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Program #19672RJ
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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Jeff Marger Dec 11, 2014 at 09:29 AM

Thanks very much to all who replied to my inquiry. Based upon your very positive feed-back, my wife and I have enrolled for the 4/30/15 program, leaving from Kennedy (NY). If anyone else is attending this session, please feel free to make contact. Thanks for everyones' help--Jeff Marger
barbara cronin Dec 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Buon viaggio. The poppies should be in bloom! Enjoy the underated charm of Lucca where the food is also fabuloso and the people are warm and gracious!


Cathryn Dzaugis Dec 10, 2014 at 04:41 PM

I learned how to make pasta, gnocchi, and more! While I knew how to do some things, there were enough challenges and techniques taught to make the class interesting and fun.


Jeff Marger Dec 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM

My wife and I are both avid amateur cooks. Is the level of cooking instruction beyond "this is how to chop an onion"? The trip sounds great if the cooking instruction is really hands on
and somewhat challenging. We would love to chat with
someone who has been on the trip. Thanks-Jeff Marger
barbara cronin Dec 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This course will challenge and increase skills of "avid amateur cooks". It is absolutely hands on and the Chef Instructor is skilled, talented and extremely professional. In addition the atmosphere enhances an understanding and appreciation of the Joy of the entire process. "How to chop an onion?" As we say in the south "bless your heart". I would go again tomorrow and be assured I'd learn a whole new set of skills and level of appreciation. And, as a bonus you,lol have a great time.
Jeff Marger Dec 10, 2014 at 01:18 PM

Thanks very much. This program appears to be perfect for us. We'll be checking our calendar, picking a date, and signing up. Your input and enthusiasm is much appreciated-Jeff
Cathy Patla Dec 10, 2014 at 04:38 PM

My end-of-October group learned to make 16 dishes (four courses on each of four days). The cooking school was more focused on how to combine items and at what point than on ‘learning how to correctly chop an onion’. We did, however, learn to make pasta from scratch. The ‘field trips’ were a highlight of the program. We visited a winery, olive oil ‘factory’, cheese factory, etc., where experts introduced us to their products and taught us how to appreciate good quality. Our group has suggested to Road Scholar that a “Part II” for this program be created for those who have completed Part I. Additionally, my family requested that I make and serve an Italian Thanksgiving. I didn’t serve turkey, but my family was thrilled with the four courses that I made myself as a result of attending this program!
barbara cronin Dec 10, 2014 at 05:07 PM

Cathy: I didn't even go into the field trips, nor what a FANTASTIC leader Christina is, along with her intown tour buddy! I also thoroughly enjoyed visiting the market and watching people examine each product minutely. I was in a group of ten and it was perfect. I also really enjoyed Lucca and felt like I was back in the Florence of 15 years ago!! It should also be mentioned that the focus and subsequent discussions of each days menu was dependent on what was FRESH at the morning market. I think a PART 2 is brilliant - SIGN ME UP!
Cathy Patla Dec 10, 2014 at 06:12 PM

Our group was VERY lucky... there were only 7 of us. I understand that most groups are 14. I can't imagine 14 people being in that kitchen at one time, and everyone getting to participate. It should be noted that the menu given in the Road Scholar 'program details' is probably NOT what you will be making. As you said, the menu depends on what's available at the time. My travel partner and I were quite disappointed, but the chef did accommodate our one request (one of the reasons we signed up was for that menu item!). As a side-note, do NOT go to Lucca the last week of October. They were setting up for Comic Con (yes, little Lucca has a week of Comic Con), and between the construction noise beginning at 6:30 every morning, and the lack of a square in front of the hotel (our view was hundreds of tents being erected which we had to walk/drive around), it took away some of the charm of the city.


Marilyn O'Leary Oct 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I am attending the Oct. 19-28, flying by myself from JFK on Delta, leaving at 6:03 pm, Fl, 444. Anyone else on that flight?
Cathy Patla Oct 14, 2014 at 08:28 AM

Nancy and I are going from Newark to Munich, then Munich to Pisa. Will you be stopping in Munich?
Marilyn O'Leary Oct 14, 2014 at 01:00 PM

No - straight from JFK to Rome. I'm arriving in Rome at 8:30 am Monday, leaving for Pisa at 10:00.
Cathy Patla Oct 14, 2014 at 01:14 PM

We'll look forward to meeting you in Pisa. We arrive there at 12:40 p.m.


Barbara Canady Aug 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Hi All,
I'm very excited about the upcoming program 10/8-17. I"m traveling as a single from JFK. Are there any other singles on the trip? Looking forward to meeting everyone!


barbara cronin Jul 12, 2014 at 07:42 PM

A commitment you will NOT regret. I went in May and absolutely loved it. You not only learn a lot from Chef Jean Luc, but you will have a lot of just plain FUN! Do not worry about travelling by yourself. There were four "travel alone woman" in my group of ten and due in large part to the great group facilitators and in part to the face that
you will find that the group as a whole is very inclusive and without doubt, there will be other woman travelling alone. I envy you! I wish I hadn't gone, so I could go in October. You will absolutely love it and my best to Christina!


Barbara Bosse Jul 12, 2014 at 07:11 PM

I just commited to this program Oct 19-28. I am excited. Traveling by myself -any other solo travelers? This is my first road Scholar trip.
Cathy Patla Jul 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

My friend, Nancy, and I will be there with you. We're going Newark to Munich to Pisa. How about you?
Barbara Bosse Aug 18, 2014 at 03:45 PM

I have not made travel plans yet. Trying to decide if I want to add another city to front or back end of tour.


barbara cronin May 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Suitcase packed - waiting for ride - Tuscany here I come! Prima plate=tampa-Gatwick, Seconde=Gatwick-Pisa. I'm not too excited!


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