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FLAVOURS OF ITALY
. . . cooking, painting and pilates holidays in Italy

Flavours Cooking HolidaysFlavours Holidays is an ATOL bonded tour operator and was found in 1998 by Lorne Blyth. Lorne wanted to create a menu of holidays where guests could experience much more of Italy than the usual sights on the tourist trail. Flavours various locations allow guests to visit idyllic and unspoilt regions of Italy and have the opportunity to learn from highly experienced local cooks, experienced Pilates instructors and inspiring art tutors. Lorne believes that there is really something for everyone, whether it is to learn how to cook regional dishes, to paint the Tuscan rolling hills or to tone up with some Pilates in the sun.

Cooking Holidays in Italy

Flavours offers week-long cooking holidays in Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily, Amalfi and Venice as well as short-breaks to Tuscany. Food is quintessential Italy and Flavours ensures that you will learn the authentic cuisine which is traditional to the region of your respective holiday. Our cooking lessons are relaxed, fun and hands-on. We only take small groups so that everyone can get involved. Italian food is simple but tasty which makes it easy to create the newly learned dishes back at home.

A cooking holiday with Flavours includes private, en-suite accommodation in breathtaking Italian villas exclusive to Flavours. Our guests will enjoy five cooking lessons on their week-long holiday as well as visits to local wineries and artisan producers. Day trips to famous and historial cities in Italy are also included and Flavours provides all meals and wine.

Choose from a week long cooking holiday in Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily, Amalfi and Venice where you can enjoy hands-on cooking lessons. Flavours also offers 4 day short break cooking holidays to Tuscany.

Cooking holidays

Painting Holidays in Italy

What could be more idyllic than perching in front of an easel, paintbrush in hand, as you attempt to capture the pastoral scene before you? The breathtaking landscapes of Tuscany, Venice and Sicily not only provide inspiration for budding and accomplished artists but are the perfect destinations for a relaxed holiday.

A painting holiday in Italy offers a truly unique mix of expert teaching and free time where you can be inspired by Italy's dramatic colourful landscape. Our holidays include 5 days of painting tuition with our experienced painting tutors whilst staying in stunning, private villas in the Italian countryside, the ideal location to find the perfect inspiration for your next painting! Visits to local towns and all meals and wines are also included in the price of our week long holidays.

Painting holidays

Pilates Holidays in Italy

Our week-long Pilates holidays in Italy are the perfect mix of healthy exercise and a revitalizing holiday. Whether you opt for the sun-drenched island of Sicily, the stunning coast of Amalfi, the rolling countryside of Tuscany or the breathtaking region of Puglia - you'll get an authentic taste of la dolce vita.

On your Pilates holidays you will enjoy approx. 10 Pilates lessons whilst you can get involved in two taster cooking sessions with our local, Italian chefs. Visits to beautiful towns, restaurants, meals and wines are all included. A Pilates course in Italy is the perfect break for any age, whether you're experienced in Pilates or not. Our Pilates courses are led by experts in Pilates who teach the body control technique, a method of Pilates with a huge amount of physical advantages.

Pilates holidays

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  COOKING HOLIDAY IN TUSCANY

A dreamscape of rolling hills topped with willowy cypress trees, shimmering olive groves and rows of tangled wines, peppered with picture-perfect medieval hilltop towns. Tuscany's rural landscape provides our local chefs with the perfect ingredients for a mouth-watering cooking holiday. Tuscan food is simple but hearty and bursting with flavours. For a break from the kitchen you can visit medieval towns such as Siena and Arezzo on you cookery holiday with Flavours.

"Great mixture of cooking, visits and time to relax by the pool. The food was delicious and the Tuscan scenery was wonderful."

At a Glance:

  • Villas surrounded by rolling hills and olive groves.
  • Learn how to cook delicious, authentic Tuscan dishes.
  • Day trips exploring some of Italy's most historic and beautiful towns.
  • Explore the famous markets of Florence and indulge in a private wine tasting.

Where you're going to stay:

Villa Arezzo is one of four lovely Tuscan venues located between the Arezzo and Siena provinces. A beautifully restored farmhouse that is set amongst fifty hectares of olive groves, vineyards and woodlands. Excellent craftsmanship went into the renovation, taking care to maintain its unique old-world charm. The pool area, furnished with a gazebo, overlooking the rolling Chianti hills, makes this villa an ideal place to come and relax in the Tuscan countryside.

Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • No single supplement
  • £100 towards your flight costs.
  • 5 cookery lessons with our Italian chef.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Tuscan Villa.
  • Visits to local towns, eg Arezzo and Siena.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FLAVOURSHOLIDAYS.CO.UK

  COOKING HOLIDAYS IN SICILY

Sun, sea, sand - and a hint of the exotic: Sicily's flavours are tinged with the culinary heritage of North Africa. Moorish invaders introduced spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and saffron. Flavours bases itself in the south-east surrounded by historical sites like Siracusa's Greek Theatre and the Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa. Fresh fish is, of course, a highlight of this Mediterranean island: think grilled swordfish, tuna and anchovies. But the island is also famous for its sweets such as semi-frozen desserts and fried pastry filled with Ricotta cheese called "Cannoli".

"I had a fantastic holiday - it was a beautiful venue with great company.The cooking lessons were much fun and I learned a lot! Giulia and Luca did a fabulous job making us all feel welcome and relaxed."

At a Glance:

  • Stay in a gorgeous 19th Century farmhouse on a private estate.
  • Enjoy the exotic, culinary heritage of Sicilian cuisine.
  • Day trips exploring some of Italy's most historic and beautiful towns.
  • Learn how to make authentic Sicilian dishes such as pasta con le sarde and cassata.

Where you're going to stay:

Our Sicilian villa is a gorgeous Nineteenth century farmhouse on a private estate. Surrounded by lovely gardens and with a private pool, it's the perfect place to kick back and relax after a morning in the kitchen.

Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • No Single Supplement
  • £100 towards your flight costs.
  • 5 cookery lessons with our Italian chef.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Sicilian Villa.
  • Explore the Baroque towns of Ragusa and Siracusa.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FLAVOURSHOLIDAYS.CO.UK

  COOKING HOLIDAYS IN PUGLIA

Nicknamed the heel of Italy, Puglia is a hidden spot in Italy and a true foodie heaven. The sun-baked land is scattered with whitewashed buildings and carpeted with silvery sea and olive groves. Its regional cuisine has been influenced over the centuries by its neighbours and invaders leaving fragrant flavours such as herb-infused lamb, spit roasted over a cracking fire. Puglia is also the country's biggest olive oil producer and is famous for its intensely flavoured olives and figs. The perfect place for a cooking holiday!

"Everything was just wonderful. A bit of paradise in Puglia."

At a Glance:

  • Discover the sun-baked region of Puglia with its sea of olive groves and whitewashed trulli.
  • Learn to cook local specialities such as orecchiette pasta.
  • Stay in a 17th century hunting lodge, beautifully restored into a luxurious retreat.
  • Enjoy the sights of Puglia: turquoise seas, Baroque churches and 13th century castles.

Where you're going to stay:

Flavours venue in Puglia is a lovingly restored Seventeenth century hunting lodge which has been converted into a luxurious country retreat. The beautiful villa with its formal gardens, stunning pool and shady courtyards was even featured in Homes & Gardens Magazine as well as the BBC holiday programme.

Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • No Single Supplement
  • Ł100 towards your flight costs
  • 5 cookery lessons with our lovely local chef, Antonio.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Puglian Villa.
  • Day trips to local towns such as Lecce, known as "the Florence of the South".
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FLAVOURSHOLIDAYS.CO.UK

  COOKING HOLIDAYS IN AMALFI

The beautiful Amalfi coast is famous for its tumbling, pastel-coloured houses, fragrant olive and lemon groves and glittering harbours. Stretching about 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, The Amalfi coast has the most breathtaking scenery. Dishes you will sample include calamari, marinated anchovies, fresh local seafood and many more.

"The people were great - Francesca and Davida were wonderful and the food was very interesting. Location of villa was beautiful and the Capri visit was amazing!"

At a Glance:

  • Stay in a stunning villa set on the cliffs and surrounded by lemon groves.
  • Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi coast.
  • Visit local artisans who produce mozzarella and Limoncello.
  • Learn how to cook delicious, authentic, local dishes.

Where you're going to stay:

Set on cliffs between Amalfi and Positano Flavours venue provides breathtaking views of the glittering sea. With a private pool and access to the sea, the villa really is the perfect setting for a wonderful cooking holiday.

Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • No Single Supplement
  • £100 towards your flight costs.
  • 5 cookery lessons with our Italian chef.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Amalfi Villa.
  • Day trips to local towns such as Positano and the Island of Capri.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FLAVOURSHOLIDAYS.CO.UK

  COOKING HOLIDAYS IN VENICE

A visit to Venice and the Veneto region offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the culinary traditions of the region. From sea food dishes such as "Sarde in Saor" to one of Venice's most famous specialities "Risi e Bisi" (creamy risotto and pancetta) - a cooking holiday to Venice promises to be a highlight for any food lover.

"Day in Venice was fabulous - trip back on the water taxi along the Grand Canal is a memory I will always treasure."

At a Glance:

  • Discover the culinary traditions of the Veneto Region.
  • Explore Venice's elegant and luxurious scenery.
  • Taste Prosecco in Conegliano, the home of Prosecco.
  • Relax in the beautiful Villa Bianchini in its quiet, peaceful setting.

Where you're going to stay:

Flavours' venue is a recently renovated historic rural building in the countryside. The villa has its own private pool and beautiful gardens. Close to historic sites such as the magnificent city of bridges, it is the perfect base to explore the surrounding region of Veneto.

Your Holiday Price Includes:

  • No Single Supplement
  • £100 towards your flight costs.
  • 5 cookery lessons with our Italian chef.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Venetian Villa.
  • Day trip to Venice & towns such as Treviso.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FLAVOURSHOLIDAYS.CO.UK

  CONTACT DETAILS
Flavours of Italy Ltd
67-69 Raeburn Place
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH4 1JF
Phone:
0131 343 2500
Email:
info@flavoursholidays.com
Web:
www.flavoursholidays.co.uk

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