Tuscany Cooking Vacations for Gay Couples
The leading provider of cooking vacations since 1994

Cooking Vacations for Gay Couples in Tuscany
Montefiridolfi, Tuscany

< Previous

  • LGBT Friendly
  • No Cooking Experience Required
  • No Additional Cooking Utensils Needed

About the location: A landscape of wooded hills, vineyards, and olive groves—and vistas that have barely changed since Giovanni Bellini, Michelangelo, and Donatello first beheld them 600 years ago. Benvenuti in Toscana—welcome to Tuscany, where the land is rustic, the people are warm and welcoming and the food is simple, succulent, and bold—prime ingredients for all unforgettable gay vacations..


This LGBT exclusive experience is available on request for a minimum of 8 people. Contact us for pricing details. (For the itinerary and pricing for a minimum of two people, click here).


During this gay Italian culinary tour a short distance from Florence, you, your partner and other gay and lesbian travelers will see and experience the rich cuisine and culture of classic Tuscany—with guided tours exploring the medieval towns of Siena, San Gimignano and the famous Chianti Classico region of Italy—birthplace of Italy’s most famous wine: the floral, nutty, versatile Chianti. It's also home to the "Tignanello," considered one of the first Super Tuscans made by the famous Antinori family, who have been producing wines in this part of Italy for more than seven centuries.


Antinori cooking classWhen you’re not exploring the region or relaxing by the pool, you will help prepare several classic Tuscan dishes. The cooking school classes will combine both traditional Tuscan dishes — known for their refined simplicity — as well as innovative dishes with Chef Matia Barciulli or his sous chef. It’s one of the tastiest Italian culinary tours, and one of the most exquisite gay friendly vacation spots in Europe.


Don't forget the wine. The Antinori family is one of the most well-known winemaking families in Italy, and you'll delve into the world of Antinori wine while staying on their beautiful estate that is situated on a 300-plus hectare piece of land. Pair these world-famous wines with dishes in Trattoria della Fonte, as well as the Michelin-star Osteria di Passignano — among other restaurants — and you'll discover why Antinori wines are so famous.


During your culinary vacation, you'll stay at the lovely Fonte de' Medici, which is perched on the hilltop and surrounded by vineyards. The beautiful property, that dates back to the 1400s, features elegant B&B rooms named after various wine grapes, as well as a trattoria, tennis court, and swimming pool.


Contact us for more information on pricing, tour dates, booking, and more.

Cooking Vacations for Gay Couples in Tuscany Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

  • Arrive in Florence, and take a group transfer either from the Florence train station or airport to the Antinori family’s wine resort of Fonte de’ Medici situated among the Chianti vineyards.
  • Settle in to your accommodations, and perhaps relax by the pool.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at the resort’s trattoria.
  • Overnight.

Day 2 - Monday

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning have some time at leisure to explore the property and facilities on your own.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the late afternoon, take part in your first hands-on cooking class at the Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School. The chef will lead you on a discovery of Tuscan cuisine, including how to pick the freshest ingredients.
  • A barbecue dinner will follow, along with local wines.
  • Overnight.

Day 3 - Tuesday

  • After breakfast, meet an English-speaking driving guide for a full-day tour around Chianti. Possible stops include Greve and the Falorni’s butcher shop, as well as a walk around Montefioralle.
  • Next head to Castellina in Chianti to stop at the family-run winery of Querceto di Castellina for a wine tasting and light lunch.
  • In the afternoon, visit Badia a Passignano to learn how to make real Italian pizza at Le Scuderie. Dinner to follow based on your efforts.
  • Return to Fonte de’ Medici.
  • Overnight.

Day 4 - Wednesday

  • Breakfast.
  • Enjoy some time on your own. Perhaps explore the area, or relax by the pool.
  • Mid-day, depart for the new cellar of the Antinori family, which took seven years to complete. This “invisible” cellar is in beautiful harmony with the surrounding landscape. Guided visit with lunch at Ristorante Rinuccio 1180 included.
  • Return to the accommodations in the afternoon for your next cooking class as well as dinner.
  • Overnight.

Day 5 - Thursday

  • Breakfast. (For those on the 4-night, group departure and transfer to Florence airport or train station).
  • For those on the 6-night trip, experience a full-day trip to the medieval cities of Siena and San Gimignano. In Siena, have some time on your own to explore the city famous for Palio horse race. Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, continue on to San Gimignano to see the UNESCO city’s stunning medieval tower-houses.
  • Return to the Fonte de’ Medici for dinner at the wine estate’s trattoria.
  • Overnight.

Day 6 - Friday

  • Following breakfast, some time on your own for a walk in the hills and vineyards, or time at the pool.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, start your hands-on cooking class focused on bread and fresh pasta, followed by lunch based on your efforts.
  • Visit the historical Antinori wine cellars in the Abbey of Passignano (Badia a Passignano). The ancient monastery dates back to 395 AD, and today is inhabited by the Vallombrosian Order monks.
  • Dinner tonight will be at the Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria di Passignano with some prestigious Antinori wines.
  • Return to Fonte de’ Medici and overnight.

Day 7 - Saturday

  • Breakfast followed by check out, and group transfer to Florence airport or train station around 10 a.m.