Italy·April - June
An immersive four day gastronomical adventure in beautiful Tuscany.VIEW DATES
Live the Italian foodie dream: Cooking classes, private dinners, tastings and behind the scenes tours at artisanal organic food and wine producers. Craft artisan pasta and cook risotto like a pro by the end of your four-day cooking retreat whilst also learning how sustainable food and drink production works in harmony with the local environment. Set against the backdrop of lush olive groves under the Tuscan sun, your intimate lessons led by experienced chef, Oli, are interspersed with trips to producers for a behind the scenes experience that will immerse you into Italian food culture. Wake up in authentic Tuscan apartments with a view over the glistening pool and the rolling hills, before learning all there is to know about fresh pasta, gnocchi and risotto making, Italian desserts and more! ***Please be advised that we are based in an area of authentic and medieval hill villages in southern Tuscany. The accommodation and some of the activities and classes are in these villages where some of the streets can be slightly steep and uneven. A certain level of mobility is needed. Please let us know if you have any concerns around this due to health issues etc. On a similar note, these are traditional communities and some of the infrastructure won’t be as modern as what you may be used to. There is no air conditioning in the accommodation, and while wifi is available in the apartments, it is not high speed.**
Check in to your apartment and get to know the team and your surroundings. Take a moment to relax before the adventure begins.
Get to grips with handmade potato gnocchi in your first masterclass
Join the guided wine tasting and aperitivo at a local biodynamic vineyard with panoramic views
Dine al fresco under the pergola on an indulgent four-course welcome feast, including the gnocchi you made earlier, and a number of other delicious local dishes prepared by your private chef.
Visit a local buffalo mozzarella farm, starting the day off with a delicious buffalo milk cappuccino before taking a guided tour, meeting the buffalos, and tasting their amazing range of cheeses.
Head to a farm near the coast for an insightful tour of an organic Tuscan rice farm. We'll pick some rice up for the risotto class later!
Aperitivo with a view, followed by a risotto masterclass using our local rice, plus a lesson in perfect biscotti making.
Enjoy the fruits of your labour for dinner, eating the risotto you have made out in the square of our medieval village with plenty of good wine!. Your private chef has also thrown in a couple of extra gastronomic treats.
Learn to craft handmade pasta shapes in an intimate workshop, trying your hand at tagliatelle, garganelli and farfalle. The perfect introduction to pasta making with our experienced chef.
Toast your handy work with a well-earned lunch consisting of local delicacies and your wonderful handmade pasta.
Visit an organic local family vineyard to learn about winemaking. Walk amongst the vines, taste the Tuscan wines, and enjoy a traditional multi-course dinner afterwards cooked with local and seasonal produce.
Take your pasta skills to the next level. Learn to make filled pasta in this workshop, with stuffed shapes like tortelli, ravioli, and 'plin'. We'll also learn the secrets of perfect Tiramisu making!
Enjoy a final farewell lunch, feasting on the filled pasta you made over the course of the morning, not forgetting that Tiramisu!
Wave goodbye to your Tuscan surroundings and prepare to leave with all the new culinary skills you have mastered. Check out and ground transfer to the train station.
accommodation (breakfast included)
wine and selected aperitivos
cooking classes, tours and tastings
Private transport for all tours
RESIDENCE IL CILIEGIO
Located in the beautiful hillside village of Roccatederighi in the south of Tuscany, Residence Il Ciliegio provides the perfect poolside Italian retreat amongst the olive groves, vineyards and forests.
Lounge by the pool and soak up the Tuscan rays as you look out over the lush countryside below or eat breakfast al fresco on the porch.
Furnished in a traditional Tuscan style and converted from a beautiful old 'palazzo', these apartments combine rustic elements like exposed medieval stonework with all the contemporary comforts of home.
The apartments have a double bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living room with pullout double sofabed, with windows looking out over the pool and the wonderful view beyond.