Carmignano Villa di Capezzana

Medici’s era recipes with the Countess

“Renaissance style” Cooking Class, learn ancient recipes, pair with WS TOP 100 wines as guest of a noble family who donated masterpieces of art to UFFIZI Museum in Florence


  • Countess Lisa Contini Bonacossi as founder of Capezzana’s “Wine and Culinary Center”
  • Chef Patrizio as your personal tutor in realising ancient recipes
  • The location, one of the oldest Tuscan cellars
  • Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 wine “Carmignano Villa di Capezzana”


  • Absolutely exclusive, private and unique experience.
  • Location: TUSCANY – Carmignano (PO)
  • The Contini Bonacossi family will be happy to open the doors of their Villa
  • Guests of a noble family in a corner of Tuscany away from the madding crowd
  • Private guided tour of the entire winery.
  • Private cooking classes with dedicated professional Chef
  • Classes are held in Capezzana’s “Wine and Culinary Center”.
  • DIY – Do It Yourself classic Tuscan lunch… what you prepare is what you enjoy!!!
  • Light Tuscan lunch with taylor-made wine pairing (Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 wines)
  • Optional Journey: Travel in luxury car or van. English speaking and wine-food expert chauffeur. Scenic drive through Tuscany.


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The best of winemaking with the best of cooking

  • Founded by Countess Lisa Contini Bonacossi in the late 1980s, Capezzana’s ‘Wine and Culinary Center’ was created with the aim of bringing its guests closer to the Tuscan culture and tradition and immediately enjoyed great success, becoming a reference point in Tuscany.
  • The courses, daily or weekly (but also of two or three days depending on the needs of our guests), are held throughout the year except for two weeks in August, and will give you the opportunity for a unique experience, breathe the air of one of the oldest Tuscan cellars where the culinary tradition is inseparably linked to the production of wine and oil that has always made this small area of Tuscany famous.
  • DIY – Do It Yourself classic Tuscan lunch… what you prepare is what you enjoy!!!
  • The Contini Bonacossi family will be happy to open the doors of their Villa, to share with you its ancient tradition.
  • Today the chef Patrizio, who has been with us for over 29 years, always supported by a valid English translator, guides the courses: Patrizio will illustrate the fundamental concepts of Tuscan cuisine based on the use of extra virgin olive oil and seasonal vegetables.
  • Chef Patrizio will assist you in preparing dishes deriving from our oldest culinary tradition, revealing recipes dating back to the Medici era.
  • In Carmignano the vine was already cultivated in the pre-Roman era, about 3000 years ago, as shown by the wine vessels and tasting bowls found in the Etruscan tombs.
  • In the state archives of Florence, a parchment dated 804 was found: it is a rental contract that documents how olive trees and vines were grown in Capezzana as early as 1200 years ago for the production of oil and wine.
  • In the early Renaissance, a woman, Monna Nera Bonaccorsi, built the first “casa da Signori” and nine farmhouses with the relative wine-growing plants: it was 1475.
  • YES… extra virgin olive oil, WS’s TOP 100 wines, 3.000 years old vines, 500 years old recipes: HISTORY!


    • Private one-day luxury roundtrip in comfortable air-conditioned passenger van or car, with a professional and long experienced driver. Your chauffer speaks English and he’s an expert of Wine and Food. Pick-up and drop-off service in Departure location
    • Experience Only Prices
      1 ADULT (age >18):  345 € per person (if 2 people),  210 € per person (if 3-4 people), 180 € per person (if 5- 6-7-8 people) – CHILD (age 6-17):  140 € per person – INFANT (0-5): FREE
    • Optional Journey Prices (fixed up to 8 passengers)
      From BOLOGNA (12 hrs): 750 € – from FLORENCE (12 hrs): 600 € – from LA SPEZIA Cruise Port (8 hrs): 635 € – from LIVORNO Cruise Port (8 hrs): 515 € – from ROME (12 hrs): 1.190 €


    • Please note that if you buy the FULL package, WITH the Optional Journey, this is always a FULL DAY experience of a total of 8 (eight) hours (tipically when your departure point is a PORT where you arrive on a cruise and this is a “shore excursion”), but if your departure point is a CITY the tour will be of a total of 10 (ten) or 12 (twelve) hours, so you’ll be able to enjoy everything more relaxed and have the time to visit, if you like, some marvellous other places nearby.
    • If you buy the EXPERIENCE only, WITHOUT the Journey, this will include minimum of 3 (three) hours “on site”, up to 4 (four).
    • IMPORTANT: this specific ON SITE experience lasts about 6 (SIX) hours  – or 4 (FOUR) on request – and STARTS at 10.00 a.m. – NO LATE ADMITTING (our Optional Journeys are organized accordingly and start between 08.00 a.m. and 09.00 a.m., eventually ask for details).
    • Number of People: min 2 (two), max 8 (eight) – please note that this is an absolutely PRIVATE tour, so you’ll never be mixed with other people.
    • If you don’t find your desidered departure place in the above list, don’t worry and please click HERE to browse by “DEPARTURES” main menù and find another extraordinary experience available from your starting point.
  • Not included – All the goods you’d like to buy at the company shop or in any other place during the experience – Everything not detailed above.
  • Legal note on alchool: 0<17 years old people are NOT allowed to drink ALCOHOL. So they’re absolutely welcome in joining this tour, enjoy the experience, the visit and the meals, but CAN NOT drink any kind of ALCOHOL (wine, spirits, etc.) (that’s the reason why the big difference in price)
  • We strongly suggest to add the Optional Journey – If you are going at the location of the experience with your car, you are “forced” to provide that one of the adults in your group (who will drive on the way back) DO NOT DRINK alcohol – If you drive with even a single glass of wine in the belly you risk hefty fines. For your SAFETY our professional drivers obviously DO NOT DRINK at all.
  • PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS and REFUNDS POLICY: Reservations close 7 days before event – 30% deposit upon booking, total balance within 72 hours – NO refunds if canceled by the guest, FULL refund if canceled by the company.
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