Luxury Tuscany Villa Cooking Class: 4-course
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On 2017/11/02
Thomas Wilson said:
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Art Viva's reputation is richly deserved. And Angelo is one of the best tour guides I've ever witnessed. Our evening walk of the Oltrarno district and The Original Florence Walk the next day were extraordinary in their depth, historical perspectives, contexts, interesting stories, and his warm delivery. He loves this city. Now we do too. Thanks Angelo. Sincerely, Thomas and Taffi Wilson

On 2017/11/02
Steve said:
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Great Tour

We spent the day with Alessandro, who probably works nights as a stand up comedian. Very funny and very informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3 towns we visited and felt like we walked away with a taste of Tuscany

On 2017/10/20
Keith and Sue Ferguson said:
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We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 tours with Hilde and Tatianna.

We signed up for the day of three tours; Original Florence, Uffizi and David. It was a long day but our guides made it a special experience. We would heartily recommend the tours to others visiting Florence. Our guides knowledge, passion and stories will be remembered long after our return home.

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!

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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: 1- 4pax: €675 ;  €164 for every additional person upto 13 per group
 
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: 9.15am or 4:15pm in our office daily year-round upon request. 
 
Activity length: approximately 4 hours in the kitchen, plus travel time to/from the location.
 
 
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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