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7 Day Italian Cooking and Gastronomic Vacation in Tuscany, Province of Lucca

Villa Gobbi Benelli, Via di Conca di Sopra, 166, 55054 Massarosa LU, Italy

Cooking and Gastronomy Holiday in Italy

This holiday provides you with a week dedicated to the theme of cooking and Italian culinary traditions for small groups from four to eight people. Involve the five senses by preparing all the recipes in all their manifestations under your own eyes. Team Villa Gobbi Benelli has designed with great care a format of cooking vacations for guests with a passion for gastronomic culture. It is an all inclusive proposal, because they would like to take care of you through an impeccable organization that allows you to live to the fullest this unique, authentic, and unforgettable experience!

Meet the instructors

Dunja & Mariella
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Highlights

  • Winery and oil tasting
  • Italian cooking experience in English with lunches
  • Transfers from and to airport or train station on arrivals and departures
  • Evening dedicated to the wonderful world of pizza and all its varieties
  • Afternoon dedicated to the typical cakes and desserts
  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunches, dinners, and welcome drink
  • Tours according to seasonality

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$351 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Linate Airport (US$351 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (US$234 per person)
Airport transfer included: Pisa International Airport
Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Villa Gobbi Benelli

Villa Gobbi Benelli is an exclusive villa with four rooms, including two doubles and two quadruples. Several ancient rooms will be available for guests' visits. The villa has a swimming pool (14 x 9 meters) in a panoramic terrace with a fantastic panorama.

The villa in the figure of its owner Dunja offers a decade of experience in this area and will be able to offer you an unforgettable experience thanks to its network of suppliers.

Villa Gobbi Benelli is a traditional yet sophisticated estate with a genuine Tuscan flavor, and offers accommodations for up to eight in its four elegant en-suite guest bedrooms. With luxurious yet supremely comfortable interiors reflective of a different era, the villa provides all the modern comforts expected by today’s guests.

The architectural beauty and elegant design of Villa Gobbi Benelli’s guest rooms are an impressive reflection of the attention given to all details for each guest’s comfort and enjoyment. All guest rooms features historically inspired decor, magnificent views, satellite TV, air conditioning, a private full bathroom with bidet, and are equipped with bathrobes, hair dryer, and a fine selection of toiletries.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the villa. Guest rooms are located on the second and third floors of the villa and are accessed by stairs. While you are greeted by your host, Dunia, with a welcome aperitif, the villa’s attentive staff will deliver your luggage to your room.

Relax and enjoy your stay at the timeless setting of Villa Gobbi Benelli!

Program

Villa Gobbi Benelli have structured the format of this holiday with the idea of transporting their guests on a journey of true an authentic Italian culture and through their gastronomic world.

The owner of Villa Gobbi Benelli, Dunia Gobbi Benelli is very attentive and takes great care of all the details of the organization. She would make you feel like a part of a real family in getting to know the true Italian culture. You will be close to the Italians to discover that world of true traditions.

This is the reason why this week is purposefully designed to be for small groups of four to eight people, to make the experience exclusive as a small gift for all those who want to realize this unforgettable experience.

The Villa Gobbi Benelli team want to give you the opportunity with their knowledge and put at your disposal for you to discover a different Tuscany.

  • Conviviality and fun in a group united by the same principles
  • Discovering the territory
  • The kitchen conceived as a real laboratory
  • Freshness and seasonality
  • Module scheduled dedicated to the variety of pasta and all its variations
  • Module dedicated to learn how to build an Italian menu
  • Evening dedicated to the wonderful world of pizza and all its varieties
  • Afternoon dedicated to the typical cakes and desserts

Sample daily schedule

Sunday

  • Transfer from Pisa or Florence airport
  • Arrival in villa
  • Week presentation
  • Welcome drink
  • Dinner in the villa with the host Dunia Gobbi Benelli

Monday

  • 09:30 - 12:30 Introduction of the week and the first form cooking course
  • Lunch in villa
  • Tour
  • Dinner in a typical trattoria

Tuesday

  • Tour
  • Lunch - pesto and wine experience
  • 18:00 Return to the villa
  • Dinner in the villa

Wednesday

  • Tour
  • Lunch
  • 16:00 Second cooking form
  • Dinner in the villa

Thursday

  • Tour
  • Dinner in the villa

Friday

  • Tour
  • Truffle lunch
  • Hands-on working with pizza
  • Pizza's evening music and party

Saturday

  • A lovely breakfast
  • Check out, bye bye to the group

Included excursions

Go on a one-day food and wine-themed tours in the areas of Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Versilia. The experience includes according to the seasonality food and wine experiences such as pesto in the Cinque Terre, truffles and mushrooms experience in Florence, extra virgin olive oil and organic food in Pisa and Lucca, and lunch on board in the Tyrrhenian Sea in Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.

Instructors

Dunja Gobbi Benelli

Mariella Lencioni

Location

Villa Gobbi Benelli is a charming historical villa of the seventeenth century nestled in the hills of Versilia, between the Apuan Alps and the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

The villa is located in a strategic point and is at most one hour from cities like Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and the beaches of the Cinque Terre, and a few minutes from seaside resorts like Viareggio, Pietrasanta, and Forte dei Marmi.

The villa so far has become a destination and a crossroads of people belonging to different cultures and nationalities sharing the same love for Tuscany and Italian culinary traditions.

Food

In these seven days, there will be five dinners and two lunches in the villa, and one dinner and three lunches out.

The cooking classes will be divided into three modules dedicated to Italian cuisine and one dedicated to pizza.

The main theme of this experience will be the discovery of true Italian culinary traditions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A dedicated professional team available for guests
  • Departure and arrival transfers from Pisa or Florence airports / train stations to the villa
  • All scheduled tours
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast during your stay
  • Welcome drink
  • Cooking experience in English with lunches included that include 3 cooking modules that are divided between 2
  • Mornings and an afternoon of 2 lunches and drinks
  • Raw materials, stations, and kitchen equipment
  • Kit: cookbook, calendar of the week, notebook and pens, apron, chef's hat
  • Evening pizza experience with music
  • Coordination of the whole week with service staff, chef, and assistants
  • Restaurants and all activities related to the week - tasting all your effort and actions together
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • An honor bar is available for cocktails

What's not included

  • Extras that can be produced outside the established itinerary
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Pisa International Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR). Transfer from and to either of these airports are included in the price. Villa Gobbi Benelli will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Milan–Malpensa Airport Airport transfer available: Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$351 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Linate Airport Airport transfer available: Linate Airport (US$351 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Airport transfer available: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (US$234 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer included: Pisa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci 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 7 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round with arrival on Sunday.

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