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8 Day Parla e Cucina 2020
time 8 Days / 6 Nights

Don’t just visit Tuscany – immerse yourself in the language and cooking of the region! Your base will be the spectacular walled-city of Lucca. Each morning you will join a small group for four hours of fun and interactive Italian language instruction. In the afternoons, you will be able to use your new Italian language skills while experiencing the culture and cuisine of this area.

One cooking class will focus on the local tradition of cooking, utilizing fresh local ingredients in simple recipes. During a wine tasting and an olive oil lessons, you learn how to distinguish the flavors, textures and colors of the local vintages and oil production. Lucca itself has much to offer to food and wine lovers and you will enjoy an insider’s culinary walking tour of the city.

Parla e Cucina in Lucca is the ultimate local Italian experience!

inclusionAt a Glance
  • Saturday - Depart US to Italy
  • Sunday - Arrival in Italy!
  • Monday - Language Class, Art & Food Walking Tour of Lucca
  • Tuesday - Language Class, Cooking Class
  • Wednesday - Language Class, Wine Tastings
  • Thursday - Language Class, Olive Oil Tasting & Dinner
  • Friday - Language Class, Free Afternoon
  • Saturday - Return to US
dates Itinerary
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Board your overnight flight and you're off to your exciting Italy vacation!
*Flights are not included in the price of this package. We are happy to arrange them for you.

Arrive in Pisa, Italy. Your private driver will bring you to your Lucca hotel. Settle in and rest up. Tomorrow begins your immersion into Italian language and food!

Overnight in Hotel

This morning, have breakfast in your hotel, then walk a very short distance to your school for the week.

Buongiorno! Today, at 8:30am, we start with a short language exercise to ensure you join the most appropriate language class for your level of knowledge and experience. After a short break you have your first language lesson ending at 1pm.

You will have some free time for lunch on your own.

At 4:15pm, meet back at the school for a brief explanation of the complete program and its activities for the entire week.

Then, head out for your guided tour - a food and wine lovers' walking tour of the town, introducing not only the historic center but also the traditional ingredients and specialties of the area.

Overnight in Hotel

Breakfast in hotel, walk to school.

From 9am to 1pm you will have an Italian language class lead by a professional instructor, with a 30 min coffee break at 11am.

At 3pm we head into the kitchen for a delicious cooking class exploring the tradition of Tuscan peasant cooking which focuses on simple recipes using fresh local ingredients and not wasting a thing! Depending on the season we may prepare panzanella (a summer bread salad) or ribollita (a vegetable-heavy soup) for example.

We will taste our creations during a dinner paired with local vintages.

Overnight in Hotel

Breakfast in hotel, walk to school.

From 9am to 1pm you will have an Italian language class lead by a professional instructor, with a 30 min coffee break at 11am.

At 4pm we meet again at the school and depart for a visit to the beautiful wine area just outside of Lucca. We’ll follow the fascinating process of how wine is made from vineyard to glass and we’ll enjoy a comparative tasting of both red and white wines.

At 5:30pm you begin your wine tasting class. You will learn how to distinguish the different flavors, colors and textures that each wine presents and how to pair different wines with specific dishes. Look, smell, taste - enjoy!
Overnight in Hotel

Breakfast in hotel, walk to school.

From 9am to 1pm you will have an Italian language class lead by a professional instructor, with a 30 min coffee break at 11am.

Break for lunch on your own.

At 4:30pm, we'll meet again at the school to learn everything about olive oil: the land and soil, the processing, the varieties of olives, the flavor, how to choose olive oil, and how to taste it properly.
We will taste samples and learn to recognize its sensory attributes. Enjoying olive oil with food.

Then, you will have dinner at a restaurant where we enjoy a tasting menu of perfectly matched specialty food and wines.

Overnight in Hotel

Breakfast in hotel, walk to school.

From 9am to 1pm you will have an Italian language class lead by a professional instructor, with a 30 min coffee break at 11am.

This afternoon is at your leisure to relax and explore Lucca on your own.

Overnight in Hotel

Enjoy your last breakfast in your hotel before you check out. Your private driver will meet you in the lobby to bring you to the airport. We hope this was an exciting and enriching experience that will remain with you for a lifetime.

Feel free to ask us if you have any questions or would like suggestions on how to extend your Italy vacation.