Luxury Tuscany Villa Cooking Class: 4-course
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On 2017/09/10
Kim said:
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Best Tours Ever

It was our very first trip to Italy, so my husband and I decided to book tours with ArtViva based on Rick Steves' recommendation. We took the Accademia tour with Ingrid, the Uffizi tour with Klaus, and the Original Florence tour with Tatiana. Each guide was a joy to be with. They were all both extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and were enthusiastic about presenting it. I learned so much about the amazing Florentine art and architecture. It was worth every penny. I would highly recommend ArtViva's tours to everyone!

On 2017/08/31
E said:
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Fantastic walking tour with Hilde. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Florence.

On 2017/08/03
Valarie said:
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Worst Tour!

Worst tour! Artiviva says they NEVER wait more than 10 minutes for anyone. The party of 4 on our tour forgot it was this day so we picked them up at their hotel, my daughter and I were not given a choice, and this took 45 minutes! Somehow they say we lost no time from our day tour even though we had to be at lunch at a set time and returned to Florence on time. The party of 4 paid for our tour to make up for everything but we can never get the extra time we lost back. And time was limited in each city on this tour. Our estate had olive trees and a vineyard but was known for the pigs they raise and kill for prosciutto and our tour included the meat curing house. Not every appealing before lunch. Needless to say this was in NO way the Tuscany tour we envisioned when we booked it. We had 3 more tours scheduled the next day with Artviva so we gave them the opportunity to make it right with us in some way so they gave us an art book that we couldn't take and carry with us all day for our 8 hours of tours.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice--all excellent! We took this tour the next day from Florence, and it was the perfect half-day to get a glimpse of the Tuscan wine country without committing an entire day (we had Florence sightseeing in the morning, wine country in the afternoon). Vito was our tour guide and driver, and he was so much fun. With the group, we got a chance to chat with folks from all over the world, and the collegiality was equally as enjoyable as the estate, wine, and olive oils we tasted when we arrived at the estate. We tried the fares, learned about the history of the estate and wine in Tuscany in general, and then took a tour of the property. Both the wine-making facilities and the private home of the Lord and Lady were open for us to tour. It was incredible! And there was even a rare piece of World War I history too (you'll have to visit to find out)! Truly, a terrific experience.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Your Own Cinque Terre (private tour): on our last day in Florence, we took a one day private trip to three of the five villages in Cinque Terre. Elenora was our tour guide all day, and our driver was Massimo. Both were fantastic! Elenora especially made our tour truly an experience we will never forget. She's brilliant, easy going, and full of interesting information about the cities and their histories. She even gave us an overview of the towns we traveled through on the drive to the coast. She escorted us through the train system, around the cute and winding cobblestone streets, and even to a fantastic family-owned restaurant for some seafood pasta and wine from the region. It was like having an old friend show you around her hometown. I cannot recommend this tour enough. The sights (!!), the food, the tour guide (seriously, ask for Elenora!)... all were lovely.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one in Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be sure to ask for Corrina!

On 2017/07/18
Kathy said:
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We were touring with our 17-year-old grandson. The "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Shannon was the best we had I Italy and his favorite too. To see things that are not crowded with other tourists and so unique was a nice change from the "usual." Other tours with Artiva were excellent as well with very knowledgeable guides who seemed to be able to answer every question, even from a teenager who was anxious to know "everything." Thank you, Shannon and Artiva

On 2017/07/14
Joe Fisher said:
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Thank You, Elisabetta!

We enjoyed our wonderful day with you in Firenze. Thank you for your knowledge, humor, guidance, and keeping us in the shade! Your love of Firenze is obvious. The five Elizabeths, and the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and would recommend it to anyone!

On 2017/07/08
Jennifer said:
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Made Florence and Venice come alive!

My Zicasso travel agent booked tours through ArtViva for myself and my husband. We were so pleased she did! In Venice Leticia took us on the water by gondola and speed boat; this is the way to see Venice! Then Tatiana took us through St. Mark's and Doge's Palace, helping us understand the symbolism, art, and history of these places. In Florence, Rodrigo led us to better understand the David and spent time going into our questions with thoughtfulness. A 3 hour walking tour with Kate opened our eyes to what was in plain sight! We would not have understood Florence without her! Finally, the piece de resistance was Klaas and the tour of the Ufizzi Gallery. His storytelling and excitement was effervescent! We adding his tour because of the pleasure we had on the other booked tours, and I'm so glad that Klaas was our last ArtViva tour - what a beautiful ending to being in Florence! Thank you, ArtViva, for making these two cities come alive. I was so pleased with your guides, professional office staff, and joy!

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156.00
Duration
Duration:
4h
  • Food
  • Countryside
  • Eco Friendly Tours
  • Wine
Highlights of the 4-course Luxury Tuscany Villa Cooking Class include:
  • An English-speaking Tuscan chef will guide you through the techniques to prepare a traditional menu
  • Prepare mouth-watering recipes passed down through the chef’s family and comprising only the freshest seasonal ingredients
  • Make a fabulous starter such as ‘bruschetta’ or onions stuffed with Pecorino cheese
  • Learn the tricks of the trade to making delicious first courses like hand-made pasta or gnocchi with a perfectly matched sauce
  • The second course may be a Chianti Beef Stew or Etruscan Chicken
  • Find out about the history of the dishes, such as how the Tuscan Orange Duck  was taken to France by Catherine de’ Medici upon her marriage to the French royal Henry II
  • No great meal is complete with a traditional dessert such as Tuscan Apple Cake or the best Tiramisù you’ve ever had!
  • To conclude your great culinary activity, dine on the amazing results
  • Enjoy a sumptuous meal served with the estate’s very own traditional Chianti wine and extra-virgin olive oil produced from the estate's own grapevines and olive groves
  • Receive a 150-page cook book to take home, ensuring your day out will stay with you forever
  • On certain occasions, you might also have the privilege of a guided tour of the estate - and you might also have the opportunity to see where the wine is made and visit the ancient underground cellar
The finer details: 

Price: 156 euro per person
 
Includes: hands-on cookery lesson, 4-course meal, 150-page Tuscan cookbook, return transportation from Florence to the Villa estate cooking class.
 
Meeting times and dates: 9.15 am in our office daily year-round upon request. Evening classes are also available subject to availability.
 
Activity length: approximately 4 hours in the kitchen, plus travel time to/from the location.
 
Minimum participants: 4 persons
 
Weather: runs rain, hail or shine.
 
Location: The Tuscany Villa estate is equipped with two professional kitchens and features a stunning historic Villa including a frescoed ballroom, chapel, wine cellar and ‘limonaia’ (lemon tree house), on-ground farmhouses and a medieval tower surrounded by grapevines and olive groves, as well as historic hunting grounds in the hillside beyond.
 
Please note: If you have any food intolerances or requests, please let us know as soon as possible. Whilst we do our best to accommodate all, we must take into account the wishes of the entire group. This activity may conclude later than expected. It is best not to make museum bookings or other timed plans too soon after this cookery class. Dinner courses and Private Tuscany Cooking Classes are available upon request. Email staff@artviva.com for more details.

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