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Antique Tuscany Castles & Vineyards ~ Grosseto™

Chef Massimo’s Tuscan Cooking & Spa~6 Day

Cooking Tours
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Join Chefs Massimo, Marcella & Stella in Tuscany for Maremma-style of cooking, in hands-on classes, with farm fresh products from the countryside. Discover the secrets of this exquisite cuisine, still unknown to many, while touring the sunflower hills of Tuscany, or strolling through green pastures lined with vineyards and olive groves into marketplaces where hand-woven baskets spill with colorful morning produce. From sleepy vineyards with the region’s best wine producers, to artisan cheese-makers nestled off winding roads, Chef Massimo welcomes you into his kitchen for an extraordinary week of cooking.

During your stay, indulge in the property’s luxurious spa where you will enjoy two fabulous relaxing treatments – one delicious anti-stress massage and one Nuvola Body Tank Treatment – specially designed to induce deep relaxation and sooth away your every care.

Cooking Classes

Chef Massimo provides hands-on regional cooking classes held each morning in the kitchen. Lunch follows on terrace with the foods prepared in class. Chef Massimo, born and raised in Maremma, is a master at his trade in the kitchen. He began his career at a young age working in the family restaurant. His continuous search for new tastes and savory combinations, while keeping a finger on tradition, has made him a winner. Chef Massimo’s talented cooking style blends tradition with a twist.

Tie on your aprons and get ready to prepare Tuscan favorites such as homemade pasta pici; the celebrated Tuscan meat Chianina, cinghiale, wild boar, and more. The scottiglia, a traditional meat dish, includes: rabbit, chicken, pork and lamb. End it on a sweet note with homemade biscotti drenched in Vin Santo.

Accommodations

Immersed in this fairytale countryside filled with history, property blends in modern comforts under its four stars. Immersed in a surrounding green landscape, the property is a juxtaposition of luxury blended with an elegant farmhouse atmosphere.

The property is an ancient residence set in the heart of the Maremma. The region of Maremma lies in the southern part of Tuscany; set between gentle slopes of vineyards and silver-green olive groves, owing their shading to the metallic contents of the rich soil.

In the land of where the Etruscans once ruled, groves of chestnut, pine and ilex woods, lie in meadows and wheat fields. During your stay, visit small, ancient towns, like Rocchetta di Fazio, Sovana and Pitigliano, and pass by imposing medieval castles built high on the hills; once defending the land from Saracen attacks.

The property has an official riding center if you would like to participate in horseback riding. Professional trained riders will guide you, whether you are a beginner or pro. Also on site is a fully-equipped natural spa, an indoor swimming pool, calidarium, tepidarium, laconicum and frigidarium, whirlpool bath, massage services and aesthetical treatments.

Itinerary: 6 days, 5 nights

This program is available January 2 to April 2, April 11 to July 30 & August 29 to December 25. Check in and start your program on any day of the week. Other dates may be available upon request, please call for details.

Sunday: Arrival & Check in

  • Arrival, check-in and welcome.
  • Introduction and overview of your cooking program.
  • Welcome Dinner is served. Beverages & coffee available at a surcharge.

Monday: Cooking Class 1 & First Spa Treatment

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Meet Chef Massimo for your hands-on Cooking Class 1. The first day focuses on Tuscan main dish recipes such as: handmade pasta of tagliatelle, tagliolini, gnocchi, tortelli with seasonal stuffing, brigoli and pappardelle. The cooking classes explore the technique and foods of the region.
  • Lunch follows with the foods prepared in class. Beverages included.
  • The afternoon is free to enjoy your first Spa Treatment after which you might want to visit the stables for a ride though the Tuscan hills on horseback or simply relax by the pool.
  • Dinner is served. Beverages & coffee available at a surcharge.

Tuesday: Cooking Class 2 & Olive Oil Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Meet Chef Massimo for your hands-on Cooking Class 2. This cooking class focuses on local peasant foods: soups, dressed with excellent extra-virgin olive oil from the Maremma region. Prepare seasonal soups such as mushroom, Mediterranean vegetable, chickpea, bean, all of which are flavored with the area’s famous Acqua Cotta. Also included are ‘Tuscan sauces’. Learn the technique for preparing these savory sauces used for topping pasta, with wild boar, beans, vegetables and faro. You will also prepare various kinds of bruschetta, slices of toasted Tuscan bread with garlic and tomatoes, goose liver and onion.
  • Lunch follows with the foods prepared in class. Beverages included.
  • In the afternoon, meet a distinguished local olive producer who will guide you through an Olive Oil Tasting, explaining the differences between the various different types of olives (muraiolo, Frantoiano, pendolino etc.) and the resulting oils. Learn how to distinguish the various flavors and perfumes of these prodigious oils. At the end of the tasting, bruschetta, Tuscan salami and meats, and the noble Morellino wine tops off the evening.
  • Dinner is served. Beverages & coffee available at a surcharge.

Wednesday: Cooking Class 3 & Second Spa Treatment

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Meet Chef Massimo for your hands-on Cooking Class 3 focusing on Tuscan Dolci. Prepare traditional desserts, such as panna cotta with frutti di bosco, tozzetti to eat together with a glass of vin santo and other desserts, whose secrets you will learn under your master chef.
  • Lunch follows featuring the desserts made in class. Beverages included.
  • The afternoon is free to enjoy your second Spa Treatment after which you might want to relax, visit one of the neighboring towns in the Maremma countryside, or enjoy time by the pool in the company of a good book.
  • Dinner is served. Beverages & coffee available at a surcharge.

Thursday: Shopping Trip & Cooking Class 4 ~ Afternoon Wine Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Meet Chef Massimo for your shopping trip, either at the local produce market or with local quality vendors. Shop with the chef for the best in produce and more for your cooking class to follow.
  • Return to the kitchen for your hands-on Cooking Class 4 focusing on a traditional Maremma menu with a modern twist. Maremma cuisine is quite particular, and cooking with Chefs Massimo, Marcella & Stella allows you to learn the food and recipes of this beautiful region.
  • Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Beverages included.
  • In the afternoon: Salute! Raise your glass as we head to the well-known cantina of the famous wine maker for a tour and tasting. Our excursion to this private Cantina is an experience for the eyes and palate.
  • Informal discussion and tastings included.
  • Farewell Dinner is served. Beverages & coffee available at a surcharge.

Friday: Departure & Arrivederci!

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and say goodbye. Ciao e Arrivederci!

*Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the program.

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodation in standard double room, based on double occupancy. Click to view!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 5 Dinners (Wine, beverages & coffee available at a surcharge).
  • 4 Cooking classes with Chef Massimo including lunch following on the foods prepared in class. One glass of wine and water included; additional wine/beverages at a surcharge.
  • One 25-minute Anti-stress Massage. This relaxing massage for the body and mind involves slow, gentle movements that encourage blissful relaxation and help release stress.
  • One 25-minute Nuvola Body Tank Treatment. This treatment combines a mud–pack, marine gel and thermal water of special properties ensuring complete relaxation in a warm and soothing state of flotation.
  • Visit to the produce market or local vendors with Chef Massimo.
  • Olive Oil Tasting.
  • Visit to local wine producer, tasting included.
  • Welcome bag including your own soft bathrobe, towel and slippers.
  • Use of open-air pool, heated indoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna.
  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Grosseto Train Station.
Program Prices:

$2,495 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT
$600 Single Supplement.

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available from March 17 onwards. Check in and start your program on any day of the week. Check in and start your program on any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.