Exciting Italian Cooking Lessons Italy – 7 Nights

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Exciting Italian Cooking Lessons Italy – 7 Nights


Come and immerse yourself in the life of a true Italian chef with this cookery and wine tasting holiday located in one of the most beautiful parts of northern Tuscany. Learn all the basics of Italian cooking techniques from seasoned chef Rita Lucherini while enjoying the local wines and traditions this area of “La Garfagnana” has to offer. During your time here, we will visit our local markets and wander the unique streets of Barga, known as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy. Together we will work to prepare our meals then sit as a family to enjoy them along with wine, music and song. Relax the evenings away as you immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle. This is not one of those bus tour vacations where you are expected to follow a ridged group schedule, Rita is accommodating to her guests’ interests and whims. Better yet, Rita is fluent in both English and Italian, so you can relax into the Italian culture wherever she takes you.

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Have fun and join our 7-night cookery and wine tasting holiday in this beautiful part of Northern Tuscany. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions la Bella Garfagnana and Serchio Valley have to offer.

We will visit our local market, wander the streets of Barga, known as one of the prettiest villages in Italy and we shall visit Lucca. The most part of the time there are concerts, folk festivals, outdoor food festivals (where you can savour typical products), theatre, Barga Jazz and the Opera Barga.

My background is indeed a typical one. My parents and grandparents, originally from the Barga area, emigrated to Scotland where like many other Italian emigrants who opened their own catering business.

During my informative years, I gradually immersed myself in the culture, customs and traditions of my parents and grandparents and in particular their culinary cultures. I studied the ancient secrets and techniques of the traditional Tuscan cooking and kept alive certain recipes that lost popularity in the fast food era. A vegetable sformato, castagnaccio and necci are just some of the local delicacies of which later generations have little perception, even those born in Italy.

I have now been in Barga for almost 30 years, running my Bed and Breakfast and apartments together with my children and have now opened my cooking school.

Our 7-night Cookery Course at a Glance

  • 4 hands-on cooking lessons (3 to 4 hours each) using authentic Italian ingredients in a seasoned kitchen, complete with a woodfired brick pizza oven;
  • Recipes to take home for each dish you make;
  • Endless local wines to taste and enjoy from La Mezzaluna wine bar;
  • Day trips to Barga Castelnuovo, Pisa Lucca to visit historic sites with time to enjoy the shops, markets and cafes;
  • Wine tasting and lunch at local Vineyard;
  • Cheese tasting;
  • 7 nights accommodation in a family owned B & B;
  • Breakfasts including fresh pastries, fruit and coffee will greet you each morning;
  • Lunches from local cafes and markets;
  • Delicious home cooked dinners served around a family table.

Your cooking holiday includes:

  • Transfers to and from Pisa Airport;
  • All local transfers;
  • Accommodation;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • Wine and soft drinks included at meals;
  • Four 3 to 4-hour cookery sessions, including wine;
  • Guided trips to Barga, Lucca, Pisa, local market;
  • Wine tasting at La Mezzaluna wine bar.
  • Enjoy your first glimpse of Italy as you arrive at the Pisa airport;
  • Travel to Residence La Mezzaluna (1 hour 15 minutes) where you will enjoy a glass of wine and meet your Italian host and chef Rita Lucherini to talk about the week’s activities;
  • Then, settle and relax in your home-away-from-home;
  • In the evening, chat with the locals while you enjoy a little wine tasting and dinner at La Mezzaluna wine bar.

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change.

  • After breakfast, you will head to the medieval village of Barga where you can admire its ancient streets and its 11th-century Cathedral. Barga offers picturesque views of the Serchio valley.
  • Savour a light lunch in Barga at a local café.
  • Back at the kitchen, you will have your first cooking lesson. Put on your La Mezzaluna apron and get ready, today’s lesson is the art of pasta making! We will spend 3-4 hours creating our pasta from scratch, then cook it up with the delicious Italian sauces that you prepare as well. Perhaps we’ll even have time to make a dessert or tiramisu;
  • Relax on the veranda as we savour the delicious meal that we prepared together.

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change.

  • After breakfast, we will spend the morning in Castelnuovo Garfagnana where you can wander around the market and the unique shops whilst admiring the historic cathedrals and squares;
  • Enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant or at La Mezzaluna;
  • In the afternoon, we will make some traditional pizza. You will learn the various techniques of making pizza in an authentic log fired oven as well as a traditional oven.

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change.

  • After breakfast, will head to Pisa to admire the world famous Piazza Miracoli with the cathedral and leaning tower;
  • In the afternoon, we will travel to the walled city of Lucca where we can wander around the medieval streets and alleys;
  • Enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant;
  • You will then head back to La Mezzaluna;
  • Dinner this evening will be a BBQ.

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change.

  • After breakfast, we will spend the morning in the market buying fresh vegetables and fish for our afternoon cookery lesson.
  • We will spend the evening dining on our meal and sample some local wines.

Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change.

  • Today you will get to visit some of the local sights; La Grotto del Vento and The Hermitage of Calomini;
  • In the afternoon, you will learn how to cook traditional Tuscan vegetable pies including sformato di verdura, sformato di patate, torta di farro;
  • Additionally, you will learn the recipe and technique of making the local soup – minestra di farro.
  • After breakfast, we will visit the small hilltop village of Sommocolonia. This is an ancient village with breathtaking views over the Serchio valley and Barga. Sommocolonia was my parents’ home before they emigrated to Scotland. I have many fond memories of Sommocolonia that I will be thrilled to share with you;
  • Following our trip to Sommocolonia, we visit Concori. This is a local vineyard where we can walk through the rows of vines and learn about the winemaking process;
  • You will enjoy some lunch and get to sample the wine of Concori;
  • Following this, you can choose between a short Italian lesson with Alessia or simply enjoy an afternoon relaxing;
  • Dinner!
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport.


  • Cook and Dine with Rita Tuscan Style
  • Cook and Dine with Rita Tuscan Style
  • Cook and Dine with Rita Tuscan Style


Via Nazionale, 3
BARGA 55051 (LU)

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Cooking Courses Dates - 7 Day

05 Jun – 12 Jun 2021, 26 Jun – 03 Jul 2021, 06 Nov – 13 Nov 2021, 19 Feb – 26 Feb 2022, 12 Mar – 19 Mar 2022, 20 Mar – 27 Mar 2022, 02 Apr – 09 Apr 2022, 12 Apr – 19 Apr 2022, 23 Apr – 30 Apr 2022, 07 May – 14 May 2022, 15 May – 22 May 2022, 24 May – 31 May 2022, 04 Jun – 11 Jun 2022, 12 Jun – 19 Jun 2022, 25 Jun – 02 Jul 2022, 03 Jul – 10 Jul 2022, 12 Jul – 19 Jul 2022, 23 Jul – 30 Jul 2022, 06 Aug – 13 Aug 2022, 20 Aug – 27 Aug 2022, 28 Aug – 04 Sep 2022, 10 Sep – 17 Sep 2022, 17 Sep – 24 Sep 2022, 25 Sep – 02 Oct 2022, 04 Oct – 11 Oct 2022, 15 Oct – 22 Oct 2022, 29 Oct – 05 Nov 2022, 10 Dic – 17 Dic 2022, 27 Dic – 03 Jan 2022, 16 Jan – 23 Jan 2023, 18 Feb – 15 Feb 2023, 18 Mar – 25 Mar 2023, 01 Apr – 08 Apr 2023, 11 Apr – 18 Apr 2023, 23 Apr – 30 Apr 2023, 06 May – 13 May 2023, 16 May – 23 May 2023, 27 May – 03 Jun 2023, 06 Jun – 13 Jun 2023, 17 Jun – 24 Jun 2023, 27 Jun – 04 Jul 2023, 08 Jul – 15 Jul 2023, 18 Jul – 25 Jul 2023, 29 Jul – 05 Aug 2023, 08 Aug – 15 Aug 2023, 19 Aug – 26 Aug 2023, 02 Sep – 09 Sep 2023, 12 Sep – 19 Sep 2023, 23 Sep – 30 Sep 2023, 07 Oct – 14 Oct 2023, 21 Oct – 28 Oct 2023, 11 Nov – 18 Nov 2023, 05 Dec – 12 Dec 2023, 26 Dec – 02 Jan 2024


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