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...)
A light dinner on the terrace overlooking the
Mediterranean will follow.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
dinner party where you
will be presented with
your souvenir copy of
the Villa's collection of
recipes and other
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.