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Imagine yourself staying in a 19th century restored stone villa on a hillside in Italy
surrounded by rolling vineyards, ancient olive trees and a castle. Wine tastings of deep
red Italian wines, handmade pasta, local fresh pecorino cheese, cold pressed extra
virgin olive oil and meals enjoyed al fresco overlooking Lake Trasimeno – join Le Chat
Gourmet and Chef Denene Vincent for this unforgettable adventure in Tuscany, Italy.
Our culinary vacation’s immerse you in the local history, culture, food and wine –
including private vineyard tour and tasting with the winemaker, private olive mill tour and
tasting, hands-on cooking class preparing regional Italian cuisine, exploring Tuscan towns
with artisan food, hand painted pottery, olive wood kitchen tools, hand-hammered
copper cookware and leather goods – join us as we tour and taste Tuscany!
Small group size of 6-8 persons guaranteed!
Saturday, September 3rd - Friday, September 9th, 2016
$3,595.00 per person, based on double occupancy

(we often have single persons look for a travel partner – please inquire)


NEW! If you have 6-8 people, we can book a private trip for you, at the time you want to travel.
Prices may vary based on seasonal rates, and will be quoted on a double-occupancy basis.
Call us to inquire!


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Day 1 – Saturday
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Late afternoon group pick-up from Terontola train station by our private driver to your
home for the week, a restored 1800’s stone villa with panoramic views overlooking Lake
Trasimeno. The property is located on an several acres of terraced gardens that include 7 ensuite
bedrooms, a private 20’ x 40’ pool, WI-FI, ping pong table, all surrounded by centuries-old olive
trees and rolling vineyards. Welcome sparkling wine toast and antipasto buffet on arrival, tour
of villa, time to relax and enjoy a swim. Dinner at the villa prepared by Chef Denene Vincent.
Day 2 – Sunday
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CORTONA CULTURAL TOUR & LE CELLE – step back in history
Italian breakfast at villa of espresso, cappuccino, fruit juice, farm fresh jam, yogurt,
fruit and Italian bread. Morning departure to Cortona, one of the most famous hilltop
towns in Tuscany, featured in the movie ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. We begin the day with
my friend Ivan for a step back in history. Sip an espresso or glass of wine while being
transported back to 200 BC, view a recently discovered original Etruscan well to the city
along with roman, Etruscan and medieval artifacts. Enjoy the remaining time on your
own exploring within Cortona’s medieval walls, wander the ancient streets of cobblestone,
visit the town’s historical gems or shop the quaint gift boutiques featuring local artwork,
venetian glass, jewelry, leather goods, ceramics and artisan foods. From Cortona we will
follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi with a visit to Le Celle, built in the
13th centurey within a hillside with incredible panoramic views, waterfall, terraced garden
and Saint Franis' spartan room with its stone bed and wooden pillow.
Dinner at the villa by Chef Vincent.
Day 3 – Monday
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Italian breakfast at villa. Its wine harvest in Tuscany, our day begins in the vineyard with
a walk amongst the vines, sampling ready to harvest grapes sweet & sun kissed. Our
private tour continues with a visit to the family owned Mezzetti winemaking facility, cellar
and olive mill, followed by a special private wine and olive oil tasting with the winemaker
accompanied by a late lunch of regional Tuscan dishes prepared by a local Italian chef.
Enjoy a a short break before dinner, play a game of lawn bocce, stroll the terraced
gardens, hike amongst the olive groves or relax poolside under the Tuscan sun.
Dinner at the villa by Chef Denene Vincent.
Day 4 – Tuesday
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Italian breakfast at villa. Today's hands-on cooking classwill have you channeling your inner
Italian as we create a variety of authentic Tuscan cuisine - homemade Tuscan pasta, slow cooked
red wine ragu, Italian ricotta cheesecake with fresh berry sauce & more dishes based on seasonal
ingredients (the cooking class is optional or if you want more cooking join Chef Vincent in the
kitchen daily!). Lunch at villa. Evening dinner, a private welcome in the gardens of Agrisalotto
nestled in the vale of Cortona. We’ll begin with a bruschetta olive oil tasting accompanied with
antipasto appetizers, followed by a farm to table multi-course wine and tasting dinner – antipasto
mista, Toscana hand-made pastas with truffle sauce, traditional bistecca beef steak with wood-fire
ash potatoes, paired with Agrisalotto’s red and white wines. Dessert is a sampler of cakes,
gelatos and panna cotta accompanied with vin santo dessert wine.
Day 5 – Wednesday
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Italian breakfast at villa. Morning departure to Market Day in Castiglione del Lago
(the castle on the lake) – the 11th century town IS the castle, dominated by a medieval
fortress with a 90’ tower. We’ll shop the quaint open-air market stalls in search of
delicious and unique ingredients. Enjoy your remaining free time exploring – stroll along
the castle’s medieval walls for panoramic views across Lake Tresimeno or visit the
church of Santa Maria Maddalena with its stunning domed ceiling and frescoes.
Private wine cellar luncheon – enjoy lunch in an Italian wine cellar, we'll dine on
traditional Tuscan fare with wines personally selected and poured by the winemaker.
Dinner at villa the by Chef Vincent.
Day 6 – Thursday
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Italian breakfast at villa. Morning departure to Pienza a quaint renaissance hilltop town
famous for its pecorino cheese and stunning views overlooking the Val d’Orcia, a valley
of olive groves and vineyards. Pecorino Cheese Farm – as we drive in along the valley
of Montepulciano the magical sound of tinkling bells can be heard from the grazing flock
of sheep. Learn how pecorino cheese is made, then enjoy a delicious tasting from fresh
10 day to 18 month aged cheeses. Then it’s on to Montepulciano famous for its Vin Noble
wines, wine connoisseurs consider it among Italy's best. Montepulciano is a culinary and
shoppers delight with some of the best specialty food and artisan shops in all of Tuscany
selling wines, honey, aged balsamic vinegars, olive oil, truffles, hand-painted pottery,
linens, olive wood kitchen tools, pasta and hand-hammered copper pots.
Evening 4-course dinner at villa prepared by Chef Denene Vincent
with sparkling Prosecco wine toast at sunset.
Day 7 – Friday
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Italian breakfast at villa. Morning group transfer to Terontola train station.
Alas, your culinary experience with Le Chat Gourmet in Tuscany must draw to a
close but never an end. You depart with new found friendships, wonderful memories
and your cooking class recipes to recreate and reflect back on for a lifetime – Ciao!
Contact Chef Denene Vincent
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