Cooking Courses
 
A Week at Home in Tuscany 2014

July 20-26

Because of the small size of the group (6 to 8 people max), we pride ourselves in giving you a special experience with a person born and raised in Florence, in a magical house full of stories to be told, where peace and simplicity can bring you back to the "real" Tuscan cooking and way of life!
So, come, relax ... you are at home with us!

Suggested Itinerary

Saturday

You will be met at Pisa airport by your host and transported to the Villa where you can rest and will start your culinary adventure by preparing your very own Limoncello (hint … it has to rest for one week before the recipe is finished...)

Saturday A light dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean will follow.

Sunday

After breakfast, you will have time to swim, then the group will head to the ancient Etruscan city of Volterra. Nicky will guide you through the streets full of history, passing by Alabaster (soft marble) shops, visiting a museum and gazing at the best preserved Roman Theatre in Italy. After a quick lunch at one of the many bars in the town piazza provided by your host and an afternoon gelato, at sunset, we will go to the outskirts of town to admire the "Balze," a soil erosion formation that occurred over the centuries. Returning to the Villa, we will stop at the village of Montescudaio, well known for its wines, for dinner. Simply tell your host if you prefer a menu from "the land" or from "the sea" and a typical Tuscan feast will appear before your eyes, from appetizer to dessert!

Monday morning is Market Time!

We will go and shop at the outdoor market to gather fresh ingredients that are "in season" to prepare lunches and dinners. You will learn what to look for in vegetables for freshness, superior quality in cheeses and fruits. There is no hurry, a quick pasta lunch will be made Market together as we return to the Villa. And then, an afternoon nap, or maybe another swim or an outing with the kayak and then it's time to prepare dinner.

Tuesday

After breakfast and weather permitting half the group will go to Livorno for a boat ride along the canals while the other half will stay to prepare lunch. In the afternoon the other half will enjoy the boat ride, while the others prepare dinner with Nicky.
Dinner

Wednesday is our big day!

Morning will be spent at the Villa, then early afternoon we will go to the Winery of Guado Al Melo where you will enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting. This winery has a small museum with the history of how wine was made and different cultivation techniques for grapes from Etruscan, to Greek, to Roman, to Modern times. Here you will be able to purchase if you wish wines for your own use. After we will drive through beautiful Tuscan hills inland and visit a "cantina", meet the people who make their own "Prosciutto" and "Pecorino Cheese" and where we will have a light dinner out on the street tasting their products.

Thursday

Another cooking lesson and maybe a visit from a guest chef, who will teach simple peasant desserts or the art of conserving food for the winter.



Olives

Friday

morning we will tour Pisa. Those who wish can climb the leaning tower. We will have a walking tour of the town and hopefully a visit to a great artisanal chocolate factory who has received international food awards. In the evening we will have our special goodbye Pisa dinner party where you will be presented with your souvenir copy of the Villa's collection of recipes and other surprises.

Saturday

We will accompany you to the airport for your return home or to the train station if you choose to stay longer and visit other cities in Italy on your own.


Terrace