Imagine slumbering in a 16th century Relais near Cortona - location for the movie of Frances Mayes’ “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Our gourmet experience includes delicious Tuscan food, cooking classes with a Michelin-star chef, wine tours with private wine tastings, market visits, guided sightseeing of hilltop villages, teamed with lazy afternoons by the pool and exploring the country side. Situated in the heart of the picturesque Tuscan countryside this creates the perfect setting for an unforgettable culinary escape.
In between Tuscany and Umbria, this elegant residence, built in 1600, was home to poet Antonio Guadagnoli in the XIXth century. Today, our Relais, which retains all the splendour of its historical past, has been magnificently restored. 13 guest rooms and 6 suites enjoy panoramic views and original antique furniture with iron poster beds.
In addition to the restaurant, there is an outdoor terrace surrounded by beautiful cypress trees and a chestnut-lined garden where you can enjoy fine Tuscan wines or pre-dinner cocktails.
During a three- or six-night stay, we invite you to not only learn to prepare, cook and present traditional and new dishes with our Michelin star chef, but also have the opportunity to explore the history and culture of Tuscany.
Our guests will discover how the finest Tuscan food and wines are prepared and chosen to complement one another. Culinary lessons will focus on the wines and food of Tuscany.
Classes are limited to a maximum of 12 people and are hands-on, with lessons concentrating on the successive stages of a meal. The wines are carefully chosen, as are the ingredients for the dishes on the highly original menu, which changes with the season.
The pasta is homemade, the olive oil is produced from the Relais’ own trees, and grapes from the vines may feature in some of the dishes. The courses will be conducted by our executive chef and by the owner - a professional sommelier. Together, they will teach traditional Tuscan techniques of cooking and its history.
The owners will personally take care of the programme to guarantee a pleasant stay.
Harvest and olive months of September & October: What better occasion to visit the villages of Tuscany that are lost in the countryside, and above all taste Tuscan wines and oil famous all over the world.
In September, the Tuscany comes alive with festivals relate to harvest grapes and opens its cellar, filling the streets with music and typical products. The traditional annual grape harvest, by the end of August for the red grapes that ripen earlier, and continues until October for the white grapes that ripen later. The wine in the Kitchen? A valuable ingredient to achieve amazing results and dishes full of aroma. From cakes to braised dried, fish to desserts and even fruit! And oil? Join us in a 6 day special program and discover the unique and intense flavors of the Tuscany ingredients. Other activities
- Wine tours and tastings
- Sightseeing: Cortona, Perugia, Assisi, Siena, Pienza, Florence, Montepulciano
- Sports: Biking, Hiking, Swimming, Horseback riding
The estate is located near Cortona, Tuscany, between Arezzo and Perugia.
Nearest trainstation is Cortona. Nearest airport is Perugia (45 km) and Florence (100 km). Rome is approximately 2 hours.