Classic Tuscan Table at Villa Casagrande - NEW
Figline Valdarno and Florence
Tuscany is a land known for its rolling hills, beautiful vineyards, and olive groves. A part of the region's charm also comes from the quaint towns that populate the countryside. Situated a short way from Florence, travelers will find the tranquil town of Figline Valdarno. The 12th century town once had 19 towers as well as 4 gates; vestiges of that architecture remain, including walls around the town. Today it's a wonderful place to take a stroll — the historical medieval center is home to more than just the weekly food market — and use as a jumping off point for discovering the area. From Figline Valdarno, discover the wines of Chianti Classico, nearby hill towns. and the historical cities of Siena and San Gimignano. A juxtaposition to this quaint town, this Classic Tuscan Table itinerary also features some time in the vibrant city of Florence, where travelers will have a chance to explore and discover the Italian food scene, complete with a visit to a beloved bakery.
About the accommodations: Your Tuscan cooking vacation starts in the lovely boutique hotel of Villa Casagrande in Figline Valdarno. The distinctive building is designed completely in the Tuscan style and offers a relaxing respite complete with a spa and restaurant. For those who decide to book the 6-night option, the final two nights include accommodations at one of two 3-star centrally-located Florence hotels with modern amenities. (An upgrade to a 4-star hotel in Florence is available; please inquire.)
About the cooking classes: Delve into the traditional flavors of Tuscan cuisine with a local chef, Anna, while surrounded by some of Italy's best scenery. The informal but informative cooking classes showcase the basic principles of Italian cuisine, including pasta, stews, pizza, and more. All three hands-on classes at the Villa are held in an ancient kitchen, and a meal based on your efforts will follow. Your class in Florence will be a special baking class at what we think is the best bakery in Florence! The only requirement? A passion for discovering the land and food of Tuscany!