EMBARK ON AN AMAZING CULINARY ADVENTURE IN THE
♥ HEART OF ITALY
Join us for a week-long immersion into Italian food culture: cooking, stirring, tasting, sipping, sampling, nibbling and toasting in incredible company, in one of the most beautiful corners of the world!
You will be among an intimate, select group of culinary enthusiasts, experiencing the gastronomic, cultural and natural wonders of Italy during an intense week immersed in the extraordinary Tuscan countryside.
The goal of our cooking programs is not to simply teach you new recipes, but to fine-tune your tastebuds and leave you with a profound understanding of the philosophy behind Italian culinary choices and techniques. Through this new awareness, you will discover the true meaning behind "real food" -- simple ingredients and flavors that will guide you towards a new approach to preparation and dining that will inevitably lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Farm to Table... the Tradition
Tuscan country life is synonomous with simplicty and integrity where farm-to-table is the tradition that has always been and continues to be. Our passionate and creative chef, Paola, will take you on an exploratory journey into la cucina italiana, from north to south, starting from the freshest of ingredients. You will be led through local farmer's markets to learn of what's in season, through notions of Italian traditional homecooking and the slow food movement and finally through demonstrations of techniques and methods to personalize your own particular cooking style. Your week will be highlighted with visits to enchanting medieval towns, stops at local farms, wine tastings, olive oil tastings, and tastings of many other Italian specialities such as cheeses, truffles, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, olives and spices.
Perhaps the most amazing part of your week will be the beautiful villa where it will all take place. Located in a very favorable position on a hill just a few minutes' drive from the charming medieval town of San Gimignano, guests are invited to indulge in absolute relaxation amidst Tuscany’s endless green hills. Once a medieval watchtower, our villa features stylish interiors, private gardens, a swimming pool and of course, stunningly gorgeous views of the countryside.