Luxury Tours: There is a reason why the rolling hills of Tuscany draw the likes of food connoisseurs and wine aficionados from around the world. While the region is known for having some of the most plentiful vineyards and gourmet cuisine, there is much more to Tuscany that remains undiscovered. When in Tuscany, there are a few notable places one should pencil in. An obvious choice is Florence, with its infamous Piazza della Signoria, prestigious via Maggio, and dynamic theaters and cinemas. The city of Florence isn't all about arts and culture; the city boasts a nightlife circuit unlike any other. Head to the popular nightclub Pongo for some unrivaled people-watching or make it a late night in the white tents at Central Park. For an unforgettable time, we recommend you take advantage of one of the superb cooking classes offered in the area. Tempt your taste buds and learn the fine art of Italian cuisine as you work one-on-one with some of Tuscany's finest chefs. What are you waiting for? As your new Italian friends would say, "Manga?"
Arrive at the grand Villa Pandolfini Estate, a 14th Century castle in Florence Italy, which you will call home for the next five days. Make your way to the villa's historical kitchen where you will meet your chefs, receive your recipe books and guidelines and enjoy the welcoming "Benvenuto Dinner."
Get a good night's rest as the following day is jam-packed with tours of the Tuscan countryside. Take a stroll through the lush Chianti Valleys, visit the Sienese Crete and the Pieve of Sant'Anna in Caprena. Enjoy a light lunch at a local vineyard estate before continuing through the quaint towns of San Quirico and Bagno Vignoni. Making your way through the village of Pienza, stop at the pecorino cheese making factory, enjoy an apperitivo in Montalcino and eventually return to Florence.
You'll have until 3 p.m. the following day to prepare lunch and relax around the villa. Opt to explore the area on your own or join the group for a tour through hidden country roads, visit the ancient Abbey, and if you're lucky catch an impromptu concert by the famous "Dante reciting" butcher. Join the group for dinner at the local pizzeria or make your way to Angels Restaurant & Wine Bar for some traditional Florentine cuisine.
The next morning your chefs will meet you in Mercato Centrale, a multi-level marketplace, where you will enjoy an early lunch together. Afterward, feel free to explore the stone streets of Florence, shop the markets or head to Dolce Vita for happy hour as your eyes scan the contemporary art hanging on its walls.
After preparing your own lunch, join the group for some truffle hunting, visit a ceramic factory and meander through the winding hills, arriving at the Medici Villa. Admire the timeless beauty of the medieval hamlet of Artimino, and head back to the villa for a course in the art of preparing the apperitivo. You will be presented with your certificate of attendance at tonight's final farewell dinner.