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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. We 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!
Our complex has self-contained apartments and en-suite rooms with bed and breakfast, half and full board. La Mezzaluna has also 2 double bedrooms en-suite and one small studio flat.
Blue apartment - 1 double room with private bathroom, 1 double room and 1 twin room, a bathroom, small kitchen dining area, spacious outside area with table, benches, gazebo and bbq. Services: satellite TV, iron, electric hob, fridge, microwave, small electric oven, free Wi-Fi.
Green apartment - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 large bathroom, kitchen, large terrace with gazebo, table and benches for dining outdoors. Services: satellite TV, gas cooker with electric oven, fridge, microwave, barbecue, free Wi-Fi.
Red apartment - 1 double room en-suite (room with fireplace), small kitchen dining area, terrace with magnificent panorama. Services: satellite TV, electric hob, fridge, microwave, small electric oven, free Wi-Fi.
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.
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Our menu includes local cuisine with homemade pasta, fish based meals, mixed grills and steaks and pizza cooked in log oven. We 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.
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 minutes 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.