Tuscany has it all. You can learn to make pasta from scratch, taste the finest Tuscan wines, and try famous local products like Pecorino cheese and truffles. It’s a foodie paradise and I bet Tuscany tops your list of places you want to go for food. It’s permanently at the top of my list.
Luckily, there’s no end to the abundant food experiences in Tuscany for travelers. We’ve been on self-guided wine tasting and food tours in the past. And recently we had the pleasure of participating in an immersive gastronomy and cooking vacation in Tuscany with Cook Eat Discover that was exactly the kind of foodie trip we love.
After spending some time with Cook Eat Discover and their other guests, we were so excited about their retreat that we couldn’t wait to share it with our audience.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect mix of food experiences, wine tasting, and cooking classes in Tuscany, this is the retreat for you. We know you’ll love it as much as we did.
Take a look at all they offer and you’ll see that it’s a fantastic way to discover Tuscany and its unbeatable food culture.
Here is what we loved about Cook Eat Discover gastronomy & cooking vacation in Tuscany:
- You won’t find a more welcoming and professional team.
- The cooking classes are well-designed for both beginner and advanced home cooks.
- The activity level is appropriate for anyone.
- The itinerary includes great excursions to visit local towns and producers.
- You’re learning one-on-one from a professional chef and pasta maker.
- The price is very affordable and offers great value.
Experience Tuscan Food With a Pro
The best way to truly discover the food and culinary landscape of Tuscany is with a professional guide, chef and local resident. This is why we believe Cook Eat Discover has one of the best gastronomic retreats in Tuscany.
Each workshop is personally run by the founders: Oli, an experienced chef and pasta maker who spent his summers growing up in the Maremma region of Italy, and Flo, a professional events planner from London. Together, they form a well-organized and experienced team that will ensure your Tuscany culinary vacation is exactly what you’ve always dreamed it would be.
They plan each day to include fun food activities, excursions, cooking demos, and even four-course meals. The gnocchi we made in our cooking demo one afternoon was a featured dish at the four-course dinner that Oli cooked for us that evening. This allowed us to reap the rewards of our work and see how good our handmade gnocchi was.
(By the way, here’s the recipe with a little online demo, if you want to try it yourself.)
See below for more evidence.
Retreats Offered by Cook Eat Discover
Each retreat is an immersive cooking and food adventure that includes everything from daily excursions to nearby gastronomic hubs to one-on-one cooking instruction from Oli.
You’ll finally learn how to make authentic homemade Italian pasta. You’ll go behind the scenes at small-scale Tuscan producers. You’ll visit family-owned wineries in the area to learn their production methods and taste their wines. And of course, you’ll also have free time to discover the fascinating Tuscan towns you’ll visit.
And this (below) is where you’ll be learning all those new cooking skills. To say the view is incredible is an understatement.
Cook Eat Discover currently offers 4- and 7-day retreats located in the Maremma region of Tuscany. Retreat guests stay in well-appointed apartments run by locals in the nearby small town of Roccatederighi.
The 4-day retreats are £700/per person and the 7-day retreats are £1400/per person.
Each retreat includes:
- Ground transfers
- All cooking equipment
- All meals
- Wine and selected aperitivos
- Cooking classes, tours and tastings in the itinerary
If you take advantage of our coupon code, you can save £25 or £50 respectively. Just use these codes when booking:
Book on their website using our code (below) for a discount!
|4-day Itinerary||7-day Itinerary|
|Day 1: Check in, gnocchi masterclass, wine tasting, 4-course welcome dinner||Day 1: Check in and meet for an aperitivo and meet the team, followed by a four-course feast under the pergola.|
|Day 2: Visit a buffalo mozzarella farm and Tuscan|
rice farm, aperitivo, then risotto masterclass, and risotto dinner in the village square.
|Day 2: Visit a buffalo mozzarella farm and Tuscan rice farm, lunch with wine, a free afternoon to discover the town of Castiglione, followed by a risotto masterclass, and risotto dinner in the village square.|
|Day 3: Learn to make tagliatelle and farfalle, lunch of local delicacies and your handmade pasta, visit to sustainable olive farm, 5-course wine-paired dinner at a local family’s organic vineyard.||Day 3: Fishing boat trip, take a dip and have lunch on deck, free time in town, learn how to cook today’s catch with your resident expert chef, followed by an aperitivo and candlelit dinner al fresco.|
|Day 4: Learn to make tortelli, ravioli, and ‘plin’, enjoy a farewell lunch including your handmade stuffed pasta.||Day 4: Learn to make ravioli and cantucci biscuits, and enjoy a well-deserved alfresco lunch with a glass of wine. Head to a nearby organic vineyard for tour and wine tasting, then a free evening.|
|Day 5: Learn about organic honeymaking on a tour, then enjoy pecorino and truffle honey at lunch. Visit the UNESCO town of Pienza, tour a Pecorino, learn how to make the perfect pizza using cheese from the farm.|
|Day 6: Gnocchi masterclass and lunch, followed by cycling, visit an award-winning vineyard for tour, tasting and antipasti. One last gourmet feast by your chef, Oli.|
|Day 7: Breakfast and check out.|
When to Book Your Tuscany Cooking Vacation
Cook Eat Discover runs workshops from April through October. In the off season, they run handmade fresh pasta workshops in London.
Because it can get very hot in Italy during the summer months, we prefer to visit in the spring or fall. If you want to see the vineyards with grapes on the vine, plan your vacation from July to September. Always plan ahead when you book because their retreats fill up quickly.
How to Get to the Retreat
You only need to make it to the town of Grosseto, which is easily reached via train from major cities. We did this train ride in October and found it very easy and straightforward, as well as inexpensive. Oli and Flo will meet you in Grosseto and transport you to and from your accommodations and to all of the included activities. There’s no reason to rent a car during your stay. It will just stay parked somewhere.
There are fast trains from Pisa Central and from Rome’s main train station that get you to Grosseto in 75 mins and 100 mins respectively. Check this link for the train schedule.
We absolutely loved our time with Oli and Flo and we know you will too. If you’re considering a culinary holiday in Italy, I highly encourage you to check this one out. When you take your first bite of one of Oli’s meals, you’ll thank yourself for doing it!
If you have any questions about the retreat, feel free to ask us. We’ll provide all the information we have or connect you with Oli and Flo for more.
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.