Luxury Tuscany Villa Cooking Class: 4-course
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   Based on 96 Ratings.

On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:
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Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:
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Artviva guides set a high standard

I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:
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Florence walking tour

During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:
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Just A Fantastic Tour

We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We loved our tour to visit the David with Claas. It is only an hour long, and it is a MUST if visiting Florence. The only issue was that it was crowded and Claas did not hold his microphone up to his mouth, but pinned it on his shirt. There was a lot of background noise, walking to the tour, and inside the building. I would highly recommend he talk slower and hold his microphone to make the tour even better. I would highly recommend this.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Our family of 6 spent the day visiting Tuscany with Stefan. We had a glorious day. Stefan was knowledgeable and fun...we learned so much. I highly recommend this tour! Couldn't have been better!

On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:
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BEST way to see Rome

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:
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Tour of a lifetime

My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!

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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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