Chefs on the go
Summer 2020, JUNE 5-11
Accommodations for 6 nights, based on double occupancy
Transportation to all culinary excursions
Departure transfer to Florence city center
All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners from cooking classes
Welcome dinner including 2 glasses of wine
6 hands-on cooking classes/culinary experiences
Chocolate making class
Italian pizza making cooking class
Award winning gelato tasting
Bruschetta and pasta making class
4 course authentic Italian cooking class
Wine tour & cheese, olive, olive oil tastings!
What's Not Included
Arrival transfer to Cortona
Mandatory travel insurance
Other remaining meals, snacks and beverages not noted
Anything else not mentioned in the program
There are direct trains from Florence to Cortona (1 hour and 15 min) or from Rome (approximately 2 hours). The airports near Cortona are Florence, Pisa, Perugia and Rome.
Where We're Going
Cortona is an enchanting town made famous by the book, Under the Tuscan Sun. It sits on a hill in eastern Tuscany providing beautiful views of Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiani. The quaint village offers a variety of art, museums and shops providing items created by locals. It is also filled with mom and pop restaurants that highlight the areas tasty cuisine. Cortona is a perfect hub for day visits to the award winning wine, cheese and olive oil regions such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Assisi and Sienna.
San Gimignano is a medieval hill town rich with history and charm. The heart of the village provides a playful opportunity to dabble in a selection of typical Tuscan culinary offerings such as their world famous gelato, wine, cheese, salami and olives! It's surrounding areas offer stunning views of rolling tuscan hills and vineyards.
After we check into our charming hotel, we will get settled in and begin our delightful welcome dinner at our very own Villa Marsili! A delicious three-course Tuscan meal will be served, and we will Soluti to our exquisite culinary journey ahead.
A Taste of Tuscany
For our first Tuscan cooking class, we will learn how to prepare a delicious multi-course meal specific to Cortona’s novelties! An example of dishes we may make include zucchini flower flan, homemade ricotta crostini with truffle oil, handmade pici pasta with tuscan ragu, and panna cotta with a mixed berry sauce for dessert.
Ever wonder how Italians perfect their pizza? Today is our chance to find out! We will join an Italian pizza chef and learn how to create our very own pizza masterpiece just as the locals do!
Free Day: Time to
Explore on Your Own!
Explore where your heart desires and where your taste buds take you! This day is dedicated to intentional time for you to explore surrounding towns on their own. A few suggestions include a side
adventure to Sienna, Montalcino or
The Chocolate School Perugina
A Chocolate Master will introduce us to the art of making chocolate truffles at the world-renowned Chocolate School Perugina. Together, we will learn the secrets behind the techniques of chocolate processing such as manual tempering, creating the filling and writing our own message to put into our final product.
San Gimignano's charming village awaits us as we put our taste buds to test and taste award winning gelato such as Rosemary Baby (raspberry and rosemary), Venere Nera (blackberries and lavender), and Sangue di Bue (spicy chocolate and
sour cherries). The World
Champion Gelato Maker may
also stop by to greet us at
his gelato shop!
Day 6 Continued:
Bruschetta & Pasta Making Course
Oodles of Tuscan noodles!
The term fresh pasta will come alive as we put our hands in the dough and learn how to perfect the homemade noodles. The adults will have the opportunity to sample some of Vernaccia white wine followed by dinner for everyone overlooking the Tuscan hills.
Olive Oil Tour
During our stay at Fattoria Poggio Alloro we will spend an afternoon tasting our way through the beautiful property. While we tour the winery and farm, we will sample a variety of their house wines, two types of their pecorino cheeses, olives, and bread with extra virgin olive oil!
After enjoying the flavors of the farm, we will depart to Florence and dream about the beautiful culinary experiences we encoutnered!