Historical Cooking Week Tuscany

The historical cooking trip to Tuscany is a unique experience that takes you on a week-long journey through the history of the Italian cuisine. During the trip, you will stay in a beautiful old Italian country house. During the trip, you will stay at a beautiful 20th-century, French country house. You will experience an interesting mix of educational cooking classes, tastings, field trips and shopping at a local market to buy our ingredients. Of course, there will be time to relax in or around the magnificent country house or to take a dive in the pool.

The historical cooking trip to Tuscany will take place from May 8-15 2021. This experience is meant for those who want to learn about the history of the Italian kitchen in a relaxed and educational atmosphere. In five elaborate cooking classes, you will learn what the Italian kitchen was all about. You will be inspired by the ingredients, recipes and local products from the Roman period, Middle Ages Renaissance, 17th and 18th century and, the 19th and 20th century. For more inspiration and knowledge we visit unique culinary heritage during our trip.

This unique historical cooking trip is an all-inclusive experience, meaning that all drinks, meals and trips are included.

Location

The lodging for the entire holiday is at an Italian country house from the beginning of the 20th century in a town called Castelfiorentino, near Florence. The rustic character of the building is in perfect harmony with the rural, antique furniture in the living spaces and bedrooms.

A traditional atmosphere and modern luxury are beautifully combined in the house. The kitchen is fully equipped with every modern luxury needed. The kitchen’s traditional wood oven was the decisive factor in choosing this location. It offers many great possibilities for amazing historical dishes!

The bedrooms have been beautifully furnished with modern, comfortable mattresses in (mostly) antique bedsteads. The sanitary has been fully modernised, and the estate has no less than five bathrooms.

Relaxing is, of course, another important part of the historical cooking trip. You can sit back and relax in one of four living rooms, read a book on one of the amazing terraces, take a dive in the swimming pool, or take a stroll on the estate’s 15 hectares of land.

Cooking classes

At the heart of the historical cooking week are five cooking classes. The classes are designed to teach you everything about the history of Italian cuisine from Antiquity up to the 20th century. Every class starts with a short introduction. Every period is characterised by its own ingredients, seasonings, flavour combinations and cooking techniques. You learn how to make pasta, bake bread, pizza (with the wood oven!), how to make your own risotto, sausages and, of course, ice cream.

You will travel 2000 years back in time to Antiquity in the first cooking class, which will show you a lot of interesting Roman flavour combination for sure!

The second cooking class is centred around medieval kitchen traditions. There are a few interesting Italian culinary manuscripts from the 14th and 15th century, amongst which a Tuscan manuscript. You will be amazed by the genius recipes that go back more than 500 years!

The Renaissance is not just the highlight of the Italian arts and culture, but also for the culinary world, it was a period of spectacular growth. You will be cooking recipes from a number of special cookbooks from the real ‘maestros’ of the Italian renaissance kitchen.

The 17th and 18th century are the subjects for the fourth cooking class. During these centuries, new products from the Americas are introduced into the kitchen. For example tomatoes, potatoes and maize. Alongside developments like these, a few characterizing dishes of the Italian kitchen came into existence.

The final cooking class is centred around the 19th and 20th century. You will be challenged to interpret a historical recipe and make it into your own, amazing dish using every piece of experience from the other four cooking classes. It will be a meal to never forget!

Ingredients and products

Italy has been known for its wonderful ingredients and traditional cooking for ages. Old vegetables which have sometimes been forgotten in the Netherlands are still in use in the everyday Italian kitchen. Cardoons, lampascioni and for instance chicory are still in use in Italy. During the cooking trip, we will use as many local, organic and seasonal products as we can.

Visiting a local market is part of the historical cooking trip. You will buy your own ingredients for the cooking classes and of course, you can buy tasty treats to take home with you as well!

The ingredients for breakfast, lunch and snacks are from Italian origin as well. Tuscany is known for its many beautiful local products and we will make sure you taste as many of them as possible! Surrounded by the Tuscan vineyards we will also provide locally made wines during the week.

Historical cooking trip Tuscany

  • Five cooking classes
  • Visit to Florence, including visit to unique heritage site
  • Visit to a Medici villa and still life museum
  • Tastings of local products
  • Delicious lunch and dinner at local trattorias
  • Shopping at local market

Experienced tour guide

The cooking classes are arranged and taught by foodhistorian Manon Henzen, the founder of eet!verleden. She has been teaching cooking classes for years and does research on the history of the Italian kitchen. She travels to Italy regularly for culinary inspiration. She knows where to find the best foodspots and delicacies in Florence. Manon writes articles, cookbooks and blog posts about the Italian cuisine regularly as well.

Program May 8-15 2021

Day 1: Day of arrival. Getting to know each other and having dinner together.

Day 2: Visit to Medici villa, food & wine paring lunch at another Renaissance villa, Roman cooking class.

Day 3: Free morning, lunch, Medieval cooking class.

Day 4: Visit to culinary heritage in Florence, with lunch, dinner and free time.

Day 5: Shopping at local market, lunch, Renaissance cooking class.

Day 6: Free morning, lunch, 17th &18th century cooking class.

Day 7: Visit to San Gamignano with lunch and free time, 19th & 20th century cooking class.

Day 8: Last day. Breakfast and goodbyes.

Costs

The historical cooking trip to Tuscany is all-inclusive. Every cooking class, meal, drink, way of transport, tasting and entrance fee is included in the costs. The only thing that is not included is transport to and from the location.

Cooking trip twin room € 1.750,00 p.p.
Cooking trip double room € 1.750,00 p.p.
Cooking trip single room € 1.950,00 p.p.

When booking the cooking trip via the link below, you make a deposit of 50% of the total amount. Details about the remaining 50% will follow shortly after booking.




Facilities

Cooking classes
All facilities for the cooking classes, breakfast and other meals are at our disposal. For every guest there is also an apron, notebook, recipes for the cooking classes, a culinary guide about Florence, a reference list with historical cooking books and a book about the history of the Italian cuisine.

Room options
The Tuscan country house has several bedroom options. There is an option to have a private room (single room), a shared bedroom (twin room) or a room with a double bed (double room). You can state your preference when you place your booking. There is a limited amount of single rooms, so do not wait too long before booking if you prefer this!

Transport
Transport during the trip has been included in the costs. We will make several trips with a luxury van, with our own personal driver, who will make sure we get to our destinations smoothly and safely.

Transport to and from Italy and transfer to the country house on the day of arrival and back home is NOT included in the trip. You have to take care of this yourself. After booking the trip you will receive extensive information about travel possibilities by train, car or plane, and taxi to and from the airport of Florence and Pisa. Depending on the times of arrival, I am happy to help arrange a carpool or taxi date.  

Guest’s reviews:

“The historical cooking trip was like a dream! A beautiful concept at a marvelous location. Manon really thought of every detail and there was a great atmosphere amongst the guests. Well done!”

“The combination of everything made this week absolutely awesome. The activities, the cooking, trips, wonderful location, the lovely group and the way Manon executed it all contributed to that.”

“I liked everything! Taking a dive in the pool in the morning, walking to the village down below to see the Giro, cooking with the beautiful ingredients, the wood-oven and the 2-minute-dishwasher. Eating with the whole group and enjoying the fun guide.”

“Making delicious meals using the finest ingredients and clear recipes is not all that hard. Even a still life with flowers, fruits and dead animals amuses me now because I can imagine what people used to eat back then! I never knew that there were so many different lemons!”

“You cannot get any closer to the way our ancestors used to eat than this”.

“Where can I sign up for the next trip?”