Discover Tuscany Experience

Another UNIQUE Cooking Passions “Small-Group” Cuisine & Culture Experience

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DISCOVER TUSCANY – FOOD, WINE & VILLA COOKING EXPERIENCE

DATES
– 9 Days / 8 Nights –
Friday 18 October to Saturday 26 October 2019

– 8 Places remaining –

PRICING
€3685 per person  (Double or Twin Occupancy)
Single Supplement (Own Room) + €895 per person

*ALL INCLUSIVE LAND CONTENT including 8 Nights Luxury & Country Villa Accommodations; Included Meals as per itinerary; Included Food & Wine Experiences including three hands-on Italian cooking experiences; All Land Transportation, All Private Guided Tours, Two Private Group Escorts and Tour Photographer

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the beauty and ancient history of the beautiful hill towns of Tuscany and to immerse yourself in “la dolce vita” of wandering the streets of Firenze at your leisure, we invite you to join us on another incredible 9-day tour to beautiful Tuscany!

Our NEW “Discover Tuscany” combines stays in a luxury B&B in a 16th-century Florentine palazzo; two nights stay in beautiful Siena; and a 3-day residential Cooking School programme at a hilltop villa in Chianti.

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us directly on 08 9228 0507 or email urbanprovider@icloud.com to secure your places and we will forward you a 2019 Cooking Passions Discover Tuscany Booking Form, or should you like any further details of our trip to Italy.

Cooking Passions “Small Group” Tours

Cooking Passions Cuisine & Culture Tours are designed so you can do as little or as much as you like, while allowing you plenty of free time to explore and immerse yourselves in the sights, shopping and eating that YOU want to experience (we’ll be happy to provide suggestions from our previous experiences). We’ve arranged all of the accommodations, land transfers, cooking classes, private guides and most meals, so that all you have to do is pack a bag, a sense of adventure and join us on one of our delicious & exciting culinary journeys.

 

ITINERARY

Day One – Friday 18 October 2019 – ARRIVAL DAY

Although we suggest that you arrive in Italy at least one day prior to the tour start date, the following is based upon arrival that date.

2pm – Check in to our Firenze accommodation, one of Firenze’s newest luxury B&B’s situated a short taxi ride from Firenze’s Central Train Station – Soprarno Suites.

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Located in a stunningly restored 16th-century palazzo on one of Firenze’s most elegant streets is Soprarno Suites, a charming luxury B&B opened in 2014. Many of the hotels 11 vintage-decorated bedrooms are huge, with lofty frescoed ceilings, tall windows, and hardwood or Tuscan terracotta floors. Surrounded by art galleries, beautiful Renaissance palaces and churches, our boutique luxury B&B accommodation during our stay in Firenze is set in the heart of the “Otrarno”, one of Firenze’s vibrant traditional “borgos” (neighbourhoods) and only a short walk from the Palazzo Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio.

7pm – Group Welcome Dinner at a local Florentine restaurant.

Accommodation: Soprarno Suites

(Included meals: D)

Day Two – Saturday 19 October 2019 – APERITIVO TIME (Foodie Aperitivo Tour of Firenze)

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– Breakfast at your leisure.

amFree Day – Today you have the day at your leisure to settle into the beauty and renaissance magic of one of Italy’s most fascinating cities, before our organised “Foodie Aperitivo Walk” private guided tour in the evening.

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Should you wish to visit some of Firenze’s famous galleries including the L’Academia (home to Michelangelo’s “David“) or the Uffizi (home to some of the world’s greatest art treasures including Botticelli’s stunning “The Birth of Venus”) we can arrange for your advance purchase of tickets, to beat the queues, as well as arrange for an Art Historian to accompany you (at own cost). Alternatively, spend the morning doing a little sightseeing or shopping, find an outdoor cafe for a little lunch and then grab a gelato and walk along the River Arno and it’s many bridges. We will be happy to share with you some of our own favourite Florentine sights to check out, until we meet later this evening.

18:00pm to 20:00pm – Pre-dinner drinks (aperitivi) are an institution in Italy. This evening we will get the chance to experience Italy’s traditional wine o’clock with a guided tour around some of Firenze’s local neighbourhood aperitivo spots. Along the way we will sample some aperitivo classics such as Aperol Spritz and Firenze’s own “Negroni“, as well as famous wines such as chianti or brunello and a sparkling glass of Northern Italian prosecco. We will also discover cultural stories of Firenze’s history, sample some “stuzzichini” and get a grasp on the local vibe of Firenze at twilight! Saluté!!

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pm – To finish off the evening we will join the locals at a local pizzeria for a final bite of dinner.

Accommodation: Soprarno Suites

(Included meals: B, Aperitivo, D)

Day Three – Sunday October 20th 2019 – IN THE PATH OF THE MEDICI’S

– Breakfast at your leisure.

am – The morning is at your leisure, or alternatively, for those that are interested, we have arranged for an OPTIONAL PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of the Pitti Palace Gallery (Own cost).

09:30am – 11:30am – OPTIONAL PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE PITTI PALACE – For those that would like to visit another of Firenze’s famous galleries, we have arranged for a visit the biggest palace of Florence: the Pitti Palace. Formerly the home to the Medici family, the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence: on the first floor is the Palatine Gallery, containing a broad collection 16th and 17thcentury paintings (including works by Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio), and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. Also known as the Royal Palace of Florence, we will visit its luxurious rooms, part of the amazing collections of the Medici family, and learn the stories and the secrets of their Court’s life.

13:00pm – Enoteca Wine Tasting Lunch where we will sample wines matched to a selection of Tuscan courses at one of Firenze’s famous wine bars.

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Remainder of the afternoon & evening
at your leisure. Join Nico & Belinda for a leisurely walk through Firenze’s riverside “borgos” and a visit to the city’s most famous scenic lookout – Piazzale Michelangelo – for a breathtaking view over this renaissance capital. Alternatively, put your “Aperitivi” training into practice and wander the cobblestoned streets of Firenze for a leisurely evening of sightseeing, eating & drinking.

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Accommodation: Soprarno Suites

(Included Meals – B,L)

Day Four – Monday October 21st 2019 – CHIANTI WINERY VISIT & SIENA

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– Breakfast at your leisure.

10:00am – Check out from our accommodation and transfer to Siena, one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities. Before arriving in Siena, we will travel through the heart of Tuscany’s famous Chianti Classico region, and will stop at one of the region’s most unique vineyards for a Winery Tour, Tasting and Lunch.

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12noon – Winery Tour, Tasting and Lunch with stunning views across the Tuscan landscape.

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15:30pm – Departure from Chianti for Siena.

16:30pm – Arrival in Siena, known to be the “heart & soul” of Italy and is famous for its oval-shaped Piazza del Campo, as well as being the home of Panforte. Siena is one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns.

Check in to our centrally located Siena hotel. The intimate 7 bedroom Villa del Sole is conveniently located in Siena’s historic centre, only 300m from Piazza del Campo and Siena’s Tower of Mangia.

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pm – Evening at your leisure. Explore one of Tuscany’s most beautiful historic cities by night.

Accommodation: Villa del Sole Siena

(Included Meals – B,L)

Day Five – Tuesday October 21st 2019 – MAGICAL MEDIEVAL SIENA

– Breakfast at your leisure. Visit a local cafe for a capuccino with the locals before an early morning stroll around town.

10:00am – This morning we have arranged a 2 hour Private Guided Walking Tour of the town, including it’s famed marble covered Duomo Cathedral.

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Remainder of the day at your leisure – Continue to explore Siena at your leisure, or spend the afternoon visiting one of Tuscany’s famous hill towns of San Gimignano (photos below) or Volterra, located a short 60 minute drive away. A private driver can be arranged to take you for your visit.

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19:30pm – Group Dinner at a local Siena restaurant.

Accommodation: Villa del Sole Siena

(Included Meals – B,D)

Day Six – Wednesday October 22nd 2019 – VILLA FABBRONI & PIZZA MAKING CLASS

– Breakfast at your leisure.

12noon – Check out from our hotel. Transfer to Villa Fabbroni, our base for our 3 day Villa Cooking Experience located in San Polo in Chianti.

13:00pm Lunch – We will stop for lunch enroute to Villa Fabbroni in one of the Chianti region’s beautiful Tuscan villages.

15:30pm – Departure for Villa Fabbroni.

17:45pm – Arrival at Villa Fabbroni.

Villa Fabbroni has remote origins dating back to ancient Rome. A Roman centurion, Pantius, received many hectares of land for his retirement and built his “aula” (house) on a hill. In Latin, Pantius’ house was known as “the Pantius-Aula” (the house of Pantius). With the centuries, Pantius-Aula’s name was altered to become “Panzalla”, the current name of the castle. During the Middle Ages, the property came into the possession of the Buondelmonti family, and the house was transformed into one of the many family castles. The oldest remaining part of the building was constructed in this period and still stands today. In the course of the centuries, the castle history has been intertwined with that of the “Florentine Republic” and finally with the “Kingdom of Italy”. The Fabbroni family renovated the villa in the nineteenth century and made it their hunting cottage. When Florence was the capital of Italy, King Vittorio Emanuele II was a guest at the villa. The land surrounding the castle was rich with game and fruitful vineyards, which produced a wine very similar to “bordeaux”.

Our host at Villa Fabbroni and the Cooking School is the wonderful and charming Stefano Arnetoli.

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 7pm – Aperitivo Time – Welcome Drinks on Villa Fabbroni’s terrace as the sunsets.

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pm – COOKING CLASSPizza Making Class – This evening we will enjoy a  nice relaxing lesson where everyone (that would like to) can prepare their own creations, which we will all share over a few bottles of local Chianti wine.

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Accommodation: Villa Fabbroni, San Polo in Chianti

(Included Meals – B,L,D) 

Day Six – Thursday October 23rd 2019 – COOKING CLASS (Primi Piatti)

8am – Breakfast at your leisure. Join Nico for a walk “down” (literally) to San Polo for a capuccino or coffee and then “up” to Villa Fabbroni. The 4km round trip takes about 90 minutes, including a break for coffee.

9:30am to 12:30pm – COOKING CLASSLesson 1 – Antipasti and Primi Piatti – The cooking lesson today will have us preparing starters and first course: Crostini, Polenta with Porcini Mushrooms), Gnocchi, Fresh Pasta. Lasagna & Ravioli. For those not interested in participating in the class, you can enjoy some quiet time poolside or around the property which is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, and then join us for lunch later.

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1pmLUNCH with the balance of the day at your leisure. Find a quiet place around the villa to read; go for a walk overlooking the Tuscan landscape; or depending on the weather, take some sun at the villa pool.

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pm – Evening at your leisure, and for those that are interested we can arrange for taxis to take us into San Polo for a pizza at the local pizzeria.

Accommodation: Villa Fabbroni, San Polo in Chianti

(Included Meals – B,L) 

Day Seven – Friday October 25th 2019 – COOKING CLASS (Secondi Piatti)

8am – Breakfast at your leisure.

9:30am to 12:30pm – COOKING CLASSLesson 3 – Secondi Piatti Today you learn to prepare a famous meat sauce known as Bolognese Sauce; Rolled Veal filled with spinach and omelette; Stuffed Porcini Mushrooms & Stuffed Tomatoes,and possibly some tips on any dishes you might like Sergio to show us.

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1pm – LUNCH with the balance of the afternoon at your leisure. Chill out by the pool, or go for a little walk in the surrounding hills of the villa. As the sun sets, we will go for a short walk for Prosecco & a classic Tuscan sunset.

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pm – Evening at your leisure. Pop down into the village of San Polo (taxis can be arranged) for a light meal, or prepare your own little antipasto and wine in the self-contained apartments of our accommodation at Villa Fabbroni.

Accommodation: Villa Fabbroni, San Polo in Chianti

(Included Meals – B,L) 

Day Eight – Departure – “Arrivederci”

8am – Breakfast at your leisure.

10am – Checkout from Villa Fabbroni and we will say our “arrivedercis” to Stefano and his staff. We will say our goodbyes to this wonderful part of the world with all of its historic charm. An experience you will never forget! We have arranged for your return transfer to Firenze’s S.M.Novella Central Train Station where you may continue your adventures to other parts of Italy or get a taxi to Firenze out to the airport for any onward plane journeys.

INCLUSIONS

 *Inclusions (Accommodation; Cooking Classes; Two Meals Daily; Local Transfers; Cuisine & Culture Tours & Experiences; Tour Escort; Tour Photographer)

*Exclusions

 BOOKINGS & BOOKING DEADLINE

To secure your places, please contact Nico Moretti at nico@urbanprovider.com.au or 08 9228 0507, and we will forward you a “Discover Tuscany” Booking Form.

Booking Deadline : 01 February 2019 – As the unique B&B and Villa accommodations that we have selected for our tours are smaller properties with limited rooms.

Booking Deposit : A $AUD900 non-refundable BOOKING DEPOSIT is required to hold a booking for the tour, at the time of your reservation. Booking Deposits are used to confirm our accommodations and specialist tour provider services, at the time of our booking. We are only able to refund any deposits, should your reserved places be taken up by other enquiries.

Final Payment : Payment in full is required at least 90 days prior to departure.

We look forward to hosting you on this very special “Discover Tuscany” Small Group Cuisine & Culture experience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in contacting us.

Grazie, Nico & Belinda Moretti

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