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This marvelous vacation is meant to offer your special moments of beauty and flavor. With so many flavors and cultures all over the world, Italy is one of the most prominent countries to get in touch with exquisite food and wine. Its refined culture redefined the Westerns concept of pleasurably living, which involves beauty in every aspect of human life. Take charming cooking classes, be part of a special ritual were people are gathered to work with their own hands, and prepare meals that will be happily shared. Amazing wines will close this perfect trip of taste.
The La Mezzaluna is a bed and breakfast located on the border of La Garfagnana, close to the town of Lucca. It is just four kilometers from Barga, one of the most beautiful villages of Italy: a medieval village of rare beauty with many tourist attractions. This complex has self-contained apartments and en-suite rooms, with the formula bed and breakfast, half and full board. In there, you can find the following apartments:
This apartment has one double room and one twin room, one bathroom, a small kitchen with dining area, a spacious outside area with table, benches, gazebo, and barbeque. It features the following services: satellite TV, iron, electric hob, fridge, microwave, small electric oven, and free WI-FI.
In this apartment you can find one double room, one twin room, one large bathroom, kitchen, and a large terrace with gazebo and benches for dining outdoors. The services available are satellite TV, gas cooker with electric oven, fridge, microwave, barbecue, and free WI-FI.
In this room, you will find one double room en-suite (room with fireplace), small kitchen with dining area, and terrace with a magnificent panorama. It features the following services: satellite TV, electric hob, fridge, microwave, small electric oven, free WI-FI.
Besides the apartments, La Mezzaluna has also two double bedrooms en-suite, and one small studio flat.
During your vacations, you will have three cookery lessons of 4 hours each. You will learn how to cook different Italian dishes and how to give them that special touch for a unique flavor. As part of your culinary instruction, you will visit Bargas local market. Some of your vacation days include tours of Barga, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, as well as one visit to various places of interest, in the wonderful Garfagnana area. Your gourmet experience will continue with a visit to a vineyard, a local flourmill, and you shall also experience wine and cheese tastings. Finally, you will enjoy a live entertainment with your host: Alex.
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.
This retreat will take place in and around the region of Tuscany, Italy.
At the border of the Garfagnana region, Barga has been recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and has gained 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, which was once home to Giovanni Pascoli.
As a medieval center besides the Serchio river, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana historical heart is encircled by a big ancient fortress. It is rich in local artisans and restorers, and it is 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 views are spectacular.
The large circular wall which borders the town is still accessible today. 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. Finally, theres the Piazza dellAnfiteatro, a famous circular piazza that in ancient times was a marketplace.
Pisa is famous all over the world for its Leaning Tower, as well as for the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli.
During this culinary vacation, guests will be provided with tasty daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as with wine and soft drinks.
Take the motorway (green signs) A12 route north, direction to Genova.
Join the A11 route, direction to Firenze (first exit).
Exit at Lucca Est.
Follow the signs for Castelnuovo Garfagnana.
Continue to the circular road. City walls are on your right.
Keep following Castelnuovo up the Serchio Valley, for about 35 kilometers.
When you come to the sign Welcome to Gallicano, turn right in direction to Barga.
After 1 kilometer, you will arrive in Mologno.
Continue up to the crossroads, turn left and you will see the sign La Mezzaluna or La Luna del West, after about 100 meters.
Please arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA). La Mezzaluna will pick you up. The pick-up is included in the price.
Take the train from either Pisa International Airport (PSA), 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, but in some cases you will have to change at Lucca.