This 4 days guided tour to Siena, Cortona and San Galgano including a cooking class is perfectly designed for lovers of Tuscan Cuisine, Art and Tradition : you can really have a finger in every pie!
Nestled in the Tuscan countryside in the heart of the province of Siena, just a few kilometers from Montepulciano, you will find your special country manor accommodation, 'La Lupaia'. Once you have settled in, your driver will escort you to the nearby medieval town of Cortona, which enjoys a privileged position overlooking Lake Trasimeno and Val di Chiana. Take time to stroll through the streets and admire the shops and churches that have served as the setting for many famous films, such as Roberto Benigni's "La vita è bella" (Life is Beautiful). Afterwards, you will enjoy dinner in a restaurant whose chef is considered "the Father of Tuscan Cuisine", where the owner Romano and his wife will serve a menu created especially for you, including homemade pasta, cold cuts, cheeses and wonderful "Chianina" meat, all expertly prepared. After dinner, your driver will chauffeur you back to your hotel.
After a delicious breakfast prepared with hearty homemade and local ingredients including pastries, cheeses, yogurt and croissants, you will be able to choose if you would prefer to spend the morning walking around nearby Montepulciano or relaxing by the magnificent pool with a gorgeous view of the surrounding Tuscan hills. In the afternoon you will "remove your civilian clothes" and don your chef uniform. During this special cooking class, you and the chef will work side-by-side to create a variety of homemade pasta and other delicacies in a three-hour class, discovering the secrets of true Tuscan cuisine. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors, sitting down together to taste everything you have prepared, from the appetizers to the dessert. You and your creations will be the stars of the evening.
After a revitalizing breakfast, your unique day will begin with a leisurely drive to the magnificent Abbey of San Galgano, dating back to AD 1200, also famously known as the "Roofless Church". The mystical interior of this small church is sure to captivate you, as is the nearby Abbey which houses "the Sword of San Galgano", better known as "The Sword in the Stone". Afterwards you will depart for Siena, the city of "il Palio" (the horserace), where you will lunch in a restaurant chosen especially by us in the center of the city. The restaurant extends into the interior of a natural grotto, which incredibly leads right beneath the historic buildings in the town Center, a truly unique location. After lunch, your personal guide will be waiting to accompany you on a leisurely walk around the streets as you discover the features that characterize this city – Siena's "piazze" and monuments.At the end of your day you will be chauffeured back to your accommodation where you can relax before dinner.
Begin the day with a leisurely breakfast before checking out late morning. From here, Dragonfly Tourscan accommodate your specific ongoing travel needs including transfers to a nearby airport, rail station or your next destination – alternatively, why not choose to enjoy another of our "Italy MiniTours".