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Healthy Vegan Pastry Cooking Course in Italy

Join Gioia di Vivere's chef tutor as they introduce you to basic cooking techniques for preparing delicious vegan pastry. Know the benefits of cooking and consuming organic, seasonal, whole, balanced, and fresh food. These hands-on classes, are guaranteed to open your eyes to the secrets of Italian and Tuscan cuisine and understanding how food significantly affects one's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Come and discover healthy and delicious pastries in beautiful Tuscany!

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  • Pastry tasting session
  • 3 hands-on Italian cooking classes
  • Prepare recipes based on seasonal produce
  • Discover how to make healthy and delicious vegan pastries
  • Enjoy plenty of free time for exploring Tuscany
  • Cooking certificate upon completion
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

You will be hosted into wonderful typical Tuscan villas, surrounded by nature, set from 2 to 6-kilometer far from Gioia di Vivere cooking school. A short distance from the historic center of Lucca, in a privileged position, with breathtaking views of the natural beauty surrounding the city. Accommodation into large rooms with breakfast included or apartment with kitchen.


  • Bicycles rental
  • Breakfast or kitchen
  • Wi-fi
  • Private parking inside the property
  • Swimming pool (depending on the available accommodation)


During this program, you can choose the most interesting topics for your cooking classes: cakes and pies, fast and delicious sweets vegan recipes, vegan pastry, ice creams, tarts, or healthy desserts.

Sample daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Upon your arrival, check into your apartment or bed and breakfast. The rest of the day is free time for you to relax or go sightseeing.

Day 2: Cooking class

In the morning, participate in your first cooking class. 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). You also have the option of booking an organic vegan dinner cooked by the vegan chef.

Day 3: Cooking class

Enjoy your second cooking class in the morning followed by free time in the afternoon.

Day 4: Cooking class

Begin your day with a morning cooking class. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the historical center of Lucca. You can rent bicycles to ride on the walls that surround the historical city.

Day 5: Departure

In the morning, you will have some free time to relax. Today is your last day, check-out and depart to your respective destinations.


Stefania Daniele


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


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


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Follow the route of the ancient villas
  • Go sightseeing in Lucca
  • Hot-air balloon ride
  • Quad excursion
  • Reach the top of the medieval towers, discover the Garfagnana area and stop to thermal area
  • Rent a bike or follow natural walking routes cycling or horse riding
  • 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, or Cinque Terre
  • Visit the botanical garden

What's included

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Recipes
  • Cooking certificate
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Driving directions

If you are driving 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 Gioia di Vivere.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport (FLR). Taxi or private transfers from Pisa cost from 70 EUR one way.

Arrival by train

  • If you are arriving by train, take the train from Florence or Pisa and exit in Lucca. Shuttle and train to Lucca cost 6.50 EUR.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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