Podere Marciano Cooking Classes & Wine Tours
At Antico Podere Marciano you can experience special evenings enjoying the Tuscan Cuisine and the gorgeous local wine. They will teach you how to prepare home made typical dishes of the local cuisine using mainly locally produced ingredients.
Meet Your Hosts
Antico Podere Marciano as it is today is the result of a thorough restoration of a traditional rural property, dating the year 1.000. The small charming B&B has been furnished finely, taking care for details and comfort.
The restoration work and interior design project of the Bed and Breakfast were entrusted to interior designer Julia Scartozzoni, who carefully selected suggestive colors, styles and décor to fill the “rural hotel” with a refined yet comfortable atmosphere. All materials used to restore the building, as well as those chosen to furnish both the inside and the outside of the house, are the highest quality available.
Common areas available to all guests of the B&B include the living room equipped with a large fireplace and bar, the den with its library and small fireplace, the wide terraces, and the 16 x 8 meter swimming-pool equipped with a hydro-massage and a waterfall.
The hotel is surrounded by a vast garden and wooded area where there are paths to explore on foot or on mountain bike. The villa has a wide terrace, “la Piazzetta”, which offers a spectacular view of the area, and a pleasant cozy courtyard, “la Corte”, next to the bar. Breakfast and meals are served under the beautiful outdoor loggia which overlooks the valley.. A barbeque area has been created in the spacious garden. Open parking-lot.
Where You Will Sleep
The charming Bed and Breakfast Antico Podere Marciano has Standard Plus and Superior double rooms.
Large Superior room – 30 sqm – with stone walls, terracotta floors, wrought iron double canopy bed, gorgeous view onto the Val d’ Elsa, a queen sofa bed, antique dresser, minibar. Small hallway with fitted wardrobe. The bathroom has two built-in sinks on a marble surface, bidet, and old-style bath tub with shower. Small terrace equipped with table and chairs, overlooking the surrounding wonderful landscape.
Predominant colours: beige, yellowish-brown.
Large Superior room – 30 sqm – with stone walls, terracotta floors, wrought iron double bed, old-style sofa, antique desk, small dresser. Small hallway with fitted wardrobe, minibar. The bathroom has a built-in sink on a marble surface, bidet and old-style bath tub. Terrace with table and chairs, with wonderful views onto the surrounding landscape.
Predominant colours: light green, beige.
Large Superior room – 25 sqm – on the ground floor, with terracotta floors, wrought iron double canopy bed, two comfortable armchairs, small hallway with fitted wardrobe, minibar. The bathroom has two built-in sinks on a marble surface, bidet, and large, walk-in marble shower enclosure. The room has its own private entrance with small garden and terrace for private use, equipped with table and chairs. The terrace overlooks the beautiful surrounding valley.
Predominant colours : Antique red, creamy yellow.
Large Standard room – 25 sqm – with terracotta floors, wrought iron double bed, two comfortable armchairs with coffee table, original antique wardrobe. The bathroom has a built-in sink on a marble surface, bidet, and double built-in shower with seat . The room has a small terrace equipped with table and chairs, and direct access to the outside areas.
Predominant colours: white, and details in shades of antique red.
Romantic Standard room – about 20 sqm – with terracotta floors, wrought iron double canopy bed, corner with two chairs and a coffee table in rattan, fitted wardrobe . The bathroom has a built-in sink on marble surface, bidet, and large walk-in shower enclosure.
Predominant colours: Shades of beige and brown.
Large Standard room – about 25 sqm – with two windows overlooking the main courtyard, terracotta floors, wrought iron double bed, corner with a comfortable armchair, wall closet . The bathroom has a built-in sink on a marble surface, bidet and large walk-in shower enclosure.
Predominant colours :Antique red and brick-red shades.
Romantic Standard room – about 20 sqm – with terracotta floors, wrought iron double canopy bed, corner with comfortable armchair, original antique wardrobe. The bathroom has a built-in sink on marble surface, bidet, and large walk-in shower enclosure.
Predominant colours: light blue and antique red.
Our most popular package is the full week that fully represents Tuscan culture and history – rooted in our art, foods, wines, and genuine hospitality.
– 6 nights accommodations at Podere Marciano
– All meals as indicated in the itinerary.
– Wine tastings as indicated in the itinerary
– Guided excursions to
– Cooking course
We will pick you up in Florence and take you to the Podere Marciano. After settling in, your Tuscan Way Guide will show you around the entire estate, which will be your home for the week! You will have time to unpack and relax in your lovely apartment before enjoying a welcome drink with the staff. Your first evening meal will be at the restaurant.
After breakfast, you will have an informative tour followed by a tasting in a winery. After your tour, you will continue on with a drive through the Chianti region situated between Florence and Siena. Here there is an ancient Roman road which will take us to the medieval town known as San Gimignano. You will discover why San Gimignano is the only remaining medieval town which has been called the “Manhattan of Tuscany” and witness firsthand its ten (originally there were seventy two) towers! You will have a chance to shop while strolling along the magical windy streets, which are packed with local artisans’ stores that specialize in ceramics, leather goods and wooden crafts. Then, in the charming Villa della Rocca di Montestaffoli, there is the Museum of Vernaccia Wine, a tribute to the quality and prestige of the wines produced in San Gimignano: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, San Gimignano Rosso DOC, San Gimignano Rosato DOC, San Gimignano Vin Santo DOC and different IGT Toscana. The villa is located at the highest point of the city, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view. Enjoy your first cooking class followed by dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Certaldo, a delightful small village located in the centre of Val d’Elsa. Because of its artistic beauty, this interesting and beautiful city of art got the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club. Certaldo is known for its long history, for its precious artistic heritage and for being the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio. The numerous archaeological finds scattered throughout the territory, evidence the Etruscan-Roman origins of the village. Then you’ll visit Volterra, a charming town of Etruscan origins, with a typical Medieval structure, where you can still enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient village. Famous for its open-air quarries of alabaster, Volterra is one of the richest cities in Tuscany, which attracts numerous tourists each year and offers a special heritage, In Volterra history has left its mark from the Etruscan period until the nineteenth century. In this historical setting, the village is surrounded by a unique landscape. The last stop is Monteriggioni a small fortified village, one of the most significant in the territory. It still preserves its original shape as if time had never passed on that picturesque hill. The village, with its narrow streets and ancient buildings, is visited each year by about 70,000 tourists, attracted by its unique beauty, which also impressed Dante Alighieri many centuries ago, so as to cite Monteriggioni in the 31st canticle of the Inferno. Dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast, enjoy your second cooking class followed by lunch. In the afternoon discover the Chianti region: Greve in Chianti, Panzano in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti are your goals of today. There are small ancient villages located on the hills between the Val d’Elsa, Val di Pesa, and the valley of river Arbia. You will try the unique taste of chianti in the wonderful Monsanto castle. Dinner at restaurant.
After breakfast, you will be off to beautiful Lucca. You will enjoy a walking tour around the heart of Lucca, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque of all the fortified (medieval wall) towns in Tuscany. After our informative tour, you will have free time to shop, take a walk around the 16th century intact walls, visit museums and churches or simply sit in one of the many cafe’s that line this Roman city. You will enjoy a light lunch in one of the many Trattoria’s in Lucca. On our return to the castle we will go to Pisa and visit the Cathedral, Leaning Tower and Baptistery (exterior only) followed by a stroll in to the city center. Arrive at the Roman Forum where you will view the lavish 15th century Palazzi built by The Medici family. Dine in the heart of the Carmignano region where you will have dinner in a wine bar in the town center. You will be introduced to the wines of Carmignano accompanied by a tasting-specific menu.
After breakfast, enjoy your last cooking class followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue your tour of the Chianti visiting the beautiful VILLA ANTINORI at Badia a Passignano. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the grounds of the estate and the cellars, and have a masterpiece tasting featuring the best of Chianti Antinori – perhaps Tuscany’s most celebrated wine & wine family. Dinner at restaurant.
DAY 7 – Departure
After Breakfast and good-byes, you will be taken to the airport or the train station in Florence.
Choose Your Adventure!
You can customize your own tour with our new super offers:
– BEER TOUR a visit in a typical brewery and the taste of Italian beer (*where available*)
– YOGA RETREAT/SINGLE LESSONS dedicated yoga lessons in extraordinary scenery, benefits of these practices include a clearer mind, a deeper feeling of inner calm, the ability to accept and move through challenging and stressful life events with more ease and acceptance, improved immunity, increased energy levels and sometimes even feeling happy for no good reason!
– SPORTS EXCURSIONS bike rides, trekking, horseback riding… all you can do in a land of a thousand possibilities as Tuscany
– GOLF GAME are you a golf passionate and you want to try the emotion to play golf in the beautiful tuscan countryside? Why not? We can provide for you your Italian Game!
– CRUISE EMOTION you can visit the most exclusive spots on the Tuscans Islands , accessible only by sea, and see scenery of incomparable beauty, grottos, inlets, picturesque coves and rocks where nature has let its imagination run free to create strange, unrepeatable shapes (*available only at Villa Poggiarello*)
– OLIVES HARVEST the magical smells and flavors of the olives and the unique experience of attending to their harvesting (*by season only – normally october/november, depending on weather conditions*)
– THERMAL SPA a day in one of most famous thermal center of Tuscany, where you can find the best spa treatments
– TRUFFLE HUNTING do you want to live the emotion to look for truffles with a real truffle hunter and his dog? You can! And then enjoy a wonderful lunch with truffles! (*by season only – normally october/november*)
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