Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

“Master making pasta and risotto, tour farms and local producers and feast on amazing food in southern Tuscany, on this immersive four day break. ”

Highlights

Undiscovered southern Tuscany | Apartment accommodation | Pool | Gnocchi masterclass | Vineyard visit and wine tasting | Buffalo mozzarella farm and producer tour | Tuscan rice farm tour | Risotto masterclass | Fresh pasta workshop | Medieval town of Massa Marittima | Dinner at organic family vineyard | Filled pasta workshop | Delicious feasts throughout

Description of Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

Spend four days in a quiet corner of Tuscany, amongst never-ending olive groves and vineyards, on this short break pasta and risotto making holiday. These two key dishes are the cornerstones of Italian cuisine, and on this immersive course, you’ll have hours of close, personal and memorable cooking lessons from an experienced chef and fresh pasta maker, and will leave with the understanding and techniques to make everything from linguine to tortellini. In between tuition, meet local chefs, winemakers and farmers, enjoying a mix of behind-the-scenes tours at local producers, tastings, workshops and, of course, lots of sensational eating.

Sustainability is at the heart of our food philosophy, and all the producers we work with share this responsible drive. They make fantastic food, but they also work in harmony with the environment, use green energy, and prioritise quality and integrity.

Oli and Flo are your hosts and founders on this culinary adventure. Oli is a chef and pasta maker and Flo is an events organiser from London. Their mission is to inspire anyone fascinated by Italian food, through immersive cooking and food breaks that reveal the details and traditions of artisan food production in Tuscany.

Accommodation on this break is in lovely apartments by a pool, which is open from June to September, in the hills of southern Tuscany.

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

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11 Apr 2019
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Responsible tourism: Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

Environment

We are passionate about connecting people with the source of their food, emphasising the importance of respecting ingredients and the environment that creates them. We only promote businesses who are at minimum organic or preferably use green energy and/or sustainable innovation. Our producers not only make magnificent food, but respect nature, innovate with clean energy, and put quality and integrity above profit margins.

Our courses include meeting fishermen who are fighting the destruction caused to the marine environment by trawler fisherman, mozzarella farmers making biofuel from their own buffalos' waste, olive oil producers using the stones of the used olives to power their factory, rice growers who use only ancient techniques, and beer brewers who power themselves from the earth's geothermal energy.

We use more or less only local products for our cookery lessons and the meals we cook for the guests and stick to the seasons so as to keep food miles low.

We have a very low footprint, are completely paperless and avoid air travel where possible.

Community

In our day to day operations in southern Tuscany, we provide business and exposure for small, sustainable and responsible businesses who are operating in an economically challenging environment.

Young people are abandoning this area due to a lack of opportunities, and we hope we can help combat this difficult local situation.

Our aim is that our guests have a memorable experience, while we also drive business towards people who are doing business in a way that is sustainable and responsible.

Our profit-based business activities in Italy have their own social positive impact
in terms of connecting people to positive and sustainable ways of producing, consuming, and understanding food. However we also aim to have an equally powerful positive nonprofit social impact.

Both founders Oli and Flo have worked in a number of capacities using food as a force for good, including running food programmes in refugee camps in France and running healthy food cooking classes for children in deprived areas of London.

We aim to use this experience, and the reach we can develop through our business activities, to use food as a power for good working with, for example, refugees, children with disadvantaged backgrounds, people with learning disabilities, and ex convicts looking for social and economic reintegration.

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Reviewed on 14 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The focused, pasta-making instruction and recipes from Oli (and everything he cooked for us!), along with the relaxing and welcoming atmosphere created
by both he and Flo made the course a truly wonderful experience. The visits to local wine, cheese, rice, and olive oil producers were well-chosen and informative. Everyone we met was really lovely and couldn't have been more welcoming. The buffalo farm tour and Daniela's delicious dinner at Podere
Ristella winery were fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take time on course breaks to see the village of Roccatedeghri. We had a great time browsing in the village shops and walking out into the countryside. Make
room in your luggage to bring home olive oil and other goodies from the wonderful producers that Oli & Flo have included in the tours. If you're staying in
Europe after the course, definitely buy some cheese from the buffalo farm to take with you!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The local food/wine producers gave us thoughtful tours and insight into the challenges of sustainable and organic farming, along with generous tastings of
their delicious products. It shows you in the most fun way why sustainable food is not only good for the environment but also tastes so much better! The buffalo farm was a particularly good tour - the cheeses they produce are incomparable!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is the perfect gourmet holiday if you want a balance between cooking instruction and tasting/touring/relaxing. Flo and Oli really look after every detail
so that you both learn new skills and tips, and also have a luxurious stay in this beautiful part of Tuscany. They have a genuine enthusiasm and commitment
to delicious, sustainable food and local producers. They were so generous in sharing their knowledge of the area and with everything related to the course.

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The practical cooking activities led by Oli and ably supported by Flo were an absolute pleasure - equipment and supplies were perfect, guidance was very patient, and the results were delicious! It was fun that another mother and daughter duo made up the group and we got on like a house on fire!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There is no hope of losing weight on this holiday - but the diet can wait! The visits and activities organised by Oli and Flo are very informative and provide real
insight into the local organic farming industry. There is also a lovely pool at the comfortable apartments to enjoy in the hour or two of free time each day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The holiday supported local people involved in organic production, who were able to explain to us about their biomass plants (recycling waste to produce
energy) and the challenges which they overcome in farming without chemicals, Oli and Flo utilise organic produce in their cookery courses and in the
wonderful food which they serve.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a truly wonderful four day break, blessed by sunny weather at the end of summer in idyllic surroundings. Oli and Flo are the most welcoming of
hosts and we returned with increased culinary knowledge, as well as insight into local organic food production. I will be recommending the break to all my
foody friends!

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