Program for Vegetarian Vacations
June 9-16 and September 1-8, 2012
Arrival at the villa, collection from Camucia or Terontola rail station is without charge, transfers from other stations can be arranged. Time to settle in before the welcome dinner.
Mid morning brunch at the villa, followed by a visit to Cortona. A guided tour of the museum and Etruscan ruins on the outskirts of the town. (The Cortona MAEC museum is truly remarkable, of the quality you would expect in capital cities.) There will be time to return to the villa for a rest or swim before dinner at the “Antica Trattoria” on tables set out in the square.
Visit to Pienza, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful hill towns, where we taste various delicious balsamic vinegars – Then to Montefolonico and the unforgettable 14th century cellars of the Innocenti winery, whose vintages still win international prizes – Light lunch at nearby Montepulciano – Then evening cooking class at the villa.
Visit to the ceramics centre of Deruta. Here the Pimpinelli family will demonstrate the traditional craft of hand made pottery; From the original piece of raw clay, through various firings and glazes all the way to the final product, hand painted by Sig Pimpinelli himself – Lunch at a local trattoria specialising in traditional Umbrian fare – After which a visit to Perugia – This evening all will be invited to make their own pizza in the wood burning oven of our local pizzeria.
Remembering that this is a holiday rather than a forced march, Wednesday is a free day to lie by the pool or stroll through the countryside. Transport at no cost will be provided for those who want to return to Cortona or go to the train station for a day trip to another city such as Rome or Arezzo. A light supper is provided at the villa.
The nearby town of Camucia has one of the largest and most varied street markets of the area where guests can make their own choice of fruit, vegetables cheeses, and breads for a picnic. There will be time to relax before the evening, hands on, cooking lesson and supper at the villa.
Guided visit to Florence the most famed of renaissance cities and a great place to shop. We can organize advance booking of the Uffizi and/or Accademia (tickets 12 Euro) Lunch optional – On return farewell dinner at the villa.
Breakfast and departure.
The price €1750 includes breakfast and maid service on each day. Transport and bi-lingual guide, all tastings and meals if not shown as optional, house wine is also included for all meals (except breakfast). Free high speed internet access is available at all the villas we use, the group will also be provided with an Italian number cell phone and the numbers of the two organizers who will be on call at all times.
Non vegetarians welcome (we won’t eat you)!
The above price is based on double occupancy of rooms, a single supplement may be applicable depending on availability.
Payment can be made with Paypal or by bank transfer, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.