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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.



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    12 Sep 2017
    Nights
    7
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    London (Heathrow)
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    22 Oct 2017
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    7
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  • Itinerary & Map
    12 Sep 2017 - 19 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Montecatini Terme
    We fly to Pisa and have a private coach to transfer us to Montecatini Terme. The journey takes us about 1 hour.

    Day 2 - Montecatini Terme
    A short walk from the hotel we reach station for the funicular to Montecatini Alto. After a quick look around the town we walk out into Tuscan countryside to I Cipressini, a Tuscan villa owned by our hotel. Here we will have a cookery demonstration with our chef. Ingredients will be taken from the villa garden, you are welcome to accompany the chef as he collects what he needs. We will eat the food prepared by chef for lunch. Later in the afternoon we will return to hotel on foot and funicular.

    Day 3 - Montecatini Terme
    We can take the local train to Pistoia to met our local guide for a tour of this little known but beautiful city. A highlight might be the pulpit at Sant'Andrea church.

    Day 4 - Montecatini Terme
    We again go up to I Cipressini. The food will be different but the day will have a similar format.

    Day 5 - Montecatini Terme
    We visit Lucca today. Again we take the local train and have a local guide to bring the city to life for us. A stroll around the city walls might be a good way to finish the day.

    Day 6 - Montecatini Terme
    Today is a free day. For those who choose it is an easy journey into Florence by train.

    Day 7 - montecatini Terme
    This morning we have a hands on cookery lesson in Montecatini Market. The cookery school is in the local market so we can collect our produce from the market and prepare it in the school. The school has 12 work stations so for larger groups some doubling up will be required.

    Day 8 -
    After breakfast we transfer back to Pisa airport for our flight back to the UK.


  • 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.

    Supplement for single room: £125

      

  • 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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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.



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