Once a family home, today a luxury hotel, Il Falconiere is a property just outside Cortona where you’ll be inspired by the cooking classes and gorgeous landscapes, including vineyards and olive groves. While these photos from our Italy culinary vacation Cook Under the Tuscan Sun, paired with client comments, by no means replace the experience of visiting the Relais & Chateaux property, they give you a glimpse into this memorable experience.
“Our stay and our cooking lessons with hostess Silvia Baracchi and head chef Richard Titi were wonderful. We could not have asked for a better experience! Nestled outside of Cortona with a view of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Il Falconiere is a warm and inviting villa well cared for by Silvia and her attentive staff. Everyone made us feel at home. Our first night in Italy we spent on the terrace at Il Falconiere soaking in the beautiful view and watching an eclipse of the moon while enjoying delicious food and wine!” – Margaret W. of Oregon
“My friend and I were overwhelmed by the luxury of the Villa and it’s surroundings. The hospitality of the staff and Silvia were beyond expectations. The cooking lessons given by Silvia were amazing. She explained everything very well, and I feel I have the confidence to repeat everything at home.” – Elizabeth S.
“The recipes were delicious and although some of the recipes were a little complicated, Chef Titi was an expert instructor. What was especially nice was that the cooking lessons included others from outside our tour – but note it remained hands on and it was so organized that I never felt as though the kitchen was too crowded. Everyone could participate. One night we cooked with five women from China. Another night we cooked with a couple from Hawaii and another from Vermont. The concept of cooking and then dining together in the restaurant facilitated a camaraderie and great conversation.” Marisa G. of New York
Of course, our recommendation if you’re heading to Italy is to visit this wonderful place yourself! Try Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun and you’ll discover why this is one of our best-selling cooking vacations!
By Liz Hall
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