Join The Cooking Mom in Italy- September 2024

Have you always dreamed of going to Italy? Let’s do it! I’ve planned THE ULTIMATE trip to Italy. Join me next September 2024 ! This is a trip I plan every year and it ALWAYS sells out immediately! That’s because it’s OVER THE TOP AMAZING!

This isn’t a cookie cutter trip! This trip is VERY unique and so incredibly special! I work hard to plan every meal we’ll be enjoying and every last detail.    On this trip, instead of the typical week long trip, I’ve added one more night!  I felt like with one more night, we can see, do, and eat a little more so why not!

Ready To Vacation In Tuscany, Italy With Amy?

September 6, 2024 – September 15, 2024

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We’ll fly out Friday September 6th, 2024. The weather is just perfect that time of year, and no summer crowds.

I’m very hands on when I plan my group vacations. We stay in THE BEST hotels and eat the BEST food!  The daily itinerary for this trip is INCREDIBLE! My trips are also a GREAT value! So much is included on this trip like breakfast every morning and most meals! We’ll enjoy many amazing Italian lunches and most gourmet multi-course dinners with wine are included too! Because we are a group I can negotiate to get the best rates!

Let’s start with our resort. I’ve found THE PERFECT place for us to spend 8 magical nights in Tuscany!  It’s this gorgeous sprawling 14th-century Tuscan resort, the Villa Casagrande. It’s filled with so much history and charm. All my travelers LOVE IT! You will too!

Villa Casagrande exterior
Villa Casagrande at Night

It is in the Chianti region with views of the countryside, yet just a short stroll to the cute village for shopping and restaurants. The resort has two pools, a spa, beautiful courtyards to enjoy coffee and breakfast in the morning or wine outside at night to relax and unwind.  Speaking of wine, they make many Italian wines right here on the property. There’s e a huge wine cave where they produce lovely wines! We’ll get to take a private tour of the wine cellars to learn all about it. Then, we’ll get to taste their wines during a beautiful welcome party with lots of hors d’ouvres outside in the courtyard followed by a multi-course Italian feast with bruschetta, mushroom risotto, tiramisu and more!

Villa Casagrande Pool
Villa Casagrande Outdoor Dining

A delicious breakfast with coffee and espresso is included every morning. Our resort even has a wonderful cooking school on property! We’ll learn how to make several authentic Italian dishes like the best ever homemade lasagna, an Italian pork roast, biscotti and lots more. Then we get to eat what we make!

Villa Casagrande Cooking School

This is just one of 3 different cooking classes I’ve planned for this trip. All of them are wonderful but one will be extra special! One of the highlights of this trip is spending the afternoon on a real Tuscan farm. I’ve known Momma Teresa for years now and all my groups love visiting her gorgeous gardens. We’ll meet her family and tour the beautiful farm. Tonight’s dinner is extra special! We’ll pick the garden fresh tomatoes and many other vegetables that we’ll be using to cook a fabulous meal. Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and Teresa will teach us how to make homemade pasta, the most wonderful Italian vegetable soup, the best ever bruschetta and more! It’s a night you’ll never forget and we’ll get all the recipes too!

Homemade Bruschetta
Hand making pasta and bruschetta

We’ll get to explore several charming towns and villages in Tuscany, like Cortona, where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed and Arrezo, where the movie “Life us Beautiful” was filmed. We’ll visit the quaint hilltop town of San Gimignano, home of the world’s best gelato. Yes, we’ll get to taste too. It really is THE BEST EVER! So many flavors to choose from! It’s hard to pick! I always try two or three!

World's best gelato!

For wine lovers, you are in for a real treat! We’ll go to some of the best wineries in Italy. We’ll taste so many amazing Italian wines on this trip. We’ll even get to enjoy a gourmet Tuscan steak dinner with one night in a gorgeous vineyard!

Vineyard Tour
Tuscan Steak
Dinner and Wine Tasting

Speaking of wine, on this trip we’ll visit Montepulciano. They produce some of my favorite wines. We’ll spend the day exploring vineyards and tasting wines from a couple different wineries. We’ll even enjoy a lovely lunch with wine. I can’t wait!

Wine Making and Wine Buying!

We’ll also go into a Tuscan forest on this trip, to hunt for the world’s best Italian white truffles. This is another one of the highlights of this trip! It so fun! After we find the truffles we’ll enjoy an AMAZING truffle pasta lunch with Italian wines at the most beautiful hilltop restaurant. This is some of THE BEST pasta I’ve ever eaten!

Amy Eating truffle Pasta!

We’ll shop and eat our way around the beautiful vibrant history-filled city of Florence. The central market and food scene there is incredible! When I travel, I love discovering the hidden gems. We’ll take a city and food walking tour around Florence with a local food expert. We’ll learn about the city and art and we’ll go in search of some of the best cheese, meats, pastries, wine and gelato in Florence! This is an AMAZING day!

We’ll also visit Siena on this trip. This is one of my favorite Italian towns. It’s got so much charm! Great shopping too. We’ll visit on a Wednesday, which is the farmers market day in Siena! It’s spectacular! We’ll also get to taste some of the treats Siena is famous for! We’ll also have some free time here so you can wander and explore this beautiful charming town on your own! You’ll love it!

Siena Cafe
Italian Cheeses and Meats

Have you always dreamed of visiting Cinque Terre? I’m sure you’ve seen pictures. It’s a string of colorful seaside villages on the rugged Italian coastline. It’s spectacular! On this trip we’ll have the option to explore beautiful Cinque Terre one day. We’ll spend the day there exploring this gorgeous area. We’ll even get to take a boat ride so that we can see all the beauty from the water! It’s so GORGEOUS! After our long day we’ll come home to our village and relax with a big pizza party dinner at a wonderful local pizzeria. We’ll enjoy fresh salads, AMAZING hot fresh made to order pizzas, and unlimited wine and beer. It’s the perfect way to end our special day!

Cinque Terre

On our last night in Tuscany we’ll have a big beautiful several course Italian dinner at a beautiful near by Tuscan villa. We’ll drink wine and enjoy a fabulous night with our new friends. I get the best people on my group trips! That makes the trips even more special! We keep in touch long after the trip and my hope is that we’ll meet and travel again after this trip! I have so many travelers who have come back to travel with me on several of my Cooking Mom Vacations! It warms my heart and inspires me to keep planning new amazing trips!

Come with your husband or wife. We have lots of couples on my trips! Come with your mom or daughter. Come with your girlfriends, or come alone. You’ll never feel alone on my trips!

If you’re interested DON’T WAIT to reserve your spot! This trip ALWAYS sells out almost immediately. We have a limited number of rooms and I don’t want any of you to miss out on the fun! After you book your spot, we’ll be announcing more details soon on possibly extending this trip with me to spend a few more days exploring more of Italy! Details on where the OPTIONAL add on extension will be and pricing coming VERY soon but first let’s go to Tuscany next September! Join me for this trip of a lifetime!

Call Sara with Rose Travel with any questions! You can reach her at 720-884-7913 or email