Tuscan Cuisine & Culture in Luxury
Stay in a beautifully restored and luxurious farm house near Lucca. The estate is well known for the delicate flavour and brilliant colour and fragrance of its olive oil. Visit the ancient olive mill, discover true Tuscan cuisine and relax in wonderful Italian luxury.
Day 1: Florence > Lucca Transfer from Florence to your farm house in the Tuscan countryside near Lucca. Lucca is a lovely city with cobbled streets, Renaissance walls and an historic city centre.
Day 2: Market and Cooking lesson Visit the local market with your chef to select the freshest ingredients for your hands-on cooking lesson. Pick herbs from the vegetable garden and learn how to prepare the typical Lucchese pasta called Tacconi, gnocchi with tomato sauce and ragout. Later enjoy time to explore Lucca independently.
Day 3: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Spend the day visiting Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. These wonderful Tuscan towns are typical of the region and the beautiful small walled town of San Gimignano is sure to be a highlight.
Day 4: Cooking, Olives and Wine Today's cooking lesson will involve the preparation of some typical fish dishes like a thick fish and tomato soup called Cacciucco or, if you prefer, traditional meat or vegetarian dishes. Later visit an olive grove, learn to recognise high quality olive oil and visit the "frantoio" where the olives are pressed. This afternoon visit the Royal Villas in Marlia and Torrigiani before enjoying the olive oil, wine cellars and aromatic garden of a farm nearby.
Day 5: Lucca At leisure to perhaps visit Pisa, Pietrasanta or walk by the sea at Fore dei Marmi. In the artists' village of Pietrasanta you may be able to meet artists who produce their masterpieces here, or you can visit the many art galleries.
Day 6: Lucca > Florence Transfer to the airport or city centre of Florence where arrangements conclude.
• Tailor-made journey • 5 nights' accommodation in 4 Star historic farm house • Transfers as shown • Guided half day sightseeing in Siena • 2 private cooking lessons • 1 wine tasting and guided visit of the wine cellar • Olive oil tasting • Food market visit • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Surcharges will apply over peak periods. Based on a minimum of 2 travellers. Single prices on request. 4 Star hotel options available on request.
Surcharges will apply over peak periods. Based on a minimum of 2 travellers. Single prices on request. 4 Star hotel options available on request.