Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and fun and join Connextions Magazine on its first ever LGBT Excursion!
LGBT Family: June 26, 2016 - July 2, 2016
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Singles & Couples: September 4, 2016 - September 10, 2016
(14 Spots Left - 18 & over)
Our friends at Cook in Tuscany, a luxury culinary vacation for the traveler who wants to be a local, and not a tourist, have created a special program for our Connextions Magazine readers. Experience Tuscany and learn the basics of Tuscan cooking with daily cooking lessons from local Tuscan chefs, first class accommodations in the medieval hill top village of Montefollonico, visit the region’s wineries and cheese makers, daily tours of local and historic sites, recreational activities, shop at the city markets, sip Vin Santo wine while you discover each view is better than the last.
COOK: A week of cooking delicious meals where the teachers use the same recipes their grandmothers, or “Nonnas” used. Nothing has changed for generations.
EAT: After sharing time in the kitchen with new friends and your new “Nonna” we get to eat. We will sit around the table on patios, in gardens and sometimes in the kitchen and share the fruits of our labor. We will dine on homemade gnocchi, tagliatelli, bruschetta, herb chicken, stuffed flowers and original to Montefollonico--the thick ribbons of handmade eggless pasta--pici. And of course no meal is complete in Tuscany without a few good bottles of vino.
PLAY: After all the food and vino we are ready to play…the Tuscan Way. We will walk the cobblestone streets of villages, shop at local markets, visit wineries and cheese makers, see historic sights, and stop for cappuccino and local made pastries and taste creamy gelato. We will also travel to neighboring villages and dine at renowned restaurants each day.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Your home for the week will be the Hotel La Costa within the walled village of Montefollonico.
COST ($500 deposit at time of booking, balance due 90 days before program):
$3,650.00 per person (16+ at time of travel)
$1,500.00 price per child (15 & under at time of travel)
On top of a hill facing Montepulciano, stands the medieval village of Montefollonico. Far from busy roads and from the usual tourist trail, the splendid isolation of Montefollonico is probably what makes it particularly charming and appealing. It is a fantastic medieval village, surrounded by 13th century walls that protect Montefollonico Castle.
With its narrow, winding streets and its low, rustic houses, Montefollonico provides a genuine view of Tuscany. Here you'll enjoy great cooking, memorable meals, and unlimited wine in our hidden village surrounded by rolling green hills. During the week we will also visit some of our neighbors--other hilltop villages like Pienza, Cortona and Montepulciano.
There are many things to do in Tuscany, so you may decide to arrive early or stay late, let us know an d our friends Cook in Tuscany will suggest a few things to help you. Tuscany Wine Tours, Tuscany Villa Tours, Tuscany Bike Tours, Tuscany Day Tours
CANCELLATION POLICY: 120 days before start of program – full refund. 119 days to 46 days before start of program – 50% refund. 45 days before start of program you will unfortunately forfeit 100% of your payment.
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