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10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Oct 19 — Oct 28, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, October 19 - in flight
In Transit: Overnight in transit

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 20 - Check in / light snack / welcome cocktail / orie...
Afternoon: Check-in at the Hotel Universo in Lucca. Light snack, orientation meeting and presentation of the program Welcome cocktail

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 21 - Lucca, first cooking lesson at International Acad...
Lucca, first cooking lesson at International Academy of Italian Cuisine

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Expert-led visit of Lucca Visit to the Domus Romana followed by a Convivium (a lunch roman style)

Lunch: Lunch at the Domus Romana

Afternoon: First cooking lesson at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine The Chef Gianluca Pardini will hold a comprehensive hand-on course designed to teach you make Four courses lunches covering all the cook techniques from pasta to pastries and everything in between. You will learn the passion of the Tuscan kitchen and, importantly, have a lot of fun and enjoyment doing it. Menu : Antipasto: Panzanella (bread salad) Primo piatto: Zuppa di faro (barley soup) Secondo piatto: Carrè de maiale bardato con patate arrosto (pork loin with roasted potatoes) Dessert: Crespelle di Necci, Castagnaccio (pancakes with pine nuts and ricotta cheese, chestnut dessert)

Dinner: Dinner at the cooking school

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 22 - Lucca, second cooking lesson
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Expert-led visit of Lucca, from Renaissance to Modern Age

Brunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Transfer to the cooking school. Second cooking lesson. Antipasti: Calamari ripieni (Stuffed calamari) Primo piatto: Gnocchi di branzino con vongole e pomodori arrostiti (Sea bass gnocchi with clams and roasted tomato sauce) Secondo piatto: Involtino di filetto di orata con melanzane e pure di zucchini (Rolled bream fillet with aubergine and zucchini purée) Dessert: Buccellato

Dinner: Dinner at the Cooking School

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 23 - Free time and 3rd cooking lesson
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Morning at leisure.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Third Cooking Lesson at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine. Menu 2 Antipasto: Sfogliatine di zucchini e caprino con crema di zucca (Puff pastry with zucchini and goat cheese served with pumpkin cream) Primo piatto: Ravioli di zucca con pecorino e cannella (Ravioli stuffed with pecorino cheese and cinnamon) Secondo piatto: Pollo alla cacciatora (cacciatore chicken) Dessert: Cantucci con Vin Santo

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 24 - Castelnuovo di Grafagnana and free time
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Departure to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Visit to the Caseificio Bertagni, a small family-run caseificio producing both sheep’s and cow’s cheeses from using only Tuscan milk

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure

Dinner: Dinner at the cooking school

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Saturday, October 25 - Carrara, Colonnata, Pietrasanta,
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Carrara. Visit to a private marble quarry and marble studio. Departure to Colonnata. Visit to a factory producing Lard, which was the traditional meal of the quarry workers. Its production dates back to the year 1000 and has been handed down from generation to generation. The maturation takes place in marble tubs placed in caves or cellars.

Lunch: Snack based on the lard of Colonnata along with other local specialties

Afternoon: Departure to Pietrasanta. PIETRASANTA is famous for its connection with marble. Artists and sculptors, from all over the world, live and work there. It has been defined THE "SMALL ATHENS" for its marble studios, its artistic foundries, its artisans, for the ancient and modern monuments, for its sculptures, gifts of the great artists of this century that add beauty to its streets and squares, and also for its historic center, considered a precious jewelry case of the Middle Ages Free time in Pietrasanta

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, October 26 - Fattoria Forci / Visit to San Martino (an old Oli...
Fattoria Forci / Visit to San Martino (an old Olive press) Fourth hands-on cooking lesson

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Fattoria di Forci, one of the beautiful Villas of Lucca, aristocracy family summer Residences in the XVII century Visit the cellars and the ancient olive mill (16th century) Transfer to San Martino, farm producing biodynamic wine and oil. Lecture on the farm production in the winery followed by a wine and olive oil tasting with cheese in the Wonderful Villa Sardi, another noble residence.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Transfer to the Cooking school for the fourth hands-on cooking lesson. Menu 4: Antipasto: Involtini di peperoni con crema al formaggio ed erbette (rolled peppers with cream cheese and herbs) Primo piatto: Pasta fatta in casa con fiori di zucca (fresh made pasta with zucchini flowers) Secondo piatto: Scaloppine alla Senese (Scaloppine with terragon) Dessert: Schiacciata con l’uva (typical sweet focaccia with grapes)

Dinner: Dinner at the cooking school.

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: There are places that have an undefinable, unique feel to them; something that only certain people can sense. The Hotel Universo is one of these places. L’Universo is one of the historical monuments of 19th-century Lucca, with a central location, opposite the eighteenth-century theatre and the splendid Ducal Palace. The rooms offer spectacular views out over the cathedral and the tree-lined Piazza Napoleone or Piazza del Giglio. The Palazzo was built some time in the 16th century and became a hotel in 1857, when guests included great names from Italian and international opera and theatre, who were playing at the theatre just opposite. The building still has the rooms, elegant salons and peacefully elegant atmosphere of times gone by.

Contact info:
Piazza del Giglio 1
Lucca, 55100 Italy
phone: +39 0583-493678
web: www.universolucca.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, direct telephone, television, Wi-Fi internet point, and minibar in every room category

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: € 120 DBL, € 110 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Nine: Monday, October 27 - Cinque Terre
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Excursion to Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Free time at the Cinque Terre

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Ten: Tuesday, October 28 - Departure from Pisa airport
Depart From: Morning departures based on flight schedule time


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