Tuscookany: Italian Cooking at Torre del Tartufo and Casa Ombuto

Your lively group culinary vacation will take place in one of three amazing properties, Torre del Tartufo, Casa Ombuto, or Villa Bellorcia. All are private villas in the countryside of Tuscnay, and all feature en suite bedrooms, common living areas, gardens, swimming pool, hot tub and sauna/fitness.

The culinary program includes cooking classes in the afternoons, while most mornings are free for exploring on your own. (For this reason, we recommend you have your own rental car.)

Come explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside while learning to cook with new friends!

Tuscookany: Italian Cooking at Torre del Tartufo and Casa Ombuto Itinerary

Please note that the Mediterranean weeks and the hiking and cooking weeks have a slightly different itinerary. Please inquire for specifics!

Day One

  • Arrival on your own at your accommodations. (We can arrange transfers to and from Florence airport on request, although we recommend having your own vehicle to use during the free time.)
  • Check-in after 4:00 pm.
  • Welcome dinner and introduction given by the chef and a chance to get to know each other.
  • Overnight.

Dining outdoors in Tuscany

Day Two

  • Breakfast is served, followed by a free morning.
  • A light lunch at around 1:00 pm for those who are not off sightseeing.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by a delicious Tuscan wine to compliment the dishes.
  • Overnight.

Swimming pool at villa in Tuscany


Day Three

  • A buffet Breakfast is served and you have time to relax or do some sight seeing or enjoy the pool or take a walk.
  • A light lunch is served around 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm, during which you prepare a four-course meal.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Four

  • After breakfast, a full-day excursion, which will vary according to your accommodation.
  • For those staying at Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo, you will have time to explore, shop, and sightsee in the charming town of Arezzo. Along the way, we’ll pay a visit to a wine estate for a tasting, and drive through the breathtaking Tuscan countryside to visit an olive oil mill for a tasting and a lunch. You will also make your way to Anghiari to visit the textile factory.
  • For those staying at Bellorcia, you will have a visit to the Val d’Ocria and Montalcino where you will taste the famous Brunello di Montalcino, and then head to Pienza for a cheese producer visit. You will have lunch while you are out, and will stop on the way back for an olive mill visit.
  • The day ends with a light, informal dinner at the villa.
  • Overnight.

Strawberries growing in Tuscany


Day Five

  • Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure.
  • After lunch, your hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.
  • Overnight.

Florence Italy Ponte Vecchio


Day Six

  • After breakfast you have the day for yourselves, to do some sightseeing or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • This is the ideal day to make a trip to Florence for shopping and sight seeing as it’s only a 50 km drive away. Or visit La Verna—an ancient monastery where San Francisco de Assisi lived most of his life.
  • Alternatively, you can of course stay at the villas and relax at the pool or take a dip in the hot tub.
  • Lunch and dinner reservations can be made at a restaurant of your choice.

Chef during Tuscany cooking class


Day Seven

  • Breakfast is followed by a morning at leisure and for those interested we have a light lunch ready at 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts at 3:00 pm and you prepare an elaborate buffet dinner covering all the cooking techniques you have learned in the week and many more. Presentation of food will also be demonstrated.
  • At the grand finale dinner you will be presented with a certificate of attendance.

Day Eight

  • Breakfast and departure on your own around 10 a.m.

Day One

  • Transfer from the Arezzo train station if staying at Torre del Tartufo (or arrive on your own).
  • A light lunch at around 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by a delicious Tuscan wine to compliment the dishes.
  • Overnight.

Villa kitchen in Tuscany


Day Two

  • A buffet Breakfast is served and you have time to relax or do some sight seeing or enjoy the pool or take a walk.
  • A light lunch is served around 1:00 pm.
  • Hands-on cookery course starts around 3:00 pm, during which you prepare a four-course meal.
  • For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by the finest Tuscan wines.
  • Overnight.

Garden seating in Tuscany


Day Three

  • After breakfast, a full-day excursion, which will vary according to your accommodation.
  • For those staying at Casa Ombuto or Torre del Tartufo, you will have time to explore, shop, and sightsee in the charming town of Arezzo. Along the way, we’ll pay a visit to a wine estate for a tasting, and drive through the breathtaking Tuscan countryside to visit an olive oil mill for a tasting and a lunch. You will also make your way to Anghiari to visit the textile factory.
  • For those staying at Bellorcia, you will have a visit to the Val d’Ocria and Montalcino where you will taste the famous Brunello di Montalcino, and then head to Pienza for a cheese producer visit. You will have lunch while you are out, and will stop on the way back for an olive mill visit.
  • The day ends with a light, informal dinner at the villa.
  • Overnight.

Bedroom at villa in Tuscany


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure.