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Cooking Tours of Tuscany Create Memories of a Lifetime

Cooking is a passion for many worldwide. Learning recipes from different regions of the world enables chefs to tour the globe without ever leaving the kitchen. Of all varieties, Italian cooking is perhaps the most enjoyed and studied. Amateur and advanced chefs alike both work hard to master the preparation of exotic Italian dishes. Even within Italy itself the culinary styles vary greatly, with Tuscany generally being renowned as the best. Tuscan cooking focuses on simple yet delicious dishes which combine simple, fresh ingredients with advanced cooking techniques. There is no better way to learn the art of Tuscan cooking than a cooking tour of Tuscany.

Visitors to Tuscany who opt for a quality guided tour will learn the culinary arts from experienced local chefs. Chefs, guides, and sommeliers will accompany guests to local markets to discover how to pick the perfect ingredients and match them to a proper wine. Tuscan cooking style requires lot of fresh vegetables, spices and wine, all readily available in Tuscany. Many of the recipes for Tuscan style cooking which guests learn have been passed through generations and these dishes are cooked in the same manner as they were cooked thousands of years ago.

On a cooking tour of Tuscany , guests learn to cook side by side with their host chefs. Chefs are happy to offer constant guidance and supervision, offering expert instruction in a fun atmosphere. Cooking classes are generally best taught in small groups so that everyone can get complete attention from the chef and learn to cook in the authentic Tuscan style.

Along with cooking, a tour to Tuscany would not be complete without a visit to Italian wine orchards and wine cellars in Tuscany. Visitors will enjoy a sampling of famous Italian wines. Once the cooking classes are over, there is quite a lot to explore in the quaint towns and villages of Tuscany, which are filled with beautiful villas, sprawling meadows and friendly people.

If you are planning to visit Tuscany and be a part of a cooking tour of Tuscany contacts Their expert planners will work with you to create the perfect trip. Whether you are looking for simply a villa rental or a complete tour package including a cooking tour of Tuscany, Italian Tuscany wine tastings, visits to historical locations and much more at very affordable prices contact them to today. Please browse through 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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Memories of Tuscany That Will Endure


It would be very surprising to me when the area of Tuscany was mentioned during any conversation, all within hearing distance wouldn’t have a warm, romantic feeling just from hearing the word. The area has been an extremely popular for holidays for decades, however, with the movie “Under The Tuscan Sun” starring Diane Lane and the burgeoning career of one of the world’s most famous Italian tenors, Andrea Bocelli, born and raised in Tuscany about 40 km. south of Pisa, Tuscany has become even more well known and visited if that is possible. “Under The Tuscan Sun” was filmed in Cortona, a town which is in the southern area of Tuscany and Mr Bocelli, to this day, calls Tuscany his home and lives there full time whenever he is not performing.


Where is Tuscany? Tuscany is in the north central part of Italy with it’s capital being Florence and very easily accessible by both international or local flights. So if you wish to make a tour of Italy and include Tuscany or want to go directly there to experience the romance, history and, of course, the food for an extended period, the choice is yours.


It has been said that Florence alone would be reason enough to want to see this area of the world but there is so much more. Florence is surrounded by the lush, green rolling hills, like those of Chianti and undulating ridges of the Apennines and by the summits of the Apuan Alps. The scenery is alluring and breathtaking at the same time. The Tuscan region is knee deep in sites that you have heard about all your life, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Seina with it’s Piazza del Campo and the legendary Palio, Arezzo, Livorno, Lucca and Chianti, ah Chianti, with all their attractions and sites which is probably understating the facts.


One of the most memorable things that will linger in your mind for quite some time is the authentic Italian cuisine which we all try to reproduce on our return to our homes

but it just dosen’t seem to match the quality that we experienced in Tuscany. Well, there is an answer to this dilema.


Nestled in the Chianti hills is a villa which dates back to the 1100s. It was later turned into an aristocratic villa which was to guard the road to Rome. The villa stands as it has, literally, for hundreds of years but today it is the home of some people who want to preserve that marvelous Tuscan Italian cuisine and teach these age old techniques to visitors to the region who wish to retain the ability to produce these delicious dishes for their families.


The two main principals of this villa are Chef Tina and Chef Manuela. Manuela was born and raised in the lovely town of Impruneta just outside of Florence while Tina was born in Chicago, Illinois and has been living between the USA and Italy all her life. Their love for cooking has grown out of family tradition and lifetime friendships. They raised their families in this gorgeous villa. They ate at each others homes with many friends and family.


What is it that these two ladies have to offer to the Tuscany visitor? The answer is in the kitchen. Manuela and Tina provide the expertice to teach a one day cooking class to a maximun of 6 people per class where they use a hands on method of showing the skills of traditional Tuscany cooking to their visitors from the shopping for the ingredients, through the class, and to the ultimate finale, eating the meal itself with some very tasty wines from the cellars of the Chianti region which you may also visit if you desire. Just ask Tina and Manuela.


The villa does not provide lodging for visitors at this time but the in future will provide the ability for patrons to stay at the villa possibly as soon as next year. These very friendly people are also available to assist you in finding a very appropriate lodging in the area of Tuscany. After all, they were raised and have lived here for many years and know the region exceedingly well. Their knowledge is to your advantage as they will provide information to you so that you may enjoy your stay even more.


The course consists of appetisers that are typical of the Tuscan cuisine, crostini, bruschetta, famous Chianti bread soups like ribollita or pappa al pomodoro and two or three main courses, consisting of home made pasta that will then be elaborated into fresh

tagliatelli, lasagne, Gnocchi, or ravioli. Then there are the side dishes and , of course, Italian desserts such as tiramisu, chocolate rum cake and bricotti di prato. All this served with selected Chianti wines. It just makes one salivate just thinking about such a culinary delight.


One of the best things regarding these cooking classes is that it can be a family affair. The children can participate in the classes or they can be looked after by the entertainers…the chef’s daughters.


Manuela and Tina offer this statement of their philosophy: “Learning to cook is much more than a recipe and some technique….it’s a synergy of passion and tradition”!


How great can this world be? Just take a trip to Tuscany and soak up the romance, beauty and friendliness of this magnificent region; her lush green hills and valleys, her mountains, her history, her rivers, her art and culture and last but certainly not least, her traditional Tuscany Italian cuisine which can be yours for ever if you choose to make it so.


Manuela and Tina extend an invitation to you when you travel to this must see area of the world. Then when you hear or thalk about the region of Tuscany, you will get that warm, romantic feeling from personal experience.


If you wish more information on trips of this nature, contact Bruce Pickett at 866-554-5353 or go to this web site

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