Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Tuscany. At Casa Ombuto we offer for selected weeks a combination of cooking and hiking. Learn to cook authentic Italian dishes, having fun and making friends for life, all while staying in Casa Ombuto and hiking with a professional guide in the beautiful Casentino Valley. During your one week Italian cooking vacation you will have Italian cooking lessons on 4 of the afternoons and hiking on 2 of the mornings. During the summer the walks will be in the forests which is lovely and cool. The hiking is an free optional extra and if you prefer not to hike or want to go sightseeing on your own you are of course free to do so. For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by delicious wines to compliment the dishes. We introduce you each evening to different red and white wines from Tuscany. A full-day culinary excursion is included.
The itinerary for the one week Italian cooking and hiking vacation:
- Arrival at Florence airport
We can arrange transfers to and from Florence airport on request.
- Check-in at the villa from 16:00 onwards
- Welcoming dinner at 20:00
Introduction given by the chef and a chance to get to know each other.
- Buffet breakfast
- Depart for your first hike 09:00 - 12:30
- Light lunch for those who are present at 13:00
- Second Cooking class – starts at 15:00
- Departure culinary excursion
Casa Ombuto :
You will visit a wine and olive oil estate for oil and wine tasting, then pay a visit to a wine estate for a wine tasting and make your way to a cheese and meat Farm for lunch and cheese and meat tasting. After lunch you will stop in a local town for a gelato or visit a ceramic and then go back to your villa after an exciting, fun-filled day to have a light, informal dinner at the villa.
- Morning free for sightseeing or relaxing at the villa
- Light lunch for those who are present
- Third Cooking lesson– starts at 15:00
- Free day
On the free day, only breakfast is served. After breakfast you have the day to yourselves to do some sightseeing or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. This is an ideal day to take a trip to Florence or Siena for shopping and sightseeing Tip: Our guide can organize and accompany your group on excursions in the area. You also have the option to stay at the villas and relax at the pool or take a soak in the Hot Tub.
Lunch and dinner reservations can be made at a restaurant of your choice.
- Depart by car for second hike 08:30 - 13:00
- Light lunch for those who are present at 13:30
- Final cooking lesson – starts at 15:00
You prepare an elaborate dinner covering all the cooking techniques you have learnt during the week and more. Presentation of food will be demonstrated.