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        Coconut Grove, FL, October 2007 -- Tuscan Way is offering a 10% price reduction for all guests booking any 2008 departure by January 15, 2008.  The discount applies to the seven-day cooking course & wine vacations, now offered at eight locations throughout Tuscany – from a picturesque medieval five-story home in the small village of Arcidosso to a luxurious Italian villa nestled amongst organic olive groves, Sangiovese vineyards and medieval forests.  Normal prices range from $2,217 to $4,315 per person, double – the discounted fares are $1,995 to $3,884.  Three- to five-night options are offered at $1,450 to $3,720 but do not qualify for the discount.  Full payment is required within 60 days of booking.

        Tuscan Way has set itself apart from many other “cooking schools” by making the cooking part of a larger Tuscany experience and maintaining an informal, relaxed class setting in its family-style kitchens, a glass of local wine always within arm's reach.  All eight locations combine learning to cook "La Cucina Povera Toscana," the simple, creative and flavorful peasant’s cuisine, with a variety of guided excursions to medieval villages, seaside towns, private vineyards and wine cellars with wine tastings, local markets and spa visits. 

        Settings include the 1,000-year-old Casa Innocenti and the quaint La Locanda del Prete in Arcidosso; Villa Gaia, in the rolling hills of Monte Amiata; Villa Poggiarello in the elegant Maremma countryside; Villa Castelletti, an estate in Northern Tuscany; Bagni Vignoni in the Val d’Orcia; Cortona-Rose Winds, a beautifully restored 18th-century farm estate in Cortona; and Villa Torremozza, a perfect country hideaway just outside Florence.

        All courses include accommodations, meals, wine, transfers and local transportation for scheduled excursions.  There are up to five hands-on cooking courses during the seven-day package, wine-tasting sessions and escorted visits through the local markets, restaurants and vineyards.  The dishes taught vary with the specialties of the season: soups, game meats and traditional holiday cakes in the winter; fresh vegetables and seafood in the spring and summer; and freshly pressed olive oil, sauces with mushrooms and truffles, chestnuts and game meats in the fall.

        Tuscan Way is a specialized provider of packaged and custom tours to Tuscan destinations and villa rentals.  Reservations, brochures and information can be obtained from Tuscan Way, 2829 Bird Avenue, PMB 242, Coconut Grove, FL 33133; (800) 766-2390 or (305) 598-8368;
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