5 Days Vegan Cooking Holidays in Tuscany, Italy

  • Associazione Culturale Gioia di Vivere, Via del Francia, 95, Lucca 55100, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany Cooking Vacations

Thanks to local cooks, you will learn many secrets of the Tuscan and Italian culinary tradition. Although it is completely vegan food, you will discover the same strong flavors of traditional cuisine. Not only that, you will have the chance to discover the most beautiful areas of Tuscany and take part in many activities that can be arranged for you. In the Cultural Association, in a warm and informal ambient, Gioia di Vivere offers all their knowledge about natural cooking, gardening and self-shiatsu. Together, you will prepare tasty recipes that are totally organic and vegan!

Highlights

  • Authentic recipes
  • Vegan, organic, Italian cuisine
  • 3 hands-on, Italian cooking classes
  • Recipes based on seasonal produce
  • Free time for sightseeing
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Cooking certificate
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Villa with apartments

A wonderful villa surrounded by nature, with a private garden of 5000 square meters, which includes ancient olive trees and only a few steps away a small organic vegetable garden at your disposal. A short distance from the historic center of Lucca (only 6 kilometers), in a privileged position, with breathtaking views of the natural beauty surrounding the city. There are 2 apartments with separate entrance that can accommodate up to 8 people, a beautiful in-ground and illuminated pool (open from May to September). The villa is located 12 kilometers away from the cooking school.

Facilities

  • 2 bathrooms
  • 3 or 4 bedroom with double or twin beds
  • Barbecue
  • Deck chairs
  • Fireplace
  • Fully equipped kitchen with oven, fridge / freezer, dishwasher
  • Iron
  • Living room with dining table and chairs
  • Parasol
  • Private parking inside the property
  • Outdoor shower
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Satellite TV
  • Utility room shared with washing machine
  • Wi-Fi

Villa with double rooms

An ancient villa dating back to 1803 completely renovated, with solar thermal and photovoltaic system, only 6 kilometers far from the historical center of Lucca. The property is surrounded by woods and offers 6 beautiful rooms, equipped with private bathroom, TV, and hairdryer. The rooms can accommodate up to 4 people. The villa is located 1.5 kilometers away from the cooking school.

Facilities

  • Bicycles rental
  • Billiard room
  • Breakfast room overlooking the garden
  • Daily maid service
  • Infrared sauna (with surcharge)
  • Internet point
  • Private parking inside the property
  • Saltwater swimming pool with a Jacuzzi corner and relaxation area covered with wood slats

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrival and check into an apartment or a bed and breakfast.
  • Free time for relax or sightseeing.

Day 2 - Cooking class

  • In the morning, you will have your first cooking class, followed by lunch.
  • In the afternoon, you will have free time to relax or to take part in individual excursions (for example: hiking, biking paths, visit the charming villas of Lucca).
  • There is the possibility to book an organic vegan dinner prepared by a natural chef.

Day 3 - Cooking class

  • In the morning, you will have your second cooking class, followed by lunch.
  • Free afternoon to relax or to choose individual activities.

Day 4 - Cooking class

  • In the morning, you will have your first cooking class or a self-shiatsu and meditation lesson, followed by lunch.
  • In the afternoon, you will explore the historical center of Lucca.
  • There is the possibility to rent bicycles to ride on the walls that surround the city.

Day 5 - Departure

  • In the morning, you will have free time to relax.
  • Check-out and departure.

The Cultural Association is set in the typical Tuscan countryside. It is an an informal setting surrounded by nature.

Nearby places

  • Cinque Terre, 90 kilometers
  • Firenze, 80 kilometers
  • Livorno, 50 kilometers
  • Lucca city center, 7 kilometers
  • Pisa, 20 kilometers
  • Viareggio, 25 kilometers

Associazione Culturale Gioia di Vivere cooking holiday

You can choose the most interesting topics of your cooking classes: traditional Tuscan cuisine in vegan version, handmade pasta and sauces, natural bread and pizza, savory cakes and pies, fast and delicious vegan recipes, vegan menu, vegetarian menu, natural vegan pastry, natural vegan ice cream, sorbets and ices. Otherwise, on request, additional topics of your interest are available.

Vegan cuisine sample menu

  • Desserts: Buccellato and Torta coi becchi (typical cakes of Lucca), Cantuccini, Cornetti
  • Focaccia with herbs, with seeds, with vegetables
  • Natural rising bread: Cereals, mixed flour, with seeds, rye bread
  • Natural rising pizza and focaccia: Pizza margherita, marinara, with vegetables
  • Pasta and sauces: Tagliatelle, lasagne, orecchiette, fusilli, gnocchi
  • Pies and casseroles with vegetables, with mixed flour, stuffed by vegetables
  • Soups: Farro, frantoiana, ribollita, legumes
  • Stuffed pasta and sauces: Ravioli, tortelli, fagottini
  • Follow natural walking routes cycling or horse riding
  • Follow the route of the ancient villas
  • Hot-air balloon ride
  • Quad excursion
  • Reach the top of the medieval towers, discover the Garfagnana area and stop to thermal area
  • Sightseeing in Lucca
  • Spend a full day inside an adventure park
  • Take a boat trip in Versilia
  • Take a shopping tour in Forte dei Marmi
  • Visit farms in the countryside where organic wine and olive oil are produced
  • Visit Pisa, Florence, Livorno, Viareggio, Cinque Terre
  • Visit the botanical garden
  • 1 dinner
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Activities as per the program
  • Cooking certificate
  • Daily breakfast
  • Recipes
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

Driving directions from Florence A11 motorway

  • From Florence A11 motorway Firenze-Mare, take the exit Lucca Est.
  • Go straight ahead until you find a round and take the third exit on your right.
  • Then at the second round take the first exit and turn left to find the traffic light.
  • Go straight along this main road until you cross the bridge on the river Serchio.
  • Then turn right when you meet the sign "S.Macario in Monte."
  • Follow the signs to Piazzano and then stop when you find a white sign S. Macario in Monte. Call us, we are just few steps.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive in Pisa International Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport (FLR) then, take the train to Lucca.

Arrival by train

From Florence or Pisa your final destination is Lucca.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Gioia di Vivere an inquiry.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by Fleur from Innsbruck, Austria
    9 out of 10

    "I had a lovely time cooking with Marina and Stefania. They set up a cooking schedule with recipes that really matched with my wishes. Mother and daughter form a perfect combination in the kitchen: a good 'equilibrium' (which is also very important in the dishes that you prepare, so I learned). I really liked the fact that the cooking classes did not only evolve around the taste of the dishes: I also got to take home some interesting learnings with regard to macrobiotics and the effect of food on your health. Dear Stefania and Marina, thanks again for the great week! I'm already missing the great atmosphere in your lovely kitchen and of course the food! I hope to come back in the future to further develop my cooking skills. Love, Fleur"

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  • Review by Beatty from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We love this vegan cooking class! Stefania compiled a repertoire of recipes which were perfect, healthy, and well-balanced meals that are quite easy to prepare and most importantly absolutely delicious. The ingredients from the garden associations were incredible. The company has been delicious and the course was so much fun. Thanks for your patience with us, Stefania, and a really fun week !! I still cook wonderful meals at home all the time!A warm and informal, immersed in nature retreat, where you can learn the techniques and secrets of vegan and vegetarian. The cooking classes Joy of Living are unique for their simplicity. Its been a pleasure to follow the vegan cooking classes, where I could interact with the teacher Marina, of forty years experience in the field of natural. This place really exudes the joy of living and I realized the importance of organic products and healthy. Ill go back for another wonderful dining experience."My husband Joe and I had the most delicious home cooked 5 course vegan meal with the warmest, friendliest family in an idyllic setting. We look back at it as the highlight of our Tuscany trip. We hope to go back to Gioia di Vivere residential cooking school in Italy for an extended stay."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Isabel from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "We love this vegan cooking class! Stefania compiled a repertoire of recipes which were perfect, healthy, and well-balanced meals that are quite easy to prepare and most importantly absolutely delicious. The ingredients from the garden associations were incredible. The company has been delicious and the course was so much fun. Thanks for your patience with us, Stefania, and a really fun week !! I still cook wonderful meals at home all the time!"

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  • Review by Fanny from Lucca, Italy
    10 out of 10

    "A warm and informal, immersed in nature retreat, where you can learn the techniques and secrets of vegan and vegetarian. The cooking classes Joy of Living are unique for their simplicity. It’s been a pleasure to follow the vegan cooking classes, where I could interact with the teacher Marina, of forty years experience in the field of natural. This place really exudes the joy of living and I realized the importance of organic products and healthy. I’ll go back for another wonderful dining experience."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Beatty from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My husband Joe and I had the most delicious home cooked 5-course vegan meal with the warmest, friendliest family in an idyllic setting. We look back at it as the highlight of our Tuscany trip. We hope to go back to Gioia di Vivere residential cooking school in Italy for an extended stay."

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Lucca, Italy

Associazione Culturale Gioia di Vivere offers cooking classes in Lucca, Tuscany, since 1992 to promote an healthy natural and organic vegan-macrobiotic diet

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