1-7 April 2017 

1-7 April 2017

La Selvella
6 night Tuscan Country Cooking Walk -

Group price on request.


The wonders of Tuscan cuisine, freshly toasted bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil, full-bodied soups, delicate home-made pastas and mouth-watering sauces, porcini mushrooms, roast meats, pecorino cheese and delicious deserts all complimented by the first class wine that this region has to offer.
Our gourmet week offers the chance of learning the secrets of authentic Tuscan country cooking with hands on cookery lessons, as well as exploring sun dappled woodlands with a licensed truffle hunter and his dogs in search of priceless truffles, walking the ancient byways of the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Every morning there will be a walk of no more than 10km to arrive for lunch at a winery, farmhouse or local restaurant. You will visit one of the oldest and most beautiful wineries which produces the Nobile wine of Montepulciano as well as a guided visit of a winery in the territory of Montalcino, home of the renown Brunello wine. You will also visit the workshop of a traditional coppersmith and a local cheese farm.
In the afternoon you will return to La Selvella where there will be time to relax before donning your aprons to make home-made pasta and sauces.

Day 1: In the afternoon clients will be collected from Chiusi-Chianciano train station and driven to La Selvella, this is a drive of approximately 40 minutes.
There will be a welcome drink with your guide, who will tell you more about the week and answer any queries you may have about the itinerary. This evening you will sample the first of your delicious meals at La Selvella.

Day 2: Truffle hunting
Distance: approx. 6km.
Altitude: approx. 880 metres
Degree of difficulty: easy
Shade: good
This morning we will meet Gianni, our truffle guide who, with the help of his faithful truffle hounds, will accompany us along woodland trails, home to wild boar and deer, pheasant and partridges, in the search of truffles.
Then onto the charming medieval village of Radicofani with its imposing fortress, set in a unique panoramic position with views over the surrounding area as far as Siena, Lake Trasimeno and Lake Bolsena. Here the legendary Ghino di Tacco imprisoned the Abbot of Cluny, as related by Boccaccio in the Decameron. After lunch we can saunter through the narrow streets and visit the Romanesque church of San Pietro which houses works by the Della Robbia workshop, and La Posta built by the Grand-duke Ferdinando I of the Medici family as a hunting lodge, and which later became an inn giving lodging to such illustrious characters as Dickens and the Marquis de Sade. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. There will then be time to relax at La Selvella before the first lesson of the week with Marina who you will help prepare your evening meal.


Day 3: Walk from San Quirico d'Orcia to Bagno Vignoni.
Distance: approx. 7km
Altitude: approx. 409 metres
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Shade: scarce
We will drive to the medieval village of San Quirico d'Orcia and there will be a short visit before starting our walk through olive groves to visit a small winery before continuing on to the hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, a hot water spa with a Renaissance pool in the main square where hot water bubbles up from underground springs. Here Santa Caterina of Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent of the Medici family came to enjoy the benefits of these waters. There will be lunch in a local restaurant before soaking your weary body in the hot spa pool.


Day 4: walk from Montalcino to Sant’Antimo
Distance: approx. 9km.
Altitude: approx. 540 metres
Degree of difficulty: easy
Shade: variable
This morning we take a scenic drive through the Val d’Orcia to Montalcino, the heart of the Brunello wine country, where we begin our walk through olive groves and vineyards to the romantic abbey of Sant’Antimo which is said to have been founded by Charlemagne in 781. From here we have lunch at a local winery which produces the world famous Brunello wine.
You will then return to the Selvella to help Marina prepare another tasty meal.

Day 5: Today Marina will take you to a local cheese farm to meet the sheep which produce the local Pecorino cheese and of course you get to taste the cheese!
In the afternoon there will be a cookery lesson before dinner.

Day 6: Pienza - Montepulciano
Distance: approx. 7km.
Altitude: approx. 490 metres
Degree of difficulty: moderate
Shade: scarce
We will be transferred to Pienza, birthplace in 1405 of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini later to become Pope Pius II. Pope Pius commissioned Bernardo Rossellino to build the Duomo and the surrounding square and palaces, and in 1996 Pienza was recognised by UNESCO for its fine Renaissance architecture, and inscribed onto their world heritage list. We will have time to wander the narrow alleys which inspired Zeffirelli to film Romeo and Juliet here, before setting off on your walk, stopping off below the walls of the town to visit the Pieve of Corsignano an enchanting Romanesque parish church, where Aeneas Silvius was baptised.
The walk will take us through the rolling wheat fields below Pienza for our lunch at an organic farm.
We will then be transferred back to the famous wine producing town of Montepulciano, birthplace of the great Classical scholar Angelo Ambrogini, better known as ‘Poliziano’. We will meet a traditional coppersmith before visiting one of the oldest and most beautiful
wineries in the country, for a private wine-tasting of one of Italy’s most famous wines
‘Il Nobile’. We then drive back to La Selvella.


Day 7: Day of departure.
After breakfast you will be driven to Chiusi-Chianciano station.
We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and will come back soon.

Price: On request.
This price includes:
6 hearty breakfasts,
5 lunches with house wine
6 four course dinners (half a litre of house wine per person is included with the dinner)
3 cookery lessons
a truffle guide
a map of the area
3 guided visits of wineries & wine tasting
admission to a hot water spa
a visit to a cheese farm
a trekking guide
transport to and from Chiusi-Chianciano station
transport to the start of the walks and at the end of the walks.

This price includes shared accommodation in a twin or double room with private bathroom


PHYSICAL FITNESS AND EQUIPMENT:
Although some parts of the itineraries can be fairly easy there is also a fair amount of trekking on hilly and rocky terrain and therefore a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is advisable to do some walking over hilly terrain before starting your holiday. The altitude also varies from 300 to 800 metres a.s.l.
It is the client’s total responsibility to ensure that they are fit to walk.
If a client has a particular medical problem please ensure that they carry the necessary medication with them.
Hiking or walking boots are necessary with good ankle support and it is strongly advised that these boots have been well tried and tested before the walk. Gym shoes are not appropriate. Proper trekking socks would also make your feet more comfortable.
Walking sticks would also be useful on some of the walks.
A waterproof jacket and trousers are also advised for walking in the rain! Although, if there are heavy rains at the start of a walk we prefer to wait for it to pass or suggest an alternative activity.
A backpack is needed for carrying water, a picnic, waterproofs and camera etc.
A hat, sun protection cream, and insect repellent are also advised.
A swimming suit or bikini is necessary for the spa.

 

 

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From 01/08/2016 to 30/12/2017

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Agriturismo La Selvella
Strada Provinciale 478, km. 29,500
53040 Radicofani (SI) - Italy
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