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Cooking Holiday in Italy - Learn to Cook Traditional Italian Cuisine in Tuscany

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

Learn to cook authentic Italian cuisine with Rita, your host during your stay in this beautiful part of Tuscany. The courses are fun and informal and Rita will help you cook a traditional Tuscan four course meal, from the antipasti to the dessert. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions. Visit the local market, wander the streets of Barga, one of the prettiest villages in Italy and take a trip to nearby Lucca. You can find dates highlighted in green on the calendar below, demand is high so contact us for availability. € 695 pp

Highlights

  • Learn to cook authentic Italian meals with Rita – your fantastic host for the week
  • Visit a local wine cellar for a wine-tasting session
  • Enjoy evening entertainment at the guest house with live music

Included

  • Accommodation at La Mezzaluna guest house
  • Full board basis, including wine and soft drinks at meals and lessons
  • 2 x 4 hour cooking lessons
  • Return Pisa Airport transfers
  • Local transfers to Barga and wine cellar
  • Live music from Alex
  • Wine tasting at Alex's winery
  • All local transfers to wine tasting

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Any drinks not stated above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Everything not specified above

Itinerary

N.B. This is a sample itinerary, timings and activities may change.

Day one
Transfer to residence La Mezzaluna (1hour and 15min) where you will be offered a welcome buffet and can talk about the weeks activities. Visit Alex's local wine cellar for some wine tasting.
Dinner at La Mezzaluna

Day two
After breakfast, take a morning visit to the medieval village of Barga. A light lunch will be served at La Mezzaluna followed by your first cookery lesson which lasts about 3-4 hours. Time to relax and then dinner (time to enjoy what you prepared earlier!)

Day three
Spend the day in Lucca wandering around the shops, admiring the various cathedrals and squares, then return to La Mezzaluna mid afternoon. Dinner at La Mezzaluna followed by an evening visit to Barga.

Day four
After breakfast visit the local market and buy all the fresh vegetables for your afternoon cookery course. After a light lunch the second lesson will begin around 2pm which will last again around 3-4 hours. Afterwards relax on the veranda until dinner, when you will eat what you have prepared and Alex will entertain you with live music.

Further information

The course is for beginners and you will learn the basic sauces such as ragu, salsa di pomodoro (tomato sauce), zuppa di farro (farro soup, a grain similar to spelt typical of the Garfagnana area), home made pasta, cheese and spinach filled ravioli, gnocchi, antipasti made with farro, bruschetta, scaloppina, sformati (vegetable or potato pie) and desserts like tiramisù and torta di ricotta.

Rita's background is a fairly typical one - her parents and grandparents, originally from the Barga area, emigrated to Scotland where, like many other Italian emigrants, they opened their own catering business. Over the years, she gradually immersed herself in the culture, customs and traditions of her parents and grandparents and in particular their culinary cultures. Rita studied the ancient secrets and techniques of traditional Tuscan cooking and kept alive certain recipes that lost popularity in the fast food era.

Rita has now been in Barga for almost 30 years running her Bed and Breakfast and apartments together with her children and has now opened her own cookery school.
Her partner Alex, a professional singer, has a winery very close to La Mezzaluna. The couple are wonderful hosts, and will make you feel very welcome, so you can enjoy the cooking, the wine and the music!

The lovely medieval town of Barga is located in the northern part of Tuscany in central Italy. A small town of around 10,000 people, it is twinned with four towns in Scotland and known as “The most Scottish town in Italy”, apparently because the surrounding hillside recalls the Scottish glens, and also due to the fact that many people from the area emigrated to Scotland in the 20th century, so many people here have Scottish family and connections.

Barga Castle towers over the region and is a sight to behold, while the Duomo (cathedral) dates back to the 11th century, making it a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture.

In the summer months there are a number of 'sagre' (festivals where there is music, dancing, drinking and lots of food) in and around Barga so you may be luck and have the chance to visit one during your stay. There is even one called the 'Sagra del pesce e patate' - a festival of fish and chips to celebrate the town's aforementioned Scottish connection!

There is even an app - iBarga - for iphones/ipads that offers detailed information about the town and its many historic buildings and monuments. So you can go for a wonder and discover more about the area's rich history.

La Mezzaluna

This charming, friendly little hotel offers small self-catering apartments and rooms as well as a restaurant. It is located just 4km from the historic medieval town of Barga but is also conveniently located near the railway station to travel to the nearby cities of Pisa, Florence and Lucca.

Rooms are spacious with an en-suite bathroom, T.V., and free WiFi access. There is also a veranda open to all guests with a spectacular view overlooking the Apuan Mountains. This is linked to the restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. There is also a bar area.

Nearest Airport: Pisa Airport (approx. 1hr 10mins)

By Private Transfer
Return airport transfers are included in the package, contact us after booking with your flight details

Overview

Learn to cook authentic Italian cuisine with Rita, your host during your stay in this beautiful part of Tuscany. The courses are fun and informal and Rita will help you cook a traditional Tuscan four course meal, from the antipasti to the dessert. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions. Visit the local market, wander the streets of Barga, one of the prettiest villages in Italy and take a trip to nearby Lucca. You can find dates highlighted in green on the calendar below, demand is high so contact us for availability. € 695 pp

Highlights

  • Learn to cook authentic Italian meals with Rita – your fantastic host for the week
  • Visit a local wine cellar for a wine-tasting session
  • Enjoy evening entertainment at the guest house with live music

Included

  • Accommodation at La Mezzaluna guest house
  • Full board basis, including wine and soft drinks at meals and lessons
  • 2 x 4 hour cooking lessons
  • Return Pisa Airport transfers
  • Local transfers to Barga and wine cellar
  • Live music from Alex
  • Wine tasting at Alex's winery
  • All local transfers to wine tasting

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Any drinks not stated above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Everything not specified above
Location

Location

The lovely medieval town of Barga is located in the northern part of Tuscany in central Italy. A small town of around 10,000 people, it is twinned with four towns in Scotland and known as “The most Scottish town in Italy”, apparently because the surrounding hillside recalls the Scottish glens, and also due to the fact that many people from the area emigrated to Scotland in the 20th century, so many people here have Scottish family and connections.

Barga Castle towers over the region and is a sight to behold, while the Duomo (cathedral) dates back to the 11th century, making it a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture.

In the summer months there are a number of 'sagre' (festivals where there is music, dancing, drinking and lots of food) in and around Barga so you may be luck and have the chance to visit one during your stay. There is even one called the 'Sagra del pesce e patate' - a festival of fish and chips to celebrate the town's aforementioned Scottish connection!

There is even an app - iBarga - for iphones/ipads that offers detailed information about the town and its many historic buildings and monuments. So you can go for a wonder and discover more about the area's rich history.

Accommodation

Accommodation

La Mezzaluna

This charming, friendly little hotel offers small self-catering apartments and rooms as well as a restaurant. It is located just 4km from the historic medieval town of Barga but is also conveniently located near the railway station to travel to the nearby cities of Pisa, Florence and Lucca.

Rooms are spacious with an en-suite bathroom, T.V., and free WiFi access. There is also a veranda open to all guests with a spectacular view overlooking the Apuan Mountains. This is linked to the restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. There is also a bar area.

Getting There

Getting There

Nearest Airport: Pisa Airport (approx. 1hr 10mins)

By Private Transfer
Return airport transfers are included in the package, contact us after booking with your flight details

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