Here is what you can expect from our full itinerary 7 day courses.
These are samples, and activities and timings will vary according to various factors like seasonal developments, availability and weather. There may be special events and festivals, for example that will feature at different times of the year, while other activities may become less enjoyable or relevant at others.
The 4 day special courses are compressed versions of the below with a focus on certain products or skills e.g pasta making or cheese and wine producers. Go to the individual 4 day holidays in the courses section for specific itinerary information.
We can also discuss providing bespoke itineraries and courses for certain interests, corporate trips or special occasions.
Please get in touch HERE about itineraries or if you have further questions.
7-DAY COURSE SAMPLE SCHEDULE
2:00pm - 5:00pm - Check-in
6:00pm - Aperitivo
Take in your new surroundings with a refreshing Spritz against the backdrop of the medieval village. Meet our team and get ready for the adventures ahead.
7:30pm - Dinner
Relax whilst your personal chef cooks you an introductory 4 course feast under our private outdoor pergola/in the private dining room (depending on weather).
9:30am - Buffalo mozzarella farm tour and cheese tasting
An insightful tour of a sustainable buffalo dairy farm and artisanal cheese producer. Make sure you wear mud-proof footwear! Taste a variety of freshly made buffalo products, there are even creamy buffalo milk cappuccinos and buffalo ice creams. Learn about how they use the buffalos' waste for renewable energy. Enjoy a brunch-style tasting of the farm’s cheeses and a little prosciutto to keep you going!
11:30am - Organic Tuscan rice farm tour
Walk along the rice fields and get a tour of a working seaside rice farm. All the rice is naturally grown and stone processed to ensure the highest quality. We’ll pick up some of their amazing risotto rice for our lesson later.
2.00pm - 5.00pm - Free Time
Lounge by the pool or go for wander around the beautiful old town of the village
5.00pm - Aperitivo and Risotto masterclass dinner
After some tasty aperitivo snacks and a glass of prosecco, Oli will take you through all the essential skills and secrets to perfect risotto making with the rice we picked up earlier. We’ll cook together in the spacious and well-equipped village professional kitchen, before eating our risottos (plus a few other treats prepared by your hosts) in the beautiful village square outside.
7:00am - Fishing boat trip
A fishing trip like no other! We will set sail on a fishing boat early in the morning and pull in the nets with a charismatic fisherman who's on a mission to protect the marine life of the Tuscan coast. He will tell you about his battles against the trawler fishermen, and the importance of sustainable fishing. All of this against the backdrop of the stunning Maremma national park, with stops at beautiful bathing spots and great food on board.
2:00pm - Free time back in the village
5:00pm - Evening cooking lesson, dinner
A hands on cooking lesson with your private instructor in a professional kitchen in the beautiful old town of the local village. Together we will learn to make fresh pasta, and put together a delicious menu using something we picked up from the seas that morning. We will indulge in the meal we have cooked together by candlelight under the sycamore tree at the heart of the medieval village (weather permitting).
10:00am - Filled pasta cooking class and lunch.
An extensive lesson with your private instructor going through some of the staples of Italian cooking - we’ll learn to make filled ravioli and cantucci biscuits. Enjoy an alfresco lunch (weather permitting) with a glass of wine for all of your hard work.
2.00pm - 5.00pm Free Time
5:00pm - Vineyard tour, tasting and aperitivo
We’ll take you to a nearby organic vineyard, and at 600m above sea level it has incredible views. Enjoy their wines, wander through the cellar, and have a snack to set you up for your free evening.
7:30pm - Free time/dinner
This is your night off, you will be spoilt for choice of delicious restaurants to eat in in the village.
11:00am - Honey and Brunello producer tour, tasting and lunch
Learn all about organic honeymaking, study the hives, and listen to the beekeepers. This producer also makes the famous Brunello wine - you will get an insight into what makes this wine so sought after. To the soundtrack of the bees busying away, we will lunch with traditional Tuscan dishes and honey tastings, along with some delicious Brunello. The truffle honey with pecorino is especially memorable!
3:00pm - Pienza - sightseeing and free time
Take in the sights at this UNESCO heritage protected small town, famous for its world famous Pecorino cheese and superb examples of Renaissance architecture. Enjoy beautiful distant views of the classic Tuscan countryside and a large selection of cheese shops.
5:30pm - Pizza cooking class and Pecorino farm tour
An insight into Pienza pecorino cheesemaking at a stunning hilltop farm, where you will also do a pizza cooking class using the cheese straight from the farm, cooked in a roaring wood fired oven. Enjoy your pizza on the beautiful terrace of the farm which overlooks the Val d'Orcia, Pienza and Monte Amiata.
11.00am - Al Fresco Gnocchi class and lunch
A hands on gnocchi class under the pergola with your private instructor, preparing fresh gnocchi for your lunch before you head off cycling!
3.00pm - 2 Hour Cycle Tour to Vineyard
A light ride over the hills and down through the local villages to burn off the excesses of the week, with our knowledgeable and friendly private cycling guide. The ride will take you to a beautiful vineyard on the Tuscan plains.
5.00pm Wine tasting
An unforgettable tasting with an award-winning winemaker, you will get a real understanding of the art form that is winemaking. Enjoy a private tasting of their Sangiovese, Viognier and Syrah, paired with traditional Tuscan antipasti.
8:30pm - Final Dinner
After a rest and a shower, we will take you to the our house in the woods for private gourmet feast cooked by yours truly, saying good bye in style!
9:00am - 12:00pm - Check out