Location: Italy Duration: 7 nights Price: From £3,500 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, experiences as stated and taxes

If you love Italian food (and who doesn’t?), immerse yourself in the country’s famous cuisine and learn how to make its popular dishes with some of Italy’s top chefs – all while staying at some jaw-dropping hotels in some beautiful locations, which will ensure that there is more than enough to do and see outside of the kitchen!

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An extra-special Italian holiday or honeymoon for gourmands who are keen to learn from the masters and well as cook and savour some delicious food. The classes cater for all levels, from beginners to experts, and can be tailored to suit you.

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Extending your trip and having a few more days in Florence or Siena: not only are they home to more glorious food and wine, they are living museums of Renaissance and medieval wonders, with numerous world-famous artworks housed in their beautiful galleries – including Michelangelo’s David.

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FIESOLE – 3 nights

Your Italy holiday begins with a flight to Florence, where you’ll be transferred to Fiesole and Belmond Villa San Michele, which sits on a hilltop 30 minutes away, and has panoramic views over the city. Behind a Renaissance façade attributed to Michelangelo you’ll find stunning interiors with plenty of attractive historic features, surrounded by pretty gardens where you can relax by the pool after a day’s cooking. There are numerous cooking classes to savour here. Enjoy a Morning with the Chef experience with Attilio Di Frabizio, who will teach you all about Tuscan food and the best regional wines to pair it with. For afters, discover more about the country’s mouth-watering desserts and learn how to make delicious Italian dolci with the pastry chef. The villa’s restaurant La Loggia, happens to be one of the best dining spots in Florence, where you can enjoy fantastic food on the grand terrace while taking in the views. There will also be plenty of time to explore Florence itself, which is easily reachable on the complimentary shuttle bus. Enjoy an art tour of its top treasures, or learn how to sculpt like Michelangelo with an expert sculptor. For incredible views, how about seeing Florence and the Chianti Hills from above in a hot air balloon?

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PALAZZETTO – 4 nights

The next stop on your Italian culinary journey is Palazzetto, where you’ll check in to Borgo Santo Pietro, a 13th-century villa in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, whose rooms of hand-painted frescoes, glass chandeliers and silk curtains are surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The cooking school in the kitchen gardens here is a perfect backdrop for learning all about traditional Tuscan food, from classic pizza and pasta to fresh seafood and artisan chocolate, including local dishes such as pappa al pomodoro (a bread soup made with tomatoes) and peposo (a spicy beef stew). Immerse yourself in the farm-to-plate philosophy and join in the planting and picking of produce in the organic gardens.   On a break from the kitchen, it’s just a short stroll to the village of Palazzetto, and you should also visit the medieval city of Siena, which is 30 minutes away, including its impressive cathedral, the Duomo, and its famous square, the Piazza del Campo. Or if you fancy being beside the sea, the Tuscan coast is also nearby. Reward yourself after all that cooking and sightseeing by relaxing in the pool or the spa.

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