Exciting Cookery Course Italy

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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!


  • Wine tasting
  • Visit to the local market
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • Wine and soft drinks included
  • 2 visits to Barga and Lucca
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Pisa International Airport

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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.


Day 1

  • Arrival at Pisa airport
  • Transfer to Residence La Mezzaluna (1 hour 15 minutes) where you will enjoy a welcome drink and talk about the week activities.
  • Then, settle and relax in your room.
  • You could visit then Alex's local wine cellar for a little wine tasting and dinner.

Day 2

  • After breakfast, you will head to the medieval village of Barga where you can admire its ancient streets and its 11th century Cathedral. Barga offers picturesque views of the Serchio valley.
  • Savor a light lunch in Barga, followed by a cookery lesson starting approximately at 14:30. This will last for 45 minutes. Today's lesson is pasta making and various sauces.
  • Time to relax on the veranda before savoring the meal you just prepared.

Day 3

  • After breakfast, you will spend the morning in Lucca. You will chill around the shops and admire the various cathedrals and squares.
  • Lunch at Lucca.
  • You will head to Pisa to admire Piazza Miracoli with the cathedral and leaning tower.
  • You will then head back to La Mezzaluna.
  • You'll make together a fish-based dinner or a BBQ.

Day 4

  • You will vist Castelnuovo Garfagnana, wander around the market and have lunch in a local wine and grocery store or perhaps back at La Mezzaluna.
  • Today's lesson is dedicated to making pizza and focaccia.
  • You will savor your meal and Alex will entertain you with live music.

Day 5

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Included excursions


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.


Rita Lucherini
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.

Nearby places

  • Barga village - 4 kilometers
  • Grotta del vento (cave of winds)
  • Lucca city - 36 kilometers
  • Parco avventura Selva del Buffardello (an adventure park)
  • Parco del Levigliese
  • Pisa - 1 hour drive
  • Riserve naturali dell'Orecchiella (the Orecchiella nature reserve)


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.

Things to do (optional)

  • Garfagnana Golf Club and the Il Ciocco Sports Village, both providing excellent sporting facilities.
  • Grotta del vento (cave of winds), an underground karst landscape made up of stalactites and stalagmites, lakes and watercourses.
  • Lucca Quad, a chance to cross the streams and paths on four wheels!
  • Parco avventura Selva del Buffardello (an adventure park) with picnic areas and games for children.
  • Parco del Levigliese, a park surrounded by the Apuan Alps, great for hiking, climbing, caving and cannoning course for the little ones.
  • Visit Castelnuovo Garfagnana. A medieval center beside the Serchio river, Castelnuovo Garfagnanas historical heart is encircled by an ancient fortress. It's rich in local artisans and restorers and a place where you can taste the true traditional dishes of Garfagnana. Not to be missed is the path of Ariosto: a beautiful walk leading to the Fortezza di Montalfonso where the views are spectacular.
  • Visit Pisa. Pisa is famous the world over for its Leaning Tower, and the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli.

What's included

  • 2 45-minute cookery sessions including wine
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with wine and soft drinks
  • Live music with Alex
  • Local transfers
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Trip to Barga, Lucca, Pisa local market
  • Wine tasting at Alex's winery Per...Bacco!

What's not included

  • Activities not mentioned in the program
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above

How to get there

Driving directions from Pisa

  • Take the motorway (green signs) A12 north, direction Genova
  • Join the A11 direction Firenze (1st exit)
  • Exit at Lucca Est
  • Follow signs for Castelnuovo Garfagnana
  • Continue round the Circular Road, the City Walls are on your right
  • Keep following for Castelnuovo up the Serchio valley for about 35 kilometers
  • When you come to the sign Welcome to Gallicano, turn right direction Barga after 1 kilometer you arrive in Mologno
  • Continue up to the crossroads, turn left, you will see our sign "La Mezzaluna or La Luna del West after about 100 meters.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Pisa international airport (PSA). La Mezzaluna will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

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.


  • Barga - 4 kilometers
  • Lucca - 36 kilometers
  • Pisa - 1 hour
  • Train station - 230 meters
Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer included: Pisa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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This retreat can accommodate solo travellers.



This holiday is available on other dates on request. Kindly send your inquiry to La Mezzaluna.


Pricing information

Additional night for Bed and Breakfast costs 50 EUR single room and 80 EUR double room. Additional activities plus meals is 150 EUR per day per person. Extra fee for transfers on non fixed dates is 70 EUR each way to/from Pisa International Airport (PSA).

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