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Tuscany/Chianti Tour

Tuscany/ Chianti Tour

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Let’s cook and play together in 2025!  Your home base is nestled in the hillside between San Gimignano and Volterra, the perfect location to visit the highlights of central Tuscany. The a historic farmhouse is beautifully renovated with; 9 en-suite luxurious bedrooms, gorgeous marble bathrooms, well lit professional kitchen, open air dining room and game room. We’re looking forward to a LOT of fun! For more information on the tours and to reserve a room, please email us at MaryJoBrink@me.com

Tuscany/Chianti Itinerary

We are still in the process of laying out our day to day itinerary.  Destinations and activities will include Florence, Pisa, visits to UNESCO sites, guided walking tours thru the regions most scenic hill towns (San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggoni), wine tasting in Chianti, truffle hunting, cheese tasting, and gelato at the regions Best of the Best prize winner.  More information coming on the itinerary following our visit to the region this winter to finalize details.

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

  • The bus will meet the group at the Hilton Florence Metropole at 11:00 a.m. and depart for a TBD excursion. There is so much to see in Florence, you may want to arrive a day or two early and enjoy some of the sights.
  • Welcome Cocktail and Villa Tour
  • Settle In
  • Extensive Welcome Antipasto Dinner
  • After Dinner Drinks 

DAY 2 – SUNDAY

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Tour details coming soon!
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Cordials

DAY 3 – MONDAY

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Tour details coming soon!
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Cordials

DAY 4 – TUESDAY

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Tour details coming soon!
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Cordials

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Tour details coming soon!
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Cordials

DAY 6 – THURSDAY

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Tour details coming soon!
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Cordials

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Tour details coming soon!
  • Dinner Out

DAY 8

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Bus departure to FLO / Florence airport or Hilton Florence Hotel.  Choose a departure flight after 1pm.

Tuscany/Chianti Weekly Dinner Menu

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

  • Buffet Dinner – Large Antipasto assortment including: local Cheese Board, Sliced Cured Meats, Olives, Marinated Vegetables, Eggplant, Artichokes, Peppers, Mushrooms, Bruschetta and Crostini, Focaccia

DAY 2 – SUNDAY

  • Arancini Ragu – Crisp Risotto balls with a Spicy Meat Sauce
  • Roasted Bell Pepper, Arugula and Grilled Eggplant Salad
  • Handmade Tuscan Pici Pasta with a Wild Boar Sugo
  • Almond-Ricotta Semifreddo with Almond Macaroons

DAY 3 – MONDAY

  • Baked Artichokes with Sheep Ricotta, Aged Pecorino and Italian Herbs
  • Fennel and Sausage Soup
  • Spatchcocked Chicken with an Eggplant Caponata
  • Italian Zuccotto with Candied Citrus Peel and Chocolate

DAY 4 – TUESDAY

  • Seafood Risotto with Fresh Thyme
  • Roasted Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Timbale
  • Braised Osso Bucco (Veal Shanks) with Rosemary Polenta
  • Skillet Baked Pears with melted Pecorino, Walnuts and Plum Jam

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

  • Seasonal Tuscan Farro Salad
  • Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with a Pine Nut-Brown Butter
  • Pork Saltimbocca with Prosciutto, Fontina cheese and fresh Sage
  • Fritelle di Riso – Rice Fritters with Vanilla Gelato

DAY 6 – THURSDAY

  • Fried Pecorino Cheese with Oregano and Tomato Jam
  • Creamy Mussel Soup with Fava Beans
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Salted Caramel Budino

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

  • Dinner Out

For more information on the tours and to reserve a room, please email us at MaryJoBrink@me.com

Chef Michael
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