Duration: 4 hours
An unforgettable hands-on experience while enjoying the most beautiful Tuscan countryside. Get to visit a splendid organic pecorino cheese farm and learn how to make your own delicious caciotta cheese! A visit to the dairy and to the whole premises of the farm as well as a delicious cheese based lunch is included in the experience.
The most charming farm of central Tuscany
The countryside of the rural Tuscany is stunning everywhere. Yet, the surroundings of the Etruscan town Volterra are particularly fascinating due to the extended cultivations of predomintantly wheat and farro in the whole area. In the middle of this little ocean of grains is a fairy-tale organic farm, famous for some unique types of pecorino made there. You have the chance to visit this farm during our detailed guided tour. Our local foodie guide will give you plenty of information on how this small family business became a renowned center for the promotion of quality cheese in the whole world!
Fun for all: let’s make cheese together!
After an introduction by our guide, you will meet a local cheese maker. You will wear all sanitary equipment before getting instructed on how to use milk and other mysterious ingredients to create a delicious piece of cheese in just over one hour. You will have any necessary tool and you will learn all phases of cheese making until your unique little caciotta will be ready. Your guide will also accompany you through the premises of the farm, including the local dairy where you will see plenty of cheese getting aged. The guided visit to the farm includes a stop at the sheep shed, where you will learn how they are able to milk over 700 sheep twice a day!
A meal for gourmets
While waiting for your cheese to form and dry, there will be time for relaxing at a table in the restaurant of the farm. Here you will enjoy a delightful buffet style lunch with plenty of locally made cheeses like pecorino, ricotta, stracchino as well as cold meats, salads and a cheese fondue! The meal will be completed by dessert and wine, coffee and water will be included.
In the very end you will have your own cheese packaged and you can bring it home as your own unique souvenir of Tuscany!
What you taste
This is a list of specialties that you are likely to sample as part of the program of this tour. Please, note that the specialties of the tasting session and/or lunch may vary according to the season and the availability of the products in the day of the tour.
In our tour we like showing you places off the beaten track and introducing you to Tuscan people with their personal stories, careers and characters. You will have one of our guides with your party during the whole tour. Please, see below all the guides who can be with you. During this experience you can also meet some of the Tuscan friends involved in the events. Please, see below which friends you are likely to encounter.
The total rate for this activity varies according to the number of people in your party.
Check rates in the table below.
Cheese making class on an organic pecorino farm
with cheese based lunch
Number of people in your party
|2 persons||€ 410|
|3 persons||€ 470|
|4 persons||€ 530|
|5 persons||€ 590|
|6 persons||€ 650|
|7 persons||€ 710|
|8 persons||€ 770|
|9 persons||€ 830|
|Extra Adult||€ 60|
|Extra Teenager (12-17 yrs)||€ 55|
|Extra Child (4-11 yrs)||€ 40|
- An English speaking tour leader for the whole experience
- A private cheese making experience with a local expert
- All materials and tools
- A guided visit to the dairy and to the whole farm
- A guided visit to the milking facility and the sheep shed
- A cheese and salami based buffet lunch, with dessert, wine and coffee included
- Your own cheese as a souvenir to bring home
Rates do NOT include
Transportation is not included in the rates above. For more info on transportation, please see the box “Transportation options”.
This tour takes place in the rural area near Volterra, in central Tuscany. About 20 km far from Selvatelle, San Gimignano and Montaione.
Unless differently specified, the tour guide meets you at a meeting point near Volterra.
This program takes 4 hours. Time for transportation not included.
Available all the year through, from Mondays through Saturdays.
This tour is available in English language. German, French, Spanish, Russian or Italian are also available with no surcharge.
Ideal for children
No particular clothing required.
The foods served during this tour might contain gluten, lactose, nuts and alcohol. If you have any food restriction, please inform our personnel during the enquiry process.
This program and its rates do not include transportation and are set on a self-driving base. For further information see the box "transportation options".
The destinations reached during this activity are in the Tuscan countryside, in areas off the beaten track that cannot be reached by public transport. We highly recommend renting a car or a scooter in order to reach them. As an alternative, we can offer a valued service by chauffeured car, van or minibus. Any cost of transportation is to be added to the rates displayed on the rate table of this page.