Vineyard in Tuscany visiting during a Tuscany wine tour.
Cooking class at the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Making ravioli during a cooking class in Italy
Making pasta dough during a cooking class at the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Plate of pasta with mushrooms from a culinary vacation in Tuscany
Making pasta at the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Making ravioli at the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The trattoria of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The trattoria of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
View from the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Bedroom of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The cooking school of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Arial view of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Sitting room of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The patio of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The grounds and pool of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
The pool of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in Tuscany
Overview

Antinori's Noble Tuscany

View from the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in TuscanyThis trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

About the culinary tour in Tuscany: The Antinori family is one of Italy’s most famous wine-making families, and they will welcome you on one of our best wine tours in Tuscany. They have been making wines in the Chianti region of Tuscany for over seven hundred years, and the Marchese Piero Antinori shook up the entire Italian wine world with “Tignanello” known today as one of the first Super Tuscans, which have for the decades since been regarded as some of the best wines in the world.

But wine is only a part of the amazing Antinori presence in Tuscany that you will experience on our wine tours in Tuscany in the Chianti region, as they are deeply committed to the land, the food, and the people. A small “borgo” owned by the Antiniori family, is the primary location for this International Kitchen Tuscany cooking school vacation and Tuscan wine tour, and your instructor will be the famed Michelin-star chef Matia Barciulli or one of his chefs. Spend a week savoring the food and wines of Tuscany while enjoying the gorgeous views over the Antinori vineyards on one of our favorite foodie trips and wine tours in Tuscany.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Tuscan wine tour, pair it with our Truly Tuscany: Wine Tasting Tour on Tuscany’s Western Coast.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
RAY & SUSAN
California
Trip taken October 2018
it was a dream spot we had a wonderful time, the cooking class was so much fun. The restaurant t at the winery was great. The waitresses were the best!! Our two room suite was very comfortable and the views were amazing.

Trip Details

Your 4 hands-on Tuscany cooking school classes will be at the new Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School with Michelin-star Chef Matia Barciulli or his sous chef. The food that inspires the courses hails from the Trattoria de’ Medici and the Michelin-star Osteria di Passignano, and its roots are all Tuscan. You will prepare staples of Tuscan cuisine as well as innovative Tuscan dishes that are all seasonally-based, and enriched by the Tuscan air and, of course, the accompanying Antinori wines.
Classes include:

  • Two afternoon cooking classes featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine
  • One pasta and bread class
  • One pizza class at a local restaurant

Itinerary

Day One

  • Private transfer from Florence airport or train station to Fonte de’ Medici, home for our Tuscany wine tours with the Antinori family. This beautiful wine resort, owned by the famed wine-making family, is perfectly nestled in between the Chianti vineyards. The village, six hundred years old, takes its name from a fresh water spring that served as a resting place for pilgrims on their way from Florence to Rome.
  • Check in to your superior room (each room is named after a different grape), and enjoy a late afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool.
  • Welcome dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte,” the resort restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Antinori estate in Tuscany


Day Two

  • Breakfast and early morning at your disposal for individual explorations of the area, or for use of the hotel facilities.
  • At 11:45 a.m., transfer to the new headquarters of the prestigious Antinori family, certainly the biggest name in the world of Tuscan Wines, to continue your wine tasting tours in Tuscany. The Antinoris waited seven years to complete their breathtaking new cellar. From the very beginning, the fundamental concept was that of “invisibility.” The cellars were to be constructed in total harmony with the landscape and, for this reason, it was decided to plant a vineyard to cover the entire edifice. Enjoy a guided visit of the cellar followed by lunch at Ristorante Rinuccio 1180 inside the cellars. This is one of our favorite experiences during our Tuscany wine tours.
  • Return to Fonte de’ Medici and enjoy a cooking class featuring pasta and bread. Dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte” to follow.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Three

  • Breakfast at the estate.
  • Around 9:30 am, meet your English-speaking driving guide for a full day excursion. You will first discover Greve and its quaint Piazza, where you make sure to stop at Falorni’s Butcher Shop. Walk up to Montefioralle to discover the Medieval village where Amerigo Vespucci was born.
  • Later, proceed to Castellina in Chianti and stop at Querceto di Castellina Wine Estate, a family-run winery, for a different sort of Tuscany wine tour and tasting. Enjoy a guided wine tasting together with a light lunch to follow.
  • Around 4:30 pm, arrive at Badia a Passignano, where you will head to the Pizzeria “Le Scuderie” to learn how to make a real Italian pizza in a wood-burning pizza oven. After the class you will be able to eat your own “personal” pizza.
  • Transfer back to Fonte de’ Medici.
  • Overnight.

Chef Matia and Peg


Day Four

  • Breakfast, followed by free time to enjoy the pool or for a nice walk in the hills, woods, and vineyards surrounding Fonte de’ Medici. Or, enjoy a bike ride (bikes are provided by the property free of charge).
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Around 3:30 pm, meet the chef for your next hands-on cooking lesson focusing on Tuscan meats, with a barbecue dinner at the Restaurant to follow the cooking class.
  • Overnight.

Pizza class in Italy


Day Five

  • Breakfast, followed by the morning at your disposal to enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Around 3:30 pm, meet the Chef at the Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School, where you will learn the two basic tenets of Tuscan cuisine : selection of fresh ingredients and olive oil!
  • After class, transfer and visit the historical Antinori wine cellars in Badia a Passignano (The Abbey of Passignano), located in the Chianti Classico region. The abbey is an ancient monastery dating back to 395 AD, when it was established by the archbishop of Florence. Today it is still inhabited by monks of the Vallombrosian Order, who remain the guardians of their cultural and historical treasures. It is one of the most famous cellars in Italy, and a must-see on our Tuscany wine tours in the Chianti.
  • Dinner will follow at the Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria di Passignano, along with some prestigious Antinori wines.
  • Overnight at Fonte de’ Medici.

Hotel swimming pool


Day Six

  • At 9:30 am, meet your English-speaking driving guide for a full-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. In Siena you will have time at your disposal to discover on your own the city that was Florence’s sworn enemy for centuries, and that today is famous throughout world for hosting the Palio horse race in early July and mid August in Piazza del Campo, the town’s main square.
  • Lunch on your own in Siena. (Your driving guide will provide background on Siena with suggestions of things to see and places to eat, but if you prefer a 2-hour guided walking tour of the city, that can be arranged at an additional cost, to be paid locally.)
  • After lunch, depart for San Gimignano, known as the “Manhattan” of Tuscany for its stunning skyline of rare medieval tower-houses. The village is a UNESCO heritage site, and its main church, the Duomo, contains magnificent frescos of great Tuscan Renaissance artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Domenico Ghirlandaio. Time at your disposal to walk around and shop on your own.
  • Early in the afternoon, transfer back to Fonte de’ Medici.
  • Farewell dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte” and overnight.

Hotel bedroom


Day Seven

  • Breakfast and check out. Transfer around 10:00 am to Florence railway station or Florence airport.

Day One

  • Private transfer from Florence airport or train station to Fonte de’ Medici, home for our Tuscany wine tours with the Antinori family. This beautiful wine resort, owned by the famed wine-making family, is perfectly nestled in between the Chianti vineyards. The village, six hundred years old, takes its name from a fresh water spring that served as a resting place for pilgrims on their way from Florence to Rome.
  • Check in to your superior room (each room is named after a different grape), and enjoy a late afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool.
  • Welcome dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte,” the resort restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Antinori estate in Tuscany


Day Two

  • Breakfast and early morning at your disposal for individual explorations of the area, or for use of the hotel facilities.
  • At 11:45 a.m., transfer to the new headquarters of the prestigious Antinori family, certainly the biggest name in the world of Tuscan Wines, to continue your wine tasting tours in Tuscany. The Antinoris waited seven years to complete their breathtaking new cellar. From the very beginning, the fundamental concept was that of “invisibility.” The cellars were to be constructed in total harmony with the landscape and, for this reason, it was decided to plant a vineyard to cover the entire edifice. Enjoy a guided visit of the cellar followed by lunch at Ristorante Rinuccio 1180 inside the cellars. This is one of our favorite experiences during our Tuscany wine tours.
  • Return to Fonte de’ Medici and enjoy a cooking class featuring pasta and bread. Dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte” to follow.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Three

  • Breakfast at the estate.
  • Around 9:30 am, meet your English-speaking driving guide for a full day excursion. You will first discover Greve and its quaint Piazza, where you make sure to stop at Falorni’s Butcher Shop. Walk up to Montefioralle to discover the Medieval village where Amerigo Vespucci was born.
  • Later, proceed to Castellina in Chianti and stop at Querceto di Castellina Wine Estate, a family-run winery, for a different sort of Tuscany wine tour and tasting. Enjoy a guided wine tasting together with a light lunch to follow.
  • Around 4:30 pm, arrive at Badia a Passignano, where you will head to the Pizzeria “Le Scuderie” to learn how to make a real Italian pizza in a wood-burning pizza oven. After the class you will be able to eat your own “personal” pizza.
  • Transfer back to Fonte de’ Medici.
  • Overnight.

Chef Matia and Peg


Day Four

  • Breakfast, followed by free time to enjoy the pool or for a nice walk in the hills, woods, and vineyards surrounding Fonte de’ Medici. Or, enjoy a bike ride (bikes are provided by the property free of charge).
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Around 3:30 pm, meet the chef for your next hands-on cooking lesson focusing on Tuscan meats, with a barbecue dinner at the Restaurant to follow the cooking class.
  • Overnight.

Pizza class in Italy


Day Five

  • Breakfast and check out. Transfer around 10:00 am to Florence railway station or Florence airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights in a superior double or double twin room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 4 hands-on Tuscany cooking school classes will be at the new Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School with Michelin-star Chef Matia Barciulli or his sous chef. The food that inspires the courses hails from the Trattoria de’ Medici and the Michelin-star Osteria di Passignano, and its roots are all Tuscan. You will prepare staples of Tuscan cuisine as well as innovative Tuscan dishes that are all seasonally-based, and enriched by the Tuscan air and, of course, the accompanying Antinori wines.
Classes include:

  • Two afternoon cooking classes featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine
  • One pasta and bread class
  • One pizza class at a local restaurant

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano with English-speaking driver guide
  • Guided Tuscany wine tour of Antinori Chianti Classico winery in Bargino
  • Full-day excursion to Chianti with English-speaking driver guide

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Florence airport (around 12:00 noon) or train station (around 3:30 PM).
  • Return transfer around 10 AM to Florence train station or airport.

Other transfers will be charged an extra 120 Euros each way.

Not Included

* Tips
* Additional beverages
* Tour with licensed guide in Siena or San Gimignano (can be arranged on request)

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights in a double or double twin room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 hands-on Tuscany cooking school classes will be at the new Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School with Michelin-star Chef Matia Barciulli or his sous chef. The food that inspires the courses hails from the Trattoria de’ Medici and the Michelin-star Osteria di Passignano, and its roots are all Tuscan. You will prepare staples of Tuscan cuisine as well as innovative Tuscan dishes that are all seasonally-based, and enriched by the Tuscan air and, of course, the accompanying Antinori wines.
Classes include:

  • Two afternoon cooking class featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano with English-speaking driver guide
  • Guided visit of Antinori Chianti Classico winery in Bargino

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Florence airport (around 12:00 noon) or train station (around 3:30 PM).
  • Return transfer around 10 AM to Florence train station or airport.

Other transfers will be charged an extra 120 Euros each way.

Not Included

* Tips
* Additional beverages
* Tour with licensed guide in Siena or San Gimignano (can be arranged on request)

Accommodation Information

Part of the Antinori wine empire lies on a 300-plus hectare plot near Badia a Passignano, which includes the lovely Fonte de’ Medici, which will be your home for this exclusive and unforgettable foray into the food and wines of Tuscany. Perched on a hilltop, ideally situated near Florence, and literally surrounded by vineyards on all sides, the Fonte de’ Medici is a perfect place to explore Tuscany. The estate dates back to the 1400’s, and the several small buildings now house the elegant rooms, suites, and apartments, as well as a swimming pool, trattoria, and tennis court.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:
March through October

6-night Program
US$3900 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$600 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Pre- or post-nights in Florence? Please inquire!


Tour Dates

Available the following dates March to November for a minimum of 2 people. Itinerary usually starts on Tuesday, but other start days might be available.

2020
August 4-10
August 11-17
August 18-24
August 25-August 31
September 1-7
September 8-14
September 15-21
September 22-28
September 29-October 5
October 6-12
October 13-19
October 20-26
October 27-November 2

2021
March 2-8
March 9-15
March 16-22
March 23-29
March 30-April 5
April 6-12
April 13-19
April 20-26
April 27-May 3
May 4-10
May 11-17
May 18-24
May 25-31
June 1-7
June 8-14
June 15-21
June 22-28
June 29-July 5
July 6-12
July 13-19
July 20-26
July 27-August 2
August 3-9
August 10-16
August 17-23
August 24-August 30
August 31-September 6
September 7-13
September 14-20
September 21-27
September 28-October 4
October 5-11
October 12-18
October 19-25
October 26-November 1

Looking for tour date information?


Pricing:
March through October

4-night Program
US$2800 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$425 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Pre- or post-nights in Florence? Please inquire!


Tour Dates

Available the following dates March to November for a minimum of 2 people. Itinerary usually starts on Tuesday, but other start days might be available.

2020
August 4-8
August 11-15
August 18-23
August 25-August 29
September 1-5
September 8-13
September 15-19
September 22-26
September 29-October 3
October 6-10
October 13-17
October 20-24
October 27-31

2021
March 2-6
March 9-13
March 17-20
March 23-27
March 30-April 3
April 6-10
April 13-17
April 20-24
April 27-May 2
May 4-8
May 11-15
May 18-22
May 25-29
June 1-5
June 8-12
June 15-20
June 22-26
June 29-July 3
July 6-10
July 13-17
July 20-24
July 27-31
August 3-7
August 10-14
August 17-22
August 24-August 28
August 31-September 4
September 7-12
September 14-18
September 21-25
September 28-October 2
October 5-9
October 12-16
October 19-23
October 26-30

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
RAY & SUSAN
California
Trip taken October 2018
it was a dream spot we had a wonderful time, the cooking class was so much fun. The restaurant t at the winery was great. The waitresses were the best!! Our two room suite was very comfortable and the views were amazing.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Josephine & James
Trip taken August 2015
It was very hands on. The chef's made sure we did everything. The Fonte de' Medici resort was wonderful. The restaurant on the property had wonderful food. We had a lovely room. It was a great experience that we will remember forever. It was very relaxing while on the resort. I could move there! The guides, and transportation for our sightseeing were on time and very knowledgeable. We highly recommend this resort.
No rating given with this review
The trip was very well organized, and all aspects of the itinerary fell into place as scheduled. The drivers who looked after getting us around were very friendly and knowledgeable about the region, and their English was very good. Our accommodations on the Antinori property were very nice, quiet and clean. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The only glitch we had was on the first night we arrived, we were told we would have dinner in the restaurant on the property, but the restaurant staff seemed unaware that we were there as part of the cooking tour, and we were presented with a bill at the end of the meal. The hotel desk staff eventually refunded the value later in the week, but I would suggest that there be a little clearer communication that the meal was included in the tour, and that the guests be made clear that dinner will be looked after, or it be communicated to the restaurant staff that dinner was part of the tour. With all of the other meals we ate in restaurants, it seemed to be very clear to the restaurant that we were with a tour, and they knew what was planned as far as menu items or choices. The chefs conducting the actual cooking classes were superb. They did not take themselves too seriously, were more than willing to joke around, and had great patience with those of us who were not particularly culinarily gifted. Beverly & Michael R., Canada

Response from The International Kitchen: Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate it, and we apologize for the initial confusion regarding your welcome dinner.
No rating given with this review
We had a phenomenal time!! Everything went perfectly from pick up to delivery. We adored our chef, Niarcho and the wonderful special restaurant. Two suggestions- our driver's English wasn't great- would help if it was better, also we actually hired him to drive us to some of the surrounding towns. We think you should build that in. Thanks for everything!

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