Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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Tuscany, Italy - 3 nights
Available April to October 

 

This culinary experience will be like no other. Stay in an abbey in the Chianti region that dates back to the 11th century and has since been turned into a spectacular wine resort. The estate became popular many years ago when the owner became a famous author and cookbook writer. Now these residential cooking courses are held by a celebrated and renowned Italian chef and are taught in English in the spring, summer and autumn. The property is also known as one of the locations where the Netflix series "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" was filmed! Choose from a day or evening cooking class or our three night program where you will take four cooking classes.


 

Three Night INTENSIVE COOKING Program

 

Enjoy an intensive residential course where you will be introduced to some of the most authentic traditional Tuscan dishes taught to you by an incredible and renowned chef. The course includes 4 cooking classes (two morning and two afternoon cooking classes), with three nights' accommodation at this spectacular property.

 

Each class will have a different menu and vegetarian and vegan menus are available upon request. From the typical “schiacciata”, a kind of flat bread flavored with extra virgin olive oil and salt - to the  pasta, and meat and vegetable dishes - to the dessert - you will experience the unmistakable Tuscan tastes and flavours. 

 

Lunches and dinners are served after the cooking classes in the informal and intimate atmosphere of the abbey’s private dining room. The final touch is the selection of the estate's famous wines well paired with the prepared menu which brings out flavours and aromas of the food. 

 

DAY ONE 

 

ARRIVAL

 

From 2pm to 6pm: You can arrive on your own to the property or be picked up at the Florence train station at 4pm. (pick up is an extra charge) Upon arrival you will be shown to your rooms and made comfortable.

 

At 8pm a welcome dinner is served in the restaurant.

 

 

 

DAY TWO

 

MORNING & AFTERNOON COOKING LESSONS - TOUR OF ABBEY

 

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am. At 10am today you will have a guided tour of the beautiful abbey on premises. Following this you have your first cooking class in the family kitchen. Participants will prepare a whole menu including bread and dessert which will be enjoyed accompanied by a selection of wines that best pair with the dishes.

 

After the lesson, you will enjoy lunch in the owner's private dining room.

 

In the afternoon some free time can be enjoyed by swimming in the large outdoor pool, strolling through the monumental renaissance gardens or by taking a leisurely walk in the beautiful forests which are criss-crossed by walking paths.

 

At 5:30pm you will have your second cooking lesson followed by dinner around 8pm. 

 

DAY THREE

 

MORNING & AFTERNOON COOKING LESSONS

 

Following a rich buffet breakfast, you will follow the same cooking schedule as above (two lessons, morning and afternoon).  

 

Lessons will be followed with a meal of your fabulous creations.  

 

 

 

 

 

DAY FOUR

 

  

DEPARTURE

 

Departure after breakfast by 10:30 am.

 

  

Buon viaggio and arriverderci!

 

 


 Day Cooking Classes

 

A unique chance to learn classical regional Italian cuisine through a hands-on approach in our family kitchen. Lessons start at 10.30 am, and in 3 hours, guests will all work together to prepare a whole 4 course menu using only local and seasonal ingredients. After the cooking lesson, lunch is served in the beautiful owner’s private dining room, where guests will delve into their preparations while also tasting a selection of the world class organic wines produced at this famed wine estate. After lunch, it’s time to enjoy coffee and grappa in the living room. 

 

The lessons are taught by a celebrated chef of Tuscan cuisine who is co-founder of a popular Florentine restaurant: with a perfect command of English, a natural easy going style and a hand’s on approach. Courses are usually held in English and/or Italian; upon request and for a minimum group of 6 persons, classes in French, Spanish, German, and Japanese translation can be arranged.

 

The day hands-on cooking classes can be held on any day as per clients' request, for individuals and groups from 10:00am to with a minimum of 6 persons. We may also be able to arrange a class beginning at 5pm or 5:30pm. Please inquire.  

 

 

Program for the day

 

10.00am: Arrival and welcome with a tour of the Abbey and the wine cellars
10.30am: Beginning of the cooking course
1.30pm: Lunch in the private dining room, relax in the garden or in the fireplace room with coffee and grappa.
2.30/3.00: End of the activities

 

 

 

 


 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 15 participants (a minimum of 6 participants required for a non residential cooking class).

 

 (The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports/Train Stations:

 

Florence Airport - 75km - 1 and 1/2 hour drive
Montevarchi Train Station - 25km - 20 minute drive

 

Distances from major Italian cities:

 

From Milan – 365 Km
From Rome – 262 Km
From Florence – 68 Km
From Arezzo – 55 Km
From Siena – 36 Km

 

The property has 8 double guest bedrooms all with ensuite bathroom. Each room has its own unique charm, in décor and style reflecting the elegance of the surroundings. We are able to organize a late arrival since the housekeepers live on site. 

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included with this tour.

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 


 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

 

 

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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COOKING IN THE DORDOGNE

"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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