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The Fabrizio Tuscan Estate™

Kids & Family Cooking School Tuscany ~ 8 Day

Cooking Tours
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Join Fabrizio & Melina for a fun-filled Tuscan Kids & Family Cooking program designed exclusively for families and children at the farmhouse property. Kids love this country farmhouse, where they will learn to roll out pasta, make pizza, desserts and participate in a gelato tasting class. Experience the delights of this family program with hands-on cooking classes and exploring the Tuscan countryside. Set in a working vineyard, the property is surrounded by the rolling green hills of Montespertoli with its own vineyard, olive grove and horseback riding area. The private villa has recently been restored, preserving its old-world charm while adding modern comforts such as air conditioning, and private bathrooms.

The estate has a vast olive grove and an organic vegetable garden, which produce beautiful olives, tomatoes, eggplant, squash flowers and a bounty of seasonal produce. Families are invited to explore the gardens and pick the fruits and vegetables, which are then used in the cooking classes. This is a great opportunity for town kids to come into direct contact with nature and learn an appreciation for the quality and origins of homegrown produce versus supermarket produce.

Join Fabrizio for a Kids’ Cooking Program – Kids Under 10 Half Price

Give your kids a treat (and yourself a break!) and let them learn how to make pasta and pizza with Fabrizio’s Kids Cooking Course. The cooking courses are run by our culinary expert Melina. During the sessions your children will have lots of fun with their hands in the dough, experimenting with making pizzas and different kinds of pasta (and gnocchi, too). They will also be able to make their favorite pasta sauces and choose their own pizza toppings and can follow up the meal with a yummy dessert. They will learn to prepare non-alcoholic aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres (a surprise for your family guests at home); and to top off the course there will be a ‘n’ice-cream game of Guess the Flavor with a tasty prize at the end.

Cooking Lessons & Market Tour

Experience the delights of the traditional Tuscan lifestyle, while attending fun-filled Kids & Family Cooking classes and enjoying relaxing excursions. You and your children will learn to prepare appetizers and breads, soups, homemade pasta, meats, vegetables, olive oil, and desserts.

The Kids & Family Cooking classes, held in the villa’s country style kitchen (in what used to be one of the family’s wine cellars), feature typical recipes from the traditional Tuscan cuisine of the Florence area and take place under the direction of culinary expert Melina. The classes include antipasto, first course, the main course, and dessert.

Tuscan classics include tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms & pepolino, artichokes and tomatoes stuffed with herbs and cheese, gnocchi ragù, Chianti Etruscan sauce & beans all’uccelletta, vin santo & cantuccini-traditional almond cookies, tiramisù, schiacciata all’uva, Tuscan cake with red grapes and rosemary. This is just a sample of the types of dishes you can expect to find, but recipes will vary depending on the season and availability of fresh produce.

You will learn the secrets of making pici, very thick spaghetti, gnocchetti verdi di patate con pomodorino fresco e basilico, green potato gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and basil, filetto d’orata al gratin di patate, fish with potato gratin, and semifreddo alle nocciole con cioccolato fondente, ice cream cake with dark chocolate and hazelnuts. In addition, you will learn to prepare dishes such as seafood risotto, tenderloin with black truffles, porcini mushrooms, and dolci. Dolci, desserts in Italian, include: fresh fruit tart with mint, Tuscan cakes and almond biscotti. Following the class, everyone eats the fruits of their labor together, accompanied by wine from the estate for adults and soft drinks for kids.

Experience a visit to the vibrant marketplace as the aromas of just baked bread, artisan cheese, and morning picked produce from the nearby rolling hills stir your senses.  Listen to the sounds of sellers calling out their daily catch, prime cuts and specials.  Shop along rows of passionate purveyors who have kept the old world way of protected food and wine.  The sleepy Tuscany towns are a sharp contrast against the lively marketplace.

Family Tradition

The family has operated its vineyards, specializing in the Chianti wine since the 19th century.
The wines are long-lived and are examples of the best in the Chianti wine region, thanks to their knowledge and appreciation of wine. Tradition and old family customs merge with modern winemaking technologies, which yield production totals of nearly 30,000 bottles a year. The award-winning wines boast the Silver Label, awarded at the Tuscan Gastronomic Show in New York City 2005 & 2006, and earned honorable mention at the VIII edition of the Tuscan Wine Selection in 2008.

The Villa Accommodations

The private villa has recently been restored, respecting its old-world charm, while adding modern comforts. Set on a working vineyard, the property is surrounded by rolling green Tuscan hills in the heart of Montespertoli. The estate has a vast olive grove and an organic vegetable garden, which produces beautiful olives, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and a bounty of seasonal produce. Guests are invited to pick the fruits and vegetables, which are then used in the cooking classes.

The accommodations are large apartments and oversized superior rooms, traditionally furnished and newly renovated with modern conveniences; most with air conditioning. Each room has a private bathroom, telephone, full kitchenette, refrigerator, satellite TV, and a private garden or spacious terrace.

Stepping outside your door is a colorful garden with a café-style terrace for eating, reading or painting. There is an outdoor wood-burning brick oven for pizza parties, an over-sized swimming pool and terrace on the property grounds. Majestic Murgesi horses are bred on the premises. If you like to ride, tell Fabrizio and he can arrange for horseback riding in the beautiful surroundings.

In the farmhouse’s spacious dining room, breakfast is served daily, featuring breads, cold cuts, cheese, homemade jams, biscotti and cakes baked each morning by Melina. Traditional Tuscan lunch or dinner is also available; reservations must be made in advance.

Family-style suites and apartments are also available upon request.

Itinerary~ 8 Days, 7 Nights

Day 1: Check-in and Welcome

  • Check in, relax. Welcome aperitivo for parents and soft drink for kids, and introduction. Kids have a chance to explore property, visit the horse stables, or kick-in to a game of soccer.
  • The evening is free and dinner is on your own.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, you will have an introduction and overview of your cooking week. Take a walk to the stables and meet the horses that live on the estate. Make arrangements in advance with Fabrizio or Kirsten (the trainer) to go riding. Horseback riding is a must for kids with a sense of adventure. Relax by the pool while the kids enjoy having a splash and a laugh. (Weather permitting). Walk to the small village at the entrance of the villa property, sip a cappuccino or enjoy a gelato at the local café or sample a pizza at the pizzeria.
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • In the evening, your hands-on Cooking Class 1 with Chef Melina. Everyone rolls up their sleeves for kneading, rolling and baking in this hands-on cooking class that is always one of the kiddies’ favorites. Weather permitting; the pizzas are fired in the wood-burning oven.
  • Dinner follows with the foods that were prepared in class. Wine is included for parents and soft drinks for the kids.

Day 3: Market Tour & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning visit to the local Farmers’ Market. Fabrizio takes you to the local outdoor markets, where producers of vegetables, fruits, fish, game and olive oil sell their goods. Piled high are baskets of the season’s freshest produce. Select the ingredients that will be used in class while Fabrizio gives tips on how to pick out the freshest produce on offer.
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • Afternoon, your hands-on Cooking Class 2. Dinner follows with everyone eating the foods prepared in class. Wine included for parents and soft drinks for the kids.

Day 4: Ice Cream Tasting~ Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Take the morning to explore the family vineyard and olive grove.  Explore the land that grows the Chianti grapes and walk under groves of ancient olive trees producing the prized Tuscan olives. You may also take a bicycle and go for a spin through the Tusca countryside.  Fabrizio also raises prized horses on the property.  You can ride with the comfort of our resident horse trainer and professional rider.
  • Then, get ready for your special Gelato Tasting. Blindfolded, kids and everyone will sample different flavors, trying to guess which one is which and deciding on their favorites.
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • Afternoon, your hands-on Cooking Class 3. Dinner follows with everyone eating the foods prepared in class. Wine included for parents and soft drinks for the kids.

Day 5: Excursion Through The Tuscan Hills To Pisa

  • Breakfast is served.
  • A private half-day excursion through the Tuscan Hills to Pisa, famous for its, leaning tower, in a private car with our driver. Your driver will bring you to our favorite Tuscan trattoria (lunch and wine not included).
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • Afternoon free, you may choose to add-on to your excursion to visit the Tuscan towns of Siena, great for kids to let off some energy in the Campo, the oval piazza where the Palio horserace is held every year, and San Gimignano, town of Medieval towers. See if the kids can count how many towers are still standing.
  • Evening free and dinner is on your own.

Day 6: Free Day ~ Spend A Fabulous Day in Florence

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, visit Florence, Italy’s City of Art on your own. Take the bus into the center of town for a full day visit. Explore the city on foot, and we suggest the following sites :
  • The Accademia Museum, home of Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizi Gallery, are great options for older kids or little artists.
  • The Duomo, the distinctive icon in Florence’s skyline is the dome of the cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore. The building, located due north of Piazza della Signoria, was begun by the sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296. Numerous local artists continued to work on it during the following century and a half. The painter Giotto designed its sturdy bell tower (campanile) in 1334. The Duomo’s octagonal cupola (1420-36), which dominates the city, was the creation of master architect and sculptor Filippo Brunelleschi. Opposite the cathedral stands The Baptistery; the building dates from the 11th century but is a Roman monument dating back to 1330; 1401-52. The third pair of these doors, by Lorenzo Ghiberti, were of such rare beauty that Michelangelo christened them the “Gates of Paradise.”
  • Though, this cathedral was begun in the Gothic style by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296, in 1366 the City of Florence, following the advice of certain painters and sculptors, decided that the Gothic style should no longer be used and that all new work should follow Roman forms, including an octagonal dome spanning 42 meters, to be built at the east end of the nave. The dome was not built until the early 15th century, when in 1415, Filippo Brunelleschi, a goldsmith and sculptor, prepared a design for the dome. He daringly proposed to construct the dome without the aid of formwork, which had been absolutely necessary in all previous Roman and Gothic construction. He built a 1:12 model of the dome in brick to demonstrate his method and the design was accepted and built under his supervision from 1420 to 1436.
  • Brunelleschi was hailed as the man who “renewed Roman masonry work”; the dome was established as the paragon of built form.
  • Lunch and dinner are on your own
  • A private tour guide is available, upon request. Reservation required. Private round trip transfers to/from Florence are available and prices quoted upon request. Museum tickets are not included in the program.

Day 7: Cooking Class 4 & Countryside Afternoon

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Start early for your Cooking Class 4 in the morning with Chef Melina.
  • Lunch follows with everyone eating the foods prepared in class. Wine included for parents and soft drinks for the kids.
  • In the afternoon, relax by the pool, read a book or take the bikes to the Tuscan countryside.
  • Evening is free and dinner is on your own.

Day 8: Departure & Arrivederci!

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Departure transfer to the Florence Airport or Train Station.
  • Ciao and a presto!

*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 in a superior double room, based on double occupancy. Click To View!
  • Private en suite bathroom.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 4 hands-on cooking classes followed by lunch or dinner with wine and soft drinks.
  • A full course Tuscan Chef’s Dinner.
  • An Italian Ice Cream Tasting.
  • Local market visit.
  • Half Day Excursion through the Tuscan Hills to Pisa.
  • Arrival and Departure transfers to/from the Florence train station or airport.
Program Prices

$2,595 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and VAT included. Kids 10 and under are half price based on two adults in the program.

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ROUND TRIP GROUP TRANSFERS

*Round trip group transfers from Florence Airport/Train Station to the property are included in your program.

ARRIVAL – Arrival group transfers from Florence Airport to the property are scheduled 12:30pm; and from Florence Train Station to property at 3pm.

DEPARTURE – Departure group transfer from the Estate to Florence Airport/Train Station is at 11:00am.

If you cannot make the scheduled group transfer time, a special transfer can be reserved. The new transfers are not part of the included Group transfer and are not included in the program price. New transfers can be ordered by Cooking Vacations or guests may take a taxi on their own.

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can also rent a car so as to explore Tuscany on your own. Check in and start your cooking program any day of the week (in some high periods preferable check in day is on Saturday, other days available upon request). 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.