bread soup and rustic pasta dishes such as pici, a thick spaghetti with wild boar or rabbit sauce. For a break from the kitchen, you can explore the higgledy-piggledy charms of San Gimignano, the low-key walled elegance of Lucca or meander Florence’s winding streets. Saunter beside the sultry river Arno, dipping into incense-filled churches or wander around the bustling Sant’ Ambrogio market before tucking into a classic bistecca alla fiorentina, a chargrilled T-bone steak washed down with a good Chianti in a lively neighbourhood trattoria.

Day One (Saturday)

Depending on your arrival time, there will be a transfer from Pisa Airport to the villa. Enjoy welcome drinks on the terrace followed by dinner prepared by our local chef.

Day Two (Sunday)

After breakfast you have your first cookery lesson with the chef, enjoying the results for lunch. The afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish. Dinner is prepared for you at the villa.

Day Three (Monday)

Enjoy your second hands-on cookery lesson this morning after breakfast and then lunch. In the afternoon, visit an excellent winery for a private wine tasting. Return to the villa for dinner prepared by the chef.

Day Four (Tuesday)

After breakfast you visit a place of local interest (Florence or Siena). Enjoy a day sightseeing or shopping at leisure. Lunch will be at an excellent local “trattoria”. Return to villa late afternoon for dinner.

Day Five (Wednesday)

Another cookery lesson this morning and then lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax by the pool or walk through the olive groves. Dinner tonight is at the villa.

Day Six (Thursday)

This morning is your fourth cookery lesson, followed by lunch. There is an afternoon visit to Arezzo with a chance to explore before dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day Seven (Friday)

After breakfast you have your final cookery lesson and lunch. Enjoy your last afternoon relaxing at the villa and in the evening a special farewell dinner prepared by your chef.

Day Eight (Saturday)

After breakfast and some time to relax, you will be transferred back to Pisa.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change, depending on the weather and allowing for the Italian ways!

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Inclusions

  • 7 nights ensuite accommodation at a stunning Tuscan villa with pool
  • 5 x 3 course cookery lessons with our Italian chef
  • All meals and wine
  • Activities and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Airport transfers (at set times only)

Exclusions

  • Tips
ACCOMMODATION

You will be staying at one of our five Tuscan villas, tucked away in the countryside on its own private estate, set within peaceful grounds and surrounded by beautiful views. The area is well known for truffles and other Tuscan delicacies that you will be sure to sample. The luxurious bedrooms, all decorated in a modern style, have ensuite bathrooms.

Villa Ricrio

Villa Ricrio is tastefully furnished in the old Tuscan style. The bedrooms are located downstairs and upstairs. It's a distinguished mansion with a private swimming pool. Immersed in the green of the Tuscan lanscape, Villa Ricrio is not far from Volterra, San Gimignano and Catagneto Carducci, and is also near beautiful sea resorts like Marina di Bibbona, Catiglioncello and the Baratti's Gulf.

Villa La Frasca

La Frasca is set on the impressive private estate of Varramista, between Pisa and Florence in the heart of Tuscany. The estate is a 400 hectare park with its own vineyards and olive groves, and is surrounded by woodlands and green undulating hills. La Frasca is a spacious and elegant villa, decorated in soft Tuscan colours combining a mixture of old wooden beams and other traditional features, with every modern comfort. The large gardens overlooking the 16 hectares of vineyards is the perfect place for dining al fresco. La Frasca has a large and beautiful private pool.

Villa Arezzo

Villa Arezzo is a beautifully restored luxury farmhouse set among fifty hectares of olive groces, vineyards and woodlands, located between the Arezzo and Siena provinces. Excellent craftsmanship went into the renovation, taking care to maintain its unique old-world charm. The pool area, furnished with a gazebo, make this villa an ideal place to come and relax in the Tuscan countryside. Relax by the pool and enjoy the view overlooking the rolling Chianti hills.

Villa Lecceta

Villa Lecceta is set on the impressive private estate of Varramista, between Pisa and Florence in the heart of Tuscany. The estate is a 400 hectare park with its own vineyards and olive groves and is surrounded by woodlands and green undulating hills. Bedrooms are elegantly furnished, with modern comforts. Lecceta is situated on a rolling hill overlooking neat rows of vineyards. It has a private pool and is the perfect place for enjoying the sunshine and dining "al fresco."

Villa Monsonaccio

Villa Monsonaccio is set on the impressive private estate of Varramista, between Pisa and Florence in the heart of Tuscany. The estate is a 400 hectare park with its own vineyards and olive groves and is surrounded by woodlands and green undulating hills. Bedrooms are elegantly decorated, with modern comforts. A lovely swimming pool and courtyards are the perfect place to enjoying the sunshine.

REVIEWS

"Personally I thought it was brilliant. Very hands on and we were really encouraged to 'have a go' at everything. Plus the beautiful backdrop of Tuscany made it amazing. Obviously the people going on this kind of holiday are like-minded in that they want to cook; learn something new. It was very well organised from start to finish and took all the worry away from me regarding organising a holiday. So I just sat back and enjoyed the whole experience. Keep up the good work - it really is worth it when people enjoy their holiday so much!!"  Lee


"Livia and Antonio were perfect hosts and teachers. They were everything we would have wanted. They are both very clued in to the needs of their guests and provided the perfect holiday in every way. The whole experience was comfortable, relaxed, and fun."  Sheila


"The holiday was relaxing yet incredibly varied. I was made to feel very welcome as a single traveLler."  Jennifer S.


"The balance of cooking, free time and excursions was just right, and as a single traveller on this trip, this enabled me to get to know my fellow guests much more easily in very comfortable surroundings. I am sure this won't be the last time I take a holiday with you."  Sarah H.

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