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This is our BEST SELLING WEEKLY COOKING VACATION IN TUSCANY!!

Hurry to book your preferred week in 2014 (and even 2015) before it sells out!!

Lunch on the lawn

Overview of the Cooking Vacation Experience:

During the week, participants encompass every level of experience, from culinary beginners to accomplished chefs who come to study the unique nature of Tuscan cuisine. The classes are taught by experienced, professional instructors and all classes are small in size, completely hands-on and conducted in English.

During the cooking class, the school’s instructional emphasis remains focused on the same three things: traditional Tuscan technique, innovative use of ingredients and aesthetic presentation.

What changes is the seasonality of the food. Each course devotes special attention to pairing foods with appropriate wines.

The package price for each program includes accommodations, lessons, all meals (paired with excellent wines), daily sightseeing tours, taxes, tips and airport or train transfers to and from Pisa airport or Viareggio train station.

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Your Program for the Week

You arrive on Sunday and are welcomed with lunch served on the main lawn. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in, explore the estate and enjoy a delicious four-course gourmet dinner prepared by your instructors.

Monday through Friday, your hands-on cooking lessons are held from 10 am to 1 pm. All of the cooking classes are small, completely hands-on, and make use of all-natural, seasonally-fresh ingredients.

Essential Tuscan techniques you will master include: homemade pasta, ravioli, gnocchi, pizza, focaccia, risotto, bruschette, crostini and other types of canapes, vegetable and grain soups, grilled, roasted, fried and stuffed vegetables, fish and meat preparation, sweet and savory tarts, pastries, ice creams and sorbets.

After you've enjoyed your morning cooking lesson, you'll join your group for an early afternoon lunch, based on the delicious menu items prepared during the morning lesson. All meals are multi-course and accompanied by local wines.

Afternoon sightseeing tours:

Afternoon sightseeing tours are led by professional, English-speaking guides who will introduce you to such undiscovered treasures as Lucca (an 11th century walled city surrounded by 3 1/2 miles of perfectly preserved walls), the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the seaside resorts of Viareggio and Portovenere and Pietrasanta, famous for its marble works.

Dinner each night is a glorious affair featuring four delectable courses prepared by your fabulous cooking instructors and accompanied by a variety of excellent Tuscan wines.

Your Tuscan experience reaches its climax on Friday night at our graduation festival dinner, where you receive a diploma certifying your newly acquired status as an "Authentic Tuscan Cook."

Bedroom on the estate

Accommodations

Participants stay on the grounds of a gorgeous 16th century villa where Giacomo Puccini, the famous opera composer, used to spend long periods of time hunting and fishing.

All bedrooms have self contained bathrooms and are air conditioned. Private apartments are available upon request and based on availability.

Bicycles are available to all guests at no extra charge. Horse back riding lessons available for an additional fee.

Non-Cooking Guests - We welcome friends and spouses who would like to come without taking part in the cooking program. Ask us about this at the time of the booking.

Bedroom

Interior sitting area

2014 Dates and Fees

April 13 - 19; April 20 - 26; April 27-May 3; May 4 - 10; May 11 - 17; May 18 - May 24; May 25 - 31; June 1 - 7; June 8- 14; June 15 - 21 (SOLD OUT); June 22 - 28; June 29 - July 5; July 6 - 12; July 13 - 19

August 31 - September 6; September 7 -13; September 14 - 20; September 21 - 27; September 28 - October 4; October 5 - 11; October 12 - 18; October 19 - 25; October 26 - November 1

2014 Price per person (in USD) is $2,750 (or 2200 euro) and is based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available for an additional fee.

2015 Dates and Fees

April 12 - 18; April 19 - 25; April 26- May 2; May 3- 9; May 10 - 16
May 17 - 23; May 24 - 30; May 31 - June 6; June 7 - 13; June 14- 20; June 21 - 27; June 28 - July 4; July 5 - 11; July 12- 18

August 30 - September 5; September 6-12; September 13 - 19; September 20 - 26; September 27 - October 3; October 4- 10; October 11 - 17; October 18- 24; October 25 - 31

2015 Price per person (in USD) is $2,850 (or 2300 euro) and is based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available for an additional fee.

This is an all-inclusive tour (Does not including any personal expenditures, extra excursions, transfers other than arrival and departure to/from Pisa airport or local rail station and daily excursion only. Airfare not included)

Terms & Conditions

Deposit and Payment information:

A non-refundable deposit of $600 per person is required at time of registration with balance due no later than 90 days before course date.

Prices are based on double occupancy and include accommodations, all meals with excellent wines, lessons, tours, airport or rail transfers, taxes, tips and gratuities. There are no hidden costs or additional expenses.

Private bedrooms are available with payment of a single supplement. Please enquire for pricing.

Non-Cooking Guests

Non-cooking guests are welcome friends. Spouses and friends who would like to visit without taking part in the cooking program are welcome at a reduced fee of $2,450 for all courses and includes everything except class instruction.

Cancellations and Refunds

The school reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason. If a course is cancelled, all monies will be refunded and such refund will release Ciao Laura, LLC and the school from any liability. In order to cancel your registration, you must send written notification. Monies paid by you will be refunded less a cancellation fee determined as of the date we receive your written notice.

Cancellation fees are as follow:

Cancellation and Refund fees are: 90 - 75 days prior to course date, monies can be refunded less an administration fee of $1,000. Cancellation less than 75 days prior to course date results in 100% of the amount is not refundable.

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Evening supper with loads of delicious wine!

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Visit to a marble sculptor

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