Experience the Wonders of Tuscany through its Culture and Cuisine
Experience the stunning countryside and distinguished towns of Siena, Montepulciano, Assisi and Perugia, the beautiful Tuscany region is a touchstone of art, food, and culture. Dating back to the 19th century, Villa Schiatti, now fully restored while maintaining its historical integrity, provides the perfect backdrop for this Tuscan culinary escape. Surrounded by acres of plush forest, the Villa presents a breathtaking panoramic view of Val di Chiana, one of the largest valleys of Tuscany. Your grand culinary tour will provide many opportunities to taste some of Italy’s finest wines and olive oils, revel in the unforgettable art, take in breathtaking landscapes, and delight in the traditional Italian dishes. This celebration of the Tuscany includes accommodations with full breakfast buffet daily, all dinners accompanied by local wines, 4 hands-on cooking classes, transfers for sightseeing in Siena, Montepulciano, Assisi and Perugia as well as a free day to design your perfect agenda, and transportation round-trip from Rome airport. A culinary vacation in Tuscany is something beyond special!
Villa Schiatti – For One Person (Dbl Occ)
Nestled among the hills of Castiglion Fiorentino and Cortona, the Villa Schiatti rests almost like a small fortress on the hilltop surrounded by age old pine trees. This 19th century hotel overlooks the magnificent Val di Chiana which separates the Tuscan and Umbrian regions of Italy. Villa Schiatti provides an enchanting and unforgettable backdrop for the ultimate Tuscan culinary getaway. Decorated in a comfortable rustic Tuscan style with elaborate poster beds and antique terracotta tiles, guest rooms offer panoramic views of the garden or pool as well as the benefits of modern conveniences. Begin each morning with a delectable breakfast served at the Restaurant Villa Schiatti where the menu incorporates fresh seasonal foods prepared in the culinary traditions of Tuscany and Italy. Unwind at the onsite bar/lounge or refresh your senses in the outdoor pool, as you revel in the charm of this hidden Tuscan paradise.
Round-Trip Airport Transfers | Chef’s Tasting Dinner of the Tuscan Cuisine
Upon your arrival in Rome, your driver will greet you at the airport, and you will travel north to Tuscany, passing through a breathtaking succession of hills and valleys that are home to fine jewels of art and sprinkled with castles, parish churches, and historic villages. Arriving at Villa Schiatti, you will be welcomed by the villa’s owners Angelo and Julia and will enjoy a delicious Tuscan-style meal, accompanied by fine local wine, all courtesy of the villa’s in-house chef.
Day in Montepulciano & Siena | The Secrets of Italian Cuisine Cooking Class
Following breakfast, you will set out on a full day adventure into the heart of Tuscany. The driver will take you and you are on your own to discover Montepulciano, a historic medieval town atop a hill, renowned for its elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares, and vast panoramic views of Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana. Since automobiles are not allowed in the center of Montepulciano, walking provides the best view of the picturesque town and its beautiful landmarks. The surrounding area, known since the 8th century for its superior wine, produces Vino Nobile which has been described as “the king of all wines.” Moving on, you travel to the charming hill town of Siena which will transport you back to the Middle Ages. It is likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city. You will be free to explore Siena’s grand cathedral, built in the 1200’s, home to treasured art works and marvelous marble floors. The Piazza dei Campo, the main town square, is a UNESCSO World Heritage Site. You will be provided with two walking maps to choose from or simple enjoy the town and lunch on your own. Returning to the villa, you will participate in the Secrets of Italian Cuisine cooking class, creating your four-course meal from varied Italian regions accompanied by local wines.
Truffle Hunt and All Things Truffles Cooking Class
Go right to the source of some of the finest Truffles in the world. Award-winning Boscovivo has been collecting and producing the highest quality products from Truffles of 100% Italian origin. Family owner Silvia Landucci, export manager and member of the Arezzo Chef Association, will lead your exploration into this fascinating gastronomic pleasure. You will go along with Silvia and the authentic Truffle Hunter and his dogs to see how truffles are harvested and learn the traditions surrounding this earthy jewel. A visit to the Boscovivo factory will explain the process of preparing for shipping to restaurants and shops. The cooking class will feature a starter of Tuscan Salami with black truffles, White truffle cheese, aged pecorino with acacia honey and white truffles, and various canapes with truffles. The following courses feature Tagliolini with white truffle sauce and pappardelle with salmon and black truffles, Arista al latte, a pork with cream sauce, cannellini beans and truffles, topped by a seasonal dessert. Coffee, wine, and water are included.
Free day, Yours to Design
Today you will create your own personalized Tuscan retreat. You may choose to stay in and relax by the pool with a drink and some music, dine at the Villa Schiatti restaurant, or walk around the majestic gardens. To literally breathe in the Tuscan atmosphere of the olive groves and vineyards, mountain bikes are complimentary or ride a horse that is available for hire at a neighboring riding school. The Villa is surrounded by many small towns and charming villages just waiting to be explored or you may prefer to take a train to Florence, one of the most amazing cities in Italy. If you love shopping, Valdichiania Outlet Village, located in a most picturesque spot between Arezzo and Siena, houses over 140 famous designer and brand shops offering 30-70% discounts daily. If you need more ideas, the Villa Schiatti staff can always suggest wonderful ways to organize your day in Tuscany.
Assisi and Perugia | Perugina Chocolate Factory | Tuscan Cooking Class
Travel southwest to Assisi, an inspiring medieval city built on a hill and the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi. To visit Assisi today is to see it almost as Francis himself saw it, and the solitude and tranquility can be quite appealing. Strolling along cobblestone streets and alleys, your wanderings will most often take you back to the Basilica of St. Francis and the site of the Tomb of Saint Francis. On the Piazza San Francesco, you will find a variety of restaurants and shops filled with local arts and crafts and wine. Travelling on through Umbria, you will find the picturesque hilltop city of Perugia, an endlessly fascinating city of towers and churches, ancient gates and arches, sunny squares and cool narrow passageways, panoramic views and Raphael frescos. If you have a sweet tooth, Perugia takes pride in its famous chocolate factory, Perugina, where you will delight in Baci (kisses). Upon your return to the villa, you will commence the evenings Tuscan Cuisine Cooking Class followed enjoying the enjoyment of the delicous meal you created.
Food, Wine & Shopping Tour of Castiglion Fiorentino | Seafood Cooking Class
Today your ventures will center on the medieval town of Castiglion Fiorentino, which is located at the center of a triangle formed by the cities of Florence, Siena and Perugia. Situated on a hilltop, Castiglion Fiorentino offers magnificent medieval walls, beautiful churches, exquisite art treasures, and fascinating Renaissance structures. You will embark on a walking tour of this enchanting town, learning about its rich history, while enjoying some succulent local specialties and wines along the way! Tonight’s cooking class will focus on preparing seafood and fish with instruction in the simple, yet special way to prepare these delicate and delicious dishes.