Ever wondered what it’s like to live life in the lovely fields of Italy as the love-struck Florence Mayes did in Audrey Wells’ smash hit novel, “Under the Tuscan Sun”? Well there’s one way to find out first-hand, and that’s to take a culinary tour with a professional agency like Culture Bites to discover all the special elements that make Tuscany such an unrivalled location.
A food tour in Tuscany you will not only let you taste fabulous Italian food, but also teach you how to cook the famous dishes you taste, as you learn to make them direct from Tuscan chefs. You’ll go inside local kitchens to find out which special techniques and tools to use, as well as how to choose each ingredient at its best, and how to cook them to perfection. You will also take countryside walks in vineyards with the people who tend to the vines and produce some of Italy’s most renowned vintage.
Travellers who love to eat and cook can delve deep into all aspects of creating divine Tuscan meals on a food tour of the region. This may include shopping in the local markets for fresh ingredients while a local chef explains which artichokes, capers and peppers make the best verdure sott’olio (marinated vegetables). It could also mean enjoying a meal in a local trattoria, perhaps preceded by a lively lesson in how to pair the finest Italian wines with various foods.Those familiar with EVOO, the healthy extra virgin olive oil produced throughout the Tuscan region, will relish the chance to taste it in the form of a fettunta – a thick slice of Tuscan bread, toasted and then rubbed with garlic, sprinkled with a bit of salt and slathered with rich olive oil.
A trip is always much more memorable when you have an expert from the local area giving a private tour, and in Tuscany this includes piazzas, gardens and stunning renaissance architecture. You can walk the same streets that Michelangelo did centuries ago or relax in hot springs at Rapolano Terme, where the ancient baths of Antica Querciolaia and Terme di San Giovanni were created by early Romans when they discovered travertine stone infused healthful qualities into the water.
On a cuisine and culture tour with professionals like Culture Bites, all aspects of the trip are customized to suit your personal interests and needs. The guides and experts are professionals – from chefs to historians and architects – and every day is filled with culinary and cultural surprises, allowing participants to truly revel in Tuscany’s exquisite tastes and perrenial beauty.