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In a Tuscan Country Kitchen takes place in an enchanting country villa situated in the Tuscan hills, only minutes from the beautiful Etruscan walled town of Cortona. The region is famous for its rustic and hearty food, rich culture, and stunning landscape and is an ideal setting for a tasty week of culinary adventure, gourmet food & fine wines. Cookery demonstrations and lessons are given by local cooks and professional chefs and take place in an informal and comfortable atmosphere in a Tuscan country kitchen! We have a delightful selection of excursions to complement the program accompanied by experienced guides. At the end of each day, you return to enjoy relaxation time and dining al fresco.
DURATION: 7 days
PICK UP & DROP OFF: Terontola-Cortona train station (direct train from Rome and Florence)
In a Tuscan country kitchen is an unforgettable cooking experience that delves into traditional family and refined cuisine. Fresh, seasonal and quality ingredients are paramount and we buy them at the markets from local producers. We also have and our own organic vegetable garden and this influences the vegetables we use from season to season. Skilled chefs provide you with the knowledge to recreate with confidence when you return home.
We have a delightful selection of excursions to complement the program – trips to medieval hill towns, ancient abbeys & Etruscan sites, Renaissance frescoes, classical concerts, vineyards & wineries, olive oils, pecorino cheese & wine tastings.
Enjoy excellent tuition by cooks and chefs, informative visits to wineries and local food producers. Meet and travel with like-minded people, and take home all the delicious recipes to try at home and astound your next dinner guests.
On this cooking holiday to Tuscany, the family atmosphere, fresh ingredients and respect for culinary traditions, come together to create a unique unhurried and highly educational experience. Develop a better understanding of and balanced relationship with food. Feel empowered with the knowledge you have gained to make responsible, healthy and sustainable choices for life. After this experience, you will have learned a range of skills and knowledge about food, biodiversity and slow-living, which will make a huge difference in your day to day life.
Why not extend your trip and take the opportunity to explore another destination? Have a look at our Tour Calendar. We can offer you a discount on your second tour in the same year! Do not hesitate to drop us an email. We would be happy to hear from you and help you plan your next adventure!
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Meet at Terontola-Cortona train station (14.00-16.00), easily reached from Rome or Florence.
Relax and settle into your farmhouse accommodation near Cortona which will become your home for the week. Starting our culinary adventure in just the right way, we will enjoy a welcoming cocktail party and get to know each other while our chef prepares our first Tuscan Feast. At this time, we will be briefing you on the week’s activities and moving on to our delicious welcome dinner.
Our first stop will be at a “torrefazione”, or coffee merchant, to learn how the wonderful Italian coffee is prepared from an award-winning coffee barman. We will enjoy a class covering everything from the toasting and grinding of the beans to the making of a real cup of espresso or cappuccino. Afterwards we’ll be heading up Mount Sant’Egidio – Cortona’s hill – for a short hike in search of the precious truffles which will play a part in our picnic lunch in the forest. After lunch we enter historic Cortona through one of the ancient city gates to get our first look at what was originally an Etruscan town. Back at base we will have our first cooking lesson.
Cooking Lesson 1.
Our day begins with an exploration of Montepulciano with its magnificent palazzos and charming streets. This is a town dedicated to wine making, but it is also a centre for traditional handicrafts. Our light lunch and wine tasting will be in one of the town’s most interesting historic cellars and in the afternoon, we will visit Pienza, once the subject of an ambitious building project by Renaissance pope, Pius the Second. Pienza is famous for its Pecorino cheese and some of the most breath-taking views in Tuscany. On our return to our farmhouse, we will have our cooking lesson.
Cookery Lesson 2.
Today’s visit is to Montalcino, famous for Brunello, one of Italy’s finest wines and the last stronghold of the Sienese in their historic wars with Florence. We will enjoy a wine-tasting and a tour of the cellars of a well-known Brunello winery and have a light lunch. Our afternoon will feature a scenic drive with magnificent views of the Val D’Orcia and Monte Amiata, a dormant volcano and Tuscany’s highest peak. Returning to our area, dinner tonight will be at a typical local restaurant.
This day is dedicated to the area of Siena. We will stroll around in the fascinating historic centre, home to the Palio horse race twice a year, and boasting one of the loveliest central piazzas in all of Italy. There are several unforgettable sights, so don’t forget to take pictures! Next stop is the tiny, walled Medieval outpost of Monteriggioni where we will have a look around and then lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will return home in time for our cooking lesson.
Cooking Lesson 3.
Our day will be dedicated to relaxing and enjoying free time in Cortona for shopping and exploring. Lunch will be at leisure, and you can pick from any of several bars or trattorias in the centre of town. We will have our farewell dinner in the evening in a delightful local restaurant.
We will say our goodbyes and have our drop off after breakfast for trains between 9.00-10.00 from Terontola-Cortona station.
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Learn the secret of the Italian cuisine with local Tuscan chefs
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When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel* will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake up feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour!
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We believe that where you sleep is an important part of your overall travel experience. So, we put a lot of effort into carefully choosing the hotels for each tour.
Our priority is to find attractive, clean, and quiet rooms with private bathrooms in the best possible accommodation. We make sure that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.
The result is a fabulous selection of delightful hotels, medieval palaces, family-run hotels, country residences, manor houses, historic inns, luxurious alpine hotels – sometimes with a spa, sauna, or swimming pool facilities – and all with character, tasty food and a friendly atmosphere.
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We are very experienced and handle all the logistics while you relax and become immersed in the local culture, history and traditions.
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Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
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As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
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Guests who join our small group tours become our friends. They return again and again to share new adventures as we explore these unforgettable destinations with like-minded travellers and build ever-lasting memories together.