Recipe for Picarones from Peru
January 21, 2023
To whet your appetite for our newest tour, Exploring Andean Cuisine in Peru & Bolivia, we are featuring a classic Peruvian dessert: picarones. These fried…Read This Post
At The International Kitchen, our Italy vacation packages are perfect ways to explore Italy, whether you think of yourself as a foodie or not. Our culinary trips are for private and small-group travel – no busses, no tourist traps, nothing but intimate and authentic foodie and cultural experiences. In a destination like Tuscany, where vacation packages can be overpriced and touristy, it’s particularly important to have someone who knows the destination so that you get a unique and real experience of this amazing region.
Today we’re featuring four of our favorite Italy vacation packages in the Tuscany region that we think offer original and unforgettable looks into Italian life, cuisine, wine, and culture. If you’re looking for a food and wine vacation package look no further!
Chef Andrea is obsessed with all things Tuscan, but in particular of the Chianti region in which he was born and raised. He knows the ingredients, the wineries, the artisanal producers – and in fact he grows and produces many of his one ingredients! Gather eggs for breakfast or vegetables in the garden. Head to the forest to forage for wild herbs and mushrooms. Visit his friends the butcher, the wine maker, the olive mill owner. All while learning simple but delicious recipes that you will be able to replicate at home and while staying in the charming farmhouse B&B that was part of Andrea’s family home.
The western coast of Tuscany is a wild and beautiful land, and one that is surprising not visited by tourists like the other parts of the region. This is the land of Bolgheri and Super Tuscan wines, of Carrera marble, and of the sea. Visit them on our fabulous 4-night Truly Tuscany Italy vacation packages and enjoy cooking classes with a local chef who specializes in elevated and delicious Tuscan cuisine, experience wine tastings at some of Italy’s most renowned wineries, and visit charming medieval “borghi” and villages.
One of our longest running and most successful Italy vacation packages is Classic Tuscan Table in the town of Figline Valdarno. Located about 40 minutes south of Florence, this town is utterly authentic. Visit the market in the main square on Tuesday morning to select ingredients for your cooking classes. Learn Tuscan recipes with a local woman and enjoy them afterwards with wonderful Tuscan wines. Stay in a converted villa that has housed such illustrious guests as humanist Marsilio Ficino, King Carlo VII of Borbone, King Carlo V, and Pope Leone X. The villa today includes a museum and incorporates the old medieval walls.
Part of what makes this Italy cooking vacation package so special are the hosts. David and his mother Gabriella will welcome you into this beautiful oasis in southern Tuscany, where you will discover the flavors of Tuscan cuisine and the wines of Montepulciano, among others. Located just outside of Cortona, you can discover this authentic part of Tuscany while exploring the beautiful villages and countryside.
If you have a small group of 6-10 people, you can also check out highlights of our Tuscan Villa Cooking Vacation in the Chianti – it’s a dream luxury vacation!
What are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time for the Tuscany vacation package of your dreams.
By Peg Kern
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