Spend a couple days from July 2-5 2019 (three nights, two and a half days) eating and drinking in Florence and Settignano, our gem of a neighbourhood, with me and my sommelier husband, Marco Lami. We'll start with a welcome aperitivo at our favourite wine bar, tasting some wonderful things and getting to know each other. We'll visit a local organic winery and do an explorative and chatty wine tasting unlike any other under the guidance of a passionate and immensely knowledgeable sommelier who has worked in Melbourne's and Tuscany's top restaurants and finish up with a classic Florentine dinner in an old school trattoria. The next day will be all about food, spending a morning at the market, tasting things, buying seasonal produce and browsing the flea market, then we will cook a hands on Florentine feast (and eat it!).
This workshop has an option with a gorgeous accommodation package in our neighbourhood of Settignano where we will be based for the tasting and cooking lesson, but also an option to just join us without the accommodation if you've already got your own thing organised.
Day 1: Check in and relax at your accommodation then in the early evening, join us for a welcome aperitivo at our favourite wine bar. We’ll get to know each other, introduce you to the neighbourhood and taste some delicious things with a couple glasses of wine.
Day 2: We will visit an organic winery in the Florentine hills in the morning and taste their hand-crafted wines. Then, sommelier Marco Lami will lead us on a unique, conversational, delicious wine tasting paired with a light lunch, followed by some free time in the afternoon. We meet back for dinner in a local trattoria that feels like stepping into nonna’s dining room.
Day 3: We meet in Florence to spend the morning at the best local market. I’ll introduce you to my favourite stalls and seasonal foods, from fresh produce to pastries and panini with plenty of time to taste things and for shopping at the flea market too. Then we head up to the Florentine hills for an afternoon of cooking and we end with an early dinner with a view over the countryside and wine.
About the accommodation and our workshop venue:
Nestled in the hills above Florence in Settignano is a beautiful home away from home. Here, with views over the olive tree-studded Florentine countryside we will be based for our cooking and wine lessons. For those who choose the accommodation package, you’ll also get to enjoy the beautifully appointed, luxurious rooms of the Vespro house and the wonderful swimming pool. The house has air conditioning and can accommodate up to 6 guests in three double bedrooms each with ensuite, as well as shared living rooms over two floors. Check in is between 4-6pm and payment for the accommodation is directly at the venue.
Our group will be small, a maximum of 10 guests. There are limited spaces for the accommodation package, as there are only 3 rooms available.
Workshop only: 480 euro per person
This price includes generous welcome aperitivo, winery visit, wine tasting, dinner at a trattoria, market tour with coffee, pastry and panino, cooking class with wine, transport during the workshop. Not included is breakfast, accommodation, travel insurance, transport to and from the workshop or getting to Florence.
Accommodation + workshop package: 960 euro per person (double occupancy*)
This price includes 3 nights accommodation (and did I mention they have a beautiful swimming pool?), breakfasts every morning and the entire workshop above. Not included: 3 euro city tax, travel insurance, transport to and from the workshop or getting to Florence. *If you would like the double room as single occupancy only there is an additional 285 euro single supplement fee.
Payment for the workshop is non-refundable. However, in unforeseen circumstances or change of heart, we can accept change to a different date or you can find someone else to take your place.