Cooking Amidst the Olive Groves in the heart of Tuscany Back

Departs from : Montepulciano

Duration : 6 days

Type : Small Group

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Price Per Person : EUR 185.00

Meals Included

Breakfasts : 5

Dinners : 2

Lunches : 3

Wine Tastings : 10

Cooking Lessons : 5

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This tour is a private tour and run for small groups of friends and families on an Etruscan estate called the 'Etrusco Estate', which is a privately owned organic farm near Montepulciano, located halfway between Florence and Rome. The owner of the estate, Pamela is the author of several cookbooks and her husband Johnny Johns is an artist. Together, they run this organic farm that spans 15 acres where they produce exceptional organic extra-virgin olive oil, wine and organic vegetables. 

The villa on the estate has three private apartments  available for holiday rentals, in addition to individual rooms. Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen and living area with a fireplace. They are tastefully decorated with antiques and artwork, each with lovely views.

Guests are encouraged to pick fresh, seasonal produce from from the kitchen garden and will enjoy homemade jams and preserves from the plum, fig, apricot, peach, and cherry trees at breakfast.

The views are breath-taking from every angle. In the distance you can see the charming hilltown of Cortona and Lago Trasimeno; nearby we see the ancient towers of the historic towns of Montepulciano and Chianciano Terme. Poggio Etrusco is in the countryside, but has close access to everything you will need.

The large swimming pool is a welcome respite in the summer months.

Cooking classes are available on site as are numerous courses centred around the culinary arts.

Pamela is a wine-somalier as well as olive oil somalier who has written extensively about Tuscan food and wine. 

Nearby to the far, you can find tennis, bicycle rentals, and horseback riding.

The property is within minutes of Montepulciano Terme and Chianciano Terme; both offer a wide variety of spa treatments because of the spring water that is found here that is famous all over Italy. 

 


Day 1 : Arrival at the Farm! Welcome Dinner with Instruction

Where we visit : Montepulciano

Meeting Location : Farm

Description :

Meals : Dinner, Cooking Class

Day 2 : Morning tour of the Val D'Orcia including Pienza &

Where we visit : Tuscany

Description :

Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 :

Where we visit : Tuscany

Description :

Meals : Breakfast, Cooking Class

Day 4 :

Where we visit : Tuscany

Description :

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 5 :

Where we visit : Tuscany

Description :

Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 : Transfer to either Siena or Florence

Where we visit : Tuscany

Description :

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. All arrival and departure transfers
  2. Complementary Bottle of Wine
  3. Cooking class
  4. Culinary guide
  5. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  6. Market Tour
  7. Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  8. Service charges and taxes included
  9. Specialized and Personal Service
  10. Tastings of local products
  11. Visit of Siena and San Gimignano
  12. Walking Tour of Florence
  13. Wine and Olive Oil Tastings in Chianti and Montepulciano
  14. Wine Estate Visit

What's Not Included

  1. Gratuities of any type

Montepulciano


 

Encircled by walls and fortifications  designed and built starting 1511 AD by Antonio da Sangallo on the orders of the great Florentine, Cosmo I, Montepulciano cascades down a limestone ridge whose highest point is over 600 meters (1950 feet) above sea level.
 
The long and winding main street of Montepulciano extends from the Porta al Prato for 11.5 km to the Piazza Grande, and will take the traveler through the old medieval districts of  one of the most pleasant and satisfying of all Tuscan cities.
 
The Piazza, fronted by most of the city's most notable buildings, including the  Palazzo Comunale and the Duomo, perches at the utmost top of the hill, where Poliziani (the name the citizens give to themselves) mingle with visitors from nearby and far away.
 
The Duomo, with its plain, almost unfinished facade, was designed and built by Ippolito Scalza in 1630.  The most important work of art in the interior is a triptych done in 1401 by Bartolo, the "Assumption of the Virgin".
 
The Palazzo Comunale, a seemingly smaller version of Palazzo Vecchio, was built originally in the Gothic style, but the tower and facade were added in the 15th Century by Michelozzo.  Visitors are welcome to climb the tower where breathtaking views over the city and across the Tuscan countryside can be absorbed.  Next to the town hall is the Palazzo Tarugi, built in the 16th century.
 
Close by is the Chiesa Sant'Agostino, built in 1427 with a mix of Gothic and Renaissance elements by the architect, Michelozzo.  Note the elaborately carved portal.  The Palazzo Bucelli (1648), also close by,  has a lower facade into which are integrated Etruscan bas relief and funerary urns.
 
The Church of Jesus was built with a quasi circular plan by the Jesuit architect, Fra Andrea Pozzo.  Pozzo also worked on various other buildings in Montepulciano including the Palazzo Contucci (see above).
 
Sangallo the Elder also built the Temple of Madonna di San Biaglio, flanked by two campanile (bell towers) outside the city gates. It is also a Renaissance building built with butter- colored Travertine marble.  Sangallo started it in 1518, and remained pre-occupied with it until his death in 1534 and it is rightly recognized as his masterpiece. The design influence or inspired the architects of many of the palazzi in Montepulciano such as Palazzi Avignose, Cocconi, Cervini, Ganoni-Grugni, Contucci and Tarug (see above).
 
Also outside the walls and worth a peek are Chiesa Santa Chiara and Chiera Santa Maria, both done in the Baroque style.
 
Montepulciano is, of course, famous for its wines, particularly the Vino Nobile, a mellow red wine that evokes the scent of flowers and is shot through with a kind of iridescent orange color.  There are many less agreeable things to do than sit in one of the city's many cafes or restaurants to imbibe a glass (or two!) or purchase a bottle (or two!) at a local shop, which you can consume later during a lazy  Tuscan picnic.
 
Montepulciano is also the scene of a few enlivening annual festivals.  Arrive in late July-early August for the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte arts festival founded by the German composer Hans Werner Henze.   Re-enactments of Montepulciano's turbulent history take place at the Brucello festival in mid August, and there is a parade, barrel race and banquet at the end of August, the Bravio dell Botti.
 
By Jesse Andrews, 2005 
 
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