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Have fun and join this cookery break in this beautiful part of northern Tuscany. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basics of the Italian cooking techniques and traditions this area of "La Garfagnana" has to offer. You will visit our local market and wander the streets of Barga, known as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy. Let's work together and combine cooking lessons with wine tasting and live entertainment!
The complex has self-contained apartments and 4 en-suite double rooms with bed and breakfast, half and full board to accommodate a total of 6 solo travelers or 6 couples.
You will enjoy cooking lessons which last 3 to 4 hours during this holiday.
La Mezzaluna can do mixed classes catering for gluten free and vegetarian. Kindly send your request.
At the border of the Garfagnana region, Barga, has been recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and has been given recognition by both the Bandiera Aranicone Touring Club (Orange flag touring club) and by the Citt Slow (Slow City) movement. The adopted home of Giovanni Pascoli, Barga is a medieval village of rare beauty, from its Duomo, to the ancient aqueduct and the museum that was once home to Giovanni Pascoli.
The large circular wall which borders the town is still accessible today, and you can walk or cycle there. Once inside the walls you can visit innumerable churches, surrounded by piazzas, courts, medieval towers, buildings and gardens. Among them is La cattedrale di San Martino which is particularly worth a visit. At the heart of the town is via Fillungo, offering numerous shops and small boutiques rich with typical produce from the area, il Buccellato (a sweet Tuscan bread), cured meats and honey, for example. Finally theres the Piazza dellAnfiteatro, a famous circular piazza which in ancient times was the marketplace.
During Rita's informative years, she gradually immersed herself in the culture, customs, and traditions of her parents and grandparents, and, in particular, their culinary cultures. Rita studied the ancient secrets and techniques of the traditional Tuscan cooking and kept alive certain recipes that lost. She has been in Barga for almost 30 years running her bed and breakfast apartments together with her children, and she has now opened her cooking school.
La Mezzaluna is situated on the edge of La Garfagnana in northern Tuscany, Italy.
La Mezzaluna's menu includes local cuisine with homemade pasta, fish based meals, mixed grills and steaks and pizza cooked in log oven. You will learn the basics sauces such as ragu, salsa di pomodoro, zuppa di farro (farro soup, a grain similar to spelt typical of the Garfagnana area), homemade pasta, cheese and spinach filled ravioli, gnocchi, antipasti made with farro, bruschetta, scaloppina, sformati (vegetable or potato pie) and cakes, tiramis or torta di ricotta.
Pisa International Airport
Arrive at Pisa international airport (PSA). La Mezzaluna will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
Take the train from either Pisa Aeroporto or Pisa Centrale. Pisa Centrale is a 5-minute taxi ride from the airport, so it is often easier to do this. The train route you need is Pisa - (Lucca) - Barga - Gallicano. Some trains are direct, some you have to change at Lucca.
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