The natural evolution of a cooking school is to spread the knowledge of Italian cuisine, as well as of our land, that offers stunning architectural and landscape resources, along with dairy farms, workshops, small historic shops and craftsmen, enthusiastic about their trade, by creating delicious food products to be used in the kitchen or just to be eaten.
Follow a licensed tour guide along the streets and alleys of the city centers. He or she will unveil to you the history and curiosities of our art cities with their incredible flavors. Let yourself be guided in the discovery of our region and its amazingly varied gastronomy. Choose a destination among our proposed destinations or ask about a personalized itinerary and spend a day discovering Tuscany's best flavors.
We are in love with our land, so let’s discover it together
Cortona, a land of many colors and flavors, where traditions and history get together with the many pleasures of the taste.
For a special occasion, a romantic surprise, or for just a different day out to discover enchanting landscapes of authentic Tuscan out of touristy routes, we will cater a fantastic first class picnic in a very peaceful setting. It will be a special experience you will never forget.
The picnic is a 4 courses pampering menù with fresh organic and seasonal ingredients locally produced, accompanied by Italian prosecco and red wine wines from the local region.
Sightseeing tour of Montepulciano and Pienza, to discover the history and traditions of Valdichiana and Val d'Orcia, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sights, imbedded in the Middle Ages and fascinating Renaissance.
Upon arrival at Pienza, we will stop for a cheese tasting of the authentic and most famous Tuscan pecorino, locally produced. This will be occasion to learn more about Italian pecorino cheese making, which is of an extraordinary quality in Pienza.
We will depart for the visit of Montepulciano, heart of one the most famous Italian wine regions: the Vino Nobile.
After a walk in the city center we will drive to one of the nicest cellars producing Nobile di Montepulciano DOC for a full visit of the wine cellar and wine tasting accompanied by snacks with typical cold cuts, cheese and Tuscan unsalted bread.
After the wine tour we will drive back home.
Wine tour of Montepulciano and Cortona, to discover most famous wines of Valdichiana.
We will depart for the visit of Montepulciano, heart of one the most famous italian wines: the Vino Nobile.
After the walk in the city center we will reach a family estate of Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG for a full guided visit of the wine cellar and wine tasting.
After the tour we will drive back to Cortona, city where art and history unite with the many pleasures of the table.
We will enjoy the “Gusto” of Anna's pampering gourmet picnic in one of the “must see” places in Cortona, the amazing complex of Le Celle, founded by Saint Francis in 1211.
After lunch, we go on a walking tour of Cortona.
Take a tour of Cortona exploring the territory with the many hidden treasures inside and outside the ancient Etruscan walls. Discover little alleys, enchanting corners and landscapes, history and local traditions: from S. Francis Convent of Le Celle to Bramasole , celebrated house of Under the Tuscan Sun author, to the Etruscan Princes archeological diggings.
After the tour you will enjoy a fun pecorino and ricotta cheese making lesson in a family run farm. The hands-on cheese making will be followed by lunch, tasting cheese and the delicious farm products: olive oil, wine and vinsanto.
Cortona, a land of many colors and flavors, an extraordinary journey to discover enchanting corners of authentic Tuscany.
A walk outside the walls of Cortona will take you through the woods to the extraordinary complex of Le Celle (The Cells) the Sanctuary of St. Francis, founded in the13th century. In a quiet place surrounded by an enchanting beauty of nature you will discover a unique hidden landscape.
After the walk in the wonder of the place, you will be pampered with a 4-course gourmet lunch picnic, relaxing in the shade of olive trees in a peaceful setting along with a chilled glass of Italian Prosecco.
The above program will be replaced accordingly to weather conditions and in the period between October - March, by a guided tour of Cortona center and of the main Etruscan archeological sites. Our Chef Anna will host us for lunch at the end on the tour with a nice gourmet lunch break.
Olive oil is the precious legacy left to us by our Etruscan ancestors, among the greatest admirers of olive oil in the past.
From the eight century BC olive growing is an activity widely practiced in central Italy, in coastal areas as well as in the hilly area of the center, like in our in Val di Chiana and around Chiusi.
Olive oil represented, for this great and advanced civilizations of the past, an enormous fortune as food and for the valuable economic aspect, being in fact a fundamental part of the trades together wine.
Our day tour starts here, with the Etruscan origins of Cortona and the Val di Chiana history.
Halfway through the month of October begins the olive harvest. All the work in this region is still done by hand, in the same way as it has been done for centuries.
The day tour includes a short visit of the Etruscan archeological area, olive picking with the family, followed by lunch and visit to the olive mill to see the olive oil pressing process.
Among local culture, history, art, we organize tours and many tastings in the most beautiful cellars, selected from the DOC and DOCG prestigious wine scene of Tuscany and Umbria , visiting Cortona, Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Montefalco.
An unforgettable day in the Crete Senesi enchanting area of green hills and woods among picturesque villages few miles South of Siena.
Your English speaking guide will meet you in the morning and will escort you for the day to S. Giovanni d’Asso ,among Italy's most valuable habitat and prolific truffle-growing areas, in the various periods of the year as estblished by the different calendars for the three types of truffles: the Summer Truffle, the Marzuolo but in particular the clays of this medieval village are renowned for the quality of the Truffle Bianco of the Crete Senesi.
In S. Giovanni D’Asso you will meet a professional truffle searcher and his dog that will involve you in a very exciting search of truffle in different seasons, walking in beautiful Tuscan landscape and learning about the precious and intact ecosystem.
After the hunt in the wood you will be back in town for a lunch with a truffle tasting menu at the local Osteria: several appetizers with truffle, an homemade pasta plate (Tagliolini) with truffle, dessert and wine.
After lunch we will take a short walk in the village before heading back home.