A Taste of Tuscany, A Traditional Experience, June 6 - 12, 2020!

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June 6, 2020 (Sat)

Cortona, Italy
Val Dorcia Region
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212 920-5788

Cost: Range: $3500 - $4200

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Vacation/Tour    

Join us in beautiful Cortona, Italy for a unique and unforgettable authentic Tuscan experience, where you will discover magical villages and off the beaten path adventures! June is when the Tuscan countryside reaches its peak of beauty and the landscape is filled with captivating and colorful flowers. It also marks the beginning of the summer, where the sunshine illuminates the days.

Bars and restaurants open their outdoor spaces where friends and family gather to welcome the start of a new season, and where traditional festivals, food, and wine fairs animate villages and towns.

Together, we will embark on a rich cultural journey of Italian passion, beauty, food, and wine. 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.

This is where the magic is! Join Chef Lina 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!

What To Expect:

Saturday, June 6th:  Arrival Day - Check-in is at 4:00 p.m.

• Welcome to Tuscany and Villa Ugo! After you check into the villa, you will have some time to unpack, relax, and enjoy the beautiful grounds

• Indulge in a complimentary bottle of local wine and snacks

• 7:00 p.m.: Welcome dinner and cocktail party where you will mix and mingle with your fellow travelers! (Due to the nature of separate arrival times, our gathering will begin at 7:00p pm)

Sunday, June 7th:  A Hands-on Cooking Class and Traditional Sunday Family Lunch

• 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Breakfast on the terrace of Villa Lilliana

• 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Cooking class and Sunday Family Lunch at Villa Lilliana

• FREE TIME: Dinner on your own.

Monday, June 8th:  Pizza Making Class in Pienza Followed by a visit of Montalcino, Including a Personal Tour and Tasting of the Famous, Brunello di Montalcino.

• 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast on the terrace of Villa Lilliana

• 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m: At 9:30 a.m., we will depart from the Villa to visit Pienza, where you will learn how to make a superb wooden oven pizza at ‘Podere il Casale’ farmhouse.  Lunch included

• 3:30 p.m.: We will depart Pienza and head towards Montalcino, a picturesque and magnificent Tuscan hilltop town, with its narrow and characteristic alleys offering extraordinary views over the underlying valley.

• 5:15 p.m.: We will meet up to visit a special winery called Col d’Orcia, an organic producer of Brunello di Montalcino.

• 8:30 P.M: We will depart Montalcino and head back to the villa

Tuesday, June 9th:  Free Day!

• 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Breakfast on the terrace of Villa Lilliana

• FREE DAY: Enjoy as you wish!

Wednesday, June 10th:  Buffalo Mozzarella Making Class 

• 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast on the terrace of Villa Lilliana

• 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: We will depart the villa at 10:30 a.m. and head to our Buffalo mozzarella making class. Lunch included.

• FREE TIME: Dinner on your own

Thursday, June 11th:  Farewell Sunset Wine Tasting and Dinner at Cantina Doveri

• 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Breakfast on the terrace of Villa Lilliana.

• 10:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m.: Free time to enjoy excursions or visit a weekly Thursday morning market in the town of Camucia.

• 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Private Wine Tasting and Dinner. We will depart from the villa at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a private and enchanting sunset wine tasting dinner on a vineyard in the Tuscan hills.

Friday, June 12th:  Departure Day - Checkout is at 10:00 a.m.

• 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast on the go at Villa Lilliana - coffee and croissants.

Arrivederci!!

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