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Overview

Tuscan Villa Cooking in Chianti

A beautiful scene in Italy during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.Get to know the real Tuscany on one of the best Tuscany villa cooking vacations in Chianti! Your Tuscan cooking vacation will focus on authentic local life and gastronomy, including native Tuscan experts, all while staying in a spacious, private luxury villa near the charming town of Panzano in Chianti. 

Views from the terrace during your luxury Tuscan villa culinary vacation.This Tuscan villa cooking vacation is designed for travelers who appreciate the privacy and abundant living space of a private Tuscan villa, and for those who want to get to know the real Tuscany enhanced by local experts. Your stay in a private luxury Tuscan villa during your Italy cooking vacation will make you feel like a guest in a friend’s home. Our friendly and professional assistant will be at your disposal for your entire Tuscany culinary vacation, and they will be happy to share with you their insights about the Tuscan lifestyle, culture, traditions and of course… the excellent food and wine! You will learn learn to cook authentic Italian dishes with a professional cook during the fun hands-on Tuscan cooking classes. And you will do all this while staying in a spectacular villa in Panzano in Chianti, the heart of the Chianti region and one of the most authentic and untouched places in the  area. 

A view of Panzano in the distance.The villa is walking just few steps from the historic center of Panzano in Chianti, making it an ideal location for your Tuscan villa cuilnary vacation. In medieval times, it was the first and only restaurant on the ancient route that connected Florence to Siena, the famous “Strada maestra del Chianti.” Explore it and the beauty of the Chianti during your unforgettable Tuscan villa food and wine tour!


Tuscan Villa Cooking Trip Details

Learn to cook in the magnificent, professional kitchen of the Villa with the wonderful Chef Rosanna. Rosanna, who is fluent in English, has been working with food for more than 30 years as a cook, author, and teacher. She is a pioneer in the natural food movement, incorporating natural Tuscan ingredients in her dishes and in your Tuscan cooking classes. She has studied the impact of food on both individual health and the environment since the 1980’s, and her cooking lessons are born from her long experience and her passion. For Rosanna, food is the expression of love and passion for life. 

Your three hands-on cooking classes will feature a five‐course meal: appetizers,  first course (pasta or soup), main course (fish or meat), side, and dessert. She is also able to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free classes. 

Itinerary

The countryside of the Chianti part of Tuscany.Day One

  • Arrival in Florence and private transfer to the villa near Panzano in Chianti.
  • On arrival at the villa you will meet your host, who will give you an introduction to your Tuscan villa cooking vacation in Chianti.
  • A welcome dinner will be served and you will meet Chef Rosanna. The Chef will prepare an excellent Tuscan dinner for you to enjoy using fresh, organic products.
  • Overnight.

The chef for your Tuscan villa cooking vacation in the Chianti.Day Two

  • Breakfast at the villa and morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the villa or the pool and gardens.
  • Take a stroll into Panzano this morning to enjoy the weekly market on your own. You will  get a full immersion into the Tuscan experience, and will see the home-grown vegetables and fruits, household products and handcrafts, flowers, vegetables, and clothes that make this such a vibrant experience.
  • Lunch on your own in Panzano.
  • In the afternoon you will have your first hands on cooking Class at the Villa with Chef Rosanna , followed by the dinner based on your efforts.

The famed Campo in Siena, Italy.Day Three

  • Breakfast at your Tuscan villa.
  • Pick up from the villa for a full day private excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. In the morning you will visit Siena, where you will meet your expert Tuscan guide, who will be with you for the whole day. You will visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery, the famous Campo Square, the Corso (the main street that crosses the historical center), and the Torre del Mangia. She will also explain about Siena’s famed Palio horserace, and you could visit the “Contrada” seats and the Palio Museum if you are interested.
  • Next it is on to San Gimignano, where you will visit an organic farm that cultivates the special purple crocus flower from which saffron is harvested. The farm also produces extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, and an abundance of Tuscan herbs such as rosemary, thyme, mint, lavender, and sage. Learn about the farm’s sustainable production of the tiny red saffron threads.
  • Visiting San Gimignano during our Tuscan villa culinary vacations.After a short tour, you will enjoy a delicious lunch served on an open terrace with a splendid view across the hills to San Gimignano and its famous towers. Your Tuscan lunch, including of course a saffron dish, will be prepared by the farm’s owner, who makes homemade pastas and uses fresh vegetables and herbs from the farm’s garden. It doesn’t get more farm to table than this!
  • After the lunch, visit San Gimignano with your guide. This amazingly well-preserved medieval town is known as the “city of the fair towers,” boasting fourteen soaring towers (of the seventy-six original) that dominate the skyline.
  • Transfer back to the Villa.
  • Dinner on your own tonight.
  • Overnight.

Grape varieties during a Tuscan food and wine tour.Day Four

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • This morning your Tuscan villa culinary vacation continues with a walk, together with your guide, through the Tuscan countryside. You will visit a working farmhouse (a 10 minute walk from the villa) with 20 hectares of vineyards and 40 hectares of olive groves. Enjoy a guided tour of the wine cellar and tastings of their excellent wine and extra virgin olive oil. A light lunch will be served at the farmhouse based on typical Tuscan specialties.
  • Walk a back to the villa with some time to relax before your second cooking lesson with chef, followed by the dinner.
  • Overnight.

Visiting Volpaia on your Tuscan villa cooking vacation.Day Five

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Your Tuscany food and wine tour today will include a full day excursion through the Chianti area. Pick up from the villa and drive along the “Chiantigiana” route, where you will explore small villages such as Montefioralle and Strada in Chianti, where you will visit an pasta factory. These pasta producers have been making pasta since 1893 and still respect the old traditions. They use the best semolina and semolato flours from carefully selected grains, milled by mills they trust, and throughout the production use very low temperatures to ensure the best final product. At the end of the production cycle, the pasta is slowly dried (from three to six days depending on the shape).
  • Next, you will drive towards Volpaia Castle, and you will visit a farm that produces certified organic cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey. The owner of the farm will lead you on a visit of the Caseificio, where you will have a demonstration about how Pecorino cheese is made. After the tour, you will enjoy a light lunch at the farm based on local products.
  • Transfer back to Panzano. Time at leisure and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Visiting Montalcino during your Tuscany cooking vacation.Day Six

  • After breakfast at the villa, begin a private, full-day excursion to Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano. Your Tuscany food and wine tour lead you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Orcia Valley, which is also home to superb Tuscan wines.
  • You will first visit Montalcino, where you will meet uour expert guide. Montalcino is a fascinating ancient village that is best known for its red Brunello di Montalcino wines, made with Sangiovese Grosso grapes. You will have a private guided visit to a flagship wine cellar in Montalcino, complete with Tuscan wine tasting.
  • Visiting Pienza during your Tuscan villa culinary vacation.Then on to Pienza, a true jewel of art, and perhaps the perfect Renaissance town. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Pienza and have lunch.
  • In the afternoon, your Tuscany culinary tour carries you to Montepulciano, a small village of Etruscan origin and one of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany. The famed “Nobile” wines of Montepulciano were the first to be given the ultimate quality level of DOCG certification.
  • Transfer back to Panzano and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Exploring the vineyards of Tuscany on your Chianti villa cooking vacation.Day Seven

  • Breakfast at the villa.
  • Meet your licensed tour guide for a walk of about 2 hours visiting the historical gems of Panzano in Chianti. He will introduce you to the extraordinary Romanesque Church of San Leolino and the medieval part of Panzano with its hill-top castle. For the walkers in the group, it is possible to continue on to Sant’Eufrosino, about an hour away on foot.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon you will have your third cooking lesson with chef, followed by the dinner.
  • You will enjoy also a private wine tasting and masterclass at your villa with your personal sommelier Gianmaria! He is a qualified sommelier who translated his passion into knowledge thanks to an advanced qualification (Level 3 award in wine and spirits) provided by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, which is a globally recognized institution. Enjoy a Tuscan wine tasting with such iconic wines as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and a Supertuscan. Enjoy some taralli and Tuscan cheeses to nibble on during the masterclass. The masterclass will be tailored to the group’s knowledge and experience, but always with a focus on Tuscan wines, Tuscan wine areas and appellations, regulations, and grape varieties. The best Tuscan wine tastings are a great chance to have fun, share laughs, and learn how to taste wine and understand it.
  • Overnight.

Exploring the beautiful Chianti during your Tuscan villa culinary tour.Day Eight

  • Breakfast and check out by mid-morning. Transfer to Florence airport (or to another location, on request).

Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation in private 5-bedroom villa

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

Learn to cook in the magnificent, professional kitchen of the Villa with the wonderful Chef Rosanna. Rosanna, who is fluent in English, has been working with food for more than 30 years as a cook, author, and teacher. She is a pioneer in the natural food movement, incorporating natural Tuscan ingredients in her dishes and in your Tuscan cooking classes. She has studied the impact of food on both individual health and the environment since the 1980’s, and her cooking lessons are born from her long experience and her passion. For Rosanna, food is the expression of love and passion for life. 

Your three hands-on cooking classes will feature a five‐course meal: appetizers,  first course (pasta or soup), main course (fish or meat), side, and dessert. She is also able to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free classes. 

Excursions

  • Visit to organic saffron farm
  • Visit of Siena and San Gimignano
  • Visit of winery & olive oil producer near Panzano
  • Visit of the “Chiantigiana” route, including a cheese farm and pasta factory
  • Visit of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano, including winery visit
  • Walking tour of Panzano with your guide

Transfer Details

  • Transfers included from/to Florence airport or train station.

Miscellaneous

  • Wine tasting & pairing at the villa on Day 7
  • Full-time English-speaking assistant at your disposal

Not Included

  • Tourist tax of 2 Euros per person, per night, to be paid locally

Accommodation Information

Your home for your Tuscan villa cooking vacation in Chianti is a private villa boasting rooms with panoramic views, a spacious garden on two levels, and a swimming pool.  Your Tuscan villa is the perfect  place to live an amazing and authentic Tuscan experience in the heart of the Chianti area. The five rooms , each with private bathroom, are lovingly furnished with antique accents, and they blend seamlessly into the modern design in a luxurious and inviting atmosphere.

The Tuscan villa is located within walking distance of Panzano with its good restaurants, wine bars, and tasting rooms. The views from the garden, pool, and bedrooms are spectacular. The garden also has several outdoor eating areas, a wonderful way to enjoy meals during your Tuscany culinary vacation. 

All five en suite bedrooms have air conditioning, free WiFi, a minibar, Sat TV, and hair dryers. 

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Tuscan Villa Cooking Low Season Pricing:
for a minimum of 8 people

April, May, September, and October

7-night Program

US$5490 per person based on double occupancy

    Low Season price for groups of 6: $6890 per person.
    Pricing for groups of 10: please inquire.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

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

    Tuscan Villa Cooking High Season Pricing:
    for a minimum of 8 people

    June, July, and August

    7-night Program

    US$5890 per person based on double occupancy

      High Season price for groups of 6: $7290 per person.
      Pricing for groups of 10: please inquire.

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.

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


      Tuscan Villa Cooking Vacation Tour Dates

      Our Tuscan villa cooking vacation in Chianti is available year round for groups of 6 to 10. Sample weeks for this Tuscan culinary vacation follow, please inquire for availability.

      2021
      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
      Other months: please inquire.

      2022
      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
      Other months: please inquire.

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