Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide
Time of year: Spring
53013 Gaiole, Chianti, Siena
Cooking Holiday: The class included a welcome reception, three evening cooking classes, a day time wine tasting/vineyard tour, and a daytime trip to the market. The evening meals were included after you cook it. The class was about $1100 which included my lodging. I went with a friend and we both took our families. Since the cost of the class included one villa, we split the cost of another villa and each family got their own. There was an in-ground pool and lots of other things to do in the area. The old Italian ladies were so impressed with our husbands coming with us and caring for the kids while we went to the class that they made sure we had lots of food for the families at the end of the night.
Things to do in the area: Florence, San Gimignano, Livorno, Siena, and Lucca.
Recommendations: We used Epiculinary to book the class, but call direct for better rates (the number for La Casa). On the drive we stopped at Camp Darby for two nights. We bought marble in Carerra, toured Pisa, and enjoyed the beach. On the drive back, we stayed at Camp Ederle.
15 May – Leave early morning – we left around (should take approx 11 hours)
15-17 May — Arrive
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Major Area Attractions
, famous for its Pisa (6 miles from Leaning Tower ). Turn left on SS11, turn right at the fourth stop light. Go under the railroad tracks and 100′ past the next intersection (the one with the stop light) and turn RIGHT into the parking lot. The Leaning tower is on the other side of the wall. Camp Darby
- Carerra, famous for its marble quarries (the same ones used by Michaelangelo). North of Pisa, take the Carerra exit, follow the yellow signs “CAVE DI MARBO” up the mountain. There are several marble gift shops. We shopped around and found the best one to be GIANCARIO CONTIPELLI & C. They have a small cafe in the middle of the store and they give Americans a 12% discount! Their phone number is (0585) 758005. We bought marble rolling pins ($9), marble lazy susans ($9), alabaster chess sets ($50-$90) and many other marble items! The tolls on the Autostrade are 6000 lire each way (exchange rate was 1538 lire / dollar) DON’T MISS IT!
- The walled city of
, a quaint medieval village with its soaring cathedral and a commanding view of the Tuscan Hills (20 miles from Lucca ) Camp Darby
- San Gimignano, a picturesque 14th century town renowned for its medieval atmosphere and characteristic towers (56 miles from
) Camp Darby
- The peaceful Isle of Elba, Napoleon’s first place of exile (car ferry during the summer months, 52 miles south of Camp Darby)
, incomparable city of world art treasures, churches and palaces (75 miles from Florence ) Camp Darby , showcase of Italian gothic architecture (60 miles from Siena ) Camp Darby Livorno, home of Modigiliani (6 mi. from ) Camp Darby
17 May — Depart
Directions to La CASA (MAP QUEST DIRECTIONS www.mapquest.com were used for all directions needed for journey)
Address of Property : La Casa, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti,
Owners: Marisa and Sandro Forcheri
Tel.: (++39) 0577 738 707
Departures times: By 9.00 a.m. on your departure day
Pay toll at the end of the motorway and follow towards Montevarchi. Follow SS 408 towards Gaiole in Chianti and
La Casa is the first house at your right after 200 metres.
19 May –
17-21 May – Check-in at 1500 (Class Agenda Follows)
La Casa (I Gelsi) 53013 Gaiole in Chianti
Your hostess: Marisa Forcheri
Cooking Class Itinerary:
Monday, May 17
Afternoon arrival and a warm welcome at your farmhouse accommodation.
wine tasting at Podere Ciona. A good occasion to meet your fellow participants.
Tuesday, May 18
At approximately enjoy an olive tasting at Pornanino farmhouse, where Franco will teach you to understand and appreciate what it is that makes extra virgin olive oil so very special.
At , you’ll go to one of the farmhouses for the first cooking class. Some of the dishes you might prepare include: bruschetta, hand-made pasta, arista, and panna cotta. Dinner follows the lesson.
Wednesday, May 19
cooking lesson at another farmhouse. Today maybe you will make crostini, ribollita, scaloppini al limone, and zuccotto fiorentino. A dinner follows the lesson.
Thursday, May 20
At , you’ll go with your guide to visit the Montevarchi market. Afterwards a visit to shops and workshops.
cooking class followed by a festive farewell dinner.
Friday, May 21
Morning checkout after breakfast.
21 May – Depart Nove/Vicenza (3 hours)
Ederle Inn Caserme Ederle –
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