COLTIBUONO - Toscana CANCELLI

Mrs. Lorenza De' Medici cookbook writer

World famous COOKING SCHOOL

A unique chance to learn classical regional Italian cuisine through a hands-on approach in Coltibuono’s family kitchen. Our guests will all work together with famous chefs to prepare a whole 4 course menu using only local and seasonal ingredients.

SUPERSTARS OF THE EXPERIENCE

Florentine cook Benedetta Vitali, founder of two iconic Florentine restaurants: Cibreo and Zibibbo, plus the place, the the 1.000 years old Abbey “Badia a Coltibuono”, plus, obviously, the founder of the school Mrs. Lorenza de’ Medici, world famous author of numerous cookbooks and presenter of cooking shows on American TV.

OVERVIEW

  • Absolutely exclusive, private and unique experience.
    Location: TUSCANY – Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)
  • A unique chance to learn classical regional Italian cuisine through a hands-on approach in Coltibuono’s family kitchen.
  • Cooking class to prepare a whole 4 course menu.
  • LUNCH is served in the beautiful owner’s private dining room, in pairing to Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 wine and other ORGANIC wines.
  • The class includes:  guided tour, 3 hours lesson, lunch, wine for the aperitif and lunch well paired with food, apron as a gift, recipes, DIPLOMA.
  • Optional Journey: Travel in luxury car or van. English speaking and wine-food expert chauffeur. Scenic drive through Tuscany.

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DUE TO COVID-19

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attend the cooking school founded by Miss Lorenza De’ Medici, and learn the secrets of pairing with Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 wines.
  • Show your Tuscan Cooking Diploma to everyone and say: “Yes, I was cooking in a 1.000 years old Abbey”
  • This cooking school was founded by one of the owners, Mrs. Lorenza dè Medici.
  • The de’ Medici Dynasty, which created the Italian Renaissance, symbolizes unparalleled historical contributions to art, politics, banking, cuisine, medicine, etc.
  • In the early eighties, Lorenza started the culinary school at Badia a Coltibuono, and her writing carrier became very international with cooking books published in English, German, etc.
  • At the same time, she starred in “The De’ Medici Kitchen”, a television series, 14 episodes for PBS public television station.
  • A unique chance to learn classical regional Italian cuisine through a hands-on approach in Coltibuono’s family kitchen.
  • Lessons start at 10.30 am, and in 3 hours, our guests will all work together with famous chefs to prepare a whole 4 course menu using only local and seasonal ingredients.
  • After the cooking class, LUNCH is served in the beautiful owner’s private dining room where guests will enjoy their preparations tasting a selection of the world class organic wines produced at Badia a Coltibuono.
  • After lunch, it’s coffee and grappa time in the fireplace living room.
  • Program: Arrival to Badia a Coltibuono – Beginning of the cooking class – Lunch in the owner’s private dining room.  Relax in the garden or in the fireplace living room with coffee and grappa – Tour of the Abbey and the ageing wine cellars – Final greetings
  • The class includes:  guided tour, 3 hours lesson, lunch, wine for the aperitif and lunch well paired with food, apron as a gift, recipes, DIPLOMA.

OPTIONAL JOURNEY:

  • 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
PRICES & TIMING:
  • Experience Only Prices
    NOTE: same price for all people older than 6 – If 2 guests: 400 € per person – If 3 guests: 270 € per person – If 4 guests: 200 € per person – If 5 guests: 190 € per person – If 6 guests: 185 € per person – If 7 guests: 180 € per person – If 8 guests: 175 € per person – CHILDREN (age 0-5):  NOT admitted
  • Optional Journey Prices (fixed up to 8 passengers)
    From BOLOGNA (12 hrs): 900 € – from LA SPEZIA Cruise Port (8 hrs): 850 € – from FLORENCE (12 hrs): 700 € – from LIVORNO Cruise Port (8 hrs): 700 € – from ROME (12 hrs): 1.100 €

 

  • 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) or more.
  • IMPORTANT: this ON SITE experience lasts about 3-4 (three-four) hours and STARTS between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 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.
LEGAL NOTES:
  • 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 – 50% deposit upon booking, BALANCE at 7 days – refund of the deposit 50% if the customer cancels within 7 days (or before the balance) – refund of half of the full amount paid if the customer cancels less than 7 days but more than 48 hours from the event – no refunds if the customer cancels within 48 hours or if he doesn’t show up – 100% refund of the amount paid if the company cancels at any time.
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