FISH AND CHEESE ON THE ISLAND
This Special Program is thought for who likes to discover an authentic wedge of Tuscany far from the very tourist destinations.
This week includes three cooking lessons in Florence, at GiglioCooking School and three days trip to Isola del Giglio, in a spectacular House-farm climbing on rocky walls from the sea.
The cooking classes in Florence are performed at the return from the island. The trip lasts three days, usually Monday through Thursday morning.
During the classes in Florence, students will cook together, enjoy then the meal gathered around a table and discuss about the experience. The total experience takes place usually Sunday through Saturday.
The Farm House is located in the southern coast of Isola del Giglio, in the Natural Park of the Tuscan Archipelago.
The place can be reached exclusively by boat or through a path in the Mediterranean woods once run by peasants and donkeys. The Farm House is nowadays a modern hotel and welcomes the guests warmly, offering foods coming from their organic cultivations and farming.
During the staying, the guests will be involved in farm activities: depending the season they can be making cheese, taking care of goats and donkeys, picking vegetables.
The trip offers the occasion to go deeper into the “understanding” of the multiple Italian cultures: the small islands are places rich of history, traditions, folklore where the populations have had to fight against isolation – and pirates - developing their own way of living, fishing, cultivating.
During the permanence on the island, it is possible to take courses of “meditation” scuba diving, a sport fishing trip, a natural and cultural excursion with a guide; wine and grapes harvest lessons; olive tree cultivation and olive oil making, depending on season (all these activities are optional and not included in the price).
It’s better to know that in advance, in order to make reservations.
At Isola del Giglio there are three main town:
Castello, a medieval village circled by walls on top of the hill;
Porto, which first settlements are of Roman origin;
Campese, a large beach on the west side with a sighing tower.
There are sandy beaches and wonderful smooth rocks.
The water has been declared the cleanest of the Mediterranean by the Goletta Verde (Green Vessel).
Program: Three days cooking school in Florence, three days trip at Giglio island.
All the participants will receive an apron and the exclusive book with recipes.
Advice: the best beginning is on Sunday night.
First day - 06:00 pm: Meeting at GiglioCooking, via del Ghirlandaio 6b, Firenze. Guests will be welcome with an aperitif. Brief lecture and explanation by chef Marcella Ansaldo. The participants will receive the course book, apron, information.
Second day - 08:30 am: Meeting at GiglioCooking. 09:00 am departure with private mini-van with driver to Giglio island. Arrival at Porto Santo Stefano and ferry boat to the island.
At the arrival there will be the boat-shuttle at the dock; the participants will be taken to the Farm House by boat (or by a tracking path, in case of bad weather).
Afternoon and dinner at the Farm House.
Three nights staying. The prices are inclusive of breakfast, a light lunch, dinner with wine and water. Students will be involved in all the farming activities.
It’s important to remark that the guests will be not “kept prisoners”, they are free – and pleasantly welcome - to visit all the places of the island.
Fifth day – 09:00: The shuttle will take the participants to the Port. Ferry Boat to Porto Santo Stefano. The driver will be waiting at the dock to take them to Florence. Cooking class at GiglioCooking at 6:00 pm.
Sixth day - 06:00: Cooking class at GiglioCooking.
Seventh day - 10:00 am: Cooking class at GiglioCooking and farewell lunch.
A light back pack is recommended.
Heels shoes, formal dresses are un-useful.
Do not forget to put in your bag: trekking shoes or sneakers, a bath suite, sun screen cream, a sweater, a waterproof jacket, a hat for the sun and for the rain.
This trip can be done with 8 participants (or multiple of 8)
PRICES VARY WITH THE MONTH– they are inclusive of cooking classes in Florence, travel from Florence to Giglio Island and return, staying in Giglio Island with full board in a farm house, apron and book. The accommodation in Florence in not supplied.
Program starts on Sunday June 28th
- Departure to Giglio on Monday 29th
- End of the program on Saturday July 4th