Brooklyn, June 19th 2019.
A week ago I was in Tuscany, visiting chefs and places, tasting wine and taking pictures… refining what is going to be my very first Tuscan Culinary Experience EVER! I have been promising you all that eventually I would have started taking the necessary steps to start moving back home. Well, here we are. From now on, Tuscany it is! Don’t freak out, I have not moved yet and I would never leave my girls behind… I simply have finally started the process. It is just the right time in our life, and it is absolutely exhilarating!
Next fall I will be hosting an experience week at the wonderful Castel Porrona in Montalcino, where rain or shine we will sink our teeth in the best foods, savor the best wines, learn to cook a bit, walk, laugh, and recharge. We will have fireplaces, multiple kitchens, elegant dining rooms, picnic blankets, a wonderful culinary team (pastry included!) that is looking forward to meet you, planned daily trips and tastings…. all in Tuscan Moderation!
Please reach out to my partners at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the full schedule and inquire about this fun trip.
Also please, I really hate to say anything about this, but a few years owning a restaurant have shown me that at times, when people drink too much they might behave like… you know… assholes. This is a week for people to be together: yes you might prefer to stay at the spa for an afternoon and skip a cheese tasting or a truffle hunt, but in general, we will be a few people sharing spaces, transportation but mostly memories. Please refer to this video for more general rules and a few FQA.
For any other travel needs, or for secret information about our next culinary week visit Italianissima.com
See you all in Montalcino!!!
Day 1 Saturday:
Arrival at Castel Porrona, light lunch upon arrival. Time to relax at the SPA and freshen up. Tour of the estate and Italian aperitivo with Gabriele, followed by a welcome dinner at Castel Porrona restaurant.
Day 2 Sunday:
Breakfast. Transfer to I Giardini di Daniel Spoerri to discover a magical, secret garden, full of unique works of art. After the visit, transfer to Pienza: once a sleepy hamlet, pretty Pienza was transformed when, in 1459, Pope Pius II began turning his home village into an ideal Renaissance town. The result is magnificent – the church, papal palace, town hall and accompanying buildings in and around Piazza Pio II went up in just three years and haven’t been remodeled since. In 1996 UNESCO added the town to its World Heritage list, citing the revolutionary vision of urban space. After lunch in Pienza, transfer back to Castel Porrona, ready to relax and enjoy the first hands-on cooking class with Gabriele and dinner to follow.
Day 3 Monday:
Breakfast. Transfer to Montalcino, where you will have the chance to visit Castello Banfi, renowned for its wines. After a comprehensive visit of the Banfi Estate, you will enjoy a lunch on site with paired wines…the best way to taste them! After lunch, and a pleasant walk in Montalcino, transfer back to Castel Porrona, ready to relax and enjoy an entertaining cooking class with Gabriele and dinner to follow.
Day 4 Tuesday:
Breakfast. Transfer to Podere Il Casale, a Tuscan farm where you will experience a very entertaining truffle hunt, before learning the secret to make an exceptional Pecorino di Pienza cheese. Lunch on site with the hunted truffle (be sure to find it!!) and farm-to-table local products. After lunch, transfer back to Castel Porrona, ready to relax and enjoy an entertaining cooking class with Gabriele and dinner to follow.
Day 5 Wednesday:
Breakfast. Transfer to Florence, where to enjoy a full day immersive experience, starting with a private guided walking tour of the city, a chance to discover or re-discover this unique Renaissance jewel. After lunch, transfer back to Castel Porrona, ready to relax. Italian aperitivo class with a professional mixologist, to learn how to prepare the Italian favorites: Negroni, Americano, Spritz. Dinner to follow.
Day 6 Thursday:
Breakfast. Transfer to Tenuta Spannocchia, a local estate where the famous Cinta Senese pork is bred to produce the typical sausages and salami. After a tour of the farms and the castle inside the estate, tasting experience with the local products and transfer back to Castel Porrona. In the late afternoon, pizza class with Gabriele, making your own pizza like a pro!
Day 7 Friday:
Breakfast. Transfer to Siena for a private visit of the city and its Duomo. Effectively a giant, open-air museum celebrating the Gothic, Siena has spiritual and secular monuments that have retained both their medieval forms and their extraordinary art collections, providing the visitor with plenty to marvel at. The city’s historic contrade (districts) are marvelous too, being as close-knit and colorful today as they were in the 17th century, when their world-famous horse race, il Palio, was inaugurated. And within each contrada lie vibrant streets populated with artisanal boutiques, sweet- smelling pasticcerie (pastry shops) and tempting restaurants. It’s a feast for the senses and an essential stop on every Tuscan itinerary. After lunch and a relaxing walk in San Gimignano, transfer back to Castel Porrona. Relaxing time and farewell dinner all together to celebrate such an amazing week, Tuscan-feast style! Gabriele and Castel Porrona Executive Chef will cook a 4-hands special dinner to say “Arrivederci!”
Day 8 Saturday:
Breakfast and departure for Fiumicino Rome Airport.
TRANSFER CASTELLO TO AIRPORT
You will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport
Between 50 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit
WHAT TO WEAR Be comfy during the day to enjoy your excursions and during the cooking sessions!
Evening time, cocktail chic!