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9 Days | 8 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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Itinerary for Nov 1 — Nov 9, 2013

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Day One: Friday, November 01 - 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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, November 02 - 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 local restaurant

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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, November 03 - 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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, November 04 - Fattoria Forci / Visit to San Martino (an old Oli...
Fattoria Forci / Visit to San Martino (an old Olive press) Second 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. 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, 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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, November 05 - Viareggio, third cooking lesson
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Viareggio. On the way stop in Torre del Lago. Expert-led exploration of the town of Viareggio famous for the “Liberty” style architecture of some of its buildings along the promenade.

Brunch: Snack and Aperitif at the Gran Caffe’ Margherita,

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 at the Cooking School

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, 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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, November 06 - 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: Free Time

Dinner: Dinner on own

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Thursday, November 07 - 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 on your own

Lodging: Hotel Universo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: € 110 DBL, € 100 SGL B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Friday, November 08 - Free time, and Fourth Cooking Lesson
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Morning at leisure. Suggestions: - Florence or Pisa

Lunch: Lunch on your own

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, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, November 09 - Departure from Pisa airport
Depart From: Morning departures based on flight schedule time


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16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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