My family and I recently made a trip to Italy. We ventured to several cities across several regions, and the trip was quite memorable! However, we collectively agreed that the time we spent in Tuscany with Paulo and Pat was our most favorite!
Situated at the top of one of Tuscany’s seemingly endless hills, the small villa has beautiful views in every direction. The 360-degree view itself is enough to make you fall in love with Tuscany. The villa, which belongs to the couple, is occupied on one side by them, and opened up on the other side to visitors. It was very cozy, welcoming, and clean. Paulo and Pat really made us feel like we were at home…
Paulo was a magnificent tour guide and takes great pride in his Tuscan roots. He took us on adventures to different towns daily, where we simultaneously received history lessons and were able to observe modern-day Tuscan culture. Paulo is a deep well full of knowledge, and I especially enjoyed our time with him travelling from one town to the next. For anyone visiting the villa, I highly recommend taking advantage of Paulo’s vast knowledge of the local lands!
And Patrizia is a wonderful host, and of course, cook! We signed up a couple nights for the cooking classes, and although none of us probably belong in a kitchen, she did her best to include us in the fantastic Tuscan dishes we were to prepare! Each meal was beyond amazing! I thought all the food in Italy was great during our trip, but the meals we had at Tasty Tuscany were among the best. Everything is home-grown or bartered for locally, and you can taste that difference in the food! And of course, the wine was constantly flowing!
Every night we looked forward to dinner, not only for the food, but for the company. I enjoyed our conversations with Paulo and Pat, and the quiet time we spent with them in the comfort of their home. Just before and/or after dinner, we had free time to walk around the property on our own and watch the sun set or relax on the patio as we pleased. Nowhere else in our trip, did we have such a great opportunity to see how actual Italians live. Sure, the cities had beautiful sights and attractions and memories as well, but it was the privacy and peacefulness at that villa in Tuscany that really made us feel like we were in Italy.
If you are looking for a relaxing get-away in the countryside, with two wonderful hosts, and the whole local Tuscan experience, Tasty Tuscany is certainly the way to go…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Food Immersion: a great opportunity to live for a week in a real Tuscan home, learning about authentic Italian food, touring beautiful art sites, relaxing in the luxuriant garden or at the pool, meeting your hosts Pat and Paolo, their family and friends. At Tasty Tuscany the hands-on experience in the kitchen is enriched by guided art tours, visits to wine and food producers, open markets and art workshops. Small groups of people experience a unique Culinary Adventure that starts from our Traditional Family Recipes. It's our everyday cooking and we'll t each you the tips to make you feel confident in the kitchen. We welome not cooking guests with a tour and relaxation program. On a hilltop flanked by Tuscan cypresses is an Italian farm with a farmhouse, now a Tuscany villa for a great Tuscany holiday destination. This is where the silence speaks to one's very soul and the sweet scent of Tuscan rosemary & oregano lifts the spirit. The scent is present in the morning Tuscan air and the dry breeze of every evening. The sweet smell permeates the Tuscan kitchen used for cookery classes, giving the authentic Italian family food a wonderful Tuscan flavor to make for a memorable holiday in Italy. This beautifully restored farmhouse provides a bed & breakfast accommodations and an Italian cooking school. The villa has five bedrooms, each with its own character and furnished with antique pieces handed down throughout Italian generations, are perfect for Italy holiday slumbers. Everything combines to create perfect atmosphere for your holiday. Whether just passing through or planning to stay, all are welcome at our cooking school, bed and breakfast, and rental villa. Press Articles Tuscany Cooking Classes For some the stay is a short holiday and the farmhouse bed and breakfast provides a brief respite between local art cities. There's always time to have a chat, to try our traditional Tuscan organic food, drink a glass of good Italian Chianti. All of these can be done under the branches of the Italian wisteria on the grounds of the Tuscany holiday villa rental, near the welcoming Tuscany villa rental fireplace in the living room, or upon wakening in the morning to the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread. For others, a visit here becomes an Italian holiday voyage of discovery, an opportunity to learn about the true flavors of Tuscany, to taste Italian olive oil made from the fruit of our Tuscany villa and its ancient olive trees, or authentic Italian wine made by dear friends from San Gimignano. During your vacation, maybe we'll visit in on a nearby shepherd to try some pecorino cheese that is still made the old way, really organic, and you'll learn to cook some traditional and typical Italian dishes. And we always remember to share everything with good humor and a ready Italian smile. We look forward to welcoming you and making your holiday Tuscany holiday a most memorable one! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tasty Tuscany Food Immersion Cooking Vacations Palaia, Italy