A Taste of Tuscany...

Itinerary & Details

Itinerary:

Saturday, June 4th:

Arrival Day - Check-in is at 4:00 p.m.

  • Welcome to Tuscany! After you check into the villa, you will have some time to unpack, relax, and enjoy the
    beautiful grounds

  • Indulge in a complimentary bottle of local wine and snacks

  • 7:00 p.m.: Welcome dinner and cocktail party where you will mix and mingle with your fellow travelers!

 

Sunday, June 5th:
A Hands-on Cooking Class and Traditional Sunday Family Lunch

  • 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Italian breakfast prepared by a family chef

  • 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Cooking class and traditional Sunday family lunch 

  • FREE TIME: Dinner on your own (If you can eat after our Sunday family lunch!)

Monday, June 6th:
Wine Tasting Day! A visit to Pienza, a superb example of Renaissance architecture, followed by a Wine Tasting and visit to Montalcino, and concluding with a Wine Tasting and Dinner at a superb local winery in Cortona.

  • 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Italian breakfast prepared by a family chef

  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m: At 9:30 a.m., we will depart from the Villa to visit Pienza, where you will have some time to explore this charming village. 

  • 12:00 p.m.: We will depart Pienza and head towards Montalcino where we will visit a special winery and organic producer of Brunello di Montalcino. This enchanting family run vineyard will tease your taste buds with a taste of their award-winning wines and local Tuscan specialties. 

  • 3:00 p.m.: We will visit the town of Montalcino, a picturesque and magnificent Tuscan hilltop town, with its narrow and characteristic alleys offering extraordinary views over the underlying valley.

  • 4:30 p.m.: We will depart Montalcino and head back to the villa. 

  • 7:00 p.m.: We will depart the villa and visit a family-run winery and farm where you will have the wonderful opportunity to taste some of their specialties and incredible wine. 


Tuesday, June 7th:
Free Day!

  • 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Italian breakfast prepared by a family chef

  • FREE TIME: Enjoy as you wish!

 

Wednesday, June 8th:
A Truffle Hunting experience followed by and Truffle indulgent lunch prepared by the family and "The Art of Pecorino Cheesemaking Class followed by dinner. Two Unforgettable Traditional Experiences!

  • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Italian breakfast prepared by a family chef

  • 9:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: We will depart the villa at 9:45 a.m. to experience a true authentic truffle hunting tour followed by a magnificent lunch prepared by the family! 

  • 3:00 p.m.: We will head back to the villa.

  • 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: We will depart the villa to visit a family run farm where the owners will give us a tour of their farm followed by the "Art of Pecorino" cheesemaking class. All of this accompanied by a cheese tasting and dinner, including their homemade wine. 

 

Thursday, June 9th:
Farewell Sunset Wine Tasting and Dinner

  • 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Italian breakfast prepared by a family chef

  • 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Free time to enjoy excursions or join Pasqualina on her traditional Thursday morning market stroll in the town of Camucia.

  • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.: We will depart from the villa at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy an enchanting sunset wine tasting and dinner on a private vineyard in the Tuscan hills.

 

Friday, June 10th:
Departure Day - Checkout is at 10:00 a.m.

  • 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Italian breakfast prepared by a family chef.

Details:

What’s included:

  • 6 nights accommodations. Check-in is at 4:00 pm/Checkout is at 10:00 am

  • Welcome Culinary Genes Gift Bag

  • Welcome Dinner and Cocktail party

  • Italian breakfast provided daily at the villa prepared by a local family Chef

  • Hands-on pasta and sauce cooking class followed by lunch - Experience Chef Pasqualina 's traditional Sunday family gatherings

  • A visit to the enchanting town of Pienza

  • Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino with Tuscan antipasto

  • Wine tasting and dinner at a favorite local winery

  • Truffle Hunting Tour followed by an indulgent lunch

  • Pecorino cheesemaking class followed by dinner

  • Sunset dinner and wine tasting on a private vineyard

  • Private Transportation is provided and included for excursions mentioned above only

  • Transportation on premises for local stops - restaurants, markets, or train station

  • Parking at the villa should you rent a car

  • Free Wi-Fi Internet available, but please remember we are in Tuscany and may not always get service

 

Events are subject to change depending on mother nature and unforeseen circumstances.

What is not included:

  • Your round-trip Airfare

  • Transfers to or from the Villa on arrival/departure days are not included. We will be happy to arrange private transportation for you as we have negotiated discounted prices. Prices vary depending on the amount of passengers.

  • Transportation and hotels outside of planned events (We will be happy to assist you in arranging transportation and hotel recommendations)

  • All lunches and dinners not mentioned in the itinerary. Meals that are NOT included are:

    • Dinner on Sunday, June 5th (You may only have room for a gelato after our traditional Sunday lunch!)

    • Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday, June 7th

    • Lunch, Thursday, June 9th

  • Personal alcoholic beverages, other than what’s provided in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance: Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance

  • Any other incidentals that are not part of the package

  • Any additional excursions and tours

  • Gratuities. It’s customary to offer your drivers a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. We recommend tipping $5 UDS per person per day for your driver. Tips can only be paid in cash.

 

For a full brochure, including pricing, please email us at: culinarygenes@gmail.com