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Food & Wine Tours and Experiences

Discover Tuscany with our selection of unique tours and experiences. Eat and drink like a local, learn how to make pasta and pizza or create your very own wine.

If you are interested in one of our unique experiences we will be happy to give you a cost estimate depending on the number of participants and location.

Gourmet tour of Florence: The Truffle Experience

Truffles and Prosecco
We meet with our guide in the morning and visit the San Lorenzo Central Market, then move on to explore and taste some special prosciutto, salami and cheese. We continue on to a historical cafe for very special panini and a taste of prosecco. You will then end the tour with a sumptuous lunch to discover all of the different types of truffles depending on the time of the year from appetizer to dessert.

Wine Tasting Tours

Chianti is a region in the heart of Tuscany between Florence and Siena and it is famous for the production of wine and virgin olive oil. The countryside is filled with vineyards alternating woods, small hamlets, olive groves, aristocratic castles and typical Tuscan country farmhouses. We offer full day guided tours to wineries by appointment only. The tour includes a stop at a historic wine cellars, wine tasting, lunch and visit to a small hamlet to enjoy the quiet countryside. Private Wine tasting, lunch farm to table or gourmet restaurant with English speaking driver and minivan: when the season allows it stop at a cheese farm.

Winemaker for a Day

Winemaker for a Day is a wine course which will teach you how to taste a wine and discover its characteristics. Much more than a simple wine course, during this experience you will be able to create your own, unique, signature vintage by blending up to 5 different grapes while working alongside our award-winning winemaker. Your signature wine will be shipped home for your future enjoyment.
Duration: 3 hours
– Start time: 10am
– Reservation: required
– Maximum: 8 people

Winery Tours Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano

Montalcino is south of Siena and it is famous for the production of Brunello wine whereas Montepulciano is south east of Siena and produces the Nobile wine. They both enjoy a great location in the enchanting countryside. The landscape is more rugged with endless vistas on the hills alternating small towns, vineyards, fortresses and stone country farmhouses. The exceptional climate is excellent for the wine production. We offer full day guided tours to wineries by appointment only. The tour includes a stop at wine cellars, wine tasting and a visit to small hamlets to enjoy the quiet countryside. Stop for lunch at local farm to table or country trattoria.

Cooking classes

There are a variety of cooking classes that can be taken in Florence with a professional chef or in the countryside with a famous blogger and food writer.
Explore the market for fresh ingredients and then learn the secrets of Tuscan recipes and enjoy your efforts.

Programs run for lunch only.
– Start time 10AM
– Reservation required
– Maximum 8 people

Truffle Hunting

Truffle hunting experience and lunch: In autumn, it is possible to set up a visit to the wooded area near San Miniati with an expert truffle hunter and after a walk with their dogs enjoy a lovely lunch.

Pasta and Pizza cooking lesson in Florence or at your Villa

The course offers the opportunity to learn the techniques and secrets of preparing a “true Neapolitan pizza”. Learn about the history and culture of pizza; Ingredients, Equipment, the dough and its toppings and garnish. During the course, students will follow and repeat all stages of preparation and cooking of the pizza, thus becoming an expert in “the art of pizza”. Beer and local wine included.
– Limited to maximum 8 guests.
– Start time 10AM
– Reservation required
– Maximum 8 people

Pizza night/bbq night at your villa

If you have rented a Villa in Tuscany, in the Chianti area or Sienese area, we can send you our cook who will cook and serve The Pizza night: the cook comes to your villa and prepares the home made dough and different toppings.

BBQ night at your villa rental: This is a fun evening where the cook brings all the ingredients to prepare a fabulous BBQ:  from Florentine steak, chicken, to pork chops and sausages: Grilled vegetables and to complete this lovely evening a TIramisù. Local wine is included.

Private cook and sommelier

If you have rented a Villa in Tuscany, in the Chianti area or Sienese area, we can send you our cook who will cook and serve a 4-course gourmet Tuscan lunch and/or dinner of your choice. They will create the menu keeping in mind your likes and dislikes and of course any dietary requirement so that everybody will be able to enjoy the meal and relax. For the meal preparation, they will do the grocery shopping and on-site cooking for you and the final cleaning of the kitchen. If interested we will be happy to give you a cost estimate depending on the number of guests, menu choice and wine selections.

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If you are interested in one of our unique experiences we will be happy to give you a cost estimate depending on the number of participants and location.