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Cooking in Lucca

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Cooking in Lucca

First, when you think about Italy, what comes to your mind aside from all the historical places? Food, right? Well, yes, you are not the only one. When you think of going to Italy for a cooking session, the first region that comes to mind is the region of Tuscany. Lucca is the city in Tuscany region. Cooking in Lucca program gives you the opportunity to have four different cooking lessons at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine. You will also have a visit of the most historic cities in Italy, Florence. Moreover, you will have a visit to the picturesque Cinque Terre. Cooking in Lucca program will allow you to experiment different tastes of Tuscany cuisine.

How will the Cooking in Lucca program operate?

Cooking in Lucca program is an individual program. It is based on minimum 2 people traveling. It is available year around.

Can I extend or edit my trip?

Yes, this is a sample custom itinerary. If you wish to stay longer or less than the proposed itinerary, you can do so. Services included in this program are not mandatory to take. They can be rearranged based on the travelers desire.

Luca is one of the flavorful cities of Tuscany. Call us to start planning your trip!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Pisa
After arriving at Pisa Airport (late morning), you will be transferred to Hotel Palazzo Alexander in Lucca, by private car and driver. After checking in at hotel, you will have free time to discover hotel facilities. You will have dinner at Giulio in Pelleria restaurant.
Day 2 - Lucca
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer, by private car, to Fabbrica di San Martino, farm producing biodynamic wine and oil. Lecture on the farm production in the winery followed by a wine and olive oil tasting with cheese. In the afternoon, Transfer to the International Academy of Italian Cuisine for your first hands-on cooking lesson. Dinner at the Cooking School
Day 3 - Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart, by train, to Florence for a half day guided visit of the town. Afternoon at leisure. After your visit, you will take train back to Lucca.
Day 4 - Lucca
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide at hotel lobby for a guided visit of Lucca. You will visit Domus Romana. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to International Academy of Italian Cuisine for your second hands on cooking lesson followed by dinner.
Day 5 - Ancient Borgo of Monte Carlo in Italy
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide at your hotel lobby to depart to ancient borgo of Monte carlo. You will have a guided visit of "Borgo Antico", Collegiata di S. Andrea Church, The "Rassicurati" Theatre, Carmignani Institute and Montecarlo Fortes. After your visit, you will transfer to the Fattoria del Taso Winery for a light lunch. In the afternoon, meet at hotel lobby to transfer to the International Academy of Italian Cuisine for your third hands on cooking lesson followed by dinner.
Day 6 - Cinque Terre
After breakfast, you will have a full day excursion, by train, to Cinque Terre.
Day 7 - Lucca
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide at your hotel lobby of for a visit to local market. After the market, you will be transferred to cooking school for your last cooking lesson followed by lunch.
Day 8 - Departure
Departure transfer, by private car and drive from Hotel Plaza Alexander to Pisa Airport.


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  • Hi Luca,
    I want to start off by saying thank you for making the accommodations, they’ve been lovely. Florence was more than we could imagine, the hotel and staff were exceptional. As was Venice, so far I love Venice more than any city so far.  Thank you very much for helping to change things around for us. The room they moved us to in Rome is sooooo much better. The window lets in fresh air and there’s more space. Roberto, the manager, says hello. He said he is friends with your father and was pleased to help us out. Our day is off to a much better start and I feel so much better. Grazie Mille.


  • I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for coordinating our trip. We had a wonderful time in Sicily – all went well. My aunt did well and really enjoyed herself. Paulo was an absolute gem. Please let Luca know that he was great and so accommodating. He was also very patient. I can’t praise him enough. He is a consummate professional and Luca is very lucky to have him.
    I loved everything about the trip – Sicily was wonderful. You put together a wonderful time for both me and my aunt. I will definitely sing your praises to anyone that needs to take a trip. Hopefully I will be able to travel overseas again where I would definitely be in touch.
    Have a great day.


  • Good day Luca,
    Recently you put together a vacation for my clients Stanley and Katherine  and I would like to thank you so much for making their vacation a very memorable one. I received a call from them and they were so Pleased and excited about how they loved it from start to finish. Your choice in hotels and the transportation provided from one city to the next with the private drivers was such a pleasant experience for them. They said everything was perfect and your drivers so pleasant.

    So once again, Thank you!