Thursday, 16 February 2012

Tuscan cooking lessons in Tuscany

We all know that an important part of every visitor's experience of Tuscany is Tuscan food. A way to expand on this highly enjoyable aspect of your trip to Tuscany is to take a Tuscan cooking lesson in Tuscany. Cooking lessons generally involve a whole morning or afternoon and culminate in a sit-down meal where you consume the products of your efforts. Morning cookery lessons can often be preceded by a visit to a Tuscan farmers' fruit and vegetable market where you receive useful tips on how to buy the best and freshest constituents for your meal. Some Tuscan cooking classes accept all applicants up to a certain upper limit in terms of numbers while others confine themselves strictly to your group only. The latter are not necessarily more expensive since price depends pretty much on the number of participants.

Tuscan cooking lesson in Tuscany
Tuscan cooking - one of the joys of a visit to Tuscany
We are able to recommend these excellent Tuscan cooking teachers:

Elisa Berghi specialises in pasta and antipaste: Elisa for cooking classes in Tuscany.

Jacopo and Anna who cover the entire range of Tuscan cuisine: Tuscan cooking lessons with "Let's Cook".

Both Elisa and also Jacopo and Anna will also cater a dinner at your own accommodations in Tuscany. All you need is a well-equipped kitchen. They will do the rest.

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Winter weather in Chianti and Tuscany

Well, as you've all experienced or read in the newspapers, the warm weather of Christmas through New Year has changed dramatically and it is now VERY COLD throughout Europe, including here in Chianti, with temperatures as low as -5 C in the middle of the day. In some places, quite a bit of snow has fallen but in essence it's the low temperatures that have caused problems all this week. This winter weather in Chianti and Tuscany looks like continuing for another week.

If you have been planning a stay here and haven't received replies to your emails, please be patient. Telephone lines and hence internet connections have been lost throughout the region.

Note added on 31 December, 2014:

We have had a week of beautiful clear and warm weather. While the sun has been up, I have sat outside in light clothing and at mid-day actually had to move into the shade because the direct sun was so hot. As soon as the sun dropped below the horizon, I went inside in front of the fire. The skies here in Chianti are amazingly clear and brilliant. I can see the Apennines on the other side of the Val d'Arno, crystal clear above a saddle in the Chianti hills.

Be sure to read my post about visiting Tuscany in winter.

Author: Anna Maria Baldini

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Lucca in Tuscany, Italy

Just a quick post to remind everyone that the art city of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy is one of the most enjoyable and interesting cities to visit in Tuscany. Lucca holds its place among the Tuscan art cities along with Florence, Sienna and Pisa, but shares top spot with or perhaps is even superior to Sienna in terms of ambiance. Lucca is flat, has almost no motorised traffic and above all has enormously wide and intact walls which are ideal for strolling or bicycling. And of course Lucca is packed with beautiful art and architecture, as well as good eating and good shopping.

Lucca Tuscany
Piazza Napoleone in Lucca, Tuscany

Vacation accommodation in Tuscany
Author: Anna Maria Baldini

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