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Cook Eat Discover Tuscany Gastronomy Retreats

Four and seven day immersive, chef-led food, wine and cookery retreats in beautiful Tuscany. With a range of great classes and tours to artisan producers!

Description

In an undiscovered corner of Tuscany, we hold all-inclusive 3 or 6 night food, wine & cooking holidays. Come behind the scenes of Italian gastronomy, and against a stunning backdrop spend time with winemakers, fishermen, olive farmers, cheese producers, honey makers and more! We focus on personal cooking instruction from an experienced chef, and authentic and fascinating tours that go behind the scenes at responsible small-scale food and drink producers. Stay in beautiful poolside (pool open June-September) apartments, high above the southern Tuscan Maremma plain, in the medieval village of Roccatederighi. All local transport, activities, tours, classes, food and drink (apart from 1 free evening on the 7 day trip) are taken care of!

15% Last-minute discount on June/July Trips!

Accommodation

Residence Il Ciliegio

Residence Il Ciliegio are poolside apartments located at the doorstep of the beautiful medieval village of Roccatederighi, your base for this food adventure, in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma region.
Each apartment is furnished and presented in a traditional yet elegant Tuscan style, with terracotta floors and wooden beamed ceilings. Each has a double bed, bathroom and kitchenette/living area. There is also a pullout double sofa bed for friends/family sharing. There are views over the hills, the Maremma valleys and the charming village of Roccatederighi. Your accommodation has a swimming pool (open from June to September), with sunbeds and umbrellas, and an outdoor patio with chairs and tables to enjoy the view from. There is also a washing machine and secure parking.

Accommodation

2024 Retreat Dates

15% last minute discount currently running for final spots in May/June/July!

4 DAY
Prices: £850 shared apartment with travelling companion/ £975 solo supplement
June 9-12
July 5-8

7 DAY
Prices: £1500 shared apartment with travelling companion/£1775 solo supplement
Dates:
May 24-30
June 23-29
Sep 1-7
Sep 20-26
October 7-13

2024 Retreat Dates

4 Day Itinerary

An example of what you can expect on our shorter retreats

Day 1
- Gnocchi masterclass
- Guided wine tasting and aperitivo at local vineyard with panoramic views
- Four-course feast, including the gnocchi prepared earlier

Day 2
- Buffalo mozzarella farm and producer tour and tasting brunch
- Seaside organic Tuscan rice farm tour
- Aperitivo, risotto and cantucci masterclass and dinner

Day 3
- Fresh pasta workshop - learning to make cut fresh pasta like tagliatelle and farfalle. Lunch
- Traditional dinner at local, organic family vineyard

Day 4
- Filled pasta workshop and Tiramisu class. Using your new pasta skills to create advanced stuffed pastas.
- Farewell lunch including the filled pasta and Tiramisu created in your lesson

4 Day Itinerary

7 Day Retreat Itinerary

An example of what you can expect on our longer courses

A week of learning new culinary skills and visiting wonderful food and wine producers. We only work with artisanal producers who do things in harmony with nature, often organic and working with renewable energy!
Day 1
- Winery Tour, Tasting and Aperitivo
- Welcome Diner

Day 2
- Buffalo Mozzarella Farm Tour and Cheese Tasting
- Organic Tuscan Rice Farm Tour
- Risotto and cantucci biscuit masterclass

Day 3
- Fishing boat tour
- Gnocchi and Tiramisu class

Day 4
- Basic fresh pasta class - farfalle, penne, tagliatelle. Lunch
- Winery tour, tasting and dinner

Day 5
- Stuffed pasta masterclass. Lunch
- Free Evening

Day 6
- Montalcino day trip
- Honey maker and Brunello wine tour. Lunch
- Wood fired pizza class

Day 7
-Departure

7 Day Retreat Itinerary

Testimonials

What people are saying about us!

Mandy Clark, May 2022: "It was a fabulous week with Oli & Flo. The villa apartment was beautiful, we were provided with the loveliest welcome hamper and handmade gifts. It had a great balance of cooking and tours. They went over and beyond everyday to look after us. The warmth, care and hospitality I received was absolutely incredible and I was totally blown away by the whole experience."

Nichola Foreman, October 2021: "Was privileged & honoured to be part of this incredible, unique retreat! Thank you for making the experience soo special and every detail thought out with such excellence."

Marjorie Heywood, July 2019: "This experience was way beyond my expectations. Everything was wonderful - the people, the location, the classes and most of all the food and wine!"

Testimonials

Location

The Maremma is the southern most coastal region of Tuscany. We are based in the beautiful village of Roccatederighi, which is carved into the rocks over 500 metres above the plains. It teeters impossibly above the flatlands and from up here you can see the islands of Giglio, Elba, or even Corsica on a clear day.

Location

Accessibility

If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility and our courses, please get in touch to discuss!

Eco Practices

We are passionate about connecting people with the source of their food, emphasising the importance of respecting ingredients and the environment that creates them. We only promote businesses who are at minimum organic, or preferably use green energy and/or sustainable innovation.

On our courses you might meet fishermen who are fighting the destruction caused to the marine environment by trawler fisherman, or mozzarella farmers making biofuel from their own buffalos' waste. Olive oil producers using the stones of the used olives to power their factory, rice growers who use only ancient techniques, and beer brewers who power themselves from the earth's geothermal energy.

Opening Times and Prices

We offer 4 day and 7 day itineraries, running from April until October each year. You can share an apartment with a travelling companion, or book your own solo apartment.
4 Day prices: £850 shared apartment (with travelling companion) / £975 solo
7 Day prices: £1500 shared apartment (with travelling companion) / £1775 solo

Directions and Travel

On check in and check out days, we provide transport between the nearest major train station, Grosseto, and the apartments. We will pick you up from/drop you off at Grosseto on check in/check out days.

Nearest airports are Pisa and Rome. Fast trains get you from Pisa Central to Grosseto in 75 mins, and around 100 minutes from Rome's main city station. If you want to drive to us, we can we can recommend car hire companies and provide detailed directions.

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