VILLA POGGIARELLO COOKING COURSE VACATION – HALF WEEK
THE 3 NIGHT/4 DAY TRIP INCLUDES:
- 3 nights at Villa Poggiarello, near Siena, in a picturesque 18th Century Villa. The villa is beautifully furnished with traditional Tuscan furniture.
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- Small groups: 4 to 16 people.
- 2 hands-on cooking courses in in “La Cucina Povera Toscana” – Tuscan country cooking.
- Visit to wineries with wine tasting in Montalcino and Montepulciano.
- 2 guided excursions to local food festivals (depending on season) and the towns of Siena, Massa Marittima and the seaside village of Castiglione della Pescaia.
- All transportation (Arrival transfer: Rome or Grosseto ~ Departure transfer: Grosseto).
- ARRIVAL: DAY 1 (SAT) – Transfer from Rome or Grosseto and arrival at Villa Poggiarello
Fly to Italy. Upon arrival at the airport of Rome, you will be accompanied by car or van to Roccastrada and then welcomed at your vacation residence – Villa Poggiarello. After settling in, your tour hosts will show you around the estate! Then you can either relax in the garden or take a walk around the enchanting outdoor ambiance amidst warm vineyards and olive groves. For dinner you will enjoy a Tuscan meal at a local restaurant near the Villa.
- Super Tuscan Red Wine Tour: Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano
Today, you will enjoy a trip to the various wineries of Southern Tuscany. Montalcino is known as a "luminous place" and its ancient name was Monte Ilcinus after the leccio "holm oak" (Quercus ilex.) The Oaks of Montalcino have covered its hills and valleys from prehistory to present day, sharing their territory with the Olive tree, the Chestnut tree and Montalcino's most famous plant the Brunello grapevine, also known as Sangiovese Grosso. Here, you will taste this famous Brunello wine in a unique 'best-kept-secret' winery. You will enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant and also visit Montepulciano (and taste the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) as well as experience the extraordinarily charming town of Pienza. Pienza owes its beauty and fame to Enea Silvio Piccolomini born in Corsignano on 18 October 1405 and elevated to Pope in 1458 taking the name Pius II. During the course of his Papacy, he changed the ancient Castello di Corsignano (first mentioned in 828) into a Papal residence in the Renaissance style, planned and constructed under the supervision of Bernardo Gambarelli called il Rossellino, a student of Leon Battista Alberti, and renamed it Pienza ("Pius"). In the evening at the Villa, you will have a cooking class followed by dinner.
- Siena and local food festivals
In the morning, after your breakfast, you’ll set off for Siena. You will visit the famous Piazza del Campo, the main square where the people from Siena (“i Senesi”) organize, twice a year, a medieval horse race known as Il Palio. Facing the square there is the beautiful tour Torre del Mangia where, if you wish, you can climb up to the top to admire a marvelous view of the city. You can also visit the Duomo which is a gothic style cathedral. You will have lunch in a quaint restaurant nearby Piazza del Campo. During different times of the year, there are many celebrated local food festivals which take place to honor different types of harvest (Porcini mushroom, Olive oil, wine etc). These will be experienced whenever they are taking place! Once home, you can prepare a healthy Tuscan dinner (cooking lesson).
- DEPARTURE: DAY 4 (TUE))
Enjoy your final breakfast at Villa Poggiarello before heading back to Grosseto.