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Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun Getaway 2017-06-07T23:00:14+00:00

Explore Your Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun Getaway!

Welcome to Tuscany! Our host Villa is located in San Giovanni Valdarno and dates back to the 14th century and was known for its strategic position, set halfway up the hill separating the Valdarno and Chianti Valleys. Plan to relax and have a fun filled Getaway with daily hands-on cooking lessons from a menu we’ve designed exclusively for our Experience, yoga by the pool, pizza making with a local pizza chef, wine tastings at a local Castle and a day in Siena. During your Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun Experience, you can also enjoy the swimming pool, solarium, tennis courts, Italian gardens, hiking and panoramic views at our host Villa for your unforgettable and relaxing week in the Tuscan countryside where you are surrounded by olive trees, rolling hills and the vineyards of Tuscany.

We dive right into our Cooking experience today around 10 am by learning how to make pappardelle pasta and a typical and delicious local sauce, pappardelle al cinghiale.  This sauce, cinghiale or wild boar sauce, is one of the locals’ favorites and our resident chef, Simone, will share his secrets on how to make and perfect this delicious sauce—shhhhh, it’s a secret.  We will also make the dessert for our dinner tonight, Semifreddo.  Semifreddo is a lush creamy frozen Italian dessert.  As a special treat, we will  learn how to make various Italian cookies which you can enjoy anytime you’d like.  After we’ve learned more about the Tuscan cuisine, it’s time, of course, to enjoy our lunch together with some Tuscan wine so we can really enjoy La Dolce Vita!

Later, we meet in the Villa’s wine cellar and have a private wine tasting and tour with some light snacks to accompany the delicious Tuscan wine which will set the tone for our amazing Getaway Experience! Around 6 pm tonight, join us for our welcome cocktail (aperitivo) in the outdoor courtyard surrounded by the beautiful hills of Tuscany and continue to sample some of the local wines and appetizers which can range from bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and local olive oil, to prosciutto and salami, while we socialize with our fellow guests and toast to travel!

For our welcome dinner, we gather around our Tuscan dinner table for a meal specially prepared for us including fresh made pasta, filets of meat, fresh vegetables and don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the Semifreddo we made at lunchtime either! As we toast each other with our local Tuscan wine, we share with you all the exciting experiences in store for your Getaway Experience. Pace yourself, pace yourself!  After dinner, we’ve having a party!  We’ve invited a famous local musician to perform so we can welcome you in style!  Shall we dance?

Our day begins with a hearty breakfast as today; we are spending the day in Siena!  Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site and it’s a must see.  Siena is famous for its art, museums, medieval cityscape and of course, the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.

Around 10 am, we travel to Siena where we will be guided by a local on a walking tour of Siena visiting its most important sites and learning about its rich history and culture.  Siena is not to be missed!  You will have free time for lunch on your own in the afternoon and we are happy to provide you with a list of restaurants where the locals eat.  Feel free to enjoy your afternoon visiting, shopping, or simply drinking a coffee in one of the famous town squares.  The guided tour lasts about 2 hours and you will have about 2 hours on your own to enjoy Siena as the local do.

Later tonight and back at our host Villa, we have yet another special treat!  We’ve invited a local personality to come and spin pizza for us and entertain us while we learn how to make authentic Italian pizza.  We will learn to make the dough and have several different toppings to choose from.  As we work together as a group, we are entertained by our local pizza chef with all sorts of “pizza entertainment.”  Choose your toppings and let’s bake our pizza!  We will have our cooking experience outside (weather permitting) and sample all the great pizzas we’ve made.  No pizza dinner is complete without some homemade gelato after all.  You’ll have many flavors to choose from for dessert tonight as Simone is busy preparing our dessert!  Prego!

After breakfast, start your day at our host Villa with a relaxing, outdoor yoga session led by a local instructor who will guide us through stretching and relaxing techniques all the while surrounded by the beauty of Tuscany.

After, let’s meet one last time for more hands-on cooking lessons. Today, we will learn how to make a local favorites, bruschetta for starters and then, fresh handmade ravioli with bolognese sauce. Using only the finest ingredients, we immerse ourselves in our lunch menu and of course, sit together sharing all that we’ve learned as we enjoy our lunch with Tuscan wine.

After lunch, we will be transported back in time as we venture out to a beautiful winery for a tour of the historic grounds and then enjoy another wine tasting. Your breath will be taken away by the natural beauty, the history thousands of years old and the realization that you are truly Living Like a Local!

We will head back to the villa after we have quenched our thirst for history, culture and of course, wine and prepare for our farewell dinner. We will meet this evening for our farewell dinner of risotto with mushrooms, filets of meat, fresh vegetables and possibly the most delicious and moist Tiramius you’ve ever tried.  We will toast each other with our local Tuscan wine and share all the wonderful experiences we’ve had during our Getaway Experience!

After breakfast this morning, don’t forget to take your final photos of the very beautiful Tuscany, our host Villa and all the new friends you’ve made.  Take a last stroll in the gardens, visit the olive trees, smell the fresh Tuscan air, smiling into the sun for it’s not farewell but until next time….

For those extending their Experience, we have several optional add-ons for you to choose from.  We are happy to arrange a day in Florence with a local guide who can guide you on a city tour or a museum tour.  We also have preferred hotel partners too.  Seeking more relaxation?  Well, we can also help organize a day or weekend at a local spa where you can enjoy the thermal pools, spa treatments and massages.

Just remember, you may leave Tuscany but Tuscany will never leave you.  Once you’ve experienced Tuscany, you will never forget La Dolce Vita.  Besides, after having lived like a local, you are now part of the family.

*Menu will be shared with guests prior to arrival.  Please let us know of any food allergies, food sensitivities and/or dietary restrictions so that where possible, substitutions can be made in advance.
*Itinerary, menu and dates subject to change.

Optional

  • Airport Transfers
  • If you plan to arrive before or leave after you Experience, additional Villa nights
  • Extended, customized days before or after your scheduled Experience (including if you want to spend a day with us during our Tuscan Wine and Culture Experience)
  • Apartment Upgrade-1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments available
  • Day trip to Florence with optional local guide
  • Spa experience (Thermal pools and baths, thermal mud treatments, day spa treatments and couples treatments)
  • Italian designer outlet shopping
  • Golf

Email us at info@atoasttotravel.com for more information

Welcome to Tuscany! Our host Villa is located in San Giovanni Valdarno and dates back to the 14th century and was known for its strategic position, set halfway up the hill separating the Valdarno and Chianti Valleys. Plan to relax and have a fun filled Getaway with daily hands-on cooking lessons from a menu we’ve designed exclusively for our Experience, yoga by the pool, pizza making with a local pizza chef, wine tastings at a local Castle and a day in Siena. During your Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun Experience, you can also enjoy the swimming pool, solarium, tennis courts, Italian gardens, hiking and panoramic views at our host Villa for your unforgettable and relaxing week in the Tuscan countryside where you are surrounded by olive trees, rolling hills and the vineyards of Tuscany.
We dive right into our Cooking experience today around 10 am by learning how to make pappardelle pasta and a typical and delicious local sauce, pappardelle al cinghiale.  This sauce, cinghiale or wild boar sauce, is one of the locals’ favorites and our resident chef, Simone, will share his secrets on how to make and perfect this delicious sauce—shhhhh, it’s a secret.  We will also make the dessert for our dinner tonight, Semifreddo.  Semifreddo is a lush creamy frozen Italian dessert.  As a special treat, we will  learn how to make various Italian cookies which you can enjoy anytime you’d like.  After we’ve learned more about the Tuscan cuisine, it’s time, of course, to enjoy our lunch together with some Tuscan wine so we can really enjoy La Dolce Vita!
Later, we meet in the Villa’s wine cellar and have a private wine tasting and tour with some light snacks to accompany the delicious Tuscan wine which will set the tone for our amazing Getaway Experience! Around 6 pm tonight, join us for our welcome cocktail (aperitivo) in the outdoor courtyard surrounded by the beautiful hills of Tuscany and continue to sample some of the local wines and appetizers which can range from bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and local olive oil, to prosciutto and salami, while we socialize with our fellow guests and toast to travel!
For our welcome dinner, we gather around our Tuscan dinner table for a meal specially prepared for us including fresh made pasta, filets of meat, fresh vegetables and don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the Semifreddo we made at lunchtime either! As we toast each other with our local Tuscan wine, we share with you all the exciting experiences in store for your Getaway Experience. Pace yourself, pace yourself!  After dinner, we’ve having a party!  We’ve invited a famous local musician to perform so we can welcome you in style!  Shall we dance?
Our day begins with a hearty breakfast as today; we are spending the day in Siena!  Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site and it’s a must see.  Siena is famous for its art, museums, medieval cityscape and of course, the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.
Around 10 am, we travel to Siena where we will be guided by a local on a walking tour of Siena visiting its most important sites and learning about its rich history and culture.  Siena is not to be missed!  You will have free time for lunch on your own in the afternoon and we are happy to provide you with a list of restaurants where the locals eat.  Feel free to enjoy your afternoon visiting, shopping, or simply drinking a coffee in one of the famous town squares.  The guided tour lasts about 2 hours and you will have about 2 hours on your own to enjoy Siena as the local do.
Later tonight and back at our host Villa, we have yet another special treat!  We’ve invited a local personality to come and spin pizza for us and entertain us while we learn how to make authentic Italian pizza.  We will learn to make the dough and have several different toppings to choose from.  As we work together as a group, we are entertained by our local pizza chef with all sorts of “pizza entertainment.”  Choose your toppings and let’s bake our pizza!  We will have our cooking experience outside (weather permitting) and sample all the great pizzas we’ve made.  No pizza dinner is complete without some homemade gelato after all.  You’ll have many flavors to choose from for dessert tonight as Simone is busy preparing our dessert!  Prego!
After breakfast, start your day at our host Villa with a relaxing, outdoor yoga session led by a local instructor who will guide us through stretching and relaxing techniques all the while surrounded by the beauty of Tuscany.
After, let’s meet one last time for more hands-on cooking lessons. Today, we will learn how to make a local favorites, bruschetta for starters and then, fresh handmade ravioli with bolognese sauce. Using only the finest ingredients, we immerse ourselves in our lunch menu and of course, sit together sharing all that we’ve learned as we enjoy our lunch with Tuscan wine.
After lunch, we will be transported back in time as we venture out to a beautiful winery for a tour of the historic grounds and then enjoy another wine tasting. Your breath will be taken away by the natural beauty, the history thousands of years old and the realization that you are truly Living Like a Local!
We will head back to the villa after we have quenched our thirst for history, culture and of course, wine and prepare for our farewell dinner. We will meet this evening for our farewell dinner of risotto with mushrooms, filets of meat, fresh vegetables and possibly the most delicious and moist Tiramius you’ve ever tried.  We will toast each other with our local Tuscan wine and share all the wonderful experiences we’ve had during our Getaway Experience!
After breakfast this morning, don’t forget to take your final photos of the very beautiful Tuscany, our host Villa and all the new friends you’ve made.  Take a last stroll in the gardens, visit the olive trees, smell the fresh Tuscan air, smiling into the sun for it’s not farewell but until next time….
For those extending their Experience, we have several optional add-ons for you to choose from.  We are happy to arrange a day in Florence with a local guide who can guide you on a city tour or a museum tour.  We also have preferred hotel partners too.  Seeking more relaxation?  Well, we can also help organize a day or weekend at a local spa where you can enjoy the thermal pools, spa treatments and massages.
Just remember, you may leave Tuscany but Tuscany will never leave you.  Once you’ve experienced Tuscany, you will never forget La Dolce Vita.  Besides, after having lived like a local, you are now part of the family.
*Menu will be shared with guests prior to arrival.  Please let us know of any food allergies, food sensitivities and/or dietary restrictions so that where possible, substitutions can be made in advance.
*Itinerary, menu and dates subject to change.

Optional

  • Airport Transfers
  • If you plan to arrive before or leave after you Experience, additional Villa nights
  • Extended, customized days before or after your scheduled Experience (including if you want to spend a day with us during our Tuscan Wine and Culture Experience)
  • Apartment Upgrade-1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments available
  • Day trip to Florence with optional local guide
  • Spa experience (Thermal pools and baths, thermal mud treatments, day spa treatments and couples treatments)
  • Italian designer outlet shopping
  • Golf

Email us at info@atoasttotravel.com for more information