That’s why we are called the Accidental Tourist

San Donato winter

Things don’t always (don’t usually, in our case) go the way we had them planned…. That’s why we are called the Accident Tourist.

Here is the version of Riki and Jamie from NYC of one of our most accidental tours last year, as posted  on TripAdvisor.

Our version is on the the recipe section!

“It rarely snows in Tuscany or Florence and when it does its usually just a light It rarely snows in Tuscany or Florence and when it does its usually just a light dusting.DSCN1336-300x225 Lucky for us we planned our trip to Tuscany on the perfect day: it was the biggest snow storm to hit Italy in 20 years.

We had a plan for a day of cooking, great food, dinning and drinking local wines.  All was going to plan with just a few flurries falling as we set off from Florence to the Tuscan Villa for our adventure.  By the time we arrive at the adorable and historic villa (built circa 1100) and climbed to the tower to see the panoramic view, the snow and wind had already built to a huge blustering storm.  Our plan was to be back in Florence by 430pm but Mother Nature had a different plan in mind and dropped over 8 inches of snow upon the little town and the city of Florence.

Luckily we passed the afternoon with new friends, an amazing guide, cook and gourmet cooking teacher (Jessie).

We were warmed by a romantic fire and the charm of the 6th generation family that owned the Villa, Majla and Marco.

We learned to cook amazing spinach ravioli and tagliatelle from scratch, and drank delicious hot wine with orange zest to keep us warm throughout the blizzard that raged outside that afternoon.

After crafting these pastas we sat down to amazing and delicious meal cooked by master chef and world yacht captain Marco.  We had a delicious meal, with Tuscan sausage bruschetta, Tuscany pizza and of course our fresh made pastas with rich sauces. We followed it all with a delicious dessert of a persimmon ice cream cake made from persimmons picked from the tree right outside the door. Everything we ate was incredibly fresh and local and delicious.  We had a great afternoon talking and eating and drinking and when the snow decided to trap us in for the evening the Villa owners didn’t skip a beat to offer us a delicious dinner of fine Italian delicacies and a warm bed to sleep in.

The next morning they even gave us breakfast.

The whole afternoon and evening were magnificent and the total experience unforgettable.

If you have a day to spare in Florence you have try this authentic, fun, educational experience of traditional foods, wines, cooking, and new friends. The charming and gracious owners pulled out ever stop to make this an amazing experience for us and I am sure they will be happy to do the same for you”

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