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Isola D'Elba™

Cooking With Chef Antonio On Elba ~ 5 Days

Cooking Tours
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Shrouded in myth and magic, the island of Elba, in the Tuscan archipelago, will delight you with its intriguing history, and hearty traditional cooking. Adventure and enchantment beckon at every turn, as you stroll the beaches and pathways where Etruscans, Romans, and Greeks once walked, and Napoleon himself was exiled for a year. Husband and wife chef duo, Fiona and Antonio, await you, ready to lead the way through thousands of years of gastronomical fusion and tradition, making for an unforgettable journey, against the magnificent backdrop that is Elba.

Elba

As with many ancient places, history and legend on the island of Elba are inextricably woven together. Elba is the stuff of dreams, part rustic Tuscany, part Mediterranean-sea magic. It is an ancient island steeped in history, whose origins are said to date back to the legendary birth of Venus. Tales have it that when Venus rose from the waves, seven stones fell from her tiara, creating the seven islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago. Elba is the largest of these islands, and has been inhabited since the Iron age by Ligurian tribes, Etruscans, Romans, and Greeks. In fact, throughout history, Elba was an immensely important settlement thanks to the rich mineral resources on the island, especially that of iron ore. The Romans and Etruscans came to work the iron, creating networks of mining tunnels, which the Medici family later changed to an open air mining system in the medieval period. Reminders of Elba’s rich ancient history can be seen at every turn. Visit the small museum of Marciana for a glimpse of the rich Roman past, with objects recovered from Roman shipwrecks.

 

Cooking Classes

The unique cuisine of Elba is the coming together not only of land and sea, but also a fusion of the many cultures and peoples that settled on the island throughout its history. The flavors and traditions are indicative of this blending, using land and sea, creating dishes bursting in flavor. Chefs Fiona and Antonio, with their passion and knowledge for Slow Cooking, teach you the secrets of the dynamic cuisine they love.  Chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, honey, rosemary, thyme, and eucalyptus are just some of the flavors that marry the Mediterranean with typical Tuscan flavors, creating a taste bud’s dream. Fish and meat dishes alike are simple yet hearty, rustic yet with reminders of the sea that encompasses everyday life on the island. Pasta al polpo, Polipo in umido con patate, Schiacca briaca, Stoccafisso con patate, Gaspaccio, and Sburrita are just some of the many dishes from various ethnic influences that you will learn to cook alongside Antonio and Fiona. Elba is equally famous for its Aleatico wine, as sweet and fragrant as the land it comes from. Fiona and Antonio, a wine sommelier, make the perfect hosts for your cooking adventure on Elba.

Accommodations

Set into its own private beach, the hotel is as magical as it is elegant. Elba in all her glory sprawls from every corner around you out onto white sand and aquamarine water as you step out of the hotel. Enjoy a sunset aperitivo on the terrazzo as the sun lights up the sky in hues of golden orange, and fiery red, reflecting the pinks and purples of the Tyrrhenian sea.

Itinerary ~ 5 Days, 4 Nights

Day 1: Arrival

  • Pick up and transfer from Portoferraio to the property.
  • Check in and relax.
  • Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel, wine not included and available at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served
  • Transfer to the kitchen for your first Cooking Class with Antonio and Fiona!
  • Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, and end with a sweet dessert, both included. (Additional wines, beverages, after dinner drinks and more are available at a surcharge).
  • Return to hotel – afternoon free to relax on the beach.
  • Dinner is served at the hotel, wine not included and available at a surcharge.

Day 3: Wine Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Mid morning – transfer to Portoferraio for your wine tasting with Antonio & Fiona. Sample both red and white wine from Elba, accompanied by Slow Food prosciutto, cheese, salami & bruschetta. Finish with a sweet Passito served with homemade cantucci or schiacciunta cookies.
  • Return to hotel – afternoon free to explore or relax on the beach.
  • Dinner is served at the hotel, wine not included and available at a surcharge.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served
  • Transfer to the kitchen for your second Cooking Class with Antonio and Fiona.
  • Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, and end with a sweet dessert, both included. (Additional wines, beverages, after dinner drinks and more are available at a surcharge).
  • Return to hotel – afternoon free.
  • Dinner is served at the hotel, wine not included and available at a surcharge.

Day 5: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, check-out and arrivederci!

Program Includes:

  • Five days/four nights accommodations in 4-Star Property, based on double occupancy in a superior room with private bath, sea view & balcony.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Welcome Dinner on your first night.
  • 2 Hands-on Cooking Classes (antipasto, pasta, second dish & dolce) followed by lunch with the foods prepared in class. Toast of wine included, all additional wine & beverages available at a surcharge.
  • One wine tasting of Elba wines, accompanied with Slow Food prosciutto, cheese, salami, bruschette & cookies.
  • 4-course dinner at the hotel every night, wine not included and available at a surcharge.
  • Deck chairs & beach umbrella for the duration of your stay.
  • All round trip transfers to cooking classes & wine tasting.
  • Round trip arrival & departure transfers from Portoferraio to Property.
  • Free Wi-Fi connection.

Program Prices:

$2,195 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included. (Low Season.)
Please call for single pricing.

$2,295 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included. (High Season.)
Please call for single pricing.

Low Season: May 19 to June 30 & September 2 to 29.
High Season: July 1 to September 1. (**Supplement applies for the week of August 5 to 18.)

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available from May to October. Check in and start your cooking program 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.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.