The Chianti Masterpiece Siena™

Tuscan Cooking Tour & Dario Cecchini Visit~8 Day

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Join Chef Gaetano in his Tuscan kitchen for our deliciously tempting cooking & wine program in Chianti, Tuscany. Gently sweeping hills adorned with pristine vineyards and grey-green olive groves, pretty country churches and imposing stone castles provide the backdrop for your cooking school vacation. Set in six hectares of vineyards and producing award winning wines, this beautiful residence will be your home for a week as you allow yourself to become intoxicated by your hosts’ unique organic wines, savoring their many healing properties and discovering their hidden secrets. Take a tour of the property’s winery, visiting the vineyard, tasting wines and learning about the Chianti Classico; enjoy accompanying your meals with a delicious selection of house reds and whites; and opt to discover the wonderful healing properties of wine and grapes by adding on a wine therapy massage and jacuzzi at the relaxing spa.

Visit Siena, home to the oldest bank in the world, and the villages of Chianti, including San Gimignano with its striking Medieval towers. The program also includes lunch at the restaurant of Italy’s most famous Dante-reciting butcher, Dario Cecchini. Back in the kitchen with Chef Anna, use the Estate’s first pressed, extra virgin olive oil and fruits and vegetables from the garden, to make simple and delicious dishes that reflect Chianti traditions.  This program has been designed for those guests would like to explore the Tuscan countryside on their own with their own car or rental vehicle.

Tuscan Cooking Classes

Chef Gaetano’s philosophy is “see, smell and eat it” and each day, Chef Gaetano chooses the best fresh ingredients from the garden and the market for your hands-on cooking classes. The atmosphere in the kitchen is informal, encouraging you to ask questions, roll up your sleeves and get involved. Gaetano comes from the South of Italy but has worked in many countries and many different parts of Italy, all of which has influenced his style of cooking. He spent a lot of time in Tuscany and especially loves Tuscan food. His favorite ingredients are flour and olive oil, and he loves preparing homemade pasta, risotto and all dishes where we you’ll find fresh seasonal vegetables.

Tuscan cuisine is unique and based on the simplicity of raw materials, cooked with skillful craftsmanship. Tuscan history speaks of agriculture and simple living, therefore dishes are based around the use of the ingredients of common people who could not afford luxuries in the kitchen – olive oil replacing lard, vegetables as a base for the soups instead of meat, chestnut flour, and so on. Together with Chef Gaetano you will assemble genuine ingredients using ancient culinary traditions and authentic preparation methods, creating dishes such as panzanella, pappa al pomodoro, pici, lasagna, risotto, roast pork loin, duck, tripe, cantuccini and tiramisù.

Each class is 2 to 3 hours long, and afterwards students sit together and dine on the fruits of their labor. All meals are of course accompanied by local wine.

Gaiole in Chianti

The village of Gaiole is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Florence and 15 miles northeast of Siena in the Chianti hills, the most famous region of Tuscany. Gaiole in Chianti, like the whole Chianti region, is famous for its wine, artisan food products, and the unique romantic beauty of its landscapes: beautifully tended vineyards and olive groves, gently rolling hills, restored Medieval villages and farmhouses and characteristic avenues of stately poplar trees. Once a market town on the road from Chianti to Valdarno, Gaiole is still a wonderful place to visit for its wine shops, osterias, and local artisan shops, and perhaps more than any other village, represents the divine Tuscan landscape visitors dream of.  With your own rental car, drive through the small Tuscan towns, soaking up the culture and beauty of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes.

Tuscan Accommodations

Imagine a beautifully restored Tuscan villa nestled cozily in the Chianti hillside: this will be your home for the duration of your cooking program. Rooms and suites are marked by distinctive and charming elements; for example, one suite has a bed made completely from antique oak barrels. Floors are made of the traditional terracotta tiles, exposed stones and beams give character to apartments and furnishings are carefully chosen to reflect the traditional Tuscan style and comfort. Each bedroom has a private bathroom (some equipped with hydromassage), mini bar, TV, air conditioning, some of which boast private living rooms, and others private terraces.

Suites and apartments available for groups and families of different sizes. Please call for more information on accommodation options.

Itinerary: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Check In

• Arrival & check in, then take time to relax and settle in.
• Exclusive Welcome Dinner with wine pairings included served at the property.

Day 2: Trip to Siena

• Breakfast is served.
• Set out for your full day trip to Siena in your own car. In the morning, meet up with your guide in Siena, a UNESCO world heritage town, for a 3-hour guided tour of the city center: the Basilica of St. Dominic’s, the old Via Francigena, Siena’s Medieval backbone, the headquarters of the oldest bank in Europe called Monte dei Paschi, the noble Sienese elegant mansions, the Cathedral and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini and Giovanni Pisano and the famous Piazza del Campo.
• Lunch included at a local trattoria.
• Time free for shopping then return to the Estate.
• Dinner included at the villa.

Day 3: Visit Our Winery & Cooking Class 1

• Breakfast is served.
• In the late morning, take a tour of the winery on the Estate, visiting the vineyard, tasting wines and learning about the Chianti Classico.
• Light lunch is served.
• After lunch, free time.
• Late afternoon, Cooking Class 1. Get involved and spend a half-day having fun, learning and tasting in the kitchen. Chef Gaetano supervises and guides you in the creation of a full three course traditional Tuscan meal. The course is 2 or 3 hours long, after which everyone has dinner together, enjoying the dishes made during class. Toast with a glass of wine, included.

Day 4: Macelleria Chini & Wine Therapy Spa Treatment

• Breakfast is served.
• In the morning, enjoy a half-day excursion to Macelleria Chini in your own car, including lunch at local trattoria. (Lunch included.)
• Suggestion – in the afternoon, why not head to the property’s spa for a wonderful Wine Therapy Treatment. (Not included.)
• Dinner included at the villa.

Day 5: Cooking Class 2

• Breakfast is served.
• In the morning, Cooking Class 2. Return to the kitchen with Chef Gaetano and learn a new three course meal. The course is 2 or 3 hours long, after which everyone has lunch together, enjoying the dishes made during class. Glass of wine included.
• After lunch, just relax. There are a lot of activities available like tennis, pool, archery, badminton, darts, etc. and at extra cost, you can also benefit from the small wellness center with its spa treatments where you can indulge in a variety of massages and a host of unique services including vinotherapy and chocotherapy.
• Dinner included at the villa.

Day 6: Chianti Villages; Lunch at Cecchini’s restaurant; San Gimignano

• Breakfast is served.
• Full day trip to Chianti Villages in your own car. In the morning, visit to a ceramic workshop: the ceramics are designed, glazed, painted, and fired, in this family-run workshop in Radda in Chianti.
• Lunch in Dario Cecchini’s restaurant Solo Ciccia to visit the famous butcher. Aside from his award-winning Chianina beef, the butcher is also known for reciting poetry, in particular Dante, to visitors of his shop.
• In the early afternoon, drive to San Gimignano, and take your time to stroll the streets of the medieval village. Return to property.
• Dinner included at the villa.

Day 7: Cooking Class 3

• Breakfast is served.
• In the morning, enjoy Cooking Class 3. Spend more time in the kitchen with Gaetano. Chef Gaetano supervises and guides you in the creation of a full three course traditional Tuscan meal. The course is 2 or 3 hours long, after which everyone has lunch together, enjoying the dishes made during class. Toast with a glass of wine, included.
• After lunch, just relax.
• Dinner included at the villa.

Day 8: Check Out & Arrivederci

• Breakfast is served.
• Check out.

*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 accommodations in Comfort Room, with private bathroom, based on double occupancy.
  • Daily Breakfast and maid service.
  • Chef’s Welcome Dinner with Wine Pairings served at the restaurant.  Full course menu featuring local cuisine and superior wine produced on the property.
  • Full board, including three lunches at local restaurants. (Lunch at the property includes two courses, ½ lt water and ¼ lt wine per person.)
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes, with lunch or dinner following on the foods prepared in class. Local wine and water included.
  • All dinners included each evening at the property’s restaurant. (Dinner with three courses, ½ lt water and ¼ lt wine per person.)
  • Full Day trip to Siena with English speaking guide and lunch at local restaurant with your own car.  Guide &  lunch included.
  • Full Day trip to Chianti Villages & San Gimignano including a visit to a ceramic workshop and lunch in Cecchini’s restaurant are included with your own car.
  • Half day excursion to La Macelleria Chini, including lunch at local trattoria in your own car.  Lunch included.

This program has been designed for those guests who would like to explore the Tuscan countryside on their own with their own car or rental vehicle.

Program Prices:

$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy, self driven with your own car. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT. **Starting price per person based on room category and season.
Single Cookers: If you are a single guest and would like to join us, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Check Availability

2020 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. 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.