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Tomatoes and eggplant during a cooking class in Italy
Outdoor kitchen during a cooking vacation in Tuscany
View of Panzano in the hills of Tuscany
Making pasta during a cooking class in Tuscany
Making pasta during your cooking class
Pasta made during your Italian cooking classes
View of Pienza during your culinary tour of Tuscany
Tiramisu made during your Tuscany cooking classes
Twin beds at your luxuyr Italian villa
Bedroom at your luxury Italian villa
Dining table at your luxury Tuscan villa
Salon of your luxury Italian villa
Soggiorno of your luxury Italian villa
Pool at your luxury Tuscan villa
View of luxury Tuscan villa
Overview

Tuscan Dream: Cook in a Luxury Chianti Villa

A beautiful scene in Italy during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Get to know the real Tuscany on a Tuscany villa vacation! Your locally-focused cooking vacation includes native experts, all while staying in a spacious, private luxury villa near the charming town of Greve-in-Chianti. Situated in the heart of Chianti, this is one of the most unspoiled places in the region; this beautiful area is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards that are managed by a close-knit group of vintners who promote sustainable and organic vineyard techniques. It’s the Tuscany villa vacation you’ve dreamt about — and so much more.

As you’ll be vacationing in a private villa, you’ll be treated like a guest staying in a friend’s home. In fact, during this trip, you’ll have your very own professional assistant at your disposal, who will happily share their knowledge of the Tuscan lifestyle, traditions, culture, and of course, gastronomy and wine.


Trip Details

Your 3 cooking classes are led by a Cordon Blue trained chef, Barbara, who is affectionately known as Chef Babs. After growing up in Canada, Italy, and England, she decided to pursue her passion for chocolate — and cooking. After graduating from Cordon Bleu with a Grand Diplome, and after becoming a qualified sommellier, she worked for two well-known Chianti wineries and a variety of restaurants. Today, she focuses on teaching professional and non-professional cooking courses.
During your three hands-on cooking classes in the well-equipped kitchen, Chef Babs will teach you how to make authentic Italian recipes including everything from homemade bread and pasta to entrees, side dishes, and desserts. You will cook with top-quality produce from local producers and farmers and will master the art of Italian preparation and seasoning.

Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrive on your own to start your Tuscany villa vacation. (Transfers can be arranged for an additional fee).
  • Meet your host, who will provide an overview of your week in Tuscany.
  • A welcome dinner will be served by the chef, who prepares your dinners when you don’t have a cooking class; as with your other meals, the dinner will be prepared with fresh, local products straight from the garden.
  • Overnight.

Greve in Chianti Cooking Vacation


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • Morning on your own to enjoy the villa, or perhaps take a stroll in Greve in Chianti.
  • At the villa, enjoy a light lunch based on typical Tuscan specialties.
  • In the afternoon, your Tuscany villa vacation continues with your first hands-on cooking class with Chef Barbara.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts.
  • Overnight.

Siena, Italy, main square


Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • Today you’ll be picked up from the villa by a private minibus. An expert guide will take you to Siena and then San Gimignano, where you’ll visit an organic farm that cultivates a special purple crocus flower that saffron comes from, as well as vegetables and Tuscan herbs (such as thyme, lavender, rosemary, sage, and mint). The farm also produces an olive oil. While here you’ll also learn about the farm’s sustainable production of tiny red threads known as saffron.
  • After a brief tour, have lunch out on a open terrace with a view of the hills, San Gimignano, and its towers. The lunch, including a course with a saffron dish, will be prepared by the farm’s owner, who focuses on true farm-to-table meals, as he uses fresh vegetables and herbs from his garden.
  • In the afternoon, it’s off to San Gimignano, a well-preserved medieval town known as the “city of the fair towers,” since it has 14 tours that dominate the skyline.
  • Return to the villa.
  • Dinner on your own.

View of a villa in Tuscany


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, your Tuscany villa vacation continues with a walk with the guide out into the countryside to visit a working farm situated on olive groves and vineyards.
  • After a guided tour of the farm’s wine cellar, have a tasting of the farm’s wine and extra virgin olive oil. A light lunch will also be served.
  • In the afternoon, experience your next hands-on cooking class with Chef Barbara. Dinner to follow.
  • Overnight.

Arezzo Italy, main square


Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • Day on your own. Perhaps explore Greve, or see other Chianti villages or Florence by taking the public bus. (Other private excursions can be arranged, such as to Arezzo and Cortona, at an additional cost). Lunch and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Wine tasting in Tuscany Italy


Day Six

  • After breakfast, depart by private minibus to the towns of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano with your guide. You’ll also have a chance to see the breathtaking landscapes of the Orcia Valley, which is known for its superb wines.
  • First stop: Montalcino, a fascinating ancient village best known for its red Brunello di Montalcino wines.
  • Next, visit Pienza, a Renaissance town. Here you’ll have some time for lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, visit Montepulciano, a small village of Etruscan origins and one of the most beautiful hill towns in all of Tuscany. The Nobile wines of Montepulciano were the first wines to be given DOCG certification. Here, you’ll experience a private guided visit in a flagship wine cellar and end with a wine tasting.
  • Return back to the villa, where Chef Mimmo will prepare a wonderful dinner for you.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany Italy


Day Seven

  • Breakfast.
  • Morning on your own for sightseeing or taking a walk in the countryside.
  • A light lunch will be served at the villa.
  • In the afternoon, return to the kitchen for your final cooking class with Chef Barbara. Dinner to follow based on your efforts.
  • Overnight.

Day Eight

  • Breakfast and check out by mid-morning. We hope your Tuscany villa vacation was everything you dreamed it would be! (Departure transfer can be arrange for an additional cost.)

Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation in private 8-bedroom villa

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches wine not included
  • 5 dinners, wine included

Classes & Instructors

Your 3 cooking classes are led by a Cordon Blue trained chef, Barbara, who is affectionately known as Chef Babs. After growing up in Canada, Italy, and England, she decided to pursue her passion for chocolate — and cooking. After graduating from Cordon Bleu with a Grand Diplome, and after becoming a qualified sommellier, she worked for two well-known Chianti wineries and a variety of restaurants. Today, she focuses on teaching professional and non-professional cooking courses.
During your three hands-on cooking classes in the well-equipped kitchen, Chef Babs will teach you how to make authentic Italian recipes including everything from homemade bread and pasta to entrees, side dishes, and desserts. You will cook with top-quality produce from local producers and farmers and will master the art of Italian preparation and seasoning.

Excursions

  • Full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
  • Full day excursion to Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano
  • Visit to an olive oil farm and winery, with tastings

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included but can be arranged for an additional cost.

Miscellaneous

  • House wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee available at the villa
  • English-speaking assistant for the entire week

Accommodation Information

The beautiful private villa sleeps up to 16 people in 8 double or twin bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom. Beautifully refinished, the farmhouse is in a traditional Tuscan style and includes spacious indoor and outdoor areas including a garden, swimming pool, al fresco dining area, and amazing views onto the Tuscan countryside. The villa also features air conditioning in the bedrooms, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, WiFi, hair dyers, and more.

We also use other villas in the area, and might propose an alternative based on the size of your group. Contact us to get started!

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Sample Pricing:
for a minimum of 10 people

7-night Program
US$3375 per person based on double occupancy
  • Subtract US$300 per non-cooking companion

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.

Pricing dependent on number of participants and specific villa. Contact us for availability and a quote!


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for groups of 10 or more. (Alternate villas may be available for groups of 6-8, please inquire.)

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

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

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