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I am Jan Stackhouse, and I have created this experience for you exclusively.

My entire working career has been in tourism and more recently as an expert tour planner and guide in Rome and throughout Italy. I will be with you throughout your stay.

I fell in love with Italy, an Italian, and Italian living, over 40 years ago, and I want you to dive in with all your senses, starting with this “hands-on” cooking experience.

I also LOVE TO COOK and I love to get close to nature. In Italy generally, traditions are jealously guarded in respect and appreciation of mother nature’s offerings, and understanding how to cook them to release the most heavenly flavours, smells and tastes, and appreciate their nutritional benefits, is a personal enrichment in terms of mental and physical food health. A poem every time!

Through cooking lessons, tasting sessions, and cultural encounters with artisans who knowingly transform the fruits of the earth into all manner of delights for you to see, smell, touch and taste, you will learn to distinguish the unique flavours of Tuscany and Umbria, kissed by the legendary Tuscan Sun.

The programme starts Sunday evening and ends Saturday after breakfast and includes 6 nights shared accommodation in a finely furnished double bedroom in the Villa Vetrichina with private bathroom with access to lounge and outdoor areas including the pool.

  • A daily breakfast, Italian country style,
  • All other meals including wines and mineral water
  • Cooking classes with a fully trained Chef, as mentioned in the programme.
  • All transportation and activities indicated in the programme including:
    • Paint your own ceramic plate
    • Cheese-making and tasting
    • Olive oil tasting and mill visit
    • Organic cereal mill and organic lunch
    • Vineyard tour with cellars and tasting
    • Guided wine tastings with DOC and DOCG wines from 4 local wine districts
    • Weekly produce market tour
  • Cultural visits with your personal private tour guide to the hill towns of:
    • Orvieto
    • Montepulciano
    • Pienza
    • Castiglione del Lago
  • Your own hand-painted terracotta plate
  • A quality apron with the company logo on it
  • A downloadable E- booklet of recipes
  • All gratuities are included ….the only items you will want to add to the list are your personal items and souvenirs!


per person, all-inclusive

Per person €3,800 in double share. Supplement for single use: €600. Surcharge for June and July – €300 per person.

The above price is valid ONLY for bookings made before Oct 28, 2022. New prices will be shortly available.

Prices quoted are in Euro

Prices quoted and BOOKED AFTER OCTOBER 29, 2023, will be subject to increase but every effort will be made to maintain them as close as possible to the current quoted rate, valid for 2022.

The 2023 and 2024 prices will be reviewed periodically and updated accordingly if necessary.

The indicated programme for 6 nights/7 days running from Sunday arrival until Saturday departure, is all-inclusive, and is based on a double room occupancy.

Transfers to and from the Villa are not included but can be arranged -.ask for a quote.

Closest airports are Rome (for intercontinental flights), Florence and Perugia.

Closest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano Terme on the main Rome/Florence line.

Optional Extra –

Chill Out a Day Before

Arrive on Saturday and relax! The Villa has a swimming pool, and the Fonteverde Spa baths and San Casciano Village are a healthy 1 km walk away.

Cost – €250 per person, and will include dinner at the Villa plus a 10% discount coupon for access to the Fonteverde Spa baths (cost for a half day is currently around €27).

Deposit and Confirmation:

You are required to pay a deposit of €500 per person at the time of booking. which confirms your place in the programme. The balance to be paid 120 days prior to the start date of your chosen programme.

You may pay by credit card, paypal or international bank transfer.

Cancellation Policy

If you decide to cancel you will receive a full refund up to 150 days before your start date. After 150 days and up to 90 days before your start date, 50% refund.

Within 90 days before your start date, the cancellation penalty is 100%, unless you wish to move your start date. This can be advised up to 30 days prior to your original start date and your new chosen date is subject to availability, and must commence within 2 years of the originally booked date,. The change bears a re-schedule fee of €200.

If any part of the programme cannot be carried out due to unforeseen circumstances or force majeur, an alternative of similar type and value will be offered or a partial refund for unused services will be made.

In the event that the published package price should increase by up to 10%, after you have paid your deposit, you will not have to pay additional charges, but if it should increase by more than 10% between the time of booking and 120 days prior to the commencement date, you will have the opportunity to receive a full refund or pay any difference above said 10%.sfer.

The Villa was built in 1798, and forms part of an estate with oak woods, a swimming pool, neighbouring farmhouse and outdoor barbecue, pizza oven, and other equipment.

It features 6 comfortable double bedrooms, each with a private bathroom.

The natural features of the original construction and local materials prevail – terracotta floors, travertine fittings, chestnut wood benches, plus enhancements in fine natural fabrics and original Corten steel fixtures. There are comfortable lounge areas and outdoor areas as well. All rooms have air conditioning and heating when required.

Every room is different and with a unique characteristic, unlike modern hotels, adding further charm to your stay. The maximum capacity of the villa is for 12, and it is possible to rent it and have a private week for exclusive use for your party alone, from a minimum of 4 persons.

Your Villa hostess, Patrizia, with a background in the coffee business, and gelato (!) is an eclectic and charming cosmopolitan woman who has comfortably adapted to the pace of a wholesome country lifestyle, with all modern comforts.

Patrizia will make you feel immediately at home and welcome in her tastefully furnished villa. She lives on the property in the neighbouring farmhouse where you will take your cooking classes.. Her love of this “neck of the woods” and her passion for making sure you enjoy your stay will ensure that you will immediately feel a part of the ambience.

Francesco is a seasoned professional, who’s buoyant personality is reflected in his cooking and teaching style. Roman-born, and much travelled, his forte is the cuisine of Tuscany, Umbria and of course Roman cuisine, where he began his career in the legendary historic Roman trattoria districts of Testaccio and Trastevere.

Now after several years in different parts of Italy he has made his home in this area, where he lives by his statement:

“If the produce is not good, you will never get a good result. The preparation must be creative and presented in the best, most essential way. A great way to create delicious dishes is to limit the number of steps, and cook quickly. The product must be processed as little as possible.”

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