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Tuscany Cooking Vacation

Be welcomed in the Cultural Association, in a warm and informal environment, where Gioia di Vivere's Chef Tutor will teach you all healthy vegan cooking basic techniques. These classes are a unique opportunity to learn how important is taking care of each ingredient. You will only use food that is: organic, seasonal, whole, balanced, fresh, and delicious. Vegetables come from the school's own garden. They also personally select and buy whole ancient grains flours, local extra virgin olive oil, and local wine. During these hands-on classes, you will learn the secrets of Italian and Tuscan cuisine and understand how food significantly affects one's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 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.

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  • 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 in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Garden
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • 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)


Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrival and check into apartment or bed and breakfast.
  • Free time for relaxing or sightseeing.

Day 2 - Cooking class

  • In the morning, begin with your first cooking class, lunch included.
  • In the afternoon, free time to relax or to take part in individual excursions (for example hiking, biking paths, visit the charming villas of Lucca).
  • Possibility to book an organic vegan dinner cooked by the vegan Chef.

Day 3 - Cooking class

  • In the morning, cooking class, lunch included.
  • Afternoon free to relax.

Day 4 - Cooking class

  • In the morning, cooking class, lunch included.
  • In the afternoon, explore the historical center of Lucca.
  • Possibility to rent bicycles to ride on the walls that surround the historical city.

Day 5 - Free time, cooking class

  • Free morning for optional excursions such as a visit to the organic farm 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, cooking class, dinner included

Day 6: Free time

  • Full day optional excursion to Florence.
  • Upon request, an 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 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 to famous seasides like Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore. Alternatively, horseback riding in a beautiful park.

Day 8 - Departure

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

Children can join the classes from 6 years old. There is no nursery or childcare so unfortunately little ones are not admitted.

Recipes change depending on seasonal products of the organic garden and local farm markets. Please contact Gioia di Vivere if you need some advises or to arrange additional activities on your free time.


Stefania Daniele


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

Nearby places

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

Special menu request

Gioia di Vivere can adapt all their recipes for people with allergies or intolerance to gluten, soy, or other foods.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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 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

What's included

  • 2 dinners
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Activities as per the program
  • Cooking certificate
  • Daily breakfast
  • Recipes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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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

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

From Florence or Pisa airport, you may take the train to 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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