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Overview

Authentic Tuscany Cooking Vacation and Culinary Experience

Chef Andrea at Living the Real Tuscan Dream cooking vacation in Tuscany

This trip is eligible for special flexible booking terms.

 Tuscany is one of the world’s most popular destinations, and it is the perfect destination for a cooking vacation! But its increase in popularity make the “authentic” Tuscany at times a little harder to find. But look no further: this unique Tuscany culinary vacation is meant exclusively for those who are looking for a true Tuscany food tour, the Tuscany 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 on one of our best Tuscany cooking vacations!

Chef Andrea defines himself as your Chianti “host” for your Tuscany food tour, 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, as you will discover on our Tuscany wine tours and Tuscany cooking vacations, 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 vacation in Tuscany is definitely the “journey” that all the local ingredients make 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).

Of course, our Tuscany wine tours and Tuscany cooking vacations would not be complete without a thorough exploration of the local culture through gastronomic visits, artisan food tastings, winery visits, and Tuscany wine tasting tours. Visit Andrea in his native Tuscany on our Tuscany cooking vacations and live the real Tuscan dream!


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Nicole & Troy
HI
Best vacation ever. We did 2 different tours - tour 1 was Tuscany with Andrea which was phenomenal. Week 2 was in Puglia with Chiara and that was phenomenal too. I would highly recommend either one. Peg and Richard at International Kitchen took care of all of our requests, transports, etc. It was wonderful!!!!

Your Tuscany Cooking Vacation Details

Try one of our best Tuscany cooking vacations! Live the real Tuscan dream by learning about how authentic Tuscan food makes its way onto your plate. Your Tuscan culinary vacation will include:

  • authentic hands-on Tuscan cooking classes with Chef Andrea
  • visits of Siena, Montepulciano, and Pienza
  • winery visit with Tuscan wine tasting
  • seasonal food excursions, including to a cheese producer
  • accommodations at the chef’s private B&B property
  • transfers and transportation
  • meals as per the itinerary

Itinerary

Day One

  • Transfer from Florence airport or train station in the late morning or early afternoon to Andrea’s home in the Chianti countryside (about 1 hour away) for your week-long culinary vacation in Tuscany.
  • Check in to your home for the week, a little slice of heaven, and enjoy a welcome glass of wine.
  • Welcome dinner prepared by Andrea, who will introduce the program for your week-long Tuscany food and wine tour.

Tuscany vacation BandB


Day Two

  • Fresh homemade breakfast served at the house.
  • In the morning meet Andrea in his veggie garden, learn more about his particular way to grow plants, and then gather the seasonal vegetables for your first class. Your hands-on Tuscan cooking class will be held right afterwards, lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon enjoy a half-day excursion to another favorite destination of our Tuscany cooking vacations, nearby Siena, called also “The Gothic Dream.” Meet your licensed local guide and learn about the history and legends of the town which was long the obstinate enemy of Florence. Explore “Il Campo,” the enormous square where Palio horse race has been held for centuries twice a year. You will have some time on your own for shopping before savoring a tasty dinner in the evocative atmosphere of Siena.
  • Return home after dinner. Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Three

  • Fresh homemade breakfast served at the house.
  • In the morning meet Andrea in the kitchen for your second Tuscany cooking class with lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon transfer to a winery featuring Tuscany wine tours that let our travelers learn about the flavors of the indigenous Tuscan grapes and the terroir needed to produce authentic and wonderful Tuscan wines. Enjoy a guided wine tasting tour in Tuscany of the wine cellars and a tasting of olive and wine to follow.
  • Return to your home. Dinner at the house and overnight.

Vineyard in Italy


Day Four

  • Fresh homemade breakfast served at the house.
  • The schedule for this morning’s Tuscany cooking vacation activities varies according to the season, as it will be dependent on a special ingredient: in early September you might grab mushrooms and take part in the wine harvest or additional Tuscany wine tasting tours; in November you would pick the olives; in summer time you would make home made gelato in a nearby gelateria in Castellina in Chianti; in the springtime you might go hunting for wild asparagus and make sausage in a local butcher shop. Lunch included and based on the seasonal ingredient.
  • In the late afternoon join Andrea in his kitchen for a pizza and bread baking class and learn about yeast and baking techniques. Pizza dinner to follow.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class al fresco


Day Five

  • Fresh homemade breakfast served at the house.
  • Around 10:30 am meet your private driving guide and enjoy a full day excursion to Southern Tuscany, another perfect destination for our Tuscany cooking vacations.
  • Your Italy food tour will start this morning Podere il Casale, a local cheese-maker in the Pienza countryside where you will learn about their cheese making traditions and have a light lunch to follow.
  • The next stop will be Montepulciano, a lovely hill-top medieval village with perfectly preserved walls and great views on Orcia valley hills. Enjoy some time on your own in town, and make sure to climb the Public Palace and to stop in an underground cellars for one of the best Tuscany wine tours to sip a glass of Nobile, Montepulciano’s signature full bodied red wine.
  • Head next to  Pienza, a true symbol of the Renaissance. Walk along the narrow, romantic streets of this tiny village that was home to Pope Pius II and that still perfectly represents the essence of Tuscany over five hundreds years later.
  • Optional stop for dinner on the way back to Andrea’s (cost paid locally).

Tuscan town


Day Six

  • Fresh homemade breakfast served at the house.
  • This morning you will have free time to relax by the pool or hike in the countryside on your own. Lunch based on Andrea’s garden vegetables will be served.
  • After lunch enjoy your farewell Tuscan cooking class with a final dinner to follow.
  • Overnight.

Kitchen in Tuscany


Day Seven

  • Breakfast, a fond farewell to Andrea, and departure transfer to Florence airport or train station. We hope you have enjoyed your Tuscany culinary vacation!

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Tuscany Culinary Tour

Accommodations

6 nights accommodations in farmhouse

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

4 cooking classes on authentic Tuscan cuisine featuring:

  • visits to Andrea’s garden to pick fruits and vegetables
  • classic Tuscan recipes
  • pizza and bread making class
  • a special seasonal food visit based on the time of year, such as mushrooming in September or foraging for wild asparagus in the spring

Excursions

  • Half-day excursion to Siena, including tour with licensed guide
  • Visit of Tuscan winery with Andrea
  • Seasonal food excursion on day 4
  • Excursion to southern Tuscany featuring Montepulciano, Pienza, and a cheese producer

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers from Florence airport or train station

Accommodation Information

Lying on gentle Chianti hills, Andrea’s rustic farmhouse B&B is in a perfect location for those who wish to experience authentic Tuscan life: the house was originally a barn, lovingly restored and converted into three simple, large bedrooms, each with private bathroom (outside the room but private). The house offers a large outdoor area with a scenic pool, Andrea’s personal vegetable garden, vineyards and olive groves. Breakfast with fresh eggs from the roost and local cheeses is served daily.

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There are also 2 lovely double rooms with en suite bathroom available at a wine estate just 150 meters from Andrea’s house (and owned by Andrea’s cousin) .

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Living the Real Tuscan Dream Tuscany Tour Pricing & Dates

See pricing and dates for our authentic Tuscany cooking vacation below, and contact us for availability or to customize your culinary tour.

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Pricing:

6-Night Culinary Vacation Pricing

US$3600 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$350 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$300 per person when booking 4 or more people

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for special flexible booking terms*, by which your deposit is refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date minus a $200 cancellation fee per person. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Special Private Week Pricing:
October 3-9, 2021

6-Night Culinary Vacation Pricing

US$3400 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.


    Living the Real Tuscan Dream - Tuscany Cooking Vacation Dates

    Experience one of our best cooking vacations in Tuscany year round for a minimum of 2 people.

    Sample Tuscany cooking vacation dates follow. Please inquire for availability.

    2021
    Samples dates:
    September 19-25
    September 26-October 2
    October 3-9 (private week)
    October 10-16
    October 17-23
    October 25-31† (Mushroom and Olive Oil Week, note Monday start)
    October 31-November 6 (Mushroom and Olive Oil Week)
    November 7-13
    November 14-20
    November 21-27
    November 28-December 4
    December 5-11
    December 12-18
    December 19-25

    2022
    Samples dates:
    January 2-8
    January 9-15
    January 16-22
    January 23-29
    January 30- February 5
    February 6-12
    February 13-19
    February 20-26
    February 27-March 5
    March 6-12
    March 13-19
    March 20-26
    March 27-April 2
    April 3-9
    April 10-16
    April 17-23
    April 24-30
    May 1-7
    May 8-14
    May 15-21
    May 22-28
    May 29-June 4
    June 5-11
    June 12-18
    June 19-25
    June 26-July 2
    July 3-9
    July 10-16
    July 17-23
    July 24-30
    July 31-August 6
    August 7-13
    August 14-20
    August 21-27
    August 28-September 3
    September 4-10
    September 11-17
    September 18-24
    September 25-October 1
    October 2-8
    October 19-15
    October 16-22
    October 23-29
    October 30-November 5
    November 6-12
    November 13-19
    November 20-26
    November 27-December 3
    December 4-10
    December 11-17
    December 18-24

    Reviews

    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Nicole & Troy
    HI
    Best vacation ever. We did 2 different tours - tour 1 was Tuscany with Andrea which was phenomenal. Week 2 was in Puglia with Chiara and that was phenomenal too. I would highly recommend either one. Peg and Richard at International Kitchen took care of all of our requests, transports, etc. It was wonderful!!!!
    I gave this trip 5 stars
    Mary Dale
    IL
    Trip taken September 2019
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    I gave this trip 5 stars
    Thomas
    WA
    Trip taken June 2019
    From virtually the moment we arrived at Chef Andrea's Country Cottage, we felt warmly received and genuinely welcomed. We met Andrea's wife, Enza and son, Luca. Their prepared lunch was a welcome repast after a lengthy journey through 3 airports and a long flight. The entire week was a great balance of plenty of adventures in nearby towns intermixed with enjoyable cooking lessons at the villa, eating great food and drinking local wine (with a bonus of Andrea Bocelli belting out Italian opera songs). We learned a lot, we laughed frequently and felt blessed just to be there.
    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Thomas (Thom) & Edith (Edie)
    OH
    Trip taken May 2019
    Great trip! Andrea was always working to customize what we did and what we cooked to our needs and interests. Since we don’t have any food allergies or dietary restrictions we were open to and able to try a number of interesting things including chicken liver and heart pate, beef tongue, mussels and octopus, pizza dough and pasta made with flour from ancient grains. When we first arrived Andrea’s wife, Enza and son, Luka greeted us on our arrival and prepared a simple lunch of Italian cold cuts that were far better than what we had eaten in the US. Talking about the cold cuts lead to a trip to a local butcher where we watched sausage being made and later discovered it to be the best sausage we had ever tasted. We spent part of the next day with Andrea’s farmer friend, Daniela, talking about ancient grains, which he grows and mills, and watching the preparation of pizza dough and bread. Later Daniela’s wife, Barbara joined us and made numerous pizzas of different kinds, including one with gorgonzola cheese and squash blossoms, all of which were cooked in a brick food fired oven by Daniela. The pizza was another “best” we ever had. At another meal Enza came back and served an octopus dish she had prepared for us along with the best (yes, a third “best”) mussels we had ever had. We had previously mentioned to Andrea that someone doing a review for TIK had mentioned that they visited him for their 50th wedding anniversary and that this was also our 50th anniversary trip. Because of this Andrea had arranged for a signing, guitar playing friend to serenade us at dinner time (since we had never had a personal serenade before, I think we can count this one as another “best”). The final day we were up to our elbows in ancient grain flour making pasta dough. I keep asking what type of pasta we were making and Andrea kept not answering because when it cam time to do the shaping we made we made at least a six or eight different types. Several pieces of pasta were severed with a fresh sofrito we had prepared along with the pasta. Andrea showed us how the people of Tuscany are able to create an abundance of good food from a limited number of fresh ingredients and without many items, like butter and cream, that we have grown accustomed to using. Over all this was a wonderful experience with lots of personal “bests’ and, oh, yes, plenty of Chianti Classico to complement the food!
    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Davidd & Bernadien
    BC
    Trip taken September 2019
    This was a delightful experience and I would highly recommend the International Kitchen.
    We gave this trip 5 stars
    Craig & Marcia
    Arizona
    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.)

    We can help plan the best culinary vacation in Tuscany!

    Whether you want help with your flights, additional nights or tours in Tuscany, transportation, or more, we are here to help you plan the absolute best Tuscany culinary tour.

    We might not be able to pack for you, but there are many things we can help with to make your Tuscany culinary vacation that much better. Contact us for more information, or you can indicate your interest during check out and we will follow up directly! Contact Us
     

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