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TUSCANY CULINARY TOUR VACATION

La Cucina Sabina’s authentic luxury vacations include a culinary and cultural vacation in the heart of Tuscany and near the city of Siena. We have created a single villa-based vacation to experience both luxurious comfort and convenience. Located in a lovingly restored late 18th Century villa, with finely appointed furnishings and bathrooms, this villa will please the most discerning guests. This is a foodie’s dream vacation which combines food, cooking, culture, wine tasting, touring, shopping, picturesque excursions and adventure into an experience of a lifetime! Join us as we tour unique and less touristy places in Tuscany, plus the classic Renaissance and medieval charm of small towns and countryside. Whether your cooking interests are hands-on with a Michelin Star Chef, observing and learning to make pasta with a Tuscan nonna, or simply enjoying delicious Italian food and great wines, we have created an exceptional experience for you!

All Inclusive (except air) Vacation Itinerary – 8 days/7 nights including lodging in an exclusive and luxurious Tuscan villa, food, wine, excursions, tours, guides, cooking lessons and demonstrations, plus ground transfers. La Cucina Sabina combines food, culture and fun into an experience of a lifetime!

SATURDAY
Late afternoon arrivals at the beautiful Villa Rocchi in Torrita di Siena. We’ll handle your transfers from hotels or train stations in Florence or Siena, or the Florence-Pisa Airport.

Torrita di Siena is a lovely and quintessential Tuscan town just 45 minutes from Siena. Check in to your rooms, relax, enjoy a swim in the pool, a pre-arranged massage, stroll through the town just outside the villa’s gates. Join us for our Welcome Dinner at Villa Rocchi’s Grand Dining Room in the early evening.

SUNDAY
When you say Tuscany, one of your first thoughts is fine Tuscan wines such as Brunello’s, so we start our Tuscan tour visiting two wineries in Montalcino, with tastings and a lunch pairing. After lunch, we visit the small town of Montalcino for free time for shopping and exploration. After a return to Villa Rocchi and a bit of relaxation, we have our first hands on cooking lesson with a pizza class!
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MONDAY
After breakfast, we depart for one of the most beautiful hilltop towns in Italy, Pienza. Pienza is perched on a high hilltop allowing unsurpassed views over the Tuscan countryside. We’ll have time for touring and exploration before visiting the town of Bagno Vignoni, famous for its natural thermal waters and the pools of Lorenzo il Magnifico. Lunch is enjoyed in Bagno Vignoni. A day isn’t complete without the food culture of the area, so we have a fun and most interesting hands-on Cheese Making Lesson with dinner at an artisanal cheese factory.
TUESDAY
Tuscany is world famous for their Bistecca Fiorentina steaks. We visit one of their best butchers where we learn about the Chianina Beef and what makes it so special, then enjoy a lunch featuring a taste of the succulent Chianina steak. What could be a better pairing than a truffle hunt in the afternoon and a Pici pasta making lesson in the evening with a local nonna at Villa Rocchi?
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WEDNESDAY
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Siena, likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city, where you experience the unsurpassed masterpieces of the Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture without the crowds of Florence. Along the tour you will see Il Campo, where they run the Palio, the famous horse race through the center of town along with many of Siena’s other gems. We’ll also stop for a tasting of their renowned pastries. Because of the excellent and abundant ceramic, leather and other artisanal shops, we give you extra time for exploration and lunch on your own. Dinner will be back at Villa Rocchi.
THURSDAY
What better place to learn authentic Tuscan cooking than in a hands-on lesson with Michelin-Star Chef Silvia Baracchi, at her renowned Il Falconiere restaurant and resort in Cortona. After the lunch lesson, we head to lovely Cortona’s center, the famous “Under The Tuscan Sun” town, for a tour and visit to Celle di San Francesco, the monastery and Hermitage where St Francis resided and taught for a period. There’s a bit of open time for strolling the town before dinner at a local restaurant.
FRIDAY
We start the day heading to Montepulciano, one of Tuscany’s most famous wine making areas for a tour of the town and its vast underground cave and tunnel system first created by the Etruscans 3,000 years ago, and still used as wine cellars for storing and aging wine. We’ll enjoy lunch in town as well as an artisanal gelato making lesson. We have time for exploring or shopping before heading back to Villa Rocchi for relaxation and packing before dinner.

Our special farewell “Arrivederci Dinner” will be held at a winery in a memorable setting. Celebrate the week’s vacation with new friends and family as we enjoy some of Tuscany’s best cuisine paired with some of their best wines. This will be an unforgettable Arrivederci to cap your special week!

SATURDAY
After breakfast, we will provide transfers to local airports, hotels or train stations in Florence or Siena.
Pricing: $4,000 per person, double occupancy, There’s a single supplement of $900 for solo travelers.
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