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  • Cookery holiday in Tuscany

    The Cuisine of Chianti - learn refined Tuscan cooking

    This is a 4 night holiday in Tuscany with hands-on cookery classes at the Relais Villa Belpoggio in Chianti, as well as a baking class at a local bakery, a visit to a local market and time to visit nearby Arezzo. 
    During your stay in Tuscany is time to relax and appreciate the local area and you can explore the Villa’s extensive and carefully tended grounds at any time, along with its unique swimming pool – formed from a former storage facility for the estate’s water. This holiday operates with 2 to 6 people.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of this cookery holiday. 

    Highlights of this cookery holiday

    This cookery holiday in Tuscany features group cookery classes that are held at Relais Villa Belpoggio and a local bakery. The Villa’s lessons are taken by the chef, who cooks using local, mainly organic, produce. All classes are hands-on and each participant will be invited to input ideas on menus and techniques. The emphasis is on explaining and instructing you in traditional cooking methods and regional dishes. Each of the lessons lasts between two and three hours and is followed by a meal together. Also included in this cookery holiday is a baking class at a local bakery followed by lunch or a visit to an organic farm, a guided visit to a local market, an excursion to Arezzo and dinner at the hotel on two evenings.
    4 night holiday from £1,630 per person as part of a small group, or from £1,475 per person for just two people. Price includes flights, transfers or car-hire, some dinners, cookery classes and excursions as above.

    Your cookery holiday

    Day one: London to Chianti
    Depart from London to Pisa, on the British Airways flight at 08.50 from Heathrow arriving at 12.00 at Pisa. You will be met and taken by mini-bus to the Villa Belpoggio in Loro Ciuffenna. The journey time is about two hours. If you want to travel by another airline, or to another airport or have a hire-car, we can adjust the details and the price for you. Once you have checked in to the Villa, there is time to explore it and its grounds, perhaps enjoying a refreshing drink before your invitation to join a guided tour at 6.30 taking you through the history of the villa and its gardens. Dinner with wine this evening at Villa Belpoggio is included..
    Day two: Visit Arezzo in the morning and then cookery lesson in the afternoon
    This morning we arrange for you to be taken into Arezzo (about 40 minutes’ drive), birthplace of Piero della Francesca and home to numerous churches, mediaeval palaces, fine town square and Roman amphitheatre, for some free time to explore and then you are transferred back to the hotel ready for the first cookery lesson given by the chef, which takes place at 3pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm of the menu you have created in the afternoon.
    Day three: Morning visit to local market and afternoon cookery lesson
    This morning you will visit a local market from about 9.30 until 11.00 with an English-speaking guide. Then there is some free time before your afternoon cookery lesson at the Villa. This two hour session is hands-on and provides an insight into the preparation of regional dishes as well as traditional cooking methods. At the end of the session, you share the evening meal together.
    Day four: Morning visit to bakery with lesson or organic farm visit and free afternoon
    In the morning after breakfast there is a visit to a nearby bakery in a nearby mountain village, where you will be invited to make your very own ‘schiacciata’ (a Tuscan speciality light lunch) by the baker. Lunch consists of the fruits of your labour after a pleasant walk in the surroundings. If the bakery is not available, it will be substituted with a visit to an organic farm that produces wine and vegetables or truffle hunting. The afternoon is free for you to walk, potter around nearby Loro Ciuffenna or relax beside the pool and in the gardens. Tonight dinner with wine at the Villa Belpoggio is included.
    Day five: Chianti to London
    After breakfast bid farewell to your charming hosts at the Villa Belpoggio and the transfer back to Pisa for the 13.05 hrs flight to London Heathrow arriving at 14.30 hrs.

    Dates and prices
    The holiday operates on the following dates:
    23 April 2017, 21 May 2017, 4 June 2017, 17 September 2017
    Price per person:
    As part of a group of 4 or 6:
    £1,630 when sharing a double in April and May
    £1,680 when sharing a double in June and September
    For just two people on dates on your choice with transfers provided:
    £1,940 when sharing a double in April or May or £1,475 if you want to have a hire-car and no arranged transport during the holiday.
    £1,990 when sharing a double in June or September or £1,525 if you want to have a hire-car and no arranged transport during the holiday.
    Supplement per person:
    £390 for single occupancy of a double room
    Deposit payment required: £300 per person
    What’s included
    • Flights in Euro Traveller with British Airways London to Pisa return
    • Mini-bus transfer from Pisa airport to the hotel and back
    • Four nights in a double room with buffet breakfast
    • Dinner with wine on two evenings at the Villa Belpoggio
    • Two cookery classes at the Villa Belpoggio each of 2 to 3 hours’ duration with a meal to follow.
    • One baking class at a local bakery followed by lunch or visit to organic farm
    • Visit with English speaking guide of a local market
    • Transport to and from Arezzo on one morning

    Click the tabs above to find out more about hotel and travel arrangements, or click here to download a pdf with full details of this cookery holiday.


    Where you stay

    Relais Villa Belpoggio, Chianti
    The Relais Villa Belpoggio is a boutique hotel of only 10 rooms and two apartments, in the countryside near the village of Loro Ciuffenna just 35 kms from Florence in the direction of Arezzo. It is set in a secluded part of the valley of the River Arno, upstream from Florence, and its belvedere looks out over the valley and its wooded hills. Hills, woods, fields, olive groves and vineyards are all to be found nearby. The Villa dates back to the 17th Century, having been built for the aristocratic Fiorilli family. Today it is a boutique hotel, run by a husband and wife team and combines charm and cosiness with high standards of service and comfort, thanks to a painstaking restoration first begun in 2003. Facilities at the hotel include its swimming pool for summer use and a nearby tennis court. They sometimes offer a dinner service at the hotel depending on occupancy but there are numerous restaurants within easy reach by car.
    All rooms have bath or shower and WC, air-conditioning, heating, telephone, wi-fi internet access, in-room entertainment system with satellite TV, mini-bar and safe. We include a classic double in our basic price but the apartments are also available at a supplement and ideal if you want to stay longer than the four nights included in the course.

    Travel arrangements

    Fly with British Airways from London Gatwick to Pisa. We include minibus transfers to the hotel, but it is also possible to have a hire-car instead. The hotel is about 2 hours’ drive from Pisa airport.
    Alternative travel arrangements
    If you want us to arrange flights on other dates allowing you more time in Italy before and/or after the course, if you want to fly into and out of a different airport or fly at different times to the ones suggested then this is possible. It is also possibly to travel out and back by train instead of flying. Just discuss your travel plans with us and we will adjust the details and the price accordingly.

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