Cooking in Chianti
Art, Food & Wine
7 NIGHTS & 8 DAYS MAXIMUM 12 GUESTS
This 7-night, 8-day accompanied Chianti Culinary Vacation includes 5 hands-on cooking classes with local chefs and winery tours with tastings across the Italian countryside!
Your host on this tour is Marc Berarducci, a trained chef and passionate about food & wine. He'll be your go to man during your week in Chianti, along with his guides Veronica, Flo and Debora, you'll be in great hands!
Cooking in Chianti
Small group fully accompanied with licensed guides and full-time bi-lingual host
Historic accommodations in Florence & Chianti
All but 4 meals included
All land transportation in private coach
Five Amazing Hands-on cooking classes all around Chianti
Guided city tours in Florence, Siena, San Gimignano & Cortona
Guided visits to the Duomo in Siena & the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Three Winery tours with wonderful tastings
Market visits in Florence, Greve-in-Chianti and Cortona
Excursions to Siena, Pienza, Cortona, San Gimignano as well as Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Special gelato making demonstration
Truffle hunting when in season (after 1 October and before 1 April)
Cheese farm visit with tasting
Relax and shopping time included!
7 nights in charming 4-star quality historical hotels & country resorts of which 2 nights in the historical center of Florence located just a stones throw from Piazza Santa Croce in the charming Palazzo Cecconi and 5 nights in a historic 14th century manor house hotel, Palazzo Leopoldo located in charming Radda-in-Chianti where you have at your disposition spa, in-door pool & restaurants. The hill-top village has lovely shops and magnificent views of the Chianti vineyards. Room configurations are double/queen beds. Single rooms (solo travelers) will incur a supplemental charge of US$670 for 2021 & 2022 tours. In many instances, it is possible to up-grade standard rooms to deluxe/superior or suites on our tours.
During the course of the week in magical Chianti, you will experience FIVE hands-on cooking classes around the Chianti area. Your kitchens will be in charming farm houses and wineries. Your instructors will be local Tuscans from the area who love what they do.... cook for others !! Classes are 3 to 4 hour sessions and will generally include 4 course meals (with the exception of the Pasta Making day where we will be eating primarily various types of pastas following the lesson) with local wines. Following each lesson we eat all that was prepared as one big happy Italian family! You don't need to have any experience in cooking, we'll show you the ropes!
Classes are designed to give a real hands-on approach showcasing the tradition of Tuscany cooking. While lessons are in different locations around Chianti the common thread is the same throughout.... a love of Italian food and culture!
You'll be in the hands of the chefs of wineries, local restaurants and professional culinary instructors around Chianti. Lessons will generally include: Antipasti, Primi (starter which often is pasta, soup, vegetable based dish), Secondo (entrees) which will include a protein or vegetable based and Dolci. Instructors will bring to the lessons their flair and unique specialties in their kitchens.
Each participant will receive their own Tasting Tuscany Apron and Recipes following each lesson.
ALL but 4 meals included during the 8 day period as indicated in the itinerary. Cooking classes will take the place of meals when scheduled during lunch or dinner, other meals are included as per itinerary.
There are 3 winery tours in the Chianti & Montalcino regions with tastings that generally include 3-4 varieties of wines.
The tour begins at the hotel on day one. Taxi service is readily available upon your arrival at the Florence airport and train station, however should you desire we are happy to arrange a private transport using our wonderful driver Alessandro to get you to our Florence hotel (not included in tour fees). Kindly let us know when booking should you want this additional transfer from the Florence airport.
All land transportation is provided as per the tour specific itinerary's destinations and excursions. At the tour end, there is a complimentary transfer from the Chianti residence to the Florence train station SMN and the Florence airport. Should your departure (airline) be prior to 10.00 am you will need to transfer apart from the group, we will assist you in arranging your transport (not included as complimentary) NB: Should you prolong your tour with add-on days, you will not have a complimentary transfer to the train station nor the Florence airport.
GUIDED CITY TOURS
There are 3 city tours led by licensed guides: Florence, Siena and San Gimignano in addition to the country tour to Pienza & Cortona. Included in City Tours are entrance tickets to the Uffizi in Florence & the Duomo of Siena.
Maximum of 12 guests