Rhode School of Cuisine

Lucca, Italy

Authentic Tuscan cooking classes, combined with local wine tasting and culinary tours will leave you with long-lasting intimate memories of life under the Tuscan sun.

Testimonials 6

  • Mark Italy

    TripAdvisor website

    We were checking the venue out as a site for a party and it has a 'faded grandeur' that is exactly what we are looking for and are quite excited about. It is not modern Milan but an eclectic collection of furniture and painting that makes you think you are staying with a rich uncle. Camilla the manager is lovely and will look out for you. We can't wait for our party with friends.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    We recently held our wedding at Villa Michaela. The venue was just what we had been looking for, we didn't want a big fat Indian wedding but a wedding with a nice mix of old character and new, with plenty of rooms for guests to stay for 3 nights and lovely grounds. We cannot fault the service we received both in the build-up and on the day itself. The villa manager, Lucie was extremely professional and very good at what she did, she was approachable, flexible, quick to respond to queries and come up with suggestions to help in the planning stages. Lucie has a fantastic team working with her for whom nothing seemed to be too much trouble, all very efficient, helpful and friendly. They seemed to have every little detail in hand a really personal service. Highly recommended. I would just like to say a big thank you to all the staff for making my wedding day so special!

  • Henry Longden

    TripAdvisor website

    A group of four of us visited Tuscany to take part in a half marathon, we stayed up in Vorno as I had previously stayed there for a summer trip. I wasn't expecting to have such a great time out of season.Although it wasn't hot enough to rely on the weather, it was amazing to explore the area, especially the Tuscan hills beyond Lucca di Bagni. We went for beautiful drives and hikes and ate in the pleasantly quiet local bistros.The house and hosts were wonderful and looked after us well. They provided a selection of food for our arrival after a long drive, and a lovely small present on the table. The buildings and grounds are beautiful, the local area is great for a walk in the morning. We had a car but were happy to stay within walking distance - although there's not much going on a Sunday.Thank you for a wonderful stay Vanessa. Hope to see you again soon.

  • a traveler France

    TripAdvisor website

    I spent a weekend at Villa Michaela, a magical villa blossoming with flowers, in the hills near Lucca. While there, the staff was extremely attentive to everything including double cappuccinos with extra froth and advising where to go for day trips. They also organized a group dinner with others staying at the villa. I was fortunate to be there during one of their amazing cooking classes and had a chance to sample some of the weeks highlight. I will be back soon.

  • JoAnn United States

    TripAdvisor website

    I loved my stay at Villa Michaela. The cooking school was absolutely delightful with chef Gavin. The Villa is a dream come-true that made you feel comforted, relaxed and pampered. The location was perfect to explore the local town, nearby Lucca, and all of Tuscany. My room had a gorgeous view of the mountains and countryside with the most comfortable bed where I had my best sleep in years. Our hosts were exceptionally charming and helpful in every way possible. Special thanks to Vanessa, David, Gavin and Lucie for everything.

  • a traveler United States

    TripAdvisor website

    Of all of the stops on our two week trip to Tuscany, the most surreal was the one that we experienced at Villa Michaela. The beautiful 18th century villa set in the hills outside of the incredible town of Lucca is everything for which one could wish if he or she were planning the ideal sojourn to a Tuscan enclave. The English owner, Vanessa Rhode, and her longtime friend, David Blake, are as charming and lovely a twosome as one could hope to encounter.They took us under their wings and offered excellent suggestions about travel in the area, and we were most fortunate to have their company for the evenings and dinners during our three night stay. Now for the villa, Vanessa has imported antiques and objects of art to royally appoint the villa, the exquisite walls of which are adorned with murals befitting such a masterful edifice.David delighted us one afternoon by taking us on a jaunt up the hill to visit the billy goat and his two nannies foraging on the verdant garigue below the olive grove, then we drank our wines and sampled cheeses with Vanessa, David, Lucie, Gavin and Walter in the cavernous but warm kitchen area in which cooking classes are conducted. The breakfasts were excellent as well, with fresh pastries, eggs cooked to order and fresh squeezed orange juice.In addition, the beds were some of the most comfortable in which we have ever slept, and the shutters were closed so tightly that we never knew the time of day which allowed us to catch up on badly needed sleep. Vanessa and David, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw in "Pygmalion: We've grown accustomed to your place. All in all, one needs look no further than the hospitality and ambience offered at Villa Michaela to shout "Eureka, I have found my Tuscan Villa!" And return we will to Villa Michaela.

Spread the love

Share Rhode School of Cuisine's page and retreats with your network