Weekly/7 Days Culinary Classes in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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7 days cooking course in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany in Italy is a charming medieval town with traditions that are centuries old, people and their culture, art, food and wine. For people who look to explore the town and its cuisine, and do a lot of touring around, the Weekly Culinary Adventure by Good Tastes of Tuscany, a member of the IFWA is just the right choice.

You can experience Tuscan cooking to the fullest by getting a hands-on experience with two expert chefs in the week-long culinary classes. Good Tastes of Tuscany has carefully planned the courses so that you can dedicate a whole week learning and experimenting with the various gastronomic techniques, modern and traditional those are used in Tuscan kitchens. You will be spending some very interesting time in the 14th century kitchen of Villa Pandolfini during your cooking classes.

The introduction session would carry a brief explanation on the history of the Tuscan diet, the typical dishes, bread, food made by peasants and the changes in gastronomy that have been happening since the medieval times to the renaissance and up to the modern days.

On each day you will learn to prepare a five course meal that include soups, pastas, vegetables, meat and fish.

Seasonal Cooking, Antipasti and Desserts:

The specialty of Italian cuisine is in the fresh products used. All fruits and vegetables available in that particular season are used and do not recommend the use of frozen products. Most popular dishes of the season can be prepared according to the popular demands.

Schedule on Each Day of the Culinary Quest

Saturday

The participating group will usually arrive at the Villa Pandolfini Estate after lunch and settle into their accommodations. They can freshen up, relax and also will have time to explore the estate. The gourmands will receive an orientation and a ‘Benvenuto Dinner,’ during which they will meet the chefs and the hosts. The visitors will be captivated by the villa, its historical 14th century kitchen with its original fireplace made of stone, marble sink and the domed ceiling.

The dinner would comprise traditional and seasonal Tuscan delights and the estate’s wine. The participants will also receive the recipe books and other instructions pertaining to the course.

Sunday
Southern Tuscany Tour

The tour to the Tuscan countryside is intended to give an insight into the history and culture of the people. You get

* Firsthand experience with the origin of the Tuscan produce; visit some medieval villages, impressive castles
* Drive through the Sienese Crete and the Chianti valleys and the spectacular Val d’Orcia
* Have an amazing view of the Pieve of Sant’Anna in Caprena where the Olivetan monastery of the 14th century is located. Two films, The English Patient and The Gladiator were filmed here
* Visit a charming vineyard estate owned by one of renowned noble families of Tuscany and get a unique opportunity to taste their wines, cheese, olive oil and salami
* Mini lunch at the estate restaurant, the trip will continue into the towns of Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico, known for their natural geysers
* Relax in the quaint village of Pieza that has numerous shops selling lovely handicraft items and local produce
* On the way back, visit the factory producing pecorino cheese and learn more about its functioning
* Stop at Montalcino for an ‘apertivo’
* Return to Florence via a different route

Monday
Cooking (Day 1: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm)

The day’s cooking class will end with the lunch prepared by the gourmands. They will be free in the afternoon to either relax or opt for an additional activity/tour offered in the ‘Additional Activities’ program.

Tuesday
Cooking (Day 2: 9.30 am - 2.30 pm)

The day’s cooking class will end with the lunch prepared by the participants. They will be free in the afternoon to either relax or opt for an additional activity/tour program and is to be paid separately.

Chianti and San Gimignano

* Drive through the hidden country roads of the glorious Chianti region in Tuscany
* Visit an ancient Abbey and get a spectacular view of vineyards
* Taste the wines of the estate
* Breathtaking views of the Chianti villages
* Enjoy the well-known ‘Dante reciting’ butcher’s recitals
* Visit a farm that raises the Chianina cows’
* Get an exciting view of the medieval town of San Gimignano
* Dinner at local pizzeria

Wednesday
A visit to Mercato Centrale, lunch and afternoon in Florence.

The trip to Florence to visit Mercato Centrale will start at 10.00 am.

* Meet the chefs and visit the multilevel marketplace that has been supplying the local people fresh produce for all these years
* Enjoy lunch along with the Florentines
* Go shopping to leather markets, taste the world famous gelato and walk the romantic stone streets
* Historical Florentine restaurant dinner with the hosts and back home with them
* Personal guided tour of Florence and restaurant for those who wish to stay in town for dinner can also be booked.

Thursday
Cooking (Day 3: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm)

The day’s cooking class will end with the lunch prepared by the participants. They will be free in the afternoon to either relax or opt for the Truffle Hunting (seasonal) an additional activity/tour offered in the ‘Additional Activities’ program.

Friday
Cooking (Day 4 with an Excursion)

* Visit to Italian Hand Painted Ceramics factory that still maintains the craft that is centuries old
* Purchase directly from the manufacturers and ship to any location in the world
* Meet some skilled artisans; walk through the streets and stores that display these special handicraft items
* Travel the winding hills to reach the magnificent Medici Villa and get an insight into the world of the last royal family of Italy
* Lunch in the village of Artimino located on a hill
* Admire the Medici Villa that is known for its 100 chimneys
* Relax before the culinary class begins in the afternoon at 4.00 pm
* Dinner at 8.00 pm

The culinary programme in this session (4.00 to 8.00 pm) will be to prepare a farewell dinner for the whole group. You will learn to make an excellent presentation of an ‘apperitivo.’ The Weekly Culinary Adventure will end with the presentation of the Certificate of Attendance to the participants.

Participants Fee

Each participant (cooking classes) has to pay an amount of € 2,200* that is inclusive of accommodation, welcome and farewell dinners at Villa Pandolfini, visit to the Florence market with transportation, Southern Tuscany Tour with breakfast, wine tasting and pizza dinner, lunch, the local market trip, transportation, mini lunch in Artimino, intensive cooking on four days, buffet breakfast on the last day, an apron from Good tastes of Tuscany, recipe book and taxes.

**This price is for double occupancy. Single supplements will be charged an extra € 300 per week.**

Non-participants Fee

Each non-participant has to pay an amount of € 1,800** that is inclusive of welcome and farewell dinners, visit to the Florence central market with lunch and transportation, Southern Tuscany Day Tour with breakfast, lunch, pizza dinner and wine tasting, trip to local market, transportation and mini lunch in Artimino, buffet breakfast on the last day and the taxes.

**This price is for double occupancy. Single supplements will be charged an extra € 300 per week. **

NOT included for both participants and non-participants:

The following are not included for both the participants and non-participants are additional meals, optional day tours and transportation, car rentals, any other trips, groceries purchased for private needs, cell phone rentals, additional cleaning, maid services, purchasing of estate wine and olive oil.

The following services can be provided at additional cost on request:

* Airport transfers from Florence, Pisa and Rome
* Book hotels, villas/apartments, bed and breakfast for those wishing to extend stay in Italy
* Provide competitive rental car rates via our consolidator
* Book tours and outings

Please Note

Please ask us for our complete list of tours. The program is subject to minute changes depending on the local festivals, seasonal produce, harvests etc. There may also be some minor changes in the menu due to this.

Enquire here about the weekly culinary adventure Or send us an email to info@ifwa.us.

         
 
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