8 Days Organic Vegan Cooking Holidays in Tuscany, Italy

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

Tuscany Cooking Vacation

Be welcomed in the Cultural Association, in a warm and informal ambient, where 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! Thanks to the cooks, you will learn many secrets of our Tuscan and Italian culinary tradition. Although it is completely vegan foods, 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.

Highlights

  • Oil and wine tasting session
  • Vegan, organic, Italian cuisine
  • 5 hands-on, Italian cooking classes
  • Recipes based on seasonal produce
  • Free time for sightseeing
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Cooking certificate
  • 5 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 - Free time, cooking class

  • You have the morning free for optional excursions such as visit to organic farms with the possibility of oil and wine tasting with additional costs.
  • You will have an oil and wine tasting for a light lunch.
  • In the afternoon, you will have your fourth cooking class, followed by dinner.

Day 6: Free time

  • Full day optional excursion to Florence.
  • Upon request organic vegan box for lunch is available with extra fees.
  • In the evening organic vegan dinner at Cultural Association Gioia di Vivere.

Day 7: Cooking class, free time

  • In the morning fifth cooking class, lunch included.
  • In the afternoon free time to visit interesting towns like Viareggio, Pisa and Livorno. Otherwise individual hiking in Versilia, with the possibility of a boat trip. Optional visit of famous seaside like Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore. Alternatively horseback riding in a beautiful park.

Day 8 - 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
  • 2 dinners
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes
  • 7 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.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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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