Your Italy holiday begins with a flight to Florence, where you’ll be taken to Fiesole and the serene Il Salviatino
, which sits on a hillside just 15 minutes from Florence. You'll be guaranteed panoramic views, and you can indulge in the spa or relax by the pool and take in the vistas after a day’s cooking.
Enjoy a personalised cooking class at the Touch Florence restaurant in the heart of the city. With your expert chef, you will go to the local markets to select the best seasonal produce, and prepare dishes such as Tuscan bruschetta, gnocchi, fettuccine and local meats, as well as traditional Italian desserts such as tiramisu. Afterwards, you'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Pasta is a staple of Italian cuisine, and during your stay here you'll learn how to make it the Italian way on a pasta-making class in the spectacular setting of an 18th-century abbey
- including preparing seasonal sauces and desserts - before tucking into your creations. You'll also get to taste some of Italy's renowned vintages on a wine-tasting experience at the Antinori vineyards, where you will visit the cellars and enjoy lunch on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the Chianti hills.
Take time out to explore Florence, which is easily reachable, and see its top art and architectural treasures. For incredible views, look out over Florence and the Chianti hills from above in a hot air balloon.