Incredible Dining

Mauro Maccioni, whose family hails from Montecatini, introduces us to some of the best restaurants and dining experiences in the Tuscany area.  We start and end our journey with some special meals in Milano as well.

On this culinary insights tour we get behind the scenes to see how Mauro’s family and mother, Egi Maccioni, and local chefs use the product that makes Italy such a gastronomic destination.

Unique Excursions

Our excursions in the Tuscany area are very special.  Some of the excursions include a parmiggiano tour and a meat-handling workshop at the world-renowned Dario Cecchini’s Antica Macelleria Cecchini with lunch.  We will also have a cooking class and dinner party led by Mauro’s mother, Egi Maccioni.

The excursions for this trip create a nice balance between the incredible product of Italy and the cultural and historical elements that shape it.  Wineries, museums and great dining!

The Team

Rascal + Thorn is working closely with Mauro Maccioni and his restaurant friends to design a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Tuscany.  Interaction with the local chefs is a key component to our tours and makes for a truly special week for all.



  • Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
  • Antica Corte di Pallavicina
  • Ristorante Casorino
  • Ristorante Da Romano
  • Il Punto
  • Restaurant La Pineta
  • Da Baffo
  • Antica Macceleria Cecchini
  • Teatro de Sale
  • Enoteca Pinchiorri
  • Cibreo
  • Tokuyoshi


  • Pamiggiano-Reggiano Tour
  • Cooking class and dinner party
  • Viareggio Beach Day
  • Meat-handling Workshop
  • Winery Visits & Tastings
  • Museum Visits
  • Many other treats

Saturday, May 26 – Arrive in Milano for a 1-night stay.  Dinner at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. (D)

Sunday, May 27 – Travel to Montecatini for a 4-night stay.  Lunch at Antica Corte di Pallavicina.  Parmiggiano product tour.  Dinner at Ristorante Casorino.  (B,L,D)

Monday, May 28 – Market Tour with light lunch followed by a cooking class and Montecatini Dinner Party. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, May 29 – Viareggio Beach Day.  Lunch at Ristorante Da Romano.  Dinner at Il Punto. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, May 30 – Morning at leisure.  Lunch at Restaurant La Pineta.  Dinner at Da Baffo. (B,L,D)

Thursday, May 31 – Travel to Florence for a 2-night stay.  Morning butchery workshop.  Lunch at Dario Cecchini.  Dinner at Teatro de Sale. (B,L,D)

Friday, June 1 – Cultural day in Florence with Museum visits.  Dinner at Enoteca Pinchiorri. (B,L,D)

Saturday, June 2 – Travel to Milano for a 1-night stay. Lunch at Cibreo.  Dinner at Ristorante Tokuyoshi. (B,L,D)

Sunday, June 3 – After breakfast, departure from Italy. (B)

  • 8 nights in hotels in Milano and Tuscany
  • All restaurant meals including tasting menus
  • Meals will include paired wine tastings
  • All excursion costs and entrance fees
  • Transportation within Italy
  • Guides
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Italy before or after the tour
  • Drinks and meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Tips to hired guides
  • Travel insurance

We will be selecting a premium hotel within walking distance to sights and attractions.

$4995.00 per person

The $4995 price per person is based on double occupancy.  A deposit of $995 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

If you are a single and wish to share a room we will make every effort to make this happen, but it is not guaranteed.  The single supplement cost for this trip is $700 if you have your own room.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form or if you have any questions.

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