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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
A culinary adventure that takes you into local butchers and bakers, through the Chianti vineyards and into the Tuscan countryside where you’ll learn how to prepare Italian food in a traditional farmhouse environment.
Flying into Pisa, you’ll board the transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, where a special welcome dinner will be served.
You'll make your way to Vinci to visit the museum dedicated to the works of the town's famous son, Leonardo Da Vinci. After visiting a local bakery, lunch like a local, on wine, cheese and cold cuts, with an included olive oil tasting experience in the Chianti Montalbano area. Still have room for dessert? Luckily a visit to a chocolate factory follows, where you'll have a chance to taste the delicious wares.
Find out more about Italy's rich food heritage, with a visit to a traditional Italian butcher's shop in Greve. A lunch of cold cuts is served in the local wine shop. Visit one of the old Tuscan farmhouses known for it's Chianti production, before returning to Montecatini and your hotel for the evening.
During a visit to the Renaissance walled town of Lucca, you'll explore the Palazzo Mansi National Museum. Take a guided walking tour of the cobbled streets and café-lined piazzas, with a café-crawl brunch. A guided tour then leads you around the lush gardens and grand arched ceilings of Palazzo Pfanner.
Uncover the hidden gem of Pistoia, taking a tour of the pretty town centre with a local guide. Wander from café to restaurant to trattoria tasting local specialities for lunch. The focus remains firmly fixed on food when you get back to the hotel in Montecatini, where you'll enjoy a cooking class showcasing cakes and desserts.
In preparation for your authentic Italian cooking lesson in a rustic, rural farmhouse, you'll start the day sourcing fresh ingredients on a guided visit to a local Montecatini market. Explore the farm and orchard after settling in with a welcome drink. You'll stay at the farm for dinner this evening, with a prize going to the best team of master chefs from the cooking.
This morning why not take the opportunity to visit Pistoia with an optional excursion? Alternatively, relax or explore Montecatini at your own pace. This afternoon enjoy a cooking class at your hotel focusing on making delicious cakes and desserts.
Transfer to the airport in Pisa for your return flight to the UK.
Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade
Tour hotel will be as stated or similar
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for- like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We've been creating holiday adventures since 1961. We are a member of ABTA and all our flight-inclusive holidays are fully protected by the CAA's ATOL scheme.