Florence food and wine summer workshops

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Book right away for July 2-5 here or September 10-13 here!

We have had such an incredible response to our White truffle and Wine retreat in November that we couldn’t wait to share a few more dates for similar — but ‘mini’ versions — food and wine focused workshops. The first will be in July 2-5, 2019, and the second will be in September 10-13, 2019, which will coincide with the wine harvest season. We plan to repeat these workshops in 2020 too so if you can’t make it on short notice but are interested, let us know if you have an interest in visiting next year!

So what will these summer workshops be like?

Think a couple days of idyllic eating and drinking in Florence with me and my sommelier husband Marco Lami.

We really want to show off our neighbourhood, Settignano, so we will spend most of our time here. It’s beautiful, it’s not touristy, the views are incredible and it’s only 15 minutes drive out of the historic centre of Florence. We’ll start with a welcome aperitivo at our favourite wine bar, tasting some wonderful things and getting to know each other.  We’ll have a day dedicated to wine where we visit a local winery up the road and do an explorative and chatty wine tasting unlike any other under the guidance of a passionate and immensely knowledgeable sommelier who has worked in Melbourne’s and Tuscany’s top restaurants (that’s Marco) and finish up with a classic Florentine dinner in an old school trattoria. The next day will be all about food, spending a morning at the market, tasting things, buying seasonal produce and browsing the flea market, then we will cook a hands on Florentine feast (and eat!). A bit like the video below, which is by the talented Olga Makarova.

Dates: July 2-5, 2019 + September 10-13, 2019
Location: Florence
Cost: From 480 euro per person (see below for details)

The July workshop has an option with a gorgeous accommodation package in our neighbourhood of Settignano where we will be based for the tasting and cooking lesson, but also an option to just join us without the accommodation if you’ve already got your own thing organised or you live in Florence.

Day 1: In the early evening, join us for a welcome aperitivo at our favourite wine bar in Settignano. We’ll get to know each other, introduce you to the neighbourhood and taste some delicious things with a couple glasses of wine. 

Day 2: A wine-focussed day. We will visit an organic winery in the Florentine hills in the morning and taste their hand-crafted wines. Then, sommelier Marco Lami will lead us on a unique, conversational, delicious wine tasting paired with a light lunch, followed by some free time in the afternoon. We meet back for dinner in a local trattoria that feels like stepping into nonna’s dining room.

Day 3: We meet in Florence to spend the morning at the best local market. I’ll introduce you to my favourite stalls and seasonal foods, from fresh produce to coffee and pastries to panini with plenty of time to taste things and for shopping at the flea market too. Then we head up to the Florentine hills for an afternoon of cooking and we end with an early dinner with a view over the countryside and wine.  


Florence-workshop-x-settignanomarket visitAbout the accommodation and our workshop venue: Nestled in the hills above Florence in my own gem of a neighbourhood, Settignano, is this beautiful home away from home. Here, with views over the olive tree-studded Florentine countryside we will be cooking and tasting wine. For those who choose the accommodation package, you’ll also get to enjoy the beautifully appointed, luxurious rooms of the Vespro house and the wonderful swimming pool. The house has air conditioning and three double bedrooms each with ensuite, as well as shared living rooms over two floors. Check in is between 4-6pm and payment for the accommodation is directly at the venue.

Workshop only: 480 euro per person

Price includes generous welcome aperitivo, winery visit, wine tasting, dinner at a trattoria, market tour with coffee, pastry and panino, cooking class with wine, transport during the workshop. Not included is breakfast, accommodation, travel insurance, transport to and from the workshop or getting to Florence.

Accommodation + workshop: 960 euro per person (double occupancy*) 

Price includes 3 nights accommodation (and did I mention they have a beautiful swimming pool? See the photo below!), breakfasts every morning and the entire workshop above. Not included: 3 euro city tax, travel insurance, transport to and from the workshop or getting to Florence. *If you would like the double room as single occupancy only there is an additional 285 euro single supplement fee.

Payment for the workshop is non-refundable. However, in unforeseen circumstances or change of heart, we can accept change to a different date or you can find someone else to take your place.

To secure your place now, book your spot directly here.

For any further questions, email me at info@emikodavies.com — we look forward to sharing our table with you!

These beautiful photos were taken by Maria Riazanova during our July workshop and Tania Timkova.

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  1. Bryony says:

    Sounds incredible. Can’t make the dates this year but will be keeping fingers crossed you do these workshops again next year…

    • Emiko Davies says:

      We certainly hope to offer the same workshops for 2020!

      • Debra Dick says:

        Glad to hear that you may repeating these amazing foodie experiences in 2020. My husband and I are very interested, especially in the truffle and wine tour. Please put me in your mailing list to receive announcements on future dates.
        Thank you!

  2. Amy Chung says:

    Oh my goodness….. white truffle and wine?? I can’t believe it but I get to Florence at the end of September! I just miss out on the September course. I would have absolutely loved it.

  3. Ayush says:

    I have visited this place. I enjoyed with my family, and I especially recommend all to visit this place once in their lifetime.

  4. Natalie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely interested for September 2020. Will you please let me know tentative dates as I will be attending a three day wedding celebration just outside Siena in September 2020 and would love to join your event as well. Many thanks

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