Tuscany Cooking Vacation – Food & Wine Tour

Cooking Vacation in Tuscany for a week

lunch in garden with wine

After the Cooking Class – Enjoying the fruits of their labor and wines!

Join us for a culinary vacation in Tuscany, Italy with wine tours, cooking classes and food tours.  Our full immersion culinary tour and cooking vacation will have you live like a local and avoid the touristy crowds. If your dream is to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Italian countryside, then Ecco La Cucina is the right culinary week for you!

Beautiful vistas in Chianti Classico

This week long Culinary Tour in Tuscany is more than just cooking classes in Tuscany. Our week includes winery visits to renowned wineries to sample their award winning wines, hands-on cooking lessons followed by either lunch or dinner. Local wines of Tuscany’s famous regions are featured and pair perfectly with the authentic dishes. We’ll explore several of these wine regions, each with its own features and tastes from Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. You’ll gain knowledge and an appreciation of the grape of Tuscany – sangiovese.

Our excursions into the surrounding countryside focus on products and specialties of the area. We’ll visit an artisan goat cheese or pecorino cheese farm and a Cinta Senese pig farm then taste the products. Our local trips can include a saffron farm near San Gimignano, a truffle hunt for the famous white truffle of Tuscany or a visit to an olive press – all of these day trips remain flexible to take advantage of seasonal activities and so best expose you to all the best Tuscany has to offer.

We visit the largest weekly market of the region one morning in Siena which is filled with colorful stalls – fruits, vegetables, salami, porchetta, seafoods, cheeses and textiles.  Learning of the culture and history is an important part of our week and we’ll visit some of the famous hill towns of Tuscany and have an expert tour guide in Siena to share the history and open our eyes to this beautiful medieval city.

Our Villa for the week

Our Villa for the week

We’ll spend the week on a beautiful estate just a short drive from Siena where your private accommodations are provided in a carefully restored 18th Century villa and farmhouse. Many of the original Tuscan architectural features have been maintained with chestnut beamed ceilings, terra cotta tiled floors and open fireplaces. Use of the original wood burning bread ovens, dining outdoors and swimming pools are all a part of our lovely surroundings. The estate is beautifully landscaped with gardens of lavender, herbs and flowers, as well as olive groves and cypress lined lanes for walks in the woods.

 

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Overview and HighlightsIMG_4637

  • Three hands-on cooking sessions followed by lunch or dinner paired with regional wines
  • Wine education and tastings of the major wine regions of Tuscany
  • Breakfast each morning prepared by our chef
  • Lunches and Dinners at local Tuscan restaurants
  • Regional specialties highlighted, visits to famous vineyards with wine tastings of award winning wines; visit to Cinta Senese and artisanal goat cheese or pecorino farm with tasting; olive oil tasting and visit to press during harvest, visit to saffron farm or truffle hunt during the fall weather permitting.
  • Visits to Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, and renowned wine estates in Chianti.
  • Class Itinerary and All Inclusive Package Details
  • 6 – 12 people maximum per Tour

“This was the best culinary week I have ever been on – and I’ve done others in Italy and in France. Gina’s insider’s view gave us information not only on the food but of the culture and history of the Tuscans.”