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4 Day Immerse Yourself in this Authentic Tuscan Cooking Holiday in Lunigiana

Palazzo del Duca, via del Borgo, 77 Tavernelle, Licciana Nardi, Massa-Carrara, Italy

Cooking Holiday in Tuscany, Italy

You will experience an emotional discovery, passing from curiosity to knowledge. Palazzo del Duca's goal is for you to have a myriad of unforgettable moments, fully immersing you in the Italian way of life. Your teachers will reveal the secrets of the Tuscan culinary world that only experts born and bred in Italy know. Learn how to prepare a simple sauce for your pasta, a Tuscan soup, how to match the right wine with the food, and more. All this in a magical atmosphere!

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  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • Local food including freshly baked bread for your self-made breakfast
  • Use one of the shared kitchens on the floor that you are occupying
  • Use of communal areas of the Palazzo, garden, and pool
  • 2 delicious dinners that you prepared yourself
  • 3 nights accommodation


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

Palazzo del Duca was the residence of Este Family during the dukedom period of Modena and Reggio (1598 - 1796). The eagle in the coat of arms on the main door of the mansion is its evidence. Palazzo del Duca is situated in the lovely 13th century village of Tavernelle along the old Via del Sale (Salt Road). Recently restored and refurbished, the palace has its original features, like spacious living areas and terracotta floors, local sandstone portals and doors and stunning vaults.

At Palazzo del Ducas disposal is a large 800 square meter internal garden where an in ground 4 by 8 meter swimming pool has recently been realized. Palazzo del Duca consists of 5 apartments and 1 double bedroom. Each apartment is independent from each other with its own kitchen and heating. Each bedroom of Palazzo del Duca has its own bathroom. Each apartment has its own charming style.

In addition to the rich history of the Palazzo are a few details that will make your stay even more interesting. Guests are welcome to use or share one of the kitchens on the floor that they are occupying. Every morning, the baker brings his freshly baked bread in the piazzetta, close to the garden entrance, which is very convenient. Every Monday afternoon, a foodie van visits the Palazzo with a variety of goods from vegtables and fruits to Parma ham and cheese. He stays as long as he has customers to serve.

During Wednesday mornings, a big van stops in front of the bar / restaurant with a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables that you can purchase for your personal cooking needs. Similarly, during Fridays, another van visits the Palazzo with fresh fish that guests will surely enjoy. Palazzo del Duca offers not only comfortable and luxurious accommodations but also provides guests with the opportunity to sample local products from local suppliers.


This picturesque little apartment (approximately 45 square meters) would be a perfect “getaway from it all” for a young couple searching for privacy and relax. Once entering in the apartment, you can reach the loft with double bed, by the means of a wood ladder. The stone walls make the atmosphere very romantic.

The small sweet kitchen/dining room is equipped with fridge, dishwasher, and four-ring stove. A comfortable high quality white leather couch allows to relax in a small intimate setting. Complete bathroom with basin, WC, shower stall, and bidet. Tiny terrace for al fresco dining with direct view on the swimming pool area and garden is at guest’s disposal.

For those who want to enjoy a quiet romantic holiday, Depandance apartment is waiting for you.


Typical itinerary

The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1: Arrival and welcome aperitifs

Check into your room any time after 3 p.m., and enjoy a welcome drink and chance to taste some of the regions local dishes by the pool (weather permitting) before taking your time to explore the house, gardens, pool, and local area. Whilst enjoying aperitifs by the pool, there will be a chance to talk to your hosts and ask them about the course and the local area.

Day 2: Free morning and cooking class

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the palazzo and spend some free time getting to know the area or relaxing. In the afternoon, it is time for your first cookery lesson with the chef, which will last for four hours. Your dinner will consist of the delicious meal you will have prepared.

Day 3: Free morning and cooking class

After breakfast at the palazzo, you will have free time to enjoy the pool or explore the surrounding areas. In the afternoon, it is time for your second hands-on cookery class. Your dinner will consist of the wonderful meal you will have prepared earlier.

Day 4: Departure day

After a leisurely breakfast, guests are asked to check out of their rooms by 10 a.m. ready for departure. You will take home with you delicious new cooking skills and recipes and an insight into Tuscan culinary life that will stay with them long after the holiday is over.

The food that will be taught during the cooking class is mainly homemade pasta, sauces for the pasta and other very local recipes.


Mirella Di Muro


Lunigiana derives its name from the Roman colony of Luni, founded by the Romans in 177 B.C. at the mouth of the river Magra, so rich and dazzling marble to mislead the Normans, who mistook it for Rome. Lunigiana is a small region rich in history, which looks like a veritable kaleidoscope of lights, colors, pictures, and lush scenery.

Today, along the territory of Lunigiana, you can find the trace of the Via Francigena, a major road traveled by pilgrims and merchants who were pushed from northern Europe to Rome. In the ninth century, the street took its current name to mark the domination of the Franks. Along the way, over the centuries were founded monasteries and abbeys, to emphasize the nature of spiritual in that path. It was declared in 1994 Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

Lunigiana is a land still untouched and waiting to be discovered. It offers the tourists a gentle and relaxing environment with hills covered with lush green forests and fish-filled streams in clear waters. Each of the 14 towns of the land has its own attractions: museums, hot springs, sports facilities, large complex underground limestone, ski, places for hiking, and horseback. Add to that the folklore, traditions, gastronomy and local crafts, which never cease to amaze.

Even the culinary traditions of Lunigiana have its importance. A remarkable variety of elaborate dishes from a few simple ingredients and for the demanding fragrant mushrooms picked in the woods of Lunigiana. There are vegetables that become delicious pies and chestnut flour can even show up in a whole menu. This is Lunigiana, the land of the moon.


The alcoholic beverage included in the price is Palazzo del Duca's homemade red Tuscan wine (table wine and Chianti Classico 2016 and 2017) which guests can find also on sale on the spot.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

This Italian cookery and wine holiday is perfectly located to explore this beautiful part of undiscovered northern Tuscany:

  • You are within 2.5 hours of many Italian major cities: Florence, Genova, Pisa, and Milan
  • Beaches and the coast are just 30 minutes away by car, or you can take a train from nearby La Spezia along the coast to visit the five villages that make up Cinque Terre
  • The nearest shops and grocery stores are about six kilometers away
  • The hamlet of Tavernelle is very small but there is a good family-run restaurant a short walk from the palazzo
  • Your hosts will give you lots of information on what activities are on offer in the local area, such as the local markets, restaurants, walking, and more
  • It is recommended to have a car to fully explore the area and there are many scenic drives throughout the region

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 2 dinners
  • Food and beverage for breakfast
  • Use of communal areas of the Palazzo, garden, and pool
  • Non participating guest can join the meal after the cooking class

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Milan

  • Take Highway A1 towards Parma.
  • Take the exit A15 to Parma ovest / La Spezia / E31.
  • Take the exit to Aulla.
  • Follow signs to Licciana Nardi.
  • In Licciana Nardi, follow signs towards Passo del Lagastrello.
  • After approximately 7 kilometers, you will find the village of Tavernelle.
  • Turn left at the bar Il Capriolo and park the car.
  • Directly ahead you will see the sign Via del Borgo.
  • Turn left into Via del Borgo and Palazzo del Duca is located a short step away on the left at n.77.

Driving directions from Rome

  • Take Highway A1/E35/E45 in the direction of Florence.
  • At Firenze Nord, take the exit for Pisa Nord/Genova A12/E80.
  • Continue in the direction of Parma, and after 8 kilometers, take the exit for Aulla.
  • Proceed toward the centre of Aulla and follow the signs to Licciana Nardi.
  • In Licciana Nardi, follow signs towards Passo del Lagastrello.
  • After approximately 7 kilometers, you will find the village of Tavernelle.
  • Turn left at the bar Il Capriolo and park the car.
  • Directly ahead, you will see the sign Via del Borgo.
  • Turn left into Via del Borgo, and Palazzo del Duca is located a short step away on the left at n.77.

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 30 days before arrival.
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