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Casa Ombuto, Villa Bellorcia & Torre Del Tartufo Cooking Vacations in Tuscany

Listening to the chef in TuscanyYour luxury culinary vacation will take place with our longtime collaborators in Tuscany in one of three amazing properties, Torre del Tartufo, Casa Ombuto, or Villa Bellorcia. All are private villas in the countryside of Tuscany, and all feature en suite bedrooms, common living areas, gardens, a swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna/fitness.

The culinary program includes cooking classes in the afternoons, while most mornings are free for exploring on your own. (For this reason, many of our travelers prefer to have their own rental car, although it is not required.)

Come explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside while learning to cook with new friends at Torre del Tartufo, Casa Ombuto & Villa Bellorcia!


Latest Review

I gave this trip 5 stars
Grace
MD
My trip to Tuscany and Liguria were what I absolutely needed. The peace and quiet of Torre Del Tartufo and beauty of San Margherita did me a world of good. I visited Portofino, Cinque Terra, San Fruttuoso while in San Margherita, riding the ferries and buses was very easy. The blue waters gorgeous to see daily, I ate more focaccia than permissible and enjoyed every bite with my new German friends. Regarding, Torre Del Tartufo, am glad I chose it over the other place. It was perfect for me and I enjoyed the daily company of 8 wonderful people whom I instantly connected with. Franco the Chef took to calling me "darling" even in front of his wife but, respectfully. LOL!!! I enjoyed the company of the Villa's Owner, his daughter, her friend, and boyfriend who stopped by for a few days. Everybody clicked, had good energy, and drank more than legally allowed without seeming drunk. I am currently on my self-induced 2nd week alcohol detox (much needed). We made wonderful meals and ate them until late into the night, woke up the next morning and "rinsed and repeated"... GRAZIE MILLE!

Casa Ombuto, Torre Del Tartufo & Villa Bellorcia Food Trip Details

During your week-long exploration of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine you will stay in one of three beautiful private villas and cook with wonderful chefs ready to share their vast experience. The villas are exquisite, the cooking classes fun, the food and wine amazing. Join us for this true Tuscan retreat with one of our oldest partners!

Itinerary

Please note that the Tuscany cooking weeks can vary a bit by the villa in which you are staying. The Mediterranean weeks, fitness and yoga weeks, and the hiking and cooking weeks have slightly different itineraries. Please inquire for specifics!

Day One

  • Arrival on your own at your accommodations. (We can arrange transfers to and from Florence airport on request, although we recommend having your own vehicle to use during the free time.)
  • Check-in after 4:00 pm.
  • Welcome dinner and introduction given by the chef and a chance to get to know each other.
  • Overnight.

Dining outdoors in Tuscany

Day Two

  • Breakfast is served, followed by a free morning.
  • A light lunch at around 1:00 pm for those who are not off sightseeing.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by a delicious Tuscan wine to compliment the dishes.
  • Overnight.

Swimming pool at villa in Tuscany


Day Three

  • A buffet Breakfast is served and you have time to relax or do some sight seeing or enjoy the pool or take a walk.
  • A light lunch is served around 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm, during which you prepare a four-course meal.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Four

  • After breakfast, a full-day excursion, which will vary according to your accommodation.
  • For those staying at Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo: You will visit a wine and olive oil estate for oil and wine tasting, after which pay a visit to a wine estate for a Tuscan wine tasting and make your way to a cheese and meat Farm for an authentic lunch and cheese and meat tasting. After lunch, stop in a local town for a gelato or visit a ceramic or fabric factory before heading back to your villa.
  • For those staying at Bellorcia: drive through the magnificent Val d’Ocria to visit Montalcino and taste the famous Brunello di Montalcino Tuscan wines and have time to walk around the village. Visit an authentic pecorino cheese farm in Pienza and have a chance to see how these locals produce delicious Tuscan cheeses. Lunch is planned in a breathtaking location. Before going back to the villa for supper, visit an Olive oil farm to taste cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil and learn how it is made.
  • The day ends with a light, informal dinner at the villa.
  • Overnight.

Strawberries growing in Tuscany


Day Five

  • Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure.
  • After lunch, your hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.
  • Overnight.

Florence Italy Ponte Vecchio


Day Six

  • After breakfast you have the day for yourselves, to do some sightseeing or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • This is the ideal day to make a trip to Florence for shopping and sight seeing as it’s only a 50 km drive away. Or visit La Verna—an ancient monastery where San Francisco de Assisi lived most of his life.
  • Alternatively, you can of course stay at the villas and relax at the pool or take a dip in the hot tub.
  • Lunch and dinner reservations can be made at a restaurant of your choice.

Chef during Tuscany cooking class


Day Seven

  • Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure and for those interested we have a light lunch ready at 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts at 3:00 pm and you prepare an elaborate buffet dinner covering all the cooking techniques you have learned in the week and many more. Presentation of food will also be demonstrated.
  • At the grand finale dinner you will be presented with a certificate of attendance.

Day Eight

  • Breakfast and departure on your own around 10 a.m.

Day One

  • Transfer from the Arezzo train station if staying at Torre del Tartufo (cost paid locally), or arrive on your own.
  • A light lunch at around 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by a delicious Tuscan wine to compliment the dishes.
  • Overnight.

Villa kitchen in Tuscany


Day Two

  • A buffet Breakfast is served and you have time to relax or do some sight seeing or enjoy the pool or take a walk.
  • A light lunch is served around 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm, during which you prepare a four-course meal.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.
  • Overnight.

Garden seating in Tuscany


Day Three

  • After breakfast, a full-day excursion, which will vary according to your accommodation.
  • For those staying at Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo, you will have time to explore, shop, and sightsee in the charming town of Arezzo. Along the way, we’ll pay a visit to a wine estate for a tasting, and drive through the breathtaking Tuscan countryside to visit an olive oil mill for a tasting and a lunch. You will also make your way to Anghiari to visit the textile factory.
  • For those staying at Bellorcia, you will have a visit to the Val d’Ocria and Montalcino where you will taste the famous Brunello di Montalcino, and then head to Pienza for a cheese producer visit. You will have lunch while you are out, and will stop on the way back for an olive mill visit.
  • The day ends with a light, informal dinner at the villa.
  • Overnight.

Bedroom at villa in Tuscany


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure.

Casa Ombuto, Torre Del Tartufo & Villa Bellorcia Cooking Class Details

Included in the 7-Night Tuscany Cooking Vacations

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation at either the Torre del Tartufo, Casa Ombuto, or Villa Bellorcia

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

During this Tuscany cookery holiday, you will learn to make complete 4-course Italian dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques. You will make a wide range of dishes including such staples as:

  • crostini, bruschette and torte verdura
  • homemade pasta and gnocchi
  • pizza in a real wood-fired pizza oven

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion on day 4 (see itinerary for details)

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included (but can be arranged from Arezzo if you are staying at Torre del Tartufo). You may wish to have a rental car for this itinerary (particularly for the 7-night itinerary).

Not Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Lunch and dinner on your free (7-night itinerary only)

Included in the 3-Night Trip Torre Del Tartufo Cooking Vacations

Accommodations

3 nights accommodation at either the Torre del Tartufo, Casa Ombuto, or Villa Bellorcia

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

2 hands-on cooking classes
During this cookery holiday, you will learn to make complete 4 course Italian dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques. You will make a wide range of dishes including such staples as:

  • crostini, bruschette and torte verdura
  • homemade pasta and gnocchi
  • pizza in a real wood-fired pizza oven

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion on day 3 (see itinerary for details)

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included (but can be arranged from Arezzo if you are staying at Torre del Tartufo). You may wish to have a rental car for this itinerary (particularly for the 7-night itinerary).

Not Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Lunch and dinner on your free (7-night itinerary only)

Accommodation Information

Torre del Tartufo

This stunning villa, which dates back to 1700, is situated on the hillside just 15 minutes from Arezzo and 30 minutes from Cortona (Florence and Siena are about an hour’s drive). But with its views that seem to go on forever, Torre del Tartufo feels like a secluded retreat in beautiful Tuscany. The villa’s name comes from the surrounding truffle estate, which is famous in the area for seeing how truffles are found and used in cooking. As for the villa itself, the owners suspect it was once a chapel that was built up over the centuries. Today, the renovated villa features top-of-the-line finishing as well as beautiful floors and marble bathrooms, while still retaining a Tuscan charm. The villa’s 120-hectare estate includes fertile grounds for truffles — due to the hazelnut and oak trees — as well as apple orchards and a deer farm. The lake located behind the villa also offers stunning views of the hills.

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Casa Ombuto

Situated on a hill, this Tuscan villa is in a secluded environment that offers breathtaking views of the area’s hills and villages, including the picturesque medieval town of Poppi in the heart of the Casentino valley. The villa dates back to before 1800, and today features farm-style teak furniture, large living areas with fireplaces, terra-cotta floors, open wooden beams, and marble bathrooms. The property also has a lovely private outdoor area known as the ‘piazza,’ which is shaded by four old trees, where breakfast and dinner are served weather permitting.

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Villa Bellorcia

The newest addition to the group of properties is the stunning villa Bellorcia, which boasts 8 double en suite bedrooms, a large outdoor area with a heated pool, hot tub, and outdoor dining area. There is also a vegetable garden.

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Villa Bellorcia, Torre del Tartufo & Casa Ombuto Pricing & Tour Dates 2022-2023

Check out the pricing and dates for the Tuscany cooking vacations at Torre del Tartufo, Casa Ombuto, and Villa Bellorcia.



Torre del Tartufo, Villa Bellorcia, Casa Ombuto Cooking Tour 2023 Pricing:

7-night Program

US$4150 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$300 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$1050 per non-cooking companion

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Non-cooking reduction for 2023: -$1050.

 

Torre del Tartufo, Villa Bellorcia, Casa Ombuto Cooking Tour 2024 Pricing:

7-night Program

US$4200 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$300 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$1050 per non-cooking companion

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Non-cooking reduction for 2023: -$1050.


Tartufo, Ombuto, and Villa Bellorcia 7-Night Food Trip Dates

Available for a minimum of 1 person. Please note availability changes frequently – inquire with specific dates.

2023
Availability changes frequently, please inquire for up to date availability.
April 2-9 at Torre del Tartufo
April 8-15 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
April 9-16 at Torre del Tartufo (2 rooms left)
April 15-22 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto (1 room left)
April 22-29 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
April 23-30 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
April 29-May 6 at Casa Ombuto
April 30-May 7 at Torre del Tartufo (1 room left)
May 6-13 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto – sold out
May 7-14 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
May 13-20 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto – sold out
May 14-21 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
May 20-27 at Casa Ombuto – sold out
May 21-28 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
May 27-June 3 cooking and hiking at Bellorcia
June 3-10 at Casa Ombuto
June 4-11 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
June 10-17 at Casa Ombuto
June 11-18 at Torre del Tartufo (2 rooms left)
June 17-24 at Casa Ombuto
June 18-25 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
June 24-July 1 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
June 25-July 2 at Torre del Tartufo
July 1-8 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto
July 8-15 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
July 9-16 at Torre del Tartufo
July 15-21 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
July 16-23 at Torre del Tartufo
July 22-29 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto – sold out
July 23-29 at Torre del Tartufo
July 29-August 5 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
July 30-August 6 at Torre del Tartufo
August 5-12 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
August 12-19 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto
August 13-20 fitness & yoga week at Torre del Tartufo
August 19-26 at Casa Ombuto
August 20-27 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
August 26-Sept. 2 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
August 27-Sept. 3 at Torre del Tartufo – sold out
Sept. 2-9 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto (2 rooms left)
Sept. 9-16 at Bellocia – sold out
Sept. 10-17 at Torre del Tartufo (2 rooms left)
Sept. 16-23 at Casa Ombuto (1 room left)
Sept. 16-23 at Bellocia – sold out
Sept. 17-24 at Torre del Tartufo
Sept. 23-30 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto (3 rooms left)
Sept. 30-Oct. 7 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
Oct. 1-8 at Torre del Tartufo
Oct. 7-14 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
Oct. 7-14 at Bellorcia
Oct. 8-15 at Torre del Tartufo
Oct. 14-21 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
Oct. 14-21 at Bellorcia
Oct. 15-22 at Torre del Tartufo
Oct. 21-28 Mediterranean week at Casa Ombuto
Oct. 28-Nov. 4 cooking and hiking at Casa Ombuto
Oct. 29-Nov. 5 at Torre del Tartufo

2024
Please inquire for dates.


Torre del Tartufo Cooking Holidays 2023 Pricing:

3-night Program

US$2700 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$100 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$900 per non-cooking companion

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

Balance due 60 days prior.

 

Torre del Tartufo Cooking Holidays 2024 Pricing:

3-night Program

US$2750 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$100 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$900 per non-cooking companion

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

Balance due 60 days prior.


Torre del Tartufo 3-Night Food Tour Dates

Three-night cooking vacation Torre del Tartufo available these select dates for a minimum of 1 person.

2023
At Torre del Tartufo.
April 17-20
May 29-June 1
June 25-28
July 3-6
August 10-13
September 4-7.- sold out
September 7-10
September 25-28
October 23-26

2024
Please inquire for 2024 dates.

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