Typical Italian dishes for dinner
The arcaded streets in Greve in Chianti
Cheese plate on your Tuscany culinary vacation
The chef awaits you on your cooking vacation in Tuscany
Cooking class in Tuscany
Making homemade pasta on a cooking vacation in Tuscany
Vineyard in the Chianti region during your culinary tour of Italy
Shrimp dish during your cooking vacation in Italy
Shrimp dish during your culinary vacation in Italy
View of Siena on a Tuscany tour
Tuna dish on an Italian culinary vacation
Bathroom at the hotel in Chianti
A view of the borgo in Tuscany
Bedroom at the hotel in Tuscany
Double room at the hotel in Tuscany
The pool and the hotel in Tuscany
The pool at the hotel in Tuscany
Enjoying time on the terrace during your culinary tour of Tuscany
Wine shop at the Tuscany hotel
Overview

Cook in the Heart of Chianti

The pool and the hotel in TuscanyThis trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

In the quaint town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa among the Tuscan hills, you’ll be greeted with open arms for this delicious and authentic Tuscany cooking vacation. Tucked away in the Pesa Valley in the heart of the Chianti countryside, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa offers a peaceful Tuscany cooking vacation getaway that is perfectly situated between the major cities of Florence and Siena, which once placed it on the royal road that connected Florence to Rome. Today, the town continues to be known for its monasteries and churches — particularly the Badia di Passignano from the Middle Ages – but it offers something more than that too. The medieval town’s economy continues to thrive based on shoe and paper making as well as the production of wheat, grapes, and olives that supply many in Tuscany and beyond.

Your Tuscany cooking vacation will be based at the beautiful Borgo di Cortefreda just outside of town, with rolling views of the countryside, a wonderful pool and garden, a restaurant, wine tasting room, and wonderful hospitality. Here you will learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine on your Tuscany cooking vacation, including delicious appetizers and starters, tantalizing fresh pastas, succulent meat dishes, and more. The young chefs for the Tuscany cooking classes are full of passion for Tuscan cuisine and they will teach you the secrets to preparing authentic Tuscan dishes that you can replicate at home.

Your Tuscany cooking vacation will also include wonderful Tuscan wine tours and wine tastings, and excursions to such iconic Tuscan towns as Siena, San Gimignano, and Volterra, which you can enjoy exploring as part of your Tuscany cooking vacation Tuscany is hands-down one of the world’s most popular destinations for an Italy food tour, and a cooking vacation in Tuscany is sure to be everything you could possibly dream of for your culinary trip to Italy!


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Robert & Diane
Nevada
Trip taken May 2015
Loved every minute!

Trip Details

4 cooking classes with chefs Alessandro and Veronica. Alessandro has worked for years in restaurants in Tuscany, while Veronica has been at the Borgo’s restaurant since 2014 and assisting in the cooking classes since 2016. Your classes will be supplemented by herbs and vegetables from the garden.
Your classes feature:

  • appetizers and seasonal first course
  • pastas and sauces
  • main dishes with seasonal sides
  • creating a full Tuscan meal

Itinerary

Day One

  • Transfer from Florence airport or train station to Borgo di Cortefreda Resort in the heart of Chianti Classico.
  • Enjoy a warm welcome from Nadia, the manager, and her young and passionate staff.
  • Welcome dinner and overnight.

Prosciutto at Falorni in Greve


Day Two

  • Following a buffet breakfast, begin your first hands-on cooking lesson with the chef, where you’ll make Tuscan appetizers and a first seasonal course.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts, local wine included.
  • In the afternoon, depart for the village of Greve in Chianti to visit the butcher, “Il Falorni.” You will also see the medieval village of Montefioralle, which is famous for its amazing views of Greve Valley. Your afternoon excursion ends with a wine tasting at a local estate.
  • Dinner tonight at the beautiful restaurant “Le Scuderie” in Badia a Passignano.
  • Return to the hotel and overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Three

  • Buffet breakfast.
  • In the morning, your next cooking lesson, which focuses on pasta and sauces.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts, with local wine included.
  • In the afternoon, meet your hiking guide at Cortefreda for a 2 to 3 hour hiking tour in the beautiful countryside between Tavarnelle and Barberino Val d’ Elsa to enjoy the Tuscan landscapes. (This is an Intermediate Hiking Tour with easily-accessible paths, suitable for anyone in moderate to good physical shape.)
  • Dinner at the hotel and overnight.

Siena, Italy


Day Four

  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Head out to Siena, which is famous for its horse race “Il Palio.” (Your English-speaking driving guide will give you art/history information about Siena on the way. Optional licensed guide in Siena can be arranged for an additional cost of 170 Euros, please inquire for details.)
  • Light lunch in a local trattoria with a glass of local wine.
  • In the afternoon, return to Cortefreda for the third cooking class with the chef for the preparation of a Tuscan main course with seasonal side dishes.
  • Dinner based on your efforts will follow with local wine.
  • Overnight.

San Gimignano, Tuscany


Day Five

  • Breakfast, then depart for an unforgettable excursion to the medieval village of San Gimignano with its original “skyline” and Volterra, famous for its alabaster crafts.
  • Lunch on own in San Gimignano with some time to explore the city.
  • In the late afternoon, return to Tavarnelle for dinner in a traditional trattoria.
  • Overnight.

Swimming pool in Tuscany


Day Six

  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Meet the chef for your final cooking lesson, which focuses on making a full Tuscan meal.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts with local wine included.
  • Afternoon on your own to relax, and perhaps enjoy the pool.
  • Farewell dinner tonight at Cortefreda.
  • Overnight.

Day Seven

  • Buffet breakfast and checkout.
  • Private transfer to Florence train station or airport.

Day One

  • Transfer from Florence airport or train station to Borgo di Cortefreda Resort in the heart of Chianti Classico.
  • Enjoy a warm welcome from Nadia, the manager, and her young and passionate staff.
  • Welcome dinner and overnight.

Hotel in Tuscany


Day Two

  • Following a buffet breakfast, begin your first hands-on cooking lesson with the chef, where you’ll make Tuscan appetizers and a first seasonal course.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts, local wine included.
  • In the afternoon, depart for the village of Greve in Chianti to visit the butcher, “Il Falorni.” You will also see the medieval village of Montefioralle, which is famous for its amazing views of Greve Valley. Your afternoon excursion ends with a wine tasting at a local estate.
  • Dinner tonight at the beautiful restaurant “Le Scuderie” in Badia a Passignano.
  • Return to the hotel and overnight.

Pasta class in Italy


Day Three

  • Buffet breakfast.
  • In the morning, your next cooking lesson, which focuses on pasta and sauces.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts, with local wine included.
  • In the afternoon, meet your hiking guide at Cortefreda for a 2 to 3 hour hiking tour in the beautiful countryside between Tavarnelle and Barberino Val d’ Elsa to enjoy the Tuscan landscapes. (This is an Intermediate Hiking Tour with easily-accessible paths, suitable for anyone in moderate to good physical shape.)
  • Dinner at the hotel and overnight.

Square in Siena, Italy


Day Four

  • Buffet breakfast.
  • Head out to Siena, which is famous for its horse race “Il Palio.” (Your English-speaking driving guide will give you art/history information about Siena on the way. Optional licensed guide in Siena can be arranged for an additional cost of 170 Euros, please inquire for details.)
  • Light lunch in a local trattoria with a glass of local wine.
  • In the afternoon, return to Cortefreda for the third cooking class with the chef in in which you will enjoy the preparation of a Tuscan main course with seasonal side dishes.
  • Dinner based on your efforts will follow with local wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Buffet breakfast and checkout. Private transfer to Florence train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation in classic double room

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

4 cooking classes with chefs Alessandro and Veronica. Alessandro has worked for years in restaurants in Tuscany, while Veronica has been at the Borgo’s restaurant since 2014 and assisting in the cooking classes since 2016. Your classes will be supplemented by herbs and vegetables from the garden.
Your classes feature:

  • appetizers and seasonal first course
  • pastas and sauces
  • main dishes with seasonal sides
  • creating a full Tuscan meal

Excursions

  • Excursion to Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle, with winery visit
  • Half-day excursion to Siena
  • Half-day excursion to San Gimignano and Volterra
  • Guided hiking tour of the Chianti countryside

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
  • Extra beverages
  • Licensed guide in Siena or San Gimignano (can be arranged on request)

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation in classic double room

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

3 cooking classes with chefs Alessandro and Veronica. Alessandro has worked for years in restaurants in Tuscany, while Veronica has been at the Borgo’s restaurant since 2014 and assisting in the cooking classes since 2016. Your classes will be supplemented by herbs and vegetables from the garden.
Your classes feature:

  • appetizers and seasonal first course
  • pastas and sauces
  • main dishes with seasonal sides

Excursions

  • Excursion to Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle, with winery visit
  • Half-day excursion to Siena
  • Guided hiking tour of the Chianti countryside

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
  • Extra beverages
  • Licensed guide in Siena or San Gimignano (can be arranged on request)

Accommodation Information

The Borgo di Cortefreda is situated just outside the small town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa in a relaxing and beautiful setting in the Chianti countryside. The 55 rooms are decorated in a rustic Tuscan style, and all include an ensuite bath as well as a satellite TV, telephone, hair dryer, mini-fridge, safe, Internet, and air conditioning, and most rooms include a balcony or terrace. Other amenities on the property include a spa, sauna, fitness room, bar, and a panoramic swimming pool and jacuzzi.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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High Season Pricing:
May 1 - September 30, 2021

6-night Program
US$3550 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$450 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.

Low Season Pricing:
March 1 - April 30; October 1 - January 2

(excluding holiday weeks)

6-night Program
US$3300 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$450 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.


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people. Closed January 2-March 14.

Itinerary usually starts on Sunday, but other start days possible.

2020
October 18-24
October 25-31
November 1-7
November 8-14
November 15-21
November 22-28
November 29-December 5
December 6-12
December 13-19
December 20-26

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

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High Season Pricing:
May 1 - September 30, 2021

4-night Program
US$2490 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$325 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.

Low Season Pricing:
March 14 - April 30; October 1 - January 2, 2021

(excluding holiday weeks)

4-night Program
US$2290 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$325 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.


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people. Closed January 2-March 14.

Itinerary usually starts on Sunday, but other start dates possible.

2020
October 25-29
November 1-5
November 8-12
November 15-19
November 22-26
November 29-December 3
December 6-10
December 13-17
December 20-24

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

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Robert & Diane
Nevada
Trip taken May 2015
Loved every minute!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Francine & Susan
Alberta
Trip taken April 2014
The cooking school itself was very good. I enjoyed the active participation and the small class size. The variety of cooking, wine tasting and outings was just right, along with the free time to enjoy walks in the community. The pace was so relaxing. The partnership with Borgo Corte Fredo is a great one. They speak highly of The International Kitchen and they do everything to make the experience a great one. I was so impressed with the participation of Chef Luca. He was so personable and made the experience all the better.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Steven & Susan
Illinois
Spectacular! Situated among the rolling hillsides covered with olive trees and vineyards, we found the Borgo di Cortefreda the perfect place to experience "Cooking in the Heart of Chianti." So many people made this experience so extraordinary! The caring staff at the hotel were sensitive to our every need, the tour guides we exceptional in their knowledge and history and even took us to some places that were off the "beaten track" such as Villa Cusona and the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Exceptional was Chef Luca! His patience and attention to each one of us was only surpassed by his thoughtful and creative use of ingredients authentic to the region. How fortunate the four of us were to work with him. Thank you The International Kitchen for finding and organizing this remarkable experience!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Norma & Linda
California
Trip taken October 2013
Chef Luca, Massimiliano and the staff at Cortefreda made me feel welcome and like family. Every cooking lesson with Luca was wonderful. He is very good at teaching and very patient. Massimiliano does a wonderful job of doing a wine tasting to include olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey - which is a different twist for me at a wine tasting in the U.S. Also, I learned to much about agriculture in the region - wine making and olive oil. The excursions we took daily to other towns were great, as well as the meals we ate at other restaurants. Chef Luca encourages the class to get involved with the actual cooking. There were four of us in the class and that was a perfect number. Cooking in Chianti with Chef Luca is an experience I will never forget. In fact, I would take another course from him. There was no one 'special' moment for me on this trip --- every day was special with Luca, Massimiliano and my other three classmates. I am very, very satisfied with this trip. I recommend this to anyone wanting to cook and see some of Tuscany.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Keith & Kathleen
Wisconsin
Trip taken September 2012
It was absolutely outstanding - beyond our expectations. The Borgo di Cortefreda was a very charming and most comfortable in a fantastic Tuscany setting. Their Chef Alessio was both an outstanding chef but also a great teacher. The manager, Massimilion (Max) was most energetic, knew his foods and wines and did all of the things for us promised in your brochure including a personal guided tour of the area including wine tastings and seeing sights we never could have found by ourselves. We would recommend this to anyone. The airport services were right on time and provided with a very impressive English speaking driver (married to an American) in a Mercedes. It was a WOW!
No rating given with this review
We are back in Tennessee and we really miss our friends at Cortefreda!!! Especially Chef Luca and Massimiliano! We will never be able to stop talking up our trip to Tuscany. And we will be sending people to stay there! We really hated leaving, and Rob is putting up a great review on TripAdvisor! We felt like family there, and it was sooooo beautiful! I wish I could write tho in Italian. Hopefully by the next time we come to Tuscany, we will be able to speak the language! Oh la la! Thinking of Chef Luca and his wife and their first baby also! Rob and Robyn J., TN
No rating given with this review
We loved this trip. The hotel and staff were always there when we had any sort of question. We felt well-taken care of all the time. The hotel is comfortable and in a beautiful setting in Chianti. Luca was the best chef. He allowed us choice in what we would cook. He carefully shared many of his culinary secrets with us. We made cantuccini and he even packed some up for us to take home. We loved working with him. All of our side trips were interesting and best of all fun. There was a nice balance in more organized functions and time for us to just explore. Our drivers always filled us in on historical details. And they shared places we should get a gelato or a special lunch. Robert & Diane B., NV
No rating given with this review
We were very satisfied with the Italian partners. Everything went like clockwork, the drivers arrived and whisked us to our destinations on time. The cooking classes were everything we could hope for. We were amazed and pleased to find that we were the the only students. The only down side was the restaurant in Tavernelle was not the best we had. The staff at the hotel were as wonderful as possible. The wine and food were superb. Arthur A. & Marcia F., IL
_Response from The International Kitchen:_ Thank you for your feedback! We're glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. We will relay your feedback on the Tavernelle restaurant to your hosts. Thank you again.

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