Cooking in Chianti Vacation 
Hands-On Cooking & Touring in Chianti

7 NIGHTS & 8 DAYS -  MAXIMUM 12 GUESTS

This 7-night, 8-day all-inclusive Accompanied Chianti Culinary Vacation includes 5 hands-on cooking classes with local chefs and wine tours across the Italian countryside.

Your host, Marc Berarducci. Food is a passion for Marc who happens to be a trained chef... he'll be your go to man during your week in Chianti, along with his guides you'll be in great hands! 

Chianti Cooking Vacation & Wine Tour

Highlights

  • Small group fully accompanied with licensed guides​ and full-time bi-lingual host

  • Historic accommadtions in Florence & Chianti

  • Most 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

  • Cheese farm visit with tasting

  • Relax and shopping time included!

Accommodations

7 nights in charming 3 & 4-star historical hotels & country resorts of which 2 nights in the historical center of Florence located just minutes from the Duomo and 5 nights in a 4 star completely renovated historic hotel in Radda-in-Chianti where you have at your disposition spa, pool & restaurants. The hill-top village has magnificent views of the Chianti vineyards.  Room configurations are double/queen beds.  Single rooms (solo travelers) will incur a supplemental charge of US$650 for 2020 and US$670 for 2021.  In many instances, it is possible to up-grade standard rooms to deluxe/superior or suites on our tours.

COOKING CLASSES

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 3-4 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'll receive recipes for all the meals prepared.  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!

MEALS

ALL but 3 meals included during the 8 day period as indicated on the itinerary.  Cooking classes will take the place of meals when scheduled during lunch or dinner, other meals are included as per itinerary.

WINE TASTING

There are 3 winery tours with tastings that include 3 or 4 locally produced wines. 

TRANSFERS

The tour begins at the hotel on day 1.  All 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. 

GUIDED CITY TOURS

There are 3 city tours led by licensed guides: Florence, Siena or Volterra 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.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum of 12 guests

 


Days 1 & 2

Our amazing 7 night 8 day, all inclusive Tuscan culinary adventure begins in Florence where you will spend the first 2 nights. You will have an early morning guided city tour (from a "foodies' perspective") with your private guide visiting the many iconic sites in the city. You'll  mingle with the Florentines while strolling the narrow streets, stopping for a morning "espresso" at your local cafe' .... oh, and  a freshly made pastry, can't forget that!  You will end up at the central food market where up on the upper level you will be astonished at what you will discover ! The aromas, the food, the noise of vendors and the bustle of locals doing their morning shopping.... it's total excitement! Yes, we have included a good amount of culture as you will be taken to see the landmarks of this museum city from the Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, Il Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Trinita' in addition to a visit to the "Uffizi Gallery".  There will be an afternoon free so that you can explore on your own and shop. 


Cooking Vacations are designed to make your holiday with us as busy as you desire, should you want to take part in all the activities then this is up to you or should you wish to take a day off and sit in the sun, it's your choice, no problem!  We supply group transport throughout the week, no car rentals are needed!    

Days 3 - 8

You will be transferred to the country residence on day 3. The 4 star charming country hotel is situated atop the the hills in central Tuscany in the village of Radda-in-Chianti and is surrounded with countless wineries within 30 minutes. You will be able to explore the town and shop should you desire or take advantage of the indoor pool or outdoor spa.

 

Just imagine cooking with locals in Chianti!  When you aren't in the kitchen you'll be either on an excursion visiting a winery and tasting, visiting a cheese producer and tasting, visiting hill-top towns and their cathedrals, how about truffle hunting (fall only, weather permitting) or just "chill'en by the pool"! Can you see yourself strolling the cobblestone streets of the medieval villages, tasting local wines at some of the areas most majestic wineries,  eating fresh pasta that you actually made?!  

Cooking in Chianti includes 5 hands-on classes where locals will be showing you their culinary secrets.  Classes are hands-on, which means you will be actually preparing the dishes! We sing and dance in the kitchens as the objective is to enjoy while we cook!  Classes take place in various locations in the Chianti area that include an 1100-year-old abbey, a hamlet setting farmhouse, and wineries, wherever we are cooking, the atmosphere will be a top priority!  The emphasis during the week will be on Farm to Table which is so important in the Tuscan kitchen.  In addition to home-made pasta, you'll be preparing many typical dishes using lots of organic veggies, wonderful extra virgin olive oils, and local cheeses.  You will receive recipes at each class.  There is one session dedicated to only pasta where we will be hosted at our friend Roberto's winery located in Chianti Classico.  You will have a wonderful olive oil session, naturally tasting and learning what makes an extra virgin oil.

What's a cooking vacation without visiting wineries and tasting local Chianti wines? You will be visiting 3 area wineries with tastings.   You will be taken to explore the medieval hill-top towns of  San Gimignano, Siena as well as local villages of Gaiole & Greve-in-Chianti in addition to a half day country tour and visit tthe enchanting towns of Pienza & Cortona. While in Cortona you will be taken on a walking tour of this lovely town and you will be met by your cooking instructor to do some shopping for the afternoon cooking class held in a lovely rustic Tuscan farm-house located near Cortona. You'll visit markets in Florence & in Chianti, take hikes in the woods and even hunt for truffles (weather permitting).  If you are a cheese lover, then you are in the right place as you will be visiting a cheese farm and will be seeing first hand how the amazing "pecorino"/goat cheese are made and yes, tasting is required! We have a special excursion in store for our group as we wil be visiting a magnificent abbey, the Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a benedictine Monestary which will leave you with your mouths open in amazement.  Our farewell dinner will be a wonderful meal put together by our chef at the hotel in Radda.

An amazing week full of cooking with the locals, site-seeing, winery visits with tastings, oil oil mills and tastings, pecorino cheese farm visit,  market visits, guided city tours... an experience of a life time!

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