3 independent reviews for Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

Reviews for Short break pasta making & Italian food holiday, Tuscany

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review 22 Apr 2019

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

We were impressed by so many things! The attention to detail of Flo and Oli; the menus, flowers, coffees to accompany us when we cooked, being able to while away time chatting with fellow guests eating some of our cooking efforts and mostly Oli's delicious dishes with local wine Oli's patience and clear explanations ; all in a relaxed manner. As we were in a small group too we could ask away during cooking sessions and visits.

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

If you are going at the beginning or the end of the season think of bringing something warm and waterproof ; but we were nice and cosy indoors. Oli and Flo sent us info about this anyway before we left, so no surprises.

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

Yes. We used local products, visited and exchanged with people committed to practices respecting the environment .

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

Wonderful. Not just a fabulous foodie experience but great fun cooking discovering eating and being with likeminded people. We have come back with lots of lovely memories. Thank you Oli and Flo and also to our holiday companions Lynn Brigitta and Debbie .

review 14 Nov 2018

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.

review 25 Sep 2018

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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