Cooking school in Italy
Guided tours to take during your free time
Our guide who runs our excursions during your cooking school in Italy, can organize and accompany your group on excursions in the area. Below are some programs she has put together, however if you have special requests she is very flexible and can adapt the program. She will make your Italian cooking vacation complete.
Place: Town of Arezzo
Tour: St. Dominic Church with the famous Crucifix made by Cimabue (13th century), st. Francis Church containing Piero della Francesca frescoes ‘The Legend of the True Cross’ (15th century), the Cathedral where you can admire the ‘Magdalen’ made by Piero della Francesca and the glazed painted windows made by Guillaume de Marcillat (16th century). At last, you will visit Piazza Grande, known all over the world for its Antiques Fair, for its medieval Saracino Joust and for having been the place where Roberto Benigni made the movie ‘ La Vita e Bella’ (Life is Beautiful).
You can also add to the program the visit to Casa Vasari, Vasari’s house decorated by himself, and the 16th century Fortress built under Cosimo I de Medici. In that case the tour will be a full day which you can do on the free day of your cooking school in Italy.
Time: half day/full day
Valtiberina (Valley of the Tiber River)
Places: Sansepolcro, Monterchi, Anghiari
Tour: You can choose to visit one, two or three cities.
Sansepolcro is the city where Piero della Francesca was born; the Civic Museum keeps works made by him (among them we find the very renowned ‘Resurrection’), while the Cathedral contains the ‘Volto Santo’, a wooden crucifix dating 9th century.
Monterchi is a small city 10 km from Sansepolcro where the famous ‘Madonna del Parto’ made by Piero della Francesca is located.
Anghiari is a very characteristic medieval town 6 km from Sansepolcro which has kept its ancient character till now.
Time: half day for only Sansepolcro/Monterchi or Anghiari, full day for the three of them.
Places: Town of Cortona
Tour: This city is one of the oldest Etruscan cities of the province, dating VII century before Christ. This city is also known for having been one of the places described by Francis Mayes in her worldwide renowned book ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. During the tour we will have a walk through Via Nazionale, the main street of Cortona, where we will find beautiful antiques and pottery shops together with very nice little coffee shops. The visit can also include one or two museums: the ‘Museo Diocesano’ contains one of the most beautiful ‘Annunciation’ made by Beato Angelico (Fra Angelico) and works made by Luca Signorelli (15th century), while the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca keeps material of Etruscan and Roman times.
Time: half day without museums, full day with museums.
Places: La Verna, Camaldoli, Poppi
Tour: The Casentino is the sacred valley where we find the La Verna Sanctuary founded by St Francis from Assisi and where he received the Stigmata. Here we can also find the very beautiful glazed terracotta made by Andrea della Robbia, one of the most important artists in Florence of Renaissance, and the Camaldolo Hermitage with its famous pharmacy where the monks still produce liquors and medicaments following ancient recipes. Poppi is a medieval town which had been restored in Renaissance times, very famous is its castle which we can visit inside and which has kept all the charm of old castles.
Time: Half day for La Verna, Camaldoli or Poppi, Full day for two or three of them.
Places: city of Florence
Tour: Guided tour to the historical centre: Piazza San Marco – Cathedral – Baptistery – Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio – Ponte Vecchio – Visit of Uffizi, one of the world’s leading art galleries with paintings by Giotto, Beato Angelico, Masaccio, Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello e Tiziano or Academy Gallery famous for the collection of Michelangelo’s statues above all the David considered his masterpiece. In the event that the museums are fully booked, we can consider an alternative program with the Church of St. Croce or Palazzo Vecchio (inside) or the Medici Chapels with Michelangelo’s Sacrestia Nuova in the afternoon.
Time: Full day.