Together in Tuscany and Umbria


Here for your convenience we provide some answers to queries that are often sent to us.

Browse queries by type:

Accommodation (click to jump to section)

Tours (click to jump to section)

Cooking classes (click to jump to section)

Preparing for your vacation (click to jump to section)

For any additional question not listed, do not hesitate to contact us! Click here for contact form.

Accommodation

  • What types of accommodation can I book through Together in Tuscany & Umbria?

    Our range of accommodation options includes 4 main categories: independent villas (click here to view), villas with a shared garden and pool (click here to view), apartments in agriturismo (click here to view) and town center apartments in Cortona (click here to view). All these properties are in the Italian regions of Tuscany and Umbria and are compliant with the European Union’s strict health and safety standards. We can also arrange personalized stays in other parts of Italy, for example Florence, Venice, Rome, Pompeii and Venice –  contact us directly for more information about this option (click for contact form).

  • How do I book or search for accommodation?

    To search for accommodation, click here. This will take you to a detailed list of available accommodation, from which you can select and book the best one to suit your needs. You can also hover on the Accommodation button in the main menu to view the different categories: independent villas (click here to view), independent villas for families (click here to view), luxury villas (click here to view), villas with shared pool (click here to view), apartments in agriturismo (click here to view), town center apartments in Cortona (click here to view). If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact us directly for a personal recommendation from our team based on your requirements (click for contact form). Once you have found the perfect vacation rental for you, fill in the form on the property page to enquire about booking the property or contact us directly specifying the property you’re interested in (click for contact form).

  • How far will I have to travel to get to the area’s main attractions?

    Tuscany’s and Umbria’s most famous attractions are all within a 1-hour or 2-hour drive or alternatively, 1-hour or 2-hours by train. All our properties in Cortona (click here to view) are within walking distance to Cortona’s attractions.

  • How can I find out if the accommodation is available during the time period in which I am interested?

    Fill in the form on the property page to enquire about booking the property or contact us directly specifying the property you’re interested in (click for contact form).

  • Can I specify particular wishes in relation to my accommodation?

    We always try to accommodate special requests (within reason). For example, we can provide you with a cot, arrange for a welcome dinner or private dining, book a spa appointment and more. However it isn’t always possible for us to accommodate requests, especially if those depend on external operators, during high season in particular. For the best outcome, please let us know as soon as you can. We thank you for understanding.

  • Are the houses suitable for families?

    We advise you look first at our selection of independent villas for families (click here to view), if those don’t fit your requirements we invite you to contact us directly for personalized recommendations (click for contact form). We can also provide cots and high chairs upon request.

  • Can I request a cot or high chair?

    Yes, just let us know in advance (click for contact form).

  • What if I have a mobility impairment or use a wheelchair?

    We aim to deliver a quality experience for all guests including those who are mobility impaired. Please contact us directly for personalized recommendations and further information (click for contact form). However, due to the age of some of our houses, not all our properties can be accessed by wheelchair or those with a mobility impairment. Furthermore, none of our houses have lifts/elevators. Almost all of our town center apartments in Cortona (click here to view) have stairs and steps, in addition, walking uphill to and from the car may be required. Together in Tuscany & Umbria is also unable to provide day-to-day personal care. If you require assistance in relation to any of your day-to-day living, then you must arrange for a companion or carer to accompany you on your trip.

  • I’ve decided to book, what must I do?

    Once you have found the perfect vacation rental for you, fill in the form on the property page to enquire about availability or contact us directly specifying the property you’re interested in (click for contact form). We will send you the booking form and all necessary information.

  • Do I have to book an entire week’s accommodation?

    Most of our properties have a minimum stay of 1 week, Saturday to Saturday. We always try to accommodate special requests however, unfortunately it isn’t always possible to do so. Contact us directly to enquire about staying for less than a week (click for contact form).

  • Can I book extra nights?

    Most of our properties are rented out on a weekly basis, with a minimum stay of 1 week. However, we always try to accommodate last-minute requests, still, it isn’t always possible to do so. For the best outcome, please let us know as soon as you can.

  • Can I bring additional people?

    For health and safety reasons, bringing additional people is not always allowed. However,  We always try to accommodate last-minute requests, still, it isn’t always possible to do so. Therefore, for the best outcome, please let us know as soon as you can.

  • Can I change my accommodation?

    We always try to accommodate last-minute requests, however it isn’t always possible to do so if a property has been booked already. For the best outcome, please let us know as soon as you can.

  • Will I need to pay a tourist tax?

    Yes, this is required by law. The amount is 8,00 € per person for the entire first week, except children under 12. This will need to be paid in cash at check in.

  • Will I need to pay a damage deposit?

    Yes, the amount and the payment methods vary for each property. Usually, it’s either hold on your credit card or arrangements are made directly with your landlord.

  • Do I need to bring cutlery, bedding and towels with me?

    No – all our vacation rentals already have all of these.

  • What appliances typically come standard when renting a home?

    Most of our houses have a fridge and freezer, a washing machine, American-style coffee machine, hair dryers and a cooker/stove. For more details, we provide a list of available appliances for each one on our website (click here to read).

  • Do the vacation rentals have A/C?

    Some of our vacation rentals do, others are historical buildings and don’t. For more details, we specify whether A/C is available for each one of houses on our website (click here to read). Alternatively you can ask us directly (click for contact form). Please note that an extra payment may be requested upon arrival for the use of A/C.

  • Do the vacation rentals have heating?

    All of our vacation rentals do. Please note that an extra payment may be requested upon arrival for turning radiators on.

  • Do I need to bring soap, shampoo and shower gel?

    Yes, we provide a courtesy kit but we recommend you do bring (or buy) shampoos and soap.

  • Do I need to bring a hair dryer?

    No, all our houses have at least one.

  • Will there be opportunities to do laundry?

    Yes, all our houses have a washing machine, pegs and clothes airers. Please contact us directly specifying the property you’re interested in (click for contact form).

  • Is tap water safe to drink?

    Yes it is, although you can buy mineral water at most supermarkets if you prefer it.

  • Will I get a key to my accommodation?

    Yes, just keep in mind though that some of our vacation rentals date back to the middle ages so opening and closing the door may be a bit finicky. Don’t worry! We will walk you through how to open and close during check-in.

  • Do I need to clean the house myself?

    No – all our houses are professionally cleaned before and after a guest stay. However we kindly ask you to take out the trash/garbage. This is because most of properties are part of a kerbside/curbside collection scheme and the recycling collection happens on different days throughout the week. You’ll find the weekly schedule inside your vacation rental. It is also appreciated that you leave the house as you found it and that you show respect towards the property, especially if particular indications are given at check-in. Some of our houses have historical value so please be mindful. If something is not working or you encounter any issues, we kindly ask you to let us know us as soon as possible.

  • How can I contact friends and family back home?

    There is no landline available at our properties, you can however use your cellphone. Please note that because some of our properties are located in rural areas, signal may be patchy and stronger only in one room or area. Before leaving for your trip, we recommend checking with your provider if calls from abroad are allowed.

  • Is Wi-Fi available?

    Yes – all our properties have Wi-Fi. Please note however, that at some of the older properties the wi-fi signal may be stronger in one room only. This is because of the thick medieval walls, which were built and meant for times before the internet.

  • What is the electric outlets power?

    Please bring with you appropriate outlet adapters and transformers. Electrical current in Italy is 220 volts at 50 hertz. For example, American electrical current is 110 volts at 60 hertz.

  • Is there a TV?

    Most of our properties don’t have a TV. We encourage you to detox from technology and to relax, enjoying the leisurely pace of Italy’s Dolce Vita as well as exploring this beautiful country of ours.

  • Are animals allowed?

    Animals aren’t allowed in our vacation rentals in Cortona’s town center. Upon request and for an additional fee, animals may be allowed at some our independent villas. Please enquire directly with us and specify the properties you’re interested in (click for contact form).

  • Can I smoke inside the house?

    Smoking is not allowed inside any of our houses.

  • Can you arrange transfer to and from the airport?

    Yes – please let us know in advance if you require this service. If you’re landing in Rome or Florence and staying at one of our properties, we actually recommend you book with one of our local chauffeurs as they will be knowledgeable about the area and less likely to get lost trying to find the house. To get a quote and/or book this service, please contact us directly (click for contact form).

  • What’s the check-in procedure?

    During high season, guests can check-in on a Saturday from around 3 pm. An earlier or later time may be agreed upon request. During other periods, guests can begin their stay on a different day if agreed beforehand. We’ll either meet you at the property or at our offices in Terontola (outskirts of Cortona). We’ll verify the conditions of your travel voucher and register your documents. Afterwards, you will need to pay the visitor tax (8,00 € per person for the entire week) and we will ask you for your credit card to hold the security deposit (except for those properties where this is arranged with the landlord directly). We will give you an introduction to the area, its attractions and available activities and you’ll receive a small guide which includes train, bus and ferry timetables, our recommended restaurants and other useful tips. We’ll accompany you at your vacation rental and once there, we will also show you how to open and close the door, where you can find most things useful for your stay and anything you should be aware of. If you want to book tours, arrange a taxi or car rental and other services we can do that as well. Other extra payments in cash are taken at this time as well (heating/AC charge).

  • Is it possible to check-in early?

    Early check-in is subject to availability, please make an inquiry in advance (click for contact form).

  • Is it possible to arrive at night?

    We always try to accommodate special requests, however it isn’t always possible to do so. For the best outcome, please let us know as soon as you can and before you book.

  • What happens if my flight is delayed and I arrive late?

    Don’t worry – just contact us (via email or by phone) as soon as you can providing an expected arrival time and we’ll take it from there.

  • Can I park near the vacation rental?

    All our independent villas (click here to view), our villas for families (click here to view), our luxury villas (click here to view), our villas with shared pool (click here to view) and our apartments in agriturismo (click here to view) have free parking available on site. If you’re staying at one of our town center apartment in Cortona (click here to view) instead, then no parking is available on site. That is because visitors aren’t allowed to drive within Cortona’s city walls. However, there are free parking lots about 5 to 10-minute walk from each apartment. Keep in mind however that Cortona is built into a hill and most streets are uphill. If you have a mobility impairment please contact us (click for contact form).

  • Are there supermarkets near the houses?

    Our town center apartments in Cortona (click here to view) are all within walking distance of a small supermarket. If staying at other properties, you will need to drive to the supermarket and usually most shops are less than 10 km away.

  • What if I want to organize a cooking class or another activity at home?

    Cooking classes at a vacation rental booked through us are only allowed if organized by Together in Tuscany & Umbria. We have a variety of options, please look up the details on our website (click to view). We can personalize each experience based on your preferences of course. Please note that not all of our properties can host a cooking class because some lack the necessary space, however we can arrange for alternative classes at vineyards, olive mills and more. Contact us directly for more information  (click for contact form).

  • What if repairs are needed?

    Please contact us as soon as possible so we can send someone to fix the problem. We kindly ask you to not attempt repairing something yourself. As most of our properties are in rural areas or small towns, it can take us while to find a trusted repairmen that’s available on short notice and we rather not take chance with new traders as some houses are historical properties which require an expert hand. We thank you in advance for understanding.

  • What are the working hours of Together in Tuscany & Umbria?

    We’re always available (by phone or email) if there’s a problem or urgent requests, but please keep in mind that we may take a while to get back to you on Sundays and during the afternoon. We thank you in advance for understanding.

  • What’s the check-out procedure?

    We will let you know upon arrival, however in most cases nothing is required beside leaving the house at a certain time, usually 9.30 am.

  • Is it possible to check-out late?

    Late check-out is subject to availability and may incur a fee. Please make an inquiry in advance (click for contact form).

  • Can I leave luggage with you after check-out?

    This can be arranged upon request, please contact in advance so we can find the best arrangement for you  (click for contact form).

  • Can Together in Tuscany and Umbria organize taxi transfers at check-in and check-out?

    If you’re not renting a car from the airport, we’ll be happy to arrange a taxi upon arrival, just let us know in advance if you’ll be requiring one. This is because there aren’t a lot of taxi drivers available in Cortona and it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment. If you’ve booked an experience with us (cooking class, tour, concierge services) we’ll also arrange a taxi transfer for you at check-out. If you haven’t, we’ll be happy to share with you the driver’s contact details so you can arrange a transfer on your own.

  • What if I leave something behind?

    Don’t worry – we always carry out an inspection to see if our guests forgot something and we’ll let get in touch if that’s case to arrange for its return. You can also contact us directly  (click for contact form).

  • What is the cancellation policy for bookings?

    This varies for each property, however as a rule, Together in Tuscany & Umbria must be advised of cancellations in written (email) form. Contact us directly for more information  (click for contact form).

  • How can I find out if there are events happening in the area during my stay?

    Upon arrival, we’ll provide you with a travel guide which also includes local events for that week. In some cases, we’ll email you in advance if an interesting event is taking place during your stay which requires reservations/booking/car transfers (e.g. dinners, special tours).

Tours

  • What types of tours can I book through Together in Tuscany & Umbria?

    We offer a selection of tried-and-tested itineraries as well as custom tours personalized to your preferences. Our sample tours include: Tuscany tours (click here to view), Umbria tours (click here to view), Rome tours (click here to view), Florence tours (click here to view), Pompeii tours (click here to view), bike tours (click here to view) as well as food and wine tours (click here to view). We also organize cooking classes, click here to view more.

  • What do the excursions include?

    This varies for each tour. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view). In general, the price you pay upon booking for most of our tours includes tickets, reservation fees, food, wine, rentals and tour guide. Please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • What’s included in your tasting tours?

    This varies for each tour. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view). You can also contact us by email for further information (click for contact form).

  • Are museum tickets included in the price?

    Yes. In general, the price you pay upon booking for most of our tours includes museum tickets, reservation fees, food, wine, rentals and tour guide. Please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • How is the price set?

    We pride ourselves on the high standards we offer to our guests. Together in Tuscany & Umbria operates respecting the law and is insured. All our chauffeurs are licensed NCC drivers, meaning they’re authorised by the Italian government to drive groups and are insured too. We only work with licensed tour guides. Each of our stops (attraction, restaurant, vineyard etc…) is handpicked and was inspected personally by our team. We don’t like cutting corners and this may be why our prices can be higher than those of our competitors. However, you may set your mind at rest in case when booking with us, knowing you’re covered in case something doesn’t go as planned.

  • How much are your private tours?

    Since we offer bespoke, boutique experiences, pricing varies. We provide rates according to the needs of our unique clientele. The best way to get an immediate quote is to contact us, we reply fast.

  • Is tipping included?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

  • Are meals included?

    This varies for each tour. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view). You can also contact us by email for further information (click for contact form).

  • I have follow a specific food lifestyle and/or I have serious food allergies and restrictions. Can you still cater to me?

    Please let us know of any particular requirements when booking. In most places we can easily cater for vegetarians, vegans and pregnant women. If you have specific allergies we can check with our vendors regarding nuts or other allergens in their products, but we can’t guarantee that foods will not have come into contact with allergens so please do exercise your judgement accordingly.

  • Do you include insurance in the tours?

    Together in Tuscany & Umbria as well as all our vehicles and drivers are insured in general liability coverage as required by Italian Law. However, we strongly suggest that you purchase a separate travel insurance plan on your own that would include medical, trip delays, and emergency evacuations.

  • How are the tour guides?

    We have been very lucky to have knowledgeable and caring tour guides over the years. We are very proud of our tour guides. Most of them are English mother tongue and those who aren’t are proficient in English.

  • What language are the tours conducted in?

    Most tours are conducted in English but we can arrange for other languages upon request. Our drivers/chauffeurs however will converse in English.

  • How long are the tours?

    This varies for each tour. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view). In general, either half day (around 4-5 hours) or the entire day (around 8 hours). Please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • I want a private tour. What do I need to do?

    Browse our selection of private tours available on our website (click here to view) or contact us by email for personalized recommendations (click for contact form).

  • How do I book?

    Please contact us by email (click for contact form) or by using the ‘request availability’ button on the tour page. We will then send you the booking form and all necessary information.

  • How far in advance should I make a booking?

    We recommend booking as soon as you know you can travel, and have decided on which tour you would like to go on. Some of our tours can be quite popular so it’s best to secure your spot as soon as possible. Please contact us by email for personalized recommendations (click for contact form).

  • If I book a tour with Together in Tuscany & Umbria, what kind of information will receive before our trip?

    There is a series of documents and emails that will prepare you for your trip. We want you involved but not inundated with too much information at any one time. You will receive detailed maps, vouchers for all services, train tickets/car reservations and a short travel guide upon arrival.

  • What if I have already booked flights and hotels but need help with transportation and guides?

    We are happy to “fill in the blanks” and can provide you with guidance and suggested itineraries, excursions as well as car transfer, car rentals and more. Please contact us by email for personalized recommendations (click for contact form).

  • What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    Consider packing the following items: comfortable walking shoes, a waterproof lightweight rain jacket, comfortable clothing that can be easily layered.

    If you are visiting places of worship, please remember that all persons should dress modestly, especially female visitors, or you may not be admitted. For general guidance, you should keep your upper arms to the elbow and upper legs to the knee covered. Tops or shirts should not finish above the waistline of your trousers and expose your midriff and your neckline should not extend down more than a few inches.

  • What type of transportation is used on your tours?

    This varies for each tour. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view). In general, it can either be a car, an 8-person minivan or a train. We also organize bike and vespa tours. Please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • How many people do your minivans hold?

    Each minivan has an 8 seat passenger capacity and one driver seat.

  • Do the tours include much walking and stair climbing?

    This depends on the tour destination. For example, both Cortona and Florence city center are pedestrian-only, so walking is essential. However, we can personalize each tour and experience based on your preferences. Please contact us directly for further details (click for contact form).

  • Is there anywhere to sit during a tour?

    During our tours, the guides can of course stop at cafes and/or benches upon request. We can personalize each tour and experience based on your requirements. Please contact us directly for further details (click for contact form).

  • Are there opportunities for toilet stops?

    Yes. Most of the places we visit have toilets and our chauffeurs can stop at gas/petrol stations en-route upon request.

  • Are children allowed on tours?

    Most of our tours are suited for people of all ages, with the obvious exception of wine tours, during which anyone under 18 cannot drink alcohol. Well-behaved children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome all our excursions. We only ask that you inform us in advance if you will be bringing children so that we can make whatever small adjustments might be necessary to assure your child’s entertainment and comfort, as well as communicate any variation in price. Please contact us directly for personalized recommendations (click for contact form).

  • How many people can join a tour?

    We’re not into big impersonal groups – plus it would be tricky for some of our stops to accommodate them – so we generally prefer an intimate gathering. As we can personalize each tour and experience based on your preference, it is possible however to arrange tours for a larger group (25-30 people). We usually arrange tours for a minimum of 2, however we can also organize tours for one person only, but price may vary. We kindly request though that you let us know before beforehand. Please contact us directly for further details (click for contact form).

  • Who are my travelling companions?

    This varies for each tour. We have tours where you’ll have a dedicated private guide and other tours where you’ll share the guided visit with other travelers. However, we can personalize each tour and experience based on your preferences. Please contact us directly for further details (click for contact form).

  • What is the pick up location?

    This varies for each tour. Usually, tours including a car transfer and chauffeur have Piazza Garibaldi as a meeting place if you’re staying in Cortona. If you’re staying elsewhere or you have a mobility impairment, our drivers may pick you up at your accommodation. For tours with a train transfer, usually a guide will meet you at the station. Please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • Will my tour be cancelled or rescheduled for any reason?

    We reserve the right to cancel tours or re-schedule them in extreme cases. However we will notify you right away for these rare occurrences and you will be re-scheduled and/or refunded.

  • What happens if it rains on the day of the tour?

    If the rain is fairly light or intermittent, we continue with the tour, using umbrellas etc and going inside cafes/buildings if the rain gets heavier, as needed. We’ll still have fun, don’t worry! However, in the very unlikely case of a heavy thunderstorm and/or flooding, the tour may be cancelled and if so we would try to rearrange it for you, or if not possible, provide a refund. In case of any doubt on the day of the tour, please contact us (click for contact form).

  • Can I schedule a tour at any time of day?

    We recommend you ask us beforehand as attractions may closed during certain times of the day, just send us an email with your plans and we’ll confirm their feasibility of offer alternatives (click for contact form).

  • Can the itinerary be changed during the tour?

    We try to be as flexible as possible, however if appointments have been made it may not be feasible to drastically alter the program. As we can personalize each tour and experience based on your preference, we kindly ask you to contact us before booking to avoid disappointment. Having said this, it may be necessary to change the program due to unforeseen circumstances like traffic, weather, or other delays.

  • What happens if I am late for the tour?

    Most of tours are customized to your party, so if you are a little late for the tour, then your guide/transport will of course wait for you and continue the tour as normal. However if you have not booked a private guide or an appointment has been made for you at a museum, vineyard or restaurant it may get tricky to continue with the planned itinerary. So it’s best to be on time. If you are more than an hour late, then it may not make sense to go ahead with the tour as planned, and instead we may try to rearrange, or cancel. In all cases of lateness (and even in the very rare case that it appears your guide is late), please call us as soon as possible to let us know, especially if we may need to contact any transport and/or other arrangements we have made for you to advise of the delay.

  • Is it necessary to bring anything to the tours?

    We recommend comfortable shoes, sunscreen if it looks like a sunny day, perhaps water (although our drivers will have free water bottles for you and you can always stop to buy this along the way), and of course, cash in Euros (to pay for any food/drink you consume in cafe/lunch breaks, souvenirs and similar). Plus you’ll probably want to take a credit or debit card along as another option to use for payment or to withdraw extra cash if necessary from ATMs.

  • Do you offer tours year round?

    It’s best to check with us in advance (click for contact form). We always have very limited availability during Italian public holidays, as not many of our guides and chauffeurs agree to work on those dates, as you can probably understand.

  • Can I rent a car/vespa/bike and arrange an itinerary on my own?

    For sure. We can arrange a car/vespa/bike rental for you and advise on an itinerary. We can also arrange for tour guides to meet you at a location and/or book tickets for museums and attractions for you, so that you have everything ready when you set off. Contact us for more information (click for contact form).

 

Cooking classes

  • What types of cooking classes can I book through Together in Tuscany & Umbria?

    Our unique cooking experiences range from classes in wineries and countryside villas to lessons held right in the comfort of your own accommodation. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view) or contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • What do the cooking classes include?

    This varies for each cooking class. Please look up the details on our website (click here to view). In general, the price you pay upon booking for most of our classes includes a chef, additional kitchen utensils food. Please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • Where do the cooking classes take place?

    We have a variety of options, please look up the details on our website (click to view), not to mention that we can arrange a cooking class at your vacation rental. We can personalize each experience based on your preferences. Please note that not all of our properties can host a cooking class because some lack the necessary space, however we can arrange for alternative classes at vineyards, olive mills and more. Contact us directly for further details (click for contact form).

  • When are your classes?

    In most cases we can organize classes around your schedule, please contact us by email for further details (click for contact form).

  • How many people are in each class?

    Our classes are exclusive to you, however during high season if there’s no availability you may share your cooking class with another group. This is agreed in advance and upon request.

  • Do you teach at people’s vacation rentals?

    Yes. However, please note that not all of our vacation rentals can host a cooking class because some lack the necessary space. If you’re not staying at a vacation rental booked through Together in Tuscany & Umbria we kindly ask you to check with the landlord and/or operator if this is allowed.

  • What kind of cuisine do you teach?

    We teach Italian cooking, with a focus on regional cuisines from Tuscany and Umbria.

  • Who are the instructors?

    Our classes are taught by talented chefs, all local to the area and who are able to converse fluently in English.

  • Are your classes hands-on or demonstration?

    Our classes are hands-on. Everyone will cook together, collaborating on the various steps of all the recipes so that each dish is completed to perfection. In other words, you may be sautéing the onions for a ragu while your friend peels the tomatoes for the same ragu and someone else grates the cheese for the finished dish; everyone participates in every dish to some extent. Some dishes are by nature more interactive than others, and require everyone’s active participation; fresh pasta is a great example of such a dish.

  • Will I get my own cooking station and make my own meal?

    In most cases no. If you have arranged for a cooking class at home, the class will take place in your kitchen, if the class is organized elsewhere there may be a long table where to cook all together.

  • I’m new to cooking. Do I need to have any special skills to attend class?

    Not at all. Our chef are here to teach, and students of any skill level are welcome. If you’re new to cooking, we suggest you ask your instructor plenty of questions; sometimes people are shy about asking questions, and that really is one of the best ways to learn.

  • Will I get to eat what we cooked?

    Absolutely! After the cooking is finished, you will sit down comfortably for a full meal with your class companions, and taste everything we cooked together.

  • Can I drink wine while cooking?

    In most cases yes, our classes are relaxed and convivial. Please contact us directly for more information (click for contact form).

  • Can I bring my own wine?

    In most cases yes, please contact us directly for more information (click for contact form).

  • Do you serve wine with the meal?

    In most cases yes, please contact us directly for more information (click for contact form).

  • Do I need to bring anything to class?

    An appetite! We’ll take care of the rest.

  • Do I have to buy / bring an apron?

    No, we’ll provide aprons for each participant.

  • Do you provide printed recipes?

    Yes, you get a set to take home so you can recreate the menu at home. And if you ever lose your recipes, we’ll be happy to email them to you!

  • I have allergies / I am a vegan/vegetarian. Can you accommodate me?

    Please let us know prior to booking so will make every effort to accommodate you (click for contact form).

  • What if I have to cancel my class after I make a reservation?

    Please contact us to see if we can reschedule (click for contact form).

  • How much do classes cost?

    Since we offer bespoke, boutique experiences, pricing varies. We provide rates according to the needs of our unique clientele. The best way to get an immediate quote is to contact us, we reply fast (click for contact form).

  • How do I book a class?

    Please contact us by email (click for contact form) or by using the ‘request availability’ button on the relevant cooking class page. We will then send you the booking form and all necessary information.

  • Can I book a class even if I’m not staying at one of your vacation rentals?

    Yes, you can either book our cooking class at a Tuscan country house (click here to view), our cooking class at a vineyard (click here to view) or our cooking class with Tuscan chefs (click here to view). If instead you’re interested in hosting a cooking class at a vacation rental which you have not booked through Together in Tuscany & Umbria, we kindly ask you to check with the landlord and/or operator if this is allowed.

Preparing for your vacation

As you wait for your holiday to start, check our Tips & Ideas section (click here to view) on our website and read all the articles in our travel guide: http://bit.ly/TravelGuideTTU.

  • What currency is used in Italy?

    Euros. Please read our answer to ‘How should I plan to pay for personal items when I am in Italy?’ below for more information.

  • Where do I exchange foreign money?

    We advise you withdraw Euros from ATMs (Bancomat in Italian), which are readily found at airports, most train stations and in Cortona’s town center.

  • What time zone is Italy in?

    Italy is in Central European Time, please check this website to calculate the time difference between Italy and the country you’re from. All Italian regions belong to the same time zone.

  • I’m a first-time traveler, any advice?

    Do remember to take your passport, visas, related health certificates, tickets, ID, money, credit card, driving license, map, itinerary and travel voucher, plus any other important documents needed during a holiday.
    It may also be useful to remember to make a card with emergency contacts and to pass it on to Together in Tuscany & Umbria. We also recommend you make copies of any important documents, in case they get stolen or lost. It is strongly recommended that you additionally store a backup of your information in your email account or other online storage.
    An Italian phrase book may also come in handy.

  • What should I pack?

    Always check the weather of your destination and then see what kind of clothes you require.
    Remember to take comfortable clothes with you, outfits you can walk around easily and sit in a minivan for a few hours without problems. Also bring a waterproof jacket with you and an umbrella. In summer, bring a sunhat, sunglasses and sunblock. Do not forget to take with you toiletries and other personal items such as a toothbrush.

  • Do I need to bring an adapter?

    Yes, please bring with you appropriate outlet adapters and transformers or alternatively buy them at the airport. We recommend you do not wait to buy them at your destination as it may be a rural area and shops may not stock them. Electrical current in Italy is 220 volts at 50 hertz. For example, American electrical current is 110 volts at 60 hertz.

  • Shall I bring medicines with me?

    Check with the embassy and local authorities in your country what is allowed under the current legislation. If allowed, we recommend you do prepare some medicines for emergency use, including painkillers, vitamins, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamines, remedy for diarrhea and antacid. Pharmacies are common but if you have just arrived and don’t know how to get around it may be better to have something with you already rather than venture out. For the some reason, please keep in mind that some of the villas are in remote locations so you may need to drive to get to the closest pharmacy. If you take prescription drugs, check what the current legislation allows. If you can carry them, ensure that you have an ample supply for the duration of your trip and always keep them with you, along with the doctor’s prescription. Any medication must be in its labelled container when going through airport security and customs. Also take along your medical history (blood group, allergies, and known medical conditions) and keep it with your insurance details. This may be helpful if you need to see a doctor or become incapacitated.

  • How should I plan to pay for personal items when I am in Italy?

    Please always carry cash in Euros. Not all restaurants and shops accepts debit or credit card so it’s best to withdraw money from ATMs before going on excursion.
    High denomination bills are not readily accepted for exchange, so it is better to carry smaller denominations. Having said that, do not carry too much money all in one place, spread it around your pockets as pickpockets are unfortunately quite common.

    Check with your bank before departure if your credit and/or debit card can be used abroad. To avoid any problems, we also recommend you get some Euros in cash before departure. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank that you are traveling overseas to ensure that they don’t block your ATM / credit cards. All ATMs in Italy offer English instructions.

    Finally, do not keep your credit card and identification card together.

  • Can I use my cellphone/mobile in Italy?

    Before leaving for your trip, we recommend checking with your provider if calls from abroad are allowed. This is especially important for Americans, as all-inclusive contracts popular in USA often don’t include calls/texts abroad. Coming to Italy without a working cell phone may complicate things when it comes to arranging tours and other activities, so we strongly advise that at least one member of your party has a cellphone habilitated to call and text in Italy.

    Please note that some attractions are located in rural areas, so signal may be patchy at times. We take this opportunity to encourage you to detox from technology and to relax and unwind, enjoying the leisurely pace of Italy’s Dolce Vita.

  • Will I be able to use my personal computer during my trip and what kind of internet service will be provided?

    If you’re staying at one of our properties, you’ll be able to access Wi-Fi. Please note however, that at some of the older properties the wi-fi signal may be stronger in one room only. This is because of the thick medieval walls, which were built and meant for times before the internet. Public Wi-Fi networks on the other hand aren’t very common in Italy, so plan accordingly and check with your provider what options are available before departure.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    We strongly suggest that you purchase in advance a travel insurance plan that would include medical, trip delays, and emergency evacuations.

  • What if I become ill whilst on vacation or need to return home prematurely?

    If you become ill during your vacation or have an emergency situation at home, advise Together in Tuscany & Umbria immediately. We suggest you go to pharmacies for all minor ailments. If instead you need an ambulance please dial 118 on your phone.
    If you need to fly home immediately, we can assist you in making the best possible arrangements.

  • How do I find out about the visa requirements for the trip I am interested in?

    We always recommend that guests check with their local embassy as visa rules can change without warning. Embassy websites in your home country will always have information about requirements, visa costs and will provide the required forms.

  • How do I organise my visa?

    Please contact the relevant local embassy and/or relevant authorities back home, to organise your visa/s.

  • Do you help with Visas?

    Together in Tuscany & Umbria can’t assist in the actual application of visas, but you can do this through the embassy and relevant authorities back home.

For any additional question not listed, do not hesitate to contact us! Click here for contact form.