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Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence

1. Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence

Discover how to make a typical Italian pizza with the help of a local chef from Florence, and get cooking tips on pizza and gelato making in the heart of the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” On arrival, an expert chef will be on hand to help you prepare the flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-like thinness. Learn how to make a flavorful, yet light tomato sauce. Even if you normally bake pizza in your oven, these techniques are universal. Roll up your sleeves to stretch, sauce and then bake your dough. End by slicing it for the best pizza you have ever tasted! Once you’ve made your pizza, get hands-on with the gelato! Learn about the basic ingredients and how to select the best raw produce according to specific principles. Get tips on the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques, and how each has a different effect on the ingredients. Don’t forget to collect your Graduation Certificate before you leave!

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From Pisa or Lucca: Half-Day Tuscany Chianti Wine Tasting

2. From Pisa or Lucca: Half-Day Tuscany Chianti Wine Tasting

Explore the glorious hills of Tuscany on a 4-hour tour of a picture perfect landscape just moments from the city centers of Pisa and Lucca. Following a pick-up from either city, travel to the picturesque countryside surrounding Pisa and stop at the winery. The owner will give you an insight into the various methods that go into producing the wines and extra-virgin olive oils of the estate. After a short introduction, go to the cantina to see where the wine is aged. Then, enjoy tastings of the delicious wines. Relax on the transfer back to your hotel, enjoying views of the Tuscan landscape along the way. Departures: From Pisa (your selected hotel or a close meeting point) From Lucca (your selected hotel or a close meeting point)

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1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

3. 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

Experience the magic of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour VIP hot air balloon flight over Lucca. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, dependent on weather conditions. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling hills below. As the balloons are directed by the breeze, each flight offers a unique experience every time. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your adventure. Then transfer back by shuttle bus to your take-off site.

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Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

4. Lucca: Guided E-Bike and Wine Tour

Meet your guide and grab your e-bike for a tour of charming Lucca and its surrounding villages. Visit a winery and learn all about the wine-making process as you go. Being your tour with an introduction to the city by your guide and a visit to the walls of Lucca. Ride over the 4 km of cycle path around the historic center as you admire the elevated position above the city. Next, ride out of the city into the surrounding countryside, among charming villages and family farms. The e-bike allows you to face a few short climbs effortlessly. Your guide will also explain the complexity of the vineyard ecosystem and its low environmental impact. Conclude your experience with a visit to a wine cellar. Taste local wine combined with typical local products such as bruschetta, meats, cheeses, and olive oil.

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Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

5. Lucca: Aperitivo Evening Food and Wine Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure. Sample the food and wine of Italy on a 2.5-hour walking tour of Lucca, and discover the Italian tradition of the aperitivo on the city’s narrow streets and medieval squares. Enjoy Italian beer or local wines that will leave you thirsty for more Become a local for the day as you join your guide outside Lucca Train Station. Learn about (and taste) the food culture of Italy as you stroll the narrow streets contained by the city walls and tall towers. Discover arts and crafts shops selling unique souvenirs, and see some of Lucca’s more than 100 churches. Enjoy an impressive view of Lucca before diving into the local life in the city center, where the beautiful Romanesque marble cathedral stands. Then, head to a favorite local spot: San Michele in Foro Square. This is where locals come to meet up with one another, typically for a friendly chat in a nice bar. While there, stop at a local bakery to try cecina, a traditional, focaccia bread with unexpected ingredients, alongside a glass of Italian beer or wine. Next, go the only oval square in Italy that takes the place of a typical Roman amphitheater. Relax close there in a charming Vineria with a glass of Lucca wine, along with an essential side of Tuscan crostini and pecorino cheese. Your tour ends here but feel free to hang around, order another drink and soak up the lively atmosphere of the square. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do, and eat during your stay in lovely Lucca. Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this evening walk adventure.

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Lucca: Sweet and Salty Bike Tour

6. Lucca: Sweet and Salty Bike Tour

Explore the little town of Lucca by bike in a group of no more than 10 participants and taste some of the city's salty and sweet treats along the way. Lucca is surrounded by walls that date back to the Renaissance, and is known as the City with 100 Churches. It’s also famous for its food: people talk far and wide of its many specialties and pastries.   Take a relaxing 3-hour ride around Lucca by e-bike and visit the main attractions of the town: see St. Martin Cathedral, St. Michele Church, Piazza Napoleone, and a part of the wall with your expert tour guide. Stop along the way to a renowned winery where you’ll enjoy a glass of wine from the hills of Lucca and some savory treats. Next, stop at a famous bakery where you’ll taste buccellato, a sweet bread with raisins and anise, and torta coi Becchi (a cake with chard, pine nuts, and raisins).

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Lucca: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

7. Lucca: Pasta Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Live an authentic culinary experience in Tuscan Lucca. Enter your host's farmhouse located on the rolling hills around Lucca and enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking class followed by a lively lunch or dinner. Learn to prepare handmade pasta and other famous Tuscan recipes. The formula is very simple: cooking, eating, talking, and meeting new people. The menu is traditional but prepared with love. Your host will delight you with familiar and simple dishes that taste amazing. After your delicious meal, relax in the main hall of the farmhouse with the other participants. Your host adores cooking and hosting guests. He has refined a menu of Tuscan specialties, using seasonal products and raw materials from the local market. Get ready to learn the secrets of Italian cooking.

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Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

8. Lucca: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

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Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

9. Flavors of Lucca Food Tour with Local Guide

You start your Lucca tour at the very spot that welcomes most visitors to the city: the Lucca train station. From there, you’ll head through the majestic city walls and reach the beautiful Cathedral Square, giving you your first taste of life in Lucca. But wait! To truly “taste” the city, you need to do just that and put your taste buds to work. Italians never start the day without their espresso fix, so you’ll do as the locals do and savor a cup of coffee. And because a good espresso goes best with a delicious treat, you’ll taste a traditional delicacy: Buccellato cake. You’ll be taken to a place where the secret recipe has been closely guarded since 1881. With caffeine and sugar fueling you, you’ll then head to the main shopping street of Lucca, admiring the medieval and Renaissance architecture and the signs of the old shops that testify to the city’s ancient artisan traditions: shoemakers, knife grinders, and silk merchants. But then, it’s time for more sweets as you enter the magical world of chocolate! Merchants and nobles were Lucca’s first lovers of chocolate and the tradition of chocolate-making has lasted for five centuries. You’ll taste the best selection in one of the most beautiful chocolate shops in town. Don’t worry, though, you’ll keep moving so you can walk off that chocolate stop. You’ll get to take in wonderful views from the top of the city as we wander along a part of the Renaissance walls. This pedestrian way is where locals regularly run, walk, and relax. This last stop on your Lucca tour will bring you to Roman times in the Piazza della Anfiteatro, or Amphitheatre Square, which is full of typical shops – and lunch! You’ll introduce you to some authentic food and wine, like maybe some Bazzone cured ham, Colonnata lardo, finocchiona salami, or Pecorino cheese produced in the Garfagnana mountains. To wash it all down, we’ll cheers with a glass of good local wine or artisan beer. 

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Lucca: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

10. Lucca: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, as you enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will enable you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks are also included, and consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. At the conclusion of your experience, you will also take a special souvenir back home: an official apron.

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What people are saying about Lucca

We had a great tour with Marta who was so kind, friendly and interesting. We really enjoyed learning about Lucca and its culture. The cycle of the walls was great as was the visit to the vineyard with excellent lunch and tasting of wines. A wonderful tour.

We had a wonderful cooking experience. It was such much fun learning the Italian cooking style, even though we don’t speak proper Italian. The translator did a great job and we will remember this evening for our life. Thank you!

On this entertaining, very informative tour, we learned a lot about the history and culinary highlights of Lucca. In between there were a few interesting stops with local specialties and drinks. Absolutely to suggest.

This excursion was wonderful. What a great introduction to evokes and to the city of Lucca. Our tour guide Lucca was nothing short of amazing. This is a MUST. Thank you Lucca

Luca was an excellent guide! The tour on the walls allows you to see Lucca at its best. The Urbani family made us feel at home. Experience to do absolutely!