Living the Real Tuscan Dream

Tuscany is one of the world’s most popular destinations, and its increase in popularity make the “authentic” Tuscany at time a little harder to find. But look no further! This unique culinary vacation is meant exclusively for those who are looking for a true Tuscan experience, the one lived by the Tuscans themselves. Immerse yourself in the Chianti countryside, take a break from the hi-tech world by embracing local slow rhythms and medieval rituals, and rediscover the pleasures and pure joy of simple food, gorgeous scenery, and beautiful souls!

Chef Andrea defines himself as a Chianti “host” which explains a lot about his personality. An avid adventurer and great communicator, he has lived in Chianti his entire life, knows every single corner of the region, and through his different professional ventures has always shared his limitless passion for his land: he ran a restaurant, gave guided visits to a historical winery for years, and has organized Tuscan dinners all around the US.

What essentially marks the difference in between Italian and other cuisines is the importance of fresh and tasty ingredients versus the preparation techniques. Apart from the cooking phase which is of course a key component, the focus of this culinary trip is definitely the “journey” that all the local ingredients made before ending up in the kitchen. You will pick up the veggies from the chef’s garden, learn more about the seasonal ingredients and talk to the local producers (meat, cheese, olive oil, wine and more).

Living the Real Tuscan Dream Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Craig & Marcia
Trip taken April 2018
Both of our experiences were unique and truly exceptional. Both Andrea and Deborah went out of their way to provide us with hands on cooking lessons, eating experiences and side trips that allowed us to immerse ourselves into the Tuscan region of Italy. Every cooking class was a new experience and both Andrea and Deborah's personalities made it so easy to feel comfortable and at ease while learning new skills. Our excursions and wine tastings were each different and informative... Exceptional lodging arrangements and great locations for two fabulous and unique experiences. Adrian did an exceptional job in fulfilling each and every step for our "Dream" vacation and cooking experience. We were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary and we felt very special as the itinerary included awesome moments to commemorate this special event. Thank you again for a most amazing cooking experience and vacation!! (Note from TIK: These clients also participated in our Tuscany's Left Bank: Bolgheri and Supertuscans cooking vacation.)