T+L Reports: The Toast of Italy
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T+L Reports: The Toast of Italy

Kick your cooking skills up a notch at Tuscany's newly opened "wine resort," Badia a Coltibuono (Gaiole in Chianti; 39-0577/ 74481; www.coltibuono.com;
doubles from $150, including breakfast)
. The 1,000-year-old abbey in the woods beside
olive groves outside Florence has 10 surprisingly spacious guest rooms (eight are actually
former monks' cells), with furniture from the 16th century, granite bathrooms, and views over
the classically landscaped garden. In the rustic kitchen, local chef Francesco Torre teaches
aspiring cooks how to prepare a four-course Tuscan meal, then sends them off for olive-oil
tastings or wine-appreciation courses at Monti, the estate's nearby vineyard.—VALERIE

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