Well, my husband and I just returned from a week with Pat & Paolo and they certainly exceeded all the expectations that I at least had. It was a nice balance of activity,rest at the home (not to be confused with "house"), cooking, and all around good times. I was a bit worried at first when we first arrived, mostly since our flight got diverted from Florence to Pisa midflight and Paolo was waiting for us at Florence, although he took this with stride and still picked us up from the airport (much thanks!). Make sure you do bring your basic hygiene products (LOTS of bugspray, we got eaten up relaxing in the evenings outside) and sunscreen since you do have some time to spend at the pool (or just sunbathe for that matter). The breakfast is pretty light with yogurts, cereals, fruit, juice, and you can also make espresso. The lunches and dinners were SO delicious with fresh fruits/veggies used and Pat is very knowledgeable about different ways to make the recipes so you can have multiple variations/uses for the recipes she teaches to you. The cooking classes are pretty informal, although Pat will answer any questions you have (even the ones that aren't quite related to what you are presently doing), and occasionally break in dance (well, we all sometimes did) with the music playing, and is just overall a very enjoyable experience. Paolo takes you to many historic places like Certaldo, a beautiful monastery, Volterra (great views) and is a great storyteller and has a great sense of humor. This was just a great experience where you don't have to worry about all the details, and just go with the flow and enjoy many a glass of wine, good company, and great food while you are at it. My only wish is that I could have spent more time with Pat to learn from her and spend time with the amazing group we were with. Thank you Pat & Paolo for an amazing week into your slice of heaven, it will always hold a special place in our hearts!
- Also Known As:
- Tasty Tuscany Palaia, Italy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ...WHERE FOOD, AR AND GOOD COMPANY MEET IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY.....Tasty Tuscany is the ideal place for people looking for and authentic experience on Tuscan country lifestyle. Designed for small groups of people (max 8), always very passionate for food, wine and good company, who will find here a cozy athmosphere and a family hospitality feeling like at home. Paolo will guide you on a different excursion every day, living just after breakfast and spending the morning visiting places off the beaten tracks. Lunch can be at home or in a "trattoria" by the locations.In the afternoon, Pat will open the kitchen and you have to get your hands ready on to prepare our tradional family recipes. Cooking is not only food, but chats, wine, sharing of opinion, experiences and little secrets... Are you ready? ... more less