Cooking and Vineyards of Southern Tuscany
Pergo, Tuscany (Cortona)
About the location: The hillside village of Pergo enchants. While the village is situated just four miles from the Etruscan city walls of Cortona, it feels like a world away, and not only because the town consists of a handful of medieval streets. Surrounded by rolling green hills — and even some mountains in the distance — Pergo is a place where nature, history, art, and gastronomic traditions have fused to create a breathtaking and relaxing getaway. When not learning the ways of traditional Tuscan food, delight in the picturesque setting populated by olive groves and vineyards. Pergo is only a short ride away from other charming towns such as Arezzo, Pienza, Perugia, Deruta, and Assisi.
About the accommodations: Your home will be a lovingly restored 18th-century historic dwelling. The owners respected La Corte dei Papi’s past, as they used antique materials in the restoration and conserved original elements, including vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and terracotta floors. Many of the hotel accommodation rooms feature a magnificent view of not only the garden but also the rolling hills of the region; all rooms also include adjustable air conditioning and satellite TV. The property also features a stunning swimming pool and outdoor dining area, the perfect place to relax after your cooking class.
About the cooking lessons: In the heart of Italy, you will prepare Tuscan dishes, including everything from 4-course meals to a tasting dish of bruschetta. Of course a cooking class in Tuscany would not be complete without learning how to make hand-made pasta. All classes are hands-on as you learn creative and modern approaches to traditional recipes of the region. These classes are perfect for people who not only love to cook, but are also passionate about wine; every wine pairing is hand-picked to match the seasonal menus.