Overview of the Cooking Vacation Experience
During the week, participants encompass every level of experience in the kitchen and range from culinary beginners to accomplished chefs who all come to study the unique nature of Tuscan cuisine. The classes are taught by fun and engaging chefs and the cooking classes are completely hands-on and conducted in English.
During the cooking class, 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 (including a TRUFFLE HUNT - WOW), taxes, tips and airport or train transfers to and from Pisa airport or Viareggio train station.
You arrive on Sunday and are welcomed with lunch served on the main lawn. The remainder of the day is yours to settle into your accommodations, explore the estate and enjoy a delicious four-course gourmet dinner prepared by your instructors where you'll be introduced to the wonderous flavors of gourmet Italian cuisine as you meet your fellow travellers and sip on delicious wine in an authentic Tuscan villa!
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, bruschetta, 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."
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.
Antique Tuscan Furniture
April: 23rd - 29th, April 30th - May 6th
May 7th - 13th, May 14th - 20th, May 21st - 27th, May 28th - June 3rd
June 4th - 10th, June 11th - 17th, June 18th - 24th, June 25th - July 1st
July 2nd - 8th, July 9th - 15th, July 16th - 22nd
September: 3rd - 9th, September 10th - 16th, September 17th - 23rd, September 24th - 30th
October: 1st - 7th, October 8th - 14th, October 15th - 21st, October 22nd - 28th
Price per person: $ 2,850 (2,400 EURO), based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available for an additional fee. A single supplement applies for solo travellers who do not wish to share a room.
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 and Conditions
Deposit and Payment information
A non-refundable deposit of $600 (600 EURO if paying in Euro) per person is required at time of registration with balance due no later than 90 days before course date. The school reserves the right to cancel your reservation if final payment is not received 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 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.