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Chianti Cooking: Tuscany Cooking Vacation
Greve in Chianti

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Home to the famed medium-bodied red wine, the Chianti area offers a relaxing atmosphere and breathtaking unspoiled countryside views. This exclusive Tuscany cooking vacation is based in the Tuscan countryside just outside of Greve in Chianti, located between Florence and Siena.

On this Chianti cooking school vacation, relax among the picturesque vineyards and olive trees – the same ones that populate so many postcards depicting the region – as you satisfy your taste buds and desire to learn Italian cooking with the many culinary flavors and treasures that Chianti has to offer.

About your Tuscany cooking vacation accommodations: Your home for four nights is the kitchen-equipped farmhouse and B&B, Le Cetinelle, which is located 5 kilometers from Greve in Chianti and has recently been restored by your hosts, Simonetta and Kalinka, for the sole purpose of housing guests for unforgettable culinary vacations. This peaceful retreat is also just a stone's throw from the Park of San Michele, one of the most beautiful parks in all of Chianti.

About the Chianti cooking lessons: For Chef Simonetta, sharing her passion for Tuscan food is a dream come true. Originally from the region of Liguria, Simonetta fell in love with Chianti’s vineyards and olive trees and has happily called it home for the last 20 years. Additionally, she has undergone professional training to expertly teach culinary guests who stay at her beautiful bed and breakfast. The classes are held in the kitchen of Simonetta's home, a charming and very authentic and personal experience. Using fresh vegetables from her garden, homegrown olive oil and wine, you will learn true Tuscan cooking through a hands-on experience with Simonetta, making complete menus from appetizers to desserts. You will come away from your time spent here with new Tuscan friends!

Chianti Cooking: Tuscany Cooking Vacation Itinerary

Day 1

  • Transfer from Florence airport or train station, and settle into your bed and breakfast accommodations located in the golden rolling hills of Chianti.
  • Begin your week in the enchanting Chianti countryside with a welcome dinner, local wine included.
  • Overnight.

Day 2

  • Breakfast.
  • Meet your English-speaking guide for a full day excursion to the beautiful Tuscan cities of Siena and San Gimignano. Your driver will explain all about the cities’ rich medieval histories, and you can then explore their charming narrow streets and artisan shops on your own.
  • Lunch on your own (your driver can make suggestions).
  • In the late afternoon, return to your accommodations for dinner, local wine included.
  • Overnight.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, continue exploring the famous Chianti region with your guide by visiting a local vineyard for a wine tasting and light lunch.
  • Now that you are inspired by some of the tastes and treasures of the region, try your hand in the kitchen with your first cooking lesson lead by Chef Simonetta. She will teach you how to make a complete Italian menu, from appetizer to dessert.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts, local wine included.
  • Overnight.

Day 4

  • Breakfast.
  • Following breakfast, begin your second cooking class with Simonetta. She will teach you some of her favorite Tuscan dishes using vegetables from her own garden and her homemade olive oil and wine.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts, local wine included.
  • In the afternoon, take some time to relax and take in the Chianti surroundings. Perhaps take a dip in the pool or a walk around the neighboring area.
  • Return to the villa for your farewell dinner, local wine included.
  • Overnight.

Day 5

  • Breakfast.
  • Check out and return transfer to Florence.