Tuscookany Cooking Vacations Tuscany culinary excursion
September 3, 2013
You never know why, who or what might happen at Francescos Olive oil Farm when we stop for lunch.
Today, as you can see Francesco is wearning his hawaiin outfit- and wearing it very well, I hope you all agree.
Sometimes lost in translation…. but never dull, he is such a colourful character.
His family have been in this house since 1421 and so to celebate their forthcoming 600 year anniversary in 2021, Francesco is already planning a huge party , which by the way, you , and I think just about the whole of Tuscany are invited to……….. watch this space on Tuscookany’s website or page.
We all sit under his tree and his mother Enza and lovely wife Olivia cook for us. A traditional Tuscan style lunch with homemade pasta, followed by desert of fresh fruit of figs and plums or whatever is available from his or his neighbours orchards. Followed by grappa, of course.
I am really looking forward to olive harvest time at Francescos. All the locals with olive trees, bring their olives for pressing for the oil. Bring your own or pick them from his trees. Then press, add some centrifugal force and voilà!! . ( don’t know that in Italian) you walk away with your own olive oil. Fantastico!
The only problem is and I have been warned, the wine and grappa are very free flowing. The harvest season is very much treated as a fiesta, a celebration, so whether or not I actrually get any olive oil or just end up getting totally sloshed and talking rubbish Italian with the locals, we shall see……………..no difference there then!
How our guests experienced the Tuscookany courses
Reviews from our former guests made about their visit to Tuscookany on TripAdvisor, facebook, Twitter, Google, Chow and Yelp.
My husband and I just completed a week at beautiful Bellorcia.
We spent a week at Casa Ombuto for cooking and hiking. Our stay was so well planned and executed & we were treated like family.
Beautiful private villa with private chef - highly recommended! This week was one of our best holidays ever, we had so much fun ánd learned a lot about Italian food and cooking.
I want to give a shout out to the Tuscookany organization itself. One can tell from their website that they have worked out everything in minute detail.
70th Birthday Party Bellancino was the most FABULOUS experience I could have ever imagined. We were treated like absolute QUEENS the entire time.
When everything is 5 stars everywhere you look a little suspicious impuls might kick in at least with me. Be that as it may, turns out Torre de Tartufo is indeed straight aces across the board.
Amazing Vacation at the new Tuscookany villa: Bellancino The Villa is modern & comfortable with some of the best views in Tuscany!There are many amenities including private hot tub, sauna and pool. The Tuscookany experience went way beyond my expectations! It was worth every penny!
Excellence at Casa Ombuto Chef Paola will be one of those teachers that I will remember the rest of my life as well. Great job to the employees of Casa Ombuto and the countryside was magnificent!
WOW! A memorable experience that exceeded my expectations!! By the end of the week you will have learned many new cooking techniques, recipes and made life long friends with the incredible staff and other guests. Thank you so much for making this a memorable experience, which I will never forget!
More than exceeded expectations! What a wonderful week! I expected to learn new techniques, new skills. It was all of that and more. It was FUN! Chef Paola is warm, funny, skillful, a great teacher.I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys cooking and/or wants to learn valuable skills and techniques.