Cooking Class + Wine Tour + il Palio di Siena
The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia. The Palio held on August 16 is named Palio dell’Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary.
A pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.
For this unmissable occasion Tuscan Way is honored to present a special program, carefully designed to offer guests the opportunity to live and experience life, as it really is, in Tuscany and spend a final memorable day immersed in the history and in the medieval atmosphere.
Here it is our proposal at BAGNO VIGNONI*
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The 6 Day/5 Night Package Includes:
– 5 nights in Bagno Vignoni at charming Loggiato B&B, near Pienza, in a picturesque Medieval hamlet. The inn is beautifully furnished with classic Tuscan furniture
– Participation at the Palio as a spectator from the square
– Hands-on cooking courses in“La Cucina Povera Toscana” – Tuscan country cooking
– Optional Spa treatments and Ayurvedic massage (60 EURO to be paid directly at Spa)
– Wine tastings in Montepulciano and La Loggiato Wine Bar in Bagno Vignoni
– Guided excursions to Siena, Montepulciano (famous for its Red wine “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano”), Pienza (famous for its perfect Renaissance architecture and “Peccorino” sheep cheese)
Day 1 – Arrival in Florence and transfer to Bagno Vignoni
We will pick you up at 2 PM at the train station in Florence and transfer you to Bagno Vignoni. After settling in, your hosts will show you around the residence and explain some of the history! Then you can either relax or take a walk around the enchanting hamlet that is surrounded with beautiful views of warm vineyards and olive groves. For dinner you will experience your first Tuscan meal prepared by the chef at the Loggiato enoteca (wine bar).
Days 2 Cooking course followed by wine-tasting in Montepulciano
Your day will begin at a leisurely pace soaking in the mysterious and fascinating Bagno Vignoni. The cooking course will take place between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM where you will learn some dishes that make up the first part of an Italian menu: antipasti and “primi piatti” (first courses). The course will culminate with lunch. Then you will go to Montepulciano to visit a wine cellar and partake in a wine-tasting.
Day 3 – Cooking course followed by a visit to Borgo di Montichello
Early morning on your own terms with another cooking course from 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM where you will learn dishes that make up the second half of an Italian menu: “contorni and primi piatti” (side and second courses). The course will culminate with lunch. Then you will go to the ancient hamlet of Montichello which is fantastic spot for taking photos. You will have dinner at the enoteca “La Porta” in Montichello.
Day 4 – Enjoy the Palio
Full day dedicated to the Palio of Siena
Day 5 – Pienza
You will set off at 10 AM for Pienza to go visit a “pecorino” (sheep) cheese-making factory and experience the extraordinarily charming town of Pienza. Pienza owes its beauty and fame to Enea Silvio Piccolomini born in Corsignano on 18 October 1405 and elevated to Pope in 1458 taking the name Pius II. During the course of his Papacy, he changed the ancient Castello di Corsignano (first mentioned in 828) into a Papal residence in the Renaissance style, planned and constructed under the supervision of Bernardo Gambarelli called il Rossellino, a student of Leon Battista Alberti, and renamed it Pienza (“Pius”). Your will have lunch at about 1 PM in Pienza. After returning to Bagno Vignoni, you will begin your third cooking course at approximately 5:30 PM followed by dinner at 8 PM, all at the Loggiato wine enoteca-bar.
Day 6 – Departure
Enjoy your final breakfast in Bagno Vignoni before heading back to Florence.
Special price from: € 2.650,= / $ 2,954.= *
NOTES / DISCLAIMER
* For informational purposes only. Exchange rates may vary. Based on ECB reference rates.