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A great Tuscan cooking and wine vacation in the heart of Tuscany with Chef Paolo Monti. In this comprehensive hands-on cooking and wine tour, you will learn the best of Tuscan cooking and living. Learn more than 45 recipes with with effervescent Chef Paolo Monti and gain understanding of diverse cooking methods. Tour the walled city of Lucca. Visit the wholesale market for fish, meat, vegetables and fruits, cheese, and extra virgin olive oils. Visit great wineries in the Chianti area for wine tasting. Go on a day trip to Parma and Modena to see the production of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale.
Chef Paolo Monti's Tuscan Sun Apartments are located in the middle of the Tuscan countryside among the fields and Sangiovese vignards, but only 5-minute drive to the center of Lucca - a quiet green paradise attached to Chef Paolo Monti's Cooking School and on the first floor above the restaurant La Cantina Di Carignano. You can choose among 4 newly remodeled Tuscan style apartments, wooden beams on the ceiling, comfortable beds, cooking facilities, but with modern comforts such as private bathroom, telephone, air conditioning, free WiFi and 32 inch flat screen TV.
Excursion to Parma and Modena for balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano
Full day excursion to Chianti and Siena
Visit to the wholesale market
Guided tour of Lucca
Lucca, a wonderful art town in Tuscany, is nowadays still surrounded by the Renaissance walls that had defensive purpouses in the past and now are like a jewel box that contains all the architectural beauties set on the city plan, like gems on a tiara. Lying on the Via Francigena and hosting a very important Christian relic such as the crucifix of the Volto Santo, have been great advantages for Lucca above all during the the Middle Age. You can't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, that mantains the shape of its origins (the square was built on a Roman amphiteatre) or either to the Guinigi Tower, amazing and peculiar with the holm oaks on its top.
The park of the Serchio River creates a connection space between the town of Lucca and the river watercourse on a area of 250 hectares of width, where it is possible to go for a walk, to make excursions by foot, by bike or riding a horse, canoeing or kayaking, or even just have a break along the banks to enjoy the view of the natural beauties. There also are several recreational areas, such as football fields, archery fields, an area for playing bowls, model airplane and model car fields, as well as skateboarding ramps.
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