Sweet Retreat: Two Night Amedei Chocolate Break with Michelin Star Dining for Two in Florence

Sweet Retreat: Two Night Amedei Chocolate Break with Michelin Star Dining for Two in Florence

Florence, Italy

£1,218

“A deliciously creamy, chocolatey experience that develops slowly and stays with you, long after the chocolate has gone” Chocablog

Why we love it

Amedei is ranked among the best chocolate craftsmen in the world, winning the Chocolate Academy of London’s prestigious bean-to-bar “Golden Bean” award six times. Indulge your sweet tooth with a unique behind-the-scenes tour, and discover other gastronomic delights of Tuscan cuisine with a Michelin star dinner at Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo, and a truffle tasting, on this romantic foodie break in dramatic Florence.

What's Included?

  • Two night Florence break for two, with tour of Amedei Chocolate
  • Stay in a 4-star hotel in central Florence
  • Go behind-the-scenes with Gold Medal winning chocolatiers, Amedei
  • Enjoy a tasting menu dinner at Michelin-starred Restaurant Borgo san Jacopo
  • Explore another Italian delicacy with a truffle tasting at Savini Tartufi
  • Wine tour and tasting at an organic farm in Chianti
  • Chauffeured transport for your day of tastings, including a scenic stop at Piazzale Michelangelo

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  • This experience is unique to TRULY

Description

Known for beautiful landscapes and boutique wineries, Tuscany offers more than just acres of vines. In an area dubbed ‘Chocolate Valley’ - between Pisa, Pistoia and Prato – chocophiles can discover the finest Italian chocolate makers.

In Pontedera, lies Amedei. Ranked among the best chocolate craftsmen in the world, Amedei was set up in 1990 by owner and maître chocolatier, Cecilia Tessieri. In a short time it has achieved critical acclaim for rich, creamy textures and full-bodied flavours. Amedei has won the Chocolate Academy of London’s prestigious “Golden Bean” award in the bean-to-bar category an incredible six times.

Using the extremely rare Venezuelan Porcelana cocoa beans, of which there is only enough to produce 3,000 kilos per year, Amedei produces just 20,000 50g chocolate bars annually, each of which are individually numbered on the back of the pack.

The chocolatiers are now opening their doors for the first time in their history, allowing visitors to discover the path that this exquisite chocolate takes from cocoa bean to the creation of Amedei bars. You will also learn the art of tasting chocolate, tasting both chocolates and pralines.

Next up on this gastronomic journey is a truffle tasting at Savini Truffles. Today, just as when it was founded in 1920, Savini’s gathers fresh truffles each season and are a Tuscan institution. Learn all about the truffle; Savini’s will teach you how to recognise, select and cook truffles. To end the day, enjoy the late afternoon sun over a wine tasting and tour of the vineyards at an organic farm in Chianti.

On the second evening, indulge with a tasting menu dinner at Michelin-starred Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo in Florence. The restaurant is located inside Hotel Lungarno and offers stunning views across the river Arno.

Experienced chef Peter Brunel, serves fresh, original and contemporary interpretations of Tuscan and Italian dishes. His selected tasting menu focuses on the richness and abundance of high quality local ingredients, with a balanced approach to experimentation in the kitchen. Feast on Tuscan meats, cheeses and fresh fish alongside an extraordinary wine list made up of over 500 prestigious labels.

Sample Chocolate Tasting

  • Crema Toscana – hazelnut spreadable cream
  • Toscano Brown – milk chocolate
  • Toscano Black 70% – dark chocolate 70%
  • Toscano Blond – dark chocolate 63% with peaches and apricots (summer)
  • Toscano Red – dark chocolate 70% with strawberries, cherries and raspberries (summer)
  • White Milk Chocolate with pistachios (winter)
  • Milk Chocolate with hazelnuts (winter)
  • Madagascar – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Madagascar
  • Jamaica – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Jamaica
  • “9” – dark chocolate 75% winning the Golden Bean in 2011
  • Cold (summer) or hot (winter) drinking chocolate

Description

Known for beautiful landscapes and boutique wineries, Tuscany offers more than just acres of vines. In an area dubbed ‘Chocolate Valley’ - between Pisa, Pistoia and Prato – chocophiles can discover the finest Italian chocolate makers.

In Pontedera, lies Amedei. Ranked among the best chocolate craftsmen in the world, Amedei was set up in 1990 by owner and maître chocolatier, Cecilia Tessieri. In a short time it has achieved critical acclaim for rich, creamy textures and full-bodied flavours. Amedei has won the Chocolate Academy of London’s prestigious “Golden Bean” award in the bean-to-bar category an incredible six times.

Using the extremely rare Venezuelan Porcelana cocoa beans, of which there is only enough to produce 3,000 kilos per year, Amedei produces just 20,000 50g chocolate bars annually, each of which are individually numbered on the back of the pack.

The chocolatiers are now opening their doors for the first time in their history, allowing visitors to discover the path that this exquisite chocolate takes from cocoa bean to the creation of Amedei bars. You will also learn the art of tasting chocolate, tasting both chocolates and pralines.

Next up on this gastronomic journey is a truffle tasting at Savini Truffles. Today, just as when it was founded in 1920, Savini’s gathers fresh truffles each season and are a Tuscan institution. Learn all about the truffle; Savini’s will teach you how to recognise, select and cook truffles. To end the day, enjoy the late afternoon sun over a wine tasting and tour of the vineyards at an organic farm in Chianti.

On the second evening, indulge with a tasting menu dinner at Michelin-starred Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo in Florence. The restaurant is located inside Hotel Lungarno and offers stunning views across the river Arno.

Experienced chef Peter Brunel, serves fresh, original and contemporary interpretations of Tuscan and Italian dishes. His selected tasting menu focuses on the richness and abundance of high quality local ingredients, with a balanced approach to experimentation in the kitchen. Feast on Tuscan meats, cheeses and fresh fish alongside an extraordinary wine list made up of over 500 prestigious labels.

Sample Chocolate Tasting

  • Crema Toscana – hazelnut spreadable cream
  • Toscano Brown – milk chocolate
  • Toscano Black 70% – dark chocolate 70%
  • Toscano Blond – dark chocolate 63% with peaches and apricots (summer)
  • Toscano Red – dark chocolate 70% with strawberries, cherries and raspberries (summer)
  • White Milk Chocolate with pistachios (winter)
  • Milk Chocolate with hazelnuts (winter)
  • Madagascar – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Madagascar
  • Jamaica – dark chocolate mono-origin 70% from Jamaica
  • “9” – dark chocolate 75% winning the Golden Bean in 2011
  • Cold (summer) or hot (winter) drinking chocolate

Sample Menu at Restaurant Borgo san Jacopo

  • Panzanella and tomato
  • Lampredotto in the year 2016 – lampredotto stew, green sauce, lettuce sauce, lampredotto water
  • Wild boar in Cinta - wild boar ravioli, cinta senese acid butter, parsley bread
  • Ribollita - bread, vegetables, legumes, Tuscan olive oil
  • Pigeon and Brunello wine - steamed foie gras, green asparagus, radish, truffle, cabbage
  • “Maledetto Toscano” - Tuscan cigar, lands of Tuscany, solera grappa
  • Florentine checkers - sweet and savoury pralines of white and dark chocolate

Additional Information

This experience is available for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel arrangements.

The one-day tour length is approximately 9 hours and is available year-round Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel is included.

Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo is open daily, 7.30pm to 10pm.

The menu is subject to seasonal change. Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo can accommodate for vegetarian and gluten-free diners but not vegan, dairy-free, halal or kosher.

An obligatory €7 'pane e coperto' (bread and cover charge) per person is not included. Service charge is not included; this is left to the guests discretion on the day.

No cancellations or amendments to bookings are permitted once the booking is confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least eight weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

Sample Menu at Restaurant Borgo san Jacopo

  • Panzanella and tomato
  • Lampredotto in the year 2016 – lampredotto stew, green sauce, lettuce sauce, lampredotto water
  • Wild boar in Cinta - wild boar ravioli, cinta senese acid butter, parsley bread
  • Ribollita - bread, vegetables, legumes, Tuscan olive oil
  • Pigeon and Brunello wine - steamed foie gras, green asparagus, radish, truffle, cabbage
  • “Maledetto Toscano” - Tuscan cigar, lands of Tuscany, solera grappa
  • Florentine checkers - sweet and savoury pralines of white and dark chocolate

Additional Information

This experience is available for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

Flights are not included to give you maximum flexibility with your travel arrangements.

The one-day tour length is approximately 9 hours and is available year-round Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel is included.

Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo is open daily, 7.30pm to 10pm.

The menu is subject to seasonal change. Please state any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo can accommodate for vegetarian and gluten-free diners but not vegan, dairy-free, halal or kosher.

An obligatory €7 'pane e coperto' (bread and cover charge) per person is not included. Service charge is not included; this is left to the guests discretion on the day.

No cancellations or amendments to bookings are permitted once the booking is confirmed.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least eight weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

How it works

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  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Via di San Gervasio, 56025 Pontedera Pisa, Italy

62r, 50125 Firenze FIorence, Italy

Montanelli Pisa, Italy

Amedei Via di San Gervasio, 56025 Pontedera Pisa, Italy

Restaurant Borgo San Jacopo 62r, 50125 Firenze FIorence, Italy

Savini Tartufi Montanelli Pisa, Italy

Sweet Retreat: Two Night Amedei Chocolate Break with Michelin Star Dining for Two in Florence

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