- Reply by JenniferT, May 19, 2013.
I just noticed nobody has replied to this one yet. I wish I had some advice for you (REALLY, I do!). But I have never been (yet).
I'm not sure when you were planning on going? If response time isn't so much of an issue I do know someone I can ask on your behalf.
I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip, regardless of your choice.
- Reply by EMark, May 19, 2013.
Brookie, I am going to give you this e-mail address without recommendation: email@example.com.
If you are on LinkedIn look up the profile of Riccardo Margheri. It appears that he does wine-oriented tours in Italy. I "met" Riccardo on the LinkedIn "Wine Connections" Group public board. We had some e-mail correspondence where he gave me some insights to some Italian wines that I had. This was about a year ago.
As I said above, I cannot, necessarily, recommend him, but maybe you can check him out
- Reply by Point of Departure, Oct 15, 2013.
I know of just the perfect company to go to for this adventure. My friend Karen Herbst of The International Kitchen. She has been doing just this for the past 30 years.
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The vibrant World Heritage city of Florence is one of timeless beauty. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to stunning art and architecture, including Brunelleschi's Dome, as well as the noble Medici family crest gracing the walls of so many buildings. Around every corner, there is something to discover, whether it be one of the many local markets, jewelry shops, 80 museums, or the divine smell of traditional Tuscan cuisine wafting from nearby trattorias.
Venturing past the river and outside the city, the Tuscan countryside — with its rolling hills and olive groves — is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Experience both sides of Tuscany during this special cooking vacation, which combines cooking local food and bicycling through the countryside at dusk.
Choose accommodations at either a three star hotel, such as Hotel Fiorino; four star hotel, such as Hotel deli Orafi; or a luxury historical hotel, such as Antica Torre Via Tornabuoni. All are centrally located in this very walkable city.
About the cooking class: After choosing fresh ingredients from Sant'Ambrogio market, frequented by locals, head to Chef Laura's tasteful and elegant palazzo apartment for your hands-on class. With 15 years of experience in the kitchen, including private catering for princesses and teaching cooking lessons, she's also a certified sommelier, who knows how to pair wines with food. After preparing a full meal, enjoy your lunch in the dining room adorned with paintings and sculptures, or al fresco on the lovely terrace (weather permitting). Please note: Depending on Chef Laura's availability, the cooking class may be with another English-speaking chef.
About the bike ride: Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence for an evening and see Tuscany at sunset. The natural landscape looks magical at dusk, and with your biker guide, Giovanni, you'll see a whole new side of Florence. Your bike ride also includes a stop at a farmhouse for a tasting of wine and olive oil.