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Cooking in Tuscany with Giuliano Hazan

Tuscany, Italy - 6 nights
Available May and September - Sunday to Saturday

This Tuscan experience will be like no other. Immerse yourself in all that makes Tuscany glorious! An in depth experience guided by Giuliano and Lael Hazan and noted wine producer Marilisa Allegrini. Building on the acclaim of their week-long courses in Valpolicella, consistently ranked in the top 10 by major publications, they have now added an equally wonderful gastronomic encounter in Bolgheri, Tuscany at Marilisa’s Poggio al Tesoro Estate. Located in the land of Supertuscans, with Sassicaia and Ornellaia as your neighbors, you will explore the wonders and delights of the Tuscan coast. The classes will feature all new menus and there will be excursions to the spectacular food producers of the area. What will not change is that by the end of the week, you will have experienced a combination of Italy’s rich history, wonderful culture, and warm hospitality, not to mention extraordinary food and wines.


Your home for the week will be Marilisa’s newly renovated and elegantly appointed guest house, all rooms with private bathroom, with access to a state-of-the-art spa and spectacular heated swimming pool. In your room, you’ll discover luxurious furnishings and little touches throughout to help pamper you during your stay. In the morning, linger over a cappuccino and drink in the view of Poggio al Tesoro’s vineyards while you get ready for a day of culture and culinary delights.


Visit some of the region’s finest food artisans, benefiting from an insider’s access that tourists rarely gain. Go on a truffle hunt and learn from a veteran tartufaio; visit a producer of buffalo milk cheeses and learn to make your own; visit an artisanal pasta producer near Pisa and more. Lunches will be in the area’s finest restaurants.


Up to 12 students will participate in a week of intensive hands-on classes taught by Giuliano Hazan. We will make homemade pasta, risotto, meats, local fish, vegetables, and desserts. Each 5-hour class concludes with dinner in classic style composed of the several courses prepared during the class.

Each class will also include presentations created by Marilisa Allegrini on the regionality of Italian wine as well as the importance of vintages. The wines discussed, both from the Allegrini vineyards and other distinguished Italian producers, will accompany the meals. All instruction is given in English. Those who wish to join all the tours and dinners but not the classes may enroll as non-cooking companions.


Giuliano Hazan and his wife Lael will be your hosts for the week’s activities. Giuliano, like many other good cooks, learned his craft from his mother. The mother in this instance is Marcella Hazan. His first book, The Classic Pasta Cookbook, is an international bestseller with half a million copies in print in 16 countries and a James Beard award nominee. He went on to write Every Night Italian which won the World Cookbook award for best Italian cookbook in the English language. It has received rave reviews including one from The New York Times which said the book “epitomizes authenticity… this food is genius — genius distilled from history.” In his next book How to Cook Italian, Giuliano guides you every step of the way, from how to shop, how to equip your kitchen, to basic Italian cooking techniques with over 225 recipes. In Thirty Minute Pasta Giuliano provides 100 recipes for pasta dishes you can make in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta. His most recent book, Hazan Family Favorites, offers an intimate look at this iconic family and their most beloved recipes. Giuliano has over 30 years of teaching experience and makes regular appearances on the Today Show. In 2007 Giuliano was the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals award for Cooking Teacher of the Year.

Marilisa Allegrini is one Italy’s most distinguished wine producers. She has been featured on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine and Allegrini was named Winery of the Year in 2015 by the prestigious Gambero Rosso guide.

She regularly presents the wines of her native Valpolicella and her properties in Tuscany at stellar events throughout the United States and the world. Marilisa has created all the wine presentations and personally selected all the wines you will be drinking.



Day One - SUNday


Arrival on your own. Check in is from 2pm.

Welcome reception at 7:15pm followed by a special dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant in a stunning location right on the beach.

Overnight at the guest house.

Day Two - MONDAY

Enjoy a tour of Poggio al Tesoro. You will visit the vineyards and  the winery.

Lunch will be in the town of Bolgheri at a traditional Enoteca. 

Tonight you will have your first cooking lesson with Chef Giuliano.


Overnight at the guest house. 


Day Three - TUESDAY

Today you will enjoy a tour of the food market in Livorno followed by a visit to an artisanal pasta factory. 

Afterwards we return to Bolgheri for lunch at a place that specializes in the famous Florentine steak.

Tonight is your second cooking lesson with Chef Giuliano.

Buon appetito!

Overnight at the guest house.


Day Four - WEDNESday 

Today you will have a full day trip to Montalcino and Maremma. Our first stop is San Polo, Marilisa Allegrini’s hilltop estate in Montalcino. You will visit the winery followed by lunch.

In the afternoon we will travel to the Maremma area on the southern Tuscan coast and visit a family owned cheese factory that specializes in buffalo milk cheeses exclusively. You will even have an opportunity to make your own cheese.

We return to Bolgheri to enjoy a Tuscan barbecue dinner.

Overnight at the guest house.

Day Five - THURsday 

Blend your own super Tuscan! Under Poggio al Tesoro’s winemaker’s supervision, learn how use different grape varieties to create your own perfect blend.

After your hard work, we relax at the beach for lunch at one of our favorite seafood restaurants of the area.

Tonight enjoy your third cooking lesson with Chef Giuliano.

Day Six - FRIday 

Today you will visit a farm near the medieval town of Volterra that cultivates saffron. We will also have a chance to go on a truffle hunt guided by a local “tartufaio”.

We will have lunch at the farm with a menu based on truffles and saffron.

Tonight is your fourth and last cooking lesson, with distribution of diplomas to the deserving. 

Overnight at the guest house.

Day Seven - SATURday

We hope you have enjoyed a spectacular culinary experience in bella Tuscany!

Check out this morning at your convenience.

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season 



A minimum of 4 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)



Closest Airports:

Pisa Airport: about an hour drive to guesthouse
Florence Airport: about one and a half hour drive to guesthouse
Rome (Fiumicino) Airport: just under a 3 hour drive to guesthouse

*We can arrange for a car and driver to bring you to Bolgheri if desired. This is an extra cost which you pay directly to the driver.

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour. 




2023 Fees Per Person

Double Occupancy/US$6495 - US$5795 non-cook
Single Occupancy/US$7245 - US$6545 non-cook

(The non-cooking companion fee includes everything except the cooking classes. Companions may join the class for the dinners and wine presentations). 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation



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Phyllis H.

"The daily field trips were informative and unique. The depth of the Hazans' relationships is apparent. Every meal we had, whether we prepared it or ate in a restaurant, was AMAZING. We covered a lot of ground and saw a great deal of Tuscany. I highly recommend Cooking in Italy."



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