A Taste Of Tuscany In Autumn, A Time When Locally Grown Delicacies Are Taken Seriously!

Join us for our ‘Culinary Traveling Genes Adventures, A Taste of Tuscany,’ October 1 - 8, 2022.

October is a beautiful and perfect month in Tuscany particularly for food! Seasonal and locally grown delicacies, such as chestnuts, mushrooms, truffles, and olive oil are celebrated in style and traditional festivals, food and wine fairs animate villages and towns. The landscapes are filled with captivating colors, such as rich reds, burnt oranges and yellows, while the days remain sunny and warm.

Together, we will embark on a rich cultural journey of Italian passion, beauty, food and wine, where culinary traditions are lovingly upheld and celebrated. Our week together will be filled with amazing people, encompassing the warm hospitality the Italian culture does so well. We will travel through the rolling hills of Tuscany covered in vineyards dotted with hilltop medieval villages full of history, and visit small family-run farms and vineyards, where you will have the opportunity to partake in a cultural experience with the owners.

What to expect....

  • Stay in a magical 16th century villa overlooking Cortona with a daily Italian breakfast prepared by a family Chef.

  • Welcome Dinner Party to mix and mingle with fellow travelers.

  • Enjoy a hands-on pasta and sauce making class followed by Chef Pasqualina’s traditional Sunday family lunch.

  • Culinary Genes Apron and Recipes.

  • A visit to the town of Pienza, a superb example of Renaissance architecture.

  • Wine tasting in Montalcino at a special winery and organic producer of Brunello di Montalcino where you will enjoy an exclusive Brunello barrel tasting and 3 awarded wines, along with a traditional Tuscan antipasto.

  • A visit to the town of Montalcino, a classic fairytale hilltop town, set within a full circle of fortified walls and watched over by a mighty castle of medieval perfection.

  • Dinner and wine tasting at an enchanting family-run winery and farm.

  • A ‘Taste of Fall' Tuscan dinner prepared by Chef Pasqualina and her Tuscan family.

  • Pecorino cheesemaking class followed by a farm-to-table dinner and homemade wine.

  • A visit to a family-run truffle farm where we will hike into the wild and dive into the secretes of truffle hunting, followed by a great truffle indulgent lunch prepared and served by the family.

  • A farewell dinner at a charming and characteristic family-run restaurant located in the historic center of Cortona.

This is where the magic is! Join Chef Pasqualina and her Tuscan family in beautiful Cortona where you will nourish your soul with a Taste of Tuscany.

As always, we will arrive as strangers, but leave as family!

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