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La Cucina Toscana

An immersion in all things Tuscan!

 

Sitting under the canopy of vines the gentle aroma of freshly cooking garlic and onion combines with the heady scents of the flowers that surround. The sun is warm and the drink cool in your hand as the chef unlocks the secrets of local Tuscan cooking. This is the way to learn!

 

We are here to learn of Tuscany, its cuisine ('la cucina' in Italian) but also history, art, culture and countryside. A busy week awaits.

 

On two days we walk out to a beautiful Tuscan villa for cookery demonstrations, from picking the veg to the finished dish. These take place on a terrace next to the garden where the ingredients are grown. To reach there we walk a short distance from the hotel to Montecatini’s funicular railway and take a slow ride to Montecatini Alto, with ever more panoramic views on the way up. We walk through the town and out into the countryside on another day, to hone our skills we have a hands-on cookery lesson at a professional cookery school close by the hotel, enjoying the fruits of our labour for lunch. The emphasis is on local produce, either from the hotel’s kitchen garden or the local market.

 

But there is more. From a base in the Montecatini we are a short train ride from Lucca and Pistoia, both beautiful art cities. The pulpit in Sant’Andrea Church in Pistoia must be amongst the finest pieces of renaissance art and the city walls in Lucca offer Tuscany’s most pleasant, peaceful urban stroll. We will have a local guide in each city to ensure we see the hidden jewels. We include a free day at leisure – maybe take the short train journey to glorious Florence.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation

    We stay at Hotel Torretta, a comfortable four-star hotel run by the Simoncini family. It is close by the town and the funicular railway to Montecatini Alto.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Flights and airport transfers.
    • Half board en suite accommodation.
    • Dinners in the hotel.
    • Lunch on three days.
    • Two outdoor cookery demonstrations.
    • One hands-on cookery lesson.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Watching the chef demonstrate under the Tuscan sun.
    • Using local fresh ingredients from the local market for the cookery lesson.
    • The pulpit in Sant’Andrea church.
    • The funicular, some very traditional engineering.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
    • Flights: Heathrow - Pisa (c2hrs 15). British Airways. 
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return British Airways.
    • Upgrades to Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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