Cooking and Wine-Tasting in Tuscany

from £1302 pp


8 days

Max 6 people

What you'll do

Promising to be not only a cooking experience but also a cultural one, this family-run 7 night Italian cooking and wine holiday near Lucca has hands-on lessons to learn delicious rustic Italian meals and recipes while visiting culinary highlights such as local markets and vineyards!

Join this 7 night / 8 day Italian cooking and wine holiday in this amazing, lush part of Northern Tuscany where you will be welcomed by your hosts, Rita and Alex, for a truly authentic and memorable holiday experience.

During 3 hands-on Italian cooking lessons, you will learn how to make delicious rustic classics from ragu, salsa di pomodoro and ravioli to traditional soups, pies and desserts. As well as fish based dinner, pizza, focaccia and tiramisu!

Combining cooking and wine makes for the perfect marriage as we learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions that ‘la bella’ Garfagnana and Serchio Valley has to offer.

Through the additional cultural element of the holiday, you will visit the fresh local markets, wander the streets of Barga, known as one of the prettiest villages in Italy, and visit Lucca, known for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. You’ll also hit a local vineyard where you’ll be given a tour & learn everything you need to know about local Tuscan wine.

This week long Italian cookery holiday also gives you the chance to brush up on your Italian language skills if you wish. Language teacher, Alessia, will be there to guide you through a relaxed and informal Italian conversation lesson. Or you can simply take the afternoon off to relax if you prefer.

Rita Lucherini

Your Local Host:

Rita Lucherini

Chef Rita was born and raised in Scotland but her grandparents and parents originated from the Tuscan town of Barga.  Rita has studied the ancient secrets and techniques of traditional Tuscan cooking all her life and keeps alive certain recipes that have lost popularity in the fast food era.

In 1986, Rita returned to Barga to set up her .. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival and welcome dinner

– Arrival at Pisa airport
– Transfer to residence (1 hour 15 minutes) where you will enjoy a welcome drink and a discussion regarding the week’s activities before settling in and relaxing in your room
– In the evening, there will be a welcome drink followed by wine tasting
– Enjoy a welcome dinner served at the cookery school all home made with local produce

Visit to Barga and afternoon cooking lesson

– After breakfast, you will head to the medieval village of Barga where you can walk the ancient streets and step inside the 11th Century cathedral and take a moment to take in the picturesque views of the Serchio valley
– A light lunch in Barga will be followed by a cookery lesson starting at about 2:30pm
– Your cookery lesson that day will last 3-4 hours and you will learn to make fresh pasta and various sauces
– After the lesson, take some time out to relax on the veranda before indulging in the meal you’ve prepared

Free time in Lucca, Pisa & BBQ dinner

– After breakfast, you’ll spend the morning in Lucca for an opportunity to poke around the shops or just admire the various cathedrals and squares
– You’ll have lunch at Lucca, then head off to Pisa to visit “Piazza Miracoli”, one of the finest architectural complexes in the world, known for its cathedrals and Leaning Tower
– To switch things up, you will be having a BBQ dinner back at the cookery school

Market, afternoon cooking & live music

– After breakfast, start they day at the local market, shopping together to seek out only the freshest vegetables and fish to use in the afternoon cookery lesson
– You’ll enjoy your ‘from market to table’ meal accompanied by live music from Alex

Visit to Sommocolonia, vineyard visit & free time

– After breakfast, you’ll travel to the little village of Sommocolonia, an ancient hill town with unparalleled views, it is very dear to your host, Rita, as it was the home of her parents before they emigrated to Scotland, it’s truly a gem, filled with fond memories that she would like to share with you
– Afterwards, you’ll pay a visit to ‘Concori’ vineyard where you can walk the vineyard, learn a thing or two, and have some wine with your lunch
– The afternoon is then yours to enjoy at the pool or strolling the grounds or even take part in a basic Italian conversation lesson with local language teacher, Alessia
– Dinner will be served back at the cookery school

Tour and lunch in Castelnuovo Garfagnana & pizza lesson

– Today, you will set off to visit another medieval village, Castelnuovo Garfagnana, here’s your chance to hit a few local stores or the market that proudly sell local products
– You’lll enjoy lunch with the residents of the village or back at the cookery school
– Today’s cookery lesson will be the beloved favourite, pizza!
– You will be shown various techniques of making pizza in both a wood oven and traditional oven, using the freshest ingredients

Garfaganana area, Grotto del Vento & Calomini Haritage

– Today, you will explore the breath-taking area of Garfaganana where you can venture into the mystical caves known as La Grotta del Vento, situated in the Centre of the Apuan Alps
– In addition, you’ll see the Calomini Heritage, a local 18th century Monastery, and the forever imposing and beautiful Fortress of Verucole, which dominates the Serchio Valley
– You’ll finish the day by heading back to the kitchen to make mainly vegetarian pies like ‘sformato di patate/verdura’ or soups like ‘zuppa di farro’
– End the trip with an abundant farewell dinner

Departure day

– This will be your last breakfast together before Rita and Alex see you off to the airport where you will fly back home with amazing memories, experiences and new cookery skills

Reviews (2)

R Filby

Friday 14th September, 2018

I had a wonderful week with everyone. It was my first solo holiday and Rita put me right at ease and made it feel like a home from home. The week was really relaxed but we still managed to cram a lot in! We learnt so much in the cookery lessons and I think the fact that most of the people in my group started to cook the recipes in the same week as arriving back home sells the course itself. Rita took us to some wonderful places and hearing about her family history made it all the more special. All in all a wonderful experience that I couldn't recommend highly enough.

J Seymour

Thursday 10th August, 2017

Real home from home. Loved Rita. Made us feel like one of the family. Girls loved making pasta and pizza. A wonderful week x

Location Info

Join us in our Italian cookery and wine tasting holiday in this amazing, lush part of Northern Tuscany. Combining cooking and wine makes for the perfect marriage as we learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions that la bella ..

  • 7 nights accommodation at the B&B in a private ensuite room
  • 4, 3/4 hour hands-on Italian cookery lessons
  • Transfers to and from Pisa International Airport (on first and last course days only)
  • Each breakfast, lunch and dinner (Day 1 dinner only, Day 8 breakfast only)
  • Wine and soft drinks included at all meals
  • WiFi access
  • Trips to Barga, Lucca and Pisa local markets
  • Various trips to local places of interest in Tuscany including trip to the vineyard, local flour mill and cheese tasting
  • Wine tasting at with Alex and Rita
  • A 3/4 hour conversational Italian language lesson
  • All transport during the excursions
  • Free time to relax and explore the area
  • You can check in any time after 12pm on day 1 and check-out by 11am on day 8


Cooking and Wine-Tasting in Tuscany