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Tuscany Cooking Courses: Lessons from the Masters

Cooking is a skill practiced by many, but mastered by few. Plenty of school lunches are packed and after work dinners hastily made without much thought about the ingredients and how they meld together and affect the palate. Not all is lost however in today’s fast paces culture — the chef at Benihana as he expertly butterflies shrimp gets it. The old Italian pizza cook who masterfully throws the dough millimeters from the ceiling, but it never touches, gets it. The strongest remaining fortress of old world culinary delight is hands down Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscan cooking, fundamentally, is about simple, choice ingredients being masterfully p[prepared. As the world took note, and the legend of Tuscan Master Chefs began to spread a large amount of interest was generated concerning the classic Tuscan dishes and the wines they are so perfectly coupled with. Now that the secret is out, a whole industry has been created which offers tourists a range of options for Tuscany cooking courses, such as the ones offered by Tuscan Way, have guests spending time with sommeliers as well, allowing them to not only enjoy, but also understand, what goes into the perfect wine pairing. This is knowledge that is sure to stick with you after the trip, making guests the resident wine experts wherever they go. The cooking classes in Tuscany are equally lasting. Next time visitors long for the Tuscan landscape they can take what they learned and apply it in their own kitchen. As the spices began to dance across their tongues visions of Tuscany are sure to follow. is the perfect Tuscany tour provider to choose. They offer affordable excursions and classes throughout Tuscany with a level of experience and access simply not found in the other agencies. offers accommodations in elegant medieval villas and homes situated in enchanting locations throughout the Tuscan countryside. Hosts and property owners welcome guests with warm hearts and open arms. Personalized services let guests feel like Tuscany is their new home away from home. Cooking lessons are taught in the fully equipped kitchen of villas and by experienced chefs, many of whom are internationally renowned masters. Local guides, who have a complete knowledge of Tuscany, take guests on excursions to all the charming sights of the Tuscany. Visit for more information.

Ian Darrah – Co-owner & President. Ian developed Tuscan Way’s Sales and Marketing programs and launched the office in Miami, Florida. He also is involved in business development and adding new Tuscan Way programs. Ian’s love for Tuscany began when he was still a student and an aspiring professional triathlete: studying in Italy and biking the hills of Tuscany. Ian has led triathlon training tours and organized yoga retreats in Tuscany.

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Rick stays at a farmhouse B&B in Tuscany’s hilly Crete Senese country, where generations of the same family have celebrated “the sweet life” with locally-produced pecorino cheese, prosciutto ham, and Chianti wine. For more information on the Rick Steves’ Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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Tuscany is blessed with finest monuments of arts. Across Tuscany there are many attractive farmhouses and villas, which provide opportunities to enjoy local cooking, wines and to explore small villages each with its own treasures. So, when you rent a villa, you can be a part of whole Italian experience or living like an Italian. The Tuscan area is rich in art, culture and history and also it is an area which hasn’t lost its ancient tradition. It is the place where you will be taken back in time as you wonder along the country roads immersed in the splendid Tuscan scenery, interrupted only by the ancient towns where you can savor the culinary arts of Tuscany.

Vacation villa Tuscany is surrounded by beautiful olive groves. There is very large dining table and exterior light and Japanese style garden along with long large free form swimming pool. Near by it has unspoilt hills. The living room has an original stone fire place. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances like microwave, toaster, freezer, dishwasher and a large fireplace to roast meat and vegetables. The kitchen is connected to large brick arch.

Some vacation villa Tuscany consists of bunk beds which are ideal for children and galleried room with spiral staircase. The bedrooms in the villa all have private bathrooms, air conditioning and open fireplace that will surely add comfort and enjoyment to your holiday. They offer two patios for meal “al fresco”. Also it is possible to organize a typical Tuscan meal at the villas.

Spectacular and sensational, Tuscany offers some awesome artistic heritage being the historical foundation of the Renaissance. One can discover the facets of a host of talents in her sculptures, the museums, historical buildings, amazing towns, galleries, gardens and national parks. Tuscany reflects your tastes, emotions and passions with her colors, fragrance and a deep sense of family ties that bonds you with one of the most memorable holiday destinations of the world.

Some vacation villa Tuscany have double storey and the ground floor opens out to an entrance hall decorated with lovely frescoes. There is a lounge area that is really huge with a big fireplace, a spacious dining area, and library, a conveniently big kitchen-cum-dining room with a fireplace, a toilet and a laundry room. The upper level may have six excellently furnished and pristine bedrooms, each with its own identity and style, with ensuite bathrooms and one with a bath. All the rooms have ceiling fans and have lovely views of the garden that surrounds vineyards. The estate may have a beautifully kept garden that ranges over 3.000 square meters with golden mimosas, hydrangeas, roses and camellias that reflect the colors of the countryside. So the guests can spend a lazy day relaxing under the gazebo or swimming in the pool. The original décor and style decorating the interiors are mirrored throughout the villa that enhances the ambience along with the fireplace in the cheerful manner.

Emiley David acts as a consultant for Tuscanyholidayvilla and for more information see, Vacation Villa Tuscany, Tuscany apartments and Villa rental Tuscany.

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What makes your guests happy? Tips for hotel owners in Tuscany

If you own a hotel in Tuscany, you wish for your guests to have the best of all. To lodge in a luxurious hotel in Paris or New York is certainly different than to stay in high quality suites farmhouse hotel in Tuscany, because the atmosphere of Italy and specifically Tuscany can not be compared even if the sheets in the master bedroom are made out of silk.

What makes your guests happy? Will they return or recommend it to their friends? Will their reviews will be positive?

The important matters in serving your guests and make them happy, include a clean hotel that smells fresh, rooms that are bright and airy with clean floors, sheets and bathrooms and, finally, useful facilities.

But the most important basic matter is the personal touch, the welcoming of the guests upon arrival, and helps them with their first meeting in unknown hotel and surrounding.

So, what exactly is a useful amenity? Ice buckets, complimentary soft, absorbent towels, comfortable sheets, luggage racks that actually hold your suitcase without collapsing under its weight and irons and ironing boards ,not to forget hair dryer, useful amenities commonly found in hotels where the management is paying attention to their guests needs regardless of their class. This means that small things make the difference of the service in most hotels.

They are the details that stick out in the minds of guests when they’re asked about their vacation. Some people remember the friendly staff member who provided turn-by-turn directions to a restaurant or attraction while others remember soft carpet or clean sheets and still others remember spacious bathrooms with soft towels and luxury toiletries.

If you travel to stay in Tuscany for your vacation, you will look for a luxurious farmhouse in Tuscany, and if you will read guests reviews regards this or that certain farmhouse hotel you are willing to stay in, you will have very pleasant holidays spent in country house without any surprises.

Regardless of why you travel to Tuscany, if you are staying in San Gimignano or in Cortona or how long you are staying, the details still matter. Some people don’t care about the pool or the towels but they care deeply about the bed and the linens that cover it. Different amenities matter to different people but everyone deserves a quality room furnished and maintained with quality hotel supplies.

When travellers stay in a hotel for any length of time, it is a ‘home away from home’. Having the comforts of home and welcoming staff, helps make their stay cosy, easy and tranquil, as it should be; hopefully it’s memorable as well.

A hotel’s management, housekeeping, guest services and maintenance teams all share the same target: they do their best to provide each guest a remarkable experience. Part of creating an experience that is memorable for all the right reasons means investing in well-priced hotel supplies which results in a win-win situation.

We, at La Mucchia casa vacanze – a vacation farmhouse in Cortona, are aware of the small details…

Born in 1947 in Poland, for 3 years and during the 6 days war served the Israeli army as photographer in the infantry, in 1970 studied at the faculty of Medicine in Padova, Italy, writing, painting for himself, worked for 20 years as building contractor with his brother, co- owner of Art Gallery and Hotel in Cortona, Tuscany, where he lives.More information:

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The Il Poggio Resort Timeshare Resales

Il Poggio is set in San Casciano Dei Bagni, a small medieval village surrounded by beautiful countryside with rolling hills ideal for countryside horse riding or mountain bikes, both of which are available from the resort. Agriturismo in Toscana is becoming more popular and we now have the first timeshare resort which is part of an existing agriturismo. Take an unforgettable excursion to Siena, Pisa, Firenze, Volterra, San Gimignano, Arezzo, Uccellina natural Park, the isle of Giglio, the thermal springs of Chianciano, Saturnia and Assisi. Montepulciano and Pienza are well known cities to visit.

On a hill near the Medieval town of Celle sul Rigo, suspended in an atmosphere of rare beauty and bucolic serenity, surrounded by the magnificent settings in Val D’Orcia and Val di Chiana and the best Tuscan hospitality, stands the Il Poggio. Welcome to our farm: thanks to the home-cooked meals served at our restaurant, the fully-equipped stables and our horses, the children’s pool, the elegant suites and comfortable apartments, you can spend an exciting vacation in the great outdoors, rich in local flavors, fragrances and culture and the healthiness of natural products that you can sample and purchase.

You can experience unforgettable nature tours like the Crete Senesi, take qualified horseback riding lessons or ride mountain-bikes, organize wedding receptions and meetings, visit historical sites like the San Salvatore Abbey, Pienza and Montepulciano or artistic cities like Siena, spending a rejuvenating vacation filled with relax, sport, farm living and authenticity.

Stay at the Il Poggio holiday farm, in the apartments in its village or in the suites in the farmhouse to experience the harmony of living in the magnificent Tuscan countryside. Visit the fairy tale villages of Radicofani and Celle sul Rigo, take in the spectacular views of Crete in Val d’Orcia, try the genuine flavors, memorable strolls in the woods and towns of Val di Chiana, unforgettable horseback rides among the vineyards, exciting mountain-bike rides or give your kids a fantastic week in the hills with horseback riding stages for all levels.  Check out the timeshare resales available now at The Il Poggio Resort timeshare Resort.

To learn more about how to purchase timeshare resales at this Resort or any other worldwide timeshare resales, please call Mark Nayman at 800-555-1353.

Mark Nayman is the President of Resort Consultants International and a licensed real estate broker that specializes in the sale of top end and highest quality timeshare resales throughout the world. For more information about this resort including property listings, photos and prices call Mark Nayman at 800-555-1353. Mark Nayman is a charter member of the Licensed Timeshare Resale Brokers Association.

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