Delicious Expeditions in Tuscany
May 12-19, 2018Delicious Expeditions would like to introduce you to the pleasures of the Italian countryside. Il Bareto, our accommodations for the week, is the perfect gateway to the cultural and sensuous pleasures of Tuscany. Located outside the medieval town of Siena, this 17th-century farmhouse offers comfort as well as spectacular views, including Celsa castle, which is perched on a hill across the meadow. The delightful grounds and pool area offer a place to stroll, relax and dine al fresco.
Our Italian culinary journey will focus on seasonal Tuscan cooking. When not exploring ancient villages and local markets, make delicious meals alongside chefs from the Dante Alighieri Culinary Institute. Whether you love to be in the kitchen or prefer to sightsee and shop, our Delicious Expedition to Tuscany will exceed your expectations.
$2950, double occupancy
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Included in the Tuscany cooking vacation are 7 nights accommodations at il Bareto, all ground transportation after arriving at the Siena train station, all group activities, cooking classes, and meals listed on the itinerary.
A $1000 deposit is required to secure your place in our tour. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised.
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The Pleasures of the Tuscan Countryside
We'll meet in the afternoon at the Siena train station and drive to il Bareto to settle in. Enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda while taking in the spectacular view of Celsa castle. Dinner featuring the Tuscan treat of Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
See Tuscany photo gallery
A Day in Siena
We’re off to the historic city of Siena for a guided walking tour. Followed by free time to wander the narrow, medieval streets and lunch on your own. Afternoon cooking class featuring homemade pasta, Osso Bucco and Tiramasu.
Country Life and Chianti
Spend the day in the Chianti region visiting picturesque villages and local artisans, including a farm with cashmere goats...and scarves. Lunch with Dante, the famous butcher of Tuscany. In route back to Siena, we’ll visit the walled city of Radda. Late afternoon cooking class featuring local Tuscan fare.
Cooking at a Saffron Farm
We’re off to the town of Greve in Chianti for a cooking class featuring locally grown saffron. We’ll then stop in the picturesque town of Castellina. Dinner near il Bareto with nieghbors featuring products from their Cinta Sienese farm.
Visit the weekly market in Siena. There will be plenty of time to peruse the stalls and sample local delicacies before a visit to a local Pan Forte producer. Lunch at Celsa castle after touring the property. Enjoy the afternoon ambiance of il Bareto--walk the grounds, sit by the pool or head to the exquisite Medici gardens a few minutes away. Evening cooking class and dinner at il Bareto.
Wine and Cheese Making
We’ll head to the famous wine town of Montepulciano for the day. Discover the winding streets and shops at your leisure. Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful restaurants, before heading on to Pienza and a late afternoon of antipasti and local cheeses with a wine tasting.
San Gimignano & Art
We'll visit the fabled town of San Gimignano with a guided tour by a local art historian. Trattoria lunch followed by a Gelato talk and tasting. Afternoon cooking class and farewell dinner at il Bareto.
In the morning. we depart our beautiful Tuscan farmhouse and return to the Siena train station for connections to either Florence or Rome.
*Itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and concerts.