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Tuscan Cookout! Cooking, Spa & Scenic Tours ~ 5 Day

Cooking Tours
Prices & Dates

Join Signora Sandrina & Signor Pippo in the Tuscan Cookout cooking tour.  This tour has been designed for those who want to enjoy the Tuscan countryside learning about the local food culture and participating in excellent hands-on cooking classes!  The cooking tour brings you into the kitchen with your hosts where you will learn how to prepare Tuscan classics.  Dinner follows each cooking class and everyone eats the foods prepared in the class; wine, water, caffè and dessert included. Tour Le Crete, Montepulciano and San Gimignano, and leave the driving to us.

Cooking Classes

Classes are held in a professional kitchen with Sandrina in Montepulciano at The Villa. The Villa is a beautiful farmhouse that was built in the 17th century and has recently been restored. The renovations kept the original character and transformed the farmhouse into a five-star luxury accommodation. Each suite is decorated with exquisite antiques, maintaining the traditional feel of old-world charm in the heart of Tuscany.

Tuscan Cooking Class Menus

Regional appetizers are endless and will include: crostini toscani, assorted bruschetta appetizers made with unsalted Tuscan bread slices seasoned with fresh tomatoes and herbs, or fegatini, regional cold cuts including capocollo, prosciutto, pancetta and lardo di colonnata.

Sandrina will guide you to making homemade fresh pasta with different types of seasonings such as pici all’aglione and will never let you go without teaching you how to prepare homemade fresh pasta, and there is nothing more traditional than pici. Pici is a traditional Tuscan favorite-like spaghetti- but longer and thicker and twisted into neat little coils before drying. When the pasta is cooked, it separates into individual strands. Aglione is the typical roasted garlic and fresh tomato seasoning used on pici. You may prepare the world-famous ribollita Toscana, a traditional soup made with day-old unsalted Tuscan bread and fresh vegetables cooked in a big clay pot. Ribollita, meaning re-boiled, gets its name because the dish is always re-boiled before being served the first time, and is often saved for the next day and boiled again.

Secondo, or second courses follow, and in “Tuscany this means meat!” The Villa is located in the heart of Montepulciano, which lies between two valleys famous for bistecca fiorentina, a unique Tuscan meat. Bistecca fiorentina is a big steak, similar to the American T-bone, which comes from a unique white cow, chianina, which lives only in Val di Chiana, Tuscany. Tuscany is also a land of hunters, so we will suggest different dishes of game such as cinghiale (wild boar), piccione (pigeon) and anatra (duck). The scottiglia is a traditional main course of southern Tuscany which includes rabbit, chicken, veal, pork, pigeon, lamb and turkey. Of course there is always chicken, but Sandrina’s pollo con olive is delicious. The chicken is sautéed with local olives of Grosetto (olives that are cured in brine and marinated with grated orange zest, fennel and a little garlic) for a unique Tuscan flavor.

Desserts are seasonal including Tuscan traditional cakes and biscotti like the world famous tiramisu and cantucci (hard biscotti, traditionally dipped in Vin Santo, a unique dessert made in Tuscany). Another time-honored cake is the stracciata alla fiorentina, a sweet pizza made for the religious feast of Carnivale. The traditional pannello con l’uva is a sweet bread made with fresh grapes and usually served during the time of the harvest. All of the recipes are just a sample of what Sandrina & Pippo are cooking! Please join us in Tuscany for an emotional and delicious new experience – with recipes that you can recreate at home in your own kitchen!

The Villa

The Villa is a beautiful farmhouse that was built in the 17th century and has recently been restored. The renovations, while keeping the original character, transformed the farmhouse into a five-star luxury accommodation. Each suite is decorated with exquisite antiques, maintaining the traditional feel of old-world charm in the heart of Tuscany.

The Villa is privately owned by Sandrina & Pippo who have several years in the hospitality industry. Lauren’s friendship with the owners ripened the idea for hands-on cooking classes that explore the regional cuisine of Tuscany while staying at the gorgeous Villa. The property is surrounded with the family’s vineyards, vegetable gardens, Tuscan sunflowers and a private swimming pool. The ancient town of Montepulciano can be seen in the distance.

Each suite has been named after the eight districts of Montepulciano, created by the City Stature in 1337. They are San Donato, Voltaia, Poggiolo, Talosa and Gracciano. All of the bedrooms have been furnished with great attention to functionality and elegance. Interior decorators have carefully selected the colors, paired the cloths and blended the various antique pieces with simple Tuscan handicrafts. The rooms are magical and each one has a private bathroom. In the three suites, guests can enjoy a tonic Jacuzzi sipping a glass of the best Spumante Classico. All the rooms are equipped with TV, refrigerator and telephone.

The Wine Cellar

The Villa estate boasts a well-furnished wine cellar where you will discover the thousands of flavors in the Italian oenology. The underground wine cellar in the farmhouse, which keeps it well protected from light, vibrations and changes of temperature, guarantees that the selection of wines are kept in perfect condition.  And best of all, you can taste the family’s wine produced on site.

Tuscany is noted for its Chianti Classico, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the Brunello di Montalcino and the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, offering Barolo – Porta Rossa, Chianti Classico – Borgo Pretale, Pinot Grigio – Gaierhof, Prosecco – Banear, Amarone – Corte Vecchia Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi – Bonci and Vernaccia di San Gimignano – Signano

Itinerary: 5 days, 4 nights

Sunday: Arrival & Dinner At The Villa

  • Arrival Transfer from Chiusi train station
  • Check-in, relax, aperitivo and introduction to the cooking program
  • Tuscan BBQ dinner at The Villa.

Monday: Cortona & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served
  • Tour of Cortona with lunch and wine included
  • Return to The Villa after lunch to relax
  • In the afternoon, meet your hosts and head into the kitchen for Cooking Class 1, featuring a seasonal menu from appetizer to dessert
  • Dinner follows on the foods prepared in class, wine included

Tuesday: Montepulciano & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served
  • Transfer to Montepulciano for a visit at your leisure with lunch and wine tasting with your hosts
  • In the afternoon, head into the kitchen for Cooking Class 2 making pizza, featuring a classic crostata in a wood-burning oven
  • Dinner follows on the foods prepared in class, wine included

Wednesday: Tour Of Val d’Orcia & Lunch

  • Breakfast is served
  • Tour of Valdorcia with lunch in the Medieval village of Montalcino with the famous Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino
  • Transfer to dinner at Osteria dell Borgo in Montepulciano

Thursday: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Departure transfer to Chiusi train station.

*This schedule may vary due to weather, feast days, market days, openings and closings of vineyards, etc.  If you happen to have a specific private activity in mind, please let us know so we can check your final itinerary.

Program Includes:

  • 5 days, 4 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy. Click To View!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Welcome aperitivo and BBQ.
  • 2 cooking classes followed by dinner with the recipes prepared in class; wine, water, cafe & dessert included.
  • 1 outside dinner, wine included.
  • Tour of Cortona  with lunch in favorite local trattoria, wine included.
  • Tour to Montepulciano with light lunch and wine tasting included.
  • Tour of Valdorcia with lunch in the Medieval village of Montalcino with the famous Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino
  • Round trip transfers to and from Chiusi train station.
  • Transportation to and from Montepulciano for self-guided tour.
  • Welcome Bag with Chef’s apron & recipe book.
Program Prices

$2,795 per person, based on double occupancy in a Deluxe Double room.

$50 Supplement-one time charge per week for an extra bed in the room if you are a double and want two beds or if you have a small child 10 years and under want to have them in the same room.

$200 supplement per person per program for Junior Suite.

$300 supplement per person per program for Superior Suite.

Single Occupancy Price

Please call us for single pricing so we will suggest an existing group with private room accommodation.

All taxes and Italian VAT included.

Check Availability

2020 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check-in is on Sunday, but other days may be available on request. 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.

*This program is designed for those travelers who do not want to drive, and includes all transfers and excursions listed.

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