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Villa Florentine™

Kids & Family Cooking School Tuscany ~ 8 Days

Cooking Tours
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Join Signor Rodolfo, Signora Lucia and Chef Luciana at Villa Florentine for a fun-filled week of cooking and touring in our Kids & Family Cooking Week Tuscany.

Kids will love the big green gardens and spacious fields at the villa, which is set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside and just minutes from Florence. The entire family will be cooking up pizza, pasta and gelato with Chef Luciana. Her kind, energetic personality will bring out the best in young guests, and she’ll soon have them rolling out pasta and pizza dough, and creating delicious Tuscan desserts in hands-on cooking tour designed specially for families and children. This is a great opportunity for youngsters to create simple dishes from scratch and learn first hand about the value of locally-grown organic produce. At Villa Florentine, the entire family will enjoy cooking and eating together in true Tuscan style in a villa that was built in 1470.

Kids-Family-Cooking-Tuscany-8Set among tall cypresses that line a Tuscan country road, and rose gardens and pomegranate trees that surround the property, the Villa Florentine is an extraordinary place for your hands-on cooking tour. Learn the traditions of Florentine cuisine from century-old recipes with our Chef. Wake up and walk to the kitchen while relaxing in a dream-like place of beauty. Your cooking classes take place in a working kitchen that includes an equipped working area and wood-burning bread & pizza oven. During you cooking tour, you will make traditional Tuscan favorites including antipasto, hand-made fresh pasta, delicious main courses, wood-burning brick oven pizza and delicious desserts, to be enjoyed along with Signor Rodolfo’s award wining wine for the adults. After your cooking class, everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in class around the table.

Join Chef Luciana & Signora Lucia for Kids’ Cooking Tuscany

~ Kids Under 10 Half Price***

In the kitchen, kids will roll up their sleeves and learn and participate hands-on mixing pasta dough, rolling it out, cutting it into shapes and cooking delicious pasta sauces. And what could be more fun than kneading and spreading out your very own pizza dough and choosing your favorite topping, such as artisan fresh cheese, garden eggplant, cherry tomatoes, olives and basil before popping your pizza into the authentic wood-burning oven? And when it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, adults can sit back with a glass of the Villa’s award winning wine, while children can choose from a selection of soft drinks.

When you are not in the kitchen walk through property’s vineyards, olive groves and beautiful gardens. In summer, take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool with a view that overlooks the Certosa Monastery or you can walk into the small town with its colorful outside market.

Accommodations

Signor Rodolfo & Signora Lucia, along with the Villa’s professional staff, are on site to assist with any of your questions.

The Villa, whose original structure was built around a medieval tower, is home to large guest rooms that are furnished with Florentine antiques and original masterpieces that tell the story of its romantic past. Florentine cotto tiles lines the floors, wide windows sweep open onto rolling vineyards and olive trees, and pastel frescoes decorate the walls. Private ensuite bathrooms with hair dryers, plush bathrobes & slippers, and air-conditioning accent each room. There is daily maid service and breakfast included.

Walk the grounds, visit the amphitheater or relax by the outdoor swimming pool, complete with deckchairs and towel services. The swimming pool is open from April 1 to October 31.
***Kids ten years old and under are half price when accompanied by two adults.

Cooking Classes
Pizza, Pasta & Gelato

You and your children will experience the delights of Chef Luciana’s hands-on cooking classes in traditional and simple flavors of Florentine cuisine. Vegetables, fish and especially meat play a major role in Tuscan cuisine, complimented by the property’s organic wine (soft drinks for children) and extra virgin olive oil. Seasonal ingredients such as white beans, asparagus, truffles, mushrooms, tomatoes, spelt, artichokes, and Florentine steaks are a few of the things you will be cooking in the kitchen.

You will roll out Tagliatelle! You will sauté delicious porcini mushrooms and pepolino, cook with wild thyme and artichokes, stuff tomatoes with herbs and cheese and create the most stunning sauces. Learn to make Ravioli Nudi, typical fresh Tuscan pasta in a light seasonal sauces, and Pici or Pappardelle to name a few. Start with Fettunta, an appetizing Tuscan garlic bread; for primos there are Penne Strascicate ~ Penne With Meat Ragù; and Peposo All’Imprunetina ~ Impruneta-Style Beef Stew, slow cooked, as well as seafood or vegetable Risottos. And of course, learn how to make fabulous Italian pizza and gelato – classes the kids will love.

Make sure to leave room for dessert, because Chef Luciana’s creations are delightful and delicious. Traditions include cantuccini, Tuscan almond cookies, tiramisù, schiacciata con l’uva, Tuscan cake made with red grapes and rosemary and biscotti di vino to be eaten while sipping Vin Santo.  Recipes vary depending on the seasons and special menu requests respecting food allergies and diet restrictions are always available.

Itinerary: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome

  • Transfer from Florence Airport or Train Station to the Villa.
  • Relax, check in and meet your hosts. Kids have a chance to explore the Villa’s wonderful gardens, or play a game of hide and seek.
  • The evening is free and dinner is on your own.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Next, head into the kitchen with Chef Luciana for your hands-on Cooking Class 1 – Perfect Pasta. Your first class will teach you all the secrets of creating the perfect hand-made pasta. Everyone will have a ball rolling, kneading and stretching their dough into taglierini and pici and stuffing layers of pasta with delicious fillings to make ravioli or torteloni. You’ll also learn how to make wonderful slow-cooked tomato based sauces as well as seasonal vegetable sauces. And of course, every meal ends with a sweet Tuscan dessert. Menus vary and include the best fresh seasonal ingredients and can be tailored made to accommodate vegetarian, food allergies and other diet requirements.
  • Lunch follows and includes the foods prepared in class. Wine pairings from the property included (soft drinks for the kids).
  • Afternoon is free and on your own. Suggestion: Rent bicycles from the property and set off for a ride through the Tuscan Countryside. The gentle slopes allow for a pleasant ride for all levels and bring your camera for incredible photo-taking opportunities along the way.
  • Return to the Villa in the later afternoon.
  • Dinner on your own. Suggestions provided upon request, or reserve in advance for dinner at the Villa.

Day 3: Market Tour & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Start early in the morning for a visit to the Local Market to learn about the fruits and vegetable in season, meats, fish, cheeses and freshly baked breads. Cooking seasonally is a way of life and Chef Luciana shows you how to choose the best fresh ingredients of the season.
  • Return to the kitchen for Cooking Class 2 – Classic Tuscan Menu. Start with an antipasto such as Tuscan Canapè, then a first course of pasta served Florentine-Style with Ricotta and spinach in red pepper sauce. Prepare a second course based on the season such as Tuscan chicken, Florentine beef or vegetarian if you like.
  • End with a sweet dessert such as Florentine biscotti, the famous Cantucci, which can be eaten alone or dipped in Vin Santo. Menus vary and use the freshest seasonal ingredients and can be tailored to accommodate vegetarian, food allergies and other diet requirements.
  • Lunch follows and includes the foods prepared in class, paired with wines from the Villa (soft drinks for the children).
  • The afternoon is free to relax, enjoy a swim in the pool, or explore your surroundings.
  • Dinner on your own. Reserve in advance at the Villa or suggestions provided upon request.

Day 4: Florence Museum Tour & Gelato Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for a full Florence Museum Tour. Start your day with a transfer to downtown Florence to meet your private English-speaking guide. This half-day walking tour takes you into Florence’s world-famous museums such as the Uffizi with works by DaVinci, Caravaggio, Botticelli; or the Accademia with its prized centerpiece of Michelangelo’s David. Your guide brings art to life with historic notes, myths and mysteries surrounding Florence’s incredible art collections. (Museum tickets not included in program price and payable directly to your guide on the day.) Take time out for lunch on your own in Florence, suggestions provided upon request, and some time for shopping in the renowned leather market of San Lorenzo or the glittering Ponte Vecchio. After which, head off for a delicious gelato tasting at an artisan gelateria.
  • Dinner on your own. Reserve in advance at the Villa or suggestions provided upon request.

Day 5: Cooking Class 3 & Pizza Party

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning free to relax or do some exploring. Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon – return to the kitchen for Cooking Class 3 – Pizza Making. Great fun this afternoon as kids and adults get busy kneading, rolling and tossing their pizza dough, then choosing their favorite toppings. Just a few minutes in the wood burning brick oven and out come toasty, crisp pizzas that will disappear in seconds. We think you’ll agree that nothing tastes more delicious than a pizza straight from a wood-burning oven!
  • Pizza Party follows and includes the foods prepared in class, paired with soft drinks & wines from the Villa (soft drinks for the children).

Day 6: Cooking Class 4

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Return to the kitchen for Cooking Class 4 – Gelato Galore. Kids and adults alike roll up their sleeves and get ready to create creamy gelato, sorbets and semi freddo ice creams with Chef Luciana. Kids learn how to make cream based Italian gelato, fruit based sorbets and toppings to garnish.
  • Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class, paired with soft drinks & wines from the Villa.
  • The afternoon is free to relax, enjoy a swim in the pool, or explore your surrounding.
  • Dinner on your own. Reserve in advance at the Villa or suggestions provided upon request.

Day 7: Free Day

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Free Day. Suggestion: Visit the Monastery of Certosa: dating from 1342, this monastery still seems to watch over the city of Florence and the surrounding hills, and the Church of San Lorenzo.
  • Dinner on your own. Reserve in advance at the Villa or suggestions provided upon request.

Day 8: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and departure transfer to Florence Airport or Train Station.
  • Arrivederci Firenze!

*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 week.

Program Includes:

  • 8 days, 7 nights based on double occupancy in Deluxe double room with daily maid service.
  • Daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transfers to/from Florence airport on arrival/departure.
  • 4 hands-on cooking classes including:
  • Gelato, learn how to mix, make and then taste Italian ice cream made with farm fresh ingredients and fresh fruit.
  • Pizza, mix, roll and bake your very own Italian pizza making fresh vegetable toppings too.  You will also make a dessert.
  • Pizza Party following the pizza making class, wine and soft drinks included.
  • Pasta, measure up, blend and roll out fresh Italian pasta. Lunch follows and includes the foods prepared in class.  Soft drinks and wine from the Villa included.
  • Traditional Cooking Class, prepare an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert.  Lunch follows and includes the foods prepared in class.  Soft drinks and wine from the Villa included.
  • Visit to local outside market with discussions and tastings included with English speaking guide.
  • Special museum itinerary in Florence, including round trip transfers and professional English speaking guide. (Museum tickets not included in program price and payable directly to your guide on the day.) Followed by Gelato Tasting at artisan gelateria.  Museum tour and Gelato Tasting with English speaking guide.
Program Prices

$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included. (Half price for children under 10 accompanied by 2 adults.)
Single Supplement: please call us for single pricing and we will do our best to fit you in with a group to ensure you receive the best possible single rate.

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Note: Additional transfers to/from the Villa to downtown Florence, additional excursions can be reserved at an additional cost. Alternatively, if you prefer to have a rental car and tour on your own in your free time, we provide suggested itineraries and stops for visits on your own.

Add On: Half-Day Excursion to Pisa

Visit Pisa, the land of the Leaning Tower. One of Italy’s best known tourist destinations, the ancient maritime republic of Pisa is a quiet university town that boasts one of the best loved piazzas in the world. The piazza, Campo Dei Miracoli, is a vast green lawn that houses the town’s Duomo, its famous bell tower, better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery and the Camposanto which has to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries ever built. Interestingly enough, however, it’s not only Pisa’s tower that leans. A closer look at the Baptistery and the Duomo will reveal that they too are far from straight, though less noticeably so than the tower. Tour lasts approximately four and a half hours and includes private driver.

Program Prices

455E for the excursion, based on 2 people. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT. Gratuities not included.

2019 Dates: This program is available January 10 to December 20. You can 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