Tuscan Gastronomy and Cooking Retreat

Italy · 1 - 7 October 2018

An intimate culinary retreat in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

Overview

Immerse yourself in Italian food and culture under the Tuscan sun in this seven day journey of gastronomic discovery. Put your skills to the test and learn some new ones as you cook and eat the Italian way in a dreamy Tuscan village high above the coastal plains.

Located in the Maremma region of Tuscany in the charming village of Roccatederighi, your retreat is in the perfect location to visit winemakers, fishermen, farmers, cheese producers and gelato masters. By night, relax in traditional terracotta tiled apartments with rustic wooden beams and sip chilled wine in the pool as the sun dips over the valley.

Guided by your trained chef, pasta maker and host, Oli, you'll try your hand at making quintessentially Italian dishes and meet some of the leading sustainable food and drink producers in Tuscany.

Included
  • Accommodation (Breakfast Included)
  • Ground Transfers
  • Equipment
  • All Meals
  • Wine and selected aperitivos
  • Cooking classes, tours and tastings

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The Plan

  • Please note that itineraries are subject to change due to weather, availability etc.
  • 1
    On arrival

    Check-in to your apartment and get acquainted with your surroundings before meeting at 7pm for an aperitivo. Nothing says Italy like a Spritz, so enjoy your first sip of Aperol as you take in the backdrop of the medieval village. It's here that you will meet the culinary team before diving into dinner, a four-course feast under the pergola or in the rustic Tuscan dining room.

  • 2
    09:00

    Dive straight into the action with a tour of the local Buffalo mozzarella farm, where you can enjoy buffalo milk cappuccinos, followed by a cheese tasting led by an artisanal cheese producer.

    11:00

    Next up on today's agenda is a tour around an Organic Tuscan rice farm, followed by a class in cooking the perfect Italian risotto. Then, of course, comes the eating and a well-earned glass of wine.

    14:00

    Soak up some rays in the afternoon during your free time when you can head to Castiglione beach town. Indulge in the offerings of the best gelateria in town and take some down time strolling the Medieval fortress.

    17:00

    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.

  • 3
    07:00

    Set sail on unique fishing boat trip bright and early to pull in nets with the charismatic local fisherman who's making waves in marine life preservation on the Tuscan coast. Enjoy the chance to dip into the sea for a swim and have lunch on the deck, under the sun's rays.

    14:00

    Take advantage of your free time to explore the local village and rub shoulders with the Tuscan locals.

    18:00

    Roll up your sleeves and get to cooking today's catch with your resident expert chef Oli who is on hand to show you the ropes. The evening's cooking lesson is followed by an aperitivo in true Italian style and a candlelit dinner al fresco, of course.

  • 4
    10:00

    Get to grips with the staples of Italian cooking, ravioli and cantucci biscuits, and enjoy a well-deserved alfresco lunch with a glass of wine.

    17:00

    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.

    20:00

    Explore the range of restaurants in town and head out to dinner on your free night.

    11:00

    Learn all about organic honeymaking on a tour from a Tuscan bee keeper. Study the hives and get an insight into honey and Brunello wine production - a wine that's particularly sought after internationally. Then enjoy an eclectic lunch (pecorino and truffle honey!) with the hum of bees in the background.

    15:00

    Visit the UNESCO heritage protected town of Pienza, a small town perfect for an afternoon of sightseeing and taking in beautiful renaissance architecture. Also famed for its pecorino, Pienza is the place to head to if a cheese shop exploration sounds like the dreamiest of afternoons.

    17:00

    Get clued up in the world of Pecorino and Pizza with a tour of a pretty Pecorino farm on a hilltop, where you'll also learn how to make the perfect Pizza using cheese straight from the farm. Feast on your pizza while taking in views of stunning Pienza and Monte Amiata.

  • 6
    11:00

    Start today with a hands-on cooking class, learning the secrets and skills of making great gnocchi then feast on your creation after your hard work before heading off cycling.

    15:00

    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.

    17:00

    Visit an award-winning vineyard where you'll explore the cellar where the grapes are "listened to" and where they “interpret the messages coming straight from the earth”. Then enjoy a glass of Sangiovese, Viognier and Syrah, paired with traditional Tuscan antipasti.

    20:00

    Your last supper will be a gourmet feast cooked up by your trained pasta maker, chef and host Oli, the perfect way to say a fond farewell.

  • 7
    09:00

    Check out.

Residence Il Ciliegio

Poolside apartments located at the doorstep of a beautiful Tuscan village

Overview

Spend your retreat at these traditional Tuscan poolside apartments. A traditional yet refined Tuscan setting, with terraccotta tiling and rustic wooden beams, the apartments (and terrace pool) have views over the hills, the Maremma valleys and the charming village of Roccatederighi.

Your apartment is just a few paces away from the magical old town and its bars, restaurants and shops. Plus, enjoy a huge range of local, organic products stocked in your very own kitchenette for breakfasts.

Tuscan Gastronomy and Cooking Retreat

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Included
Accommodation (Breakfast Included)
Ground Transfers
Equipment
All Meals
Wine and selected aperitivos
Cooking classes, tours and tastings
Accommodation (Breakfast Included)
Ground Transfers
Equipment
All Meals
Wine and selected aperitivos
Cooking classes, tours and tastings
Private Accommodation