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7 NIGHTS & 8 DAYS

This 7-night, 8-day all-inclusive Chianti culinary vacation includes 4 hands-on cooking classes with local chefs and wine tours across the Italian countryside.

Chianti Cooking Vacation & Wine Tour

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 hotel in Radda in Chianti where you have at your disposition spa, pool & restaurants.  Room configurations are double/queen beds.  Single rooms (solo travelers) will incur a supplemental charge of $670.  In many instances, it is possible to up-grade standard rooms to deluxe/superior or suites on our tours.

Meals

Breakfast included daily and ALL but 2 meals included during the 8 day period as indicated on the itinerary.  Four hands-on cooking classes included.  Cooking classes will count as either a lunch or dinner as complete 4-course meals are prepared in lessons.  Regional wines are served with lunches and dinners.  

WINE TASTING

There are 3 winery tours with tastings with light anti-pasti.

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

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 "Accademia" museum where among other treasures is the iconic "David".  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 - 7

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.  The hotel is situated in the heart of Chianti 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 4 hands-on classes where local chefs 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.

What's a cooking vacation without visiting wineries and tasting local Chianti wines? Well... 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 to the enchanting town of 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! 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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