ITALY RETREATS

7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany - 16th to 22nd May 2021

Melissa Mayo


Regular price $6,570.00
7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany - 16th to 22nd May 2021
7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany - 16th to 22nd May 2021
7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany - 16th to 22nd May 2021

7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany -  with Melissa Mayo

The retreat includes

  • 6 nights / 7 days luxuary 5-star accommodation, breakfast included
  • Complementary wine and cheese basket on arrival
  • 2 Airport transfers to and from Florence or Pisa airport (Pisa airport is a bigger and easier airport to fly into than Florence)
  • 1 trip to a local wine farm for lunch and a wine tasting
  • 3 cooking lessons with Melissa Mayo
  • 3 lunches and afternoon aperitivos at Susina Cucina and time at the pool 
  • 2 group dinners at top restaurants in Lucca
  • Day trip to the 5 Cinque Terre towns, including a boat trip, time to hike or explore and a gorgeous dinner on the coast
  • A walking/bike tour of Lucca's city walls, it’s landmarks and a walking food and wine tour of Melissa's favorite spots
  • Transport between the villa, cooking school, Florence, Cinque Terre, the wine farm and Lucca
  • Excludes air fare to Pisa or Florence

  

 

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY  May 16th 2021

Arrive in Florence or Pisa. Transport will bring you to the villa where you can unwind and enjoy a complimentary wine and snack basket.

 

MONDAY May 17th 2021

10am - Meet up after breakfast.

A van will bring you to Susina Cucina.

10am - 2pm Cooking Class, Lunch and Pool Time

Join Food Network Chef Melissa Mayo for a cooking class in her Tuscan kitchen. Learn how to make all the Italian classics. The class size is limited to 10, so it is an intimate experience. Each class will be followed by a long, lazy lunch and great Italian wines. There is also time to hang out at the pool and enjoy some cocktails before your siesta.

 

2pm - Return to the villa

Hang out at the pool or enjoy an afternoon siesta

8pm - Welcome Dinner

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Melissa's favorite restaurant in Lucca. It will be an evening of good food, wine and great conversation. This is the perfect time to get to know the other people on the retreat.

 

TUESDAY May 18th 2021

10am - Meet up after breakfast.

A van will bring you to Susina Cucina.

10am - 2pm Cooking Class, Lunch and Pool Time (see above)

2pm - Return to the villa

Hang out at the pool or enjoy an afternoon siesta

6pm – Walking Tour of Lucca

Join me for a walk or bike ride along Lucca’s famous wall. We’ll then head into the city and explore some of the famous sites, towers and piazzas while stopping at all my favorite foodie spots to sample local pizza, cheeses, bread, gelato, chocolate, pasta, wine and cocktails. You will also have time to do a little shopping if you want.

 


 

WEDNESDAY May 19th 2021

7am - Meet up after breakfast.

A van will take us to Portovenere.

8:30am – Catch a boat to the Cinque Terre towns

These five towns on the Ligurian Sea maintain the charm and character of Italian villages of the past. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the pastel towns that make up Cinque Terre or five lands. They are vintage settlements where life moves in the key of easy — each town clinging to the rocky coast, defying gravity and, most of all, defying time…

9am – 1pm Free time to explore

You will have time to explore the 5 towns. You can use the boat or train to hop between them or if you are up for a little exercise you can hike between one of the towns.

1pm - 3pm  Lunch in Vernazza

This is the perfect place to enjoy a gorgeous lunch of fresh local fish. I have picked one of my favorite spots for this.

3 - 5pm – Explore Monterosso

Walk along the promenade. You can also spend the time relaxing and swimming at one of the many beaches.

5pm – boat trip to Portovenere

6pm – 7pm Time to explore

Porto Venere sits on the Ligurian Sea next to La Spezia and the Cinque Terre. But it is a well kept secret of the locals and it is the home to Byrons Grotto and has a gorgeous marina and beach. This town is known for the best pesto in all of Italy, known as pesto Genovese. The basil leaves must be at least 25% of the total volume, and must have been grown in the Ligurian region.

7pm Dinner

We’ll enjoy a gorgeous dinner at overlooking the marina. You will get to sample Ligurian classics and the daily locally-caught fish.

9:30 pm – Return to the villa

 

 

THURSDAY May 20th 2021

10am - Meet up after breakfast.

A van will take us to a local vineyard.

11am- 2pm Wine tasting and Lunch

Visit the vineyard of one of Tuscany’s oldest wine making families. Learn about the history and the process while sampling some of the best local wine accompanied by a selection of the most amazing antipasti. This will be followed by a delicious 3 course lunch with a famed Italian chef.




3pm- Return to the Villa

Hang out at the pool or enjoy an afternoon siesta. You will also have time to take a train ride to the ocean, visit Lucca or one of the gorgeous Tuscan towns like Pisa, Forte di Marmi, Via Reggio, Pietrasanta, Florence, Portofino, Torre del Lago, Montecaini, Pistoia or Livorno.

 

 FRIDAY May 21st 2021

10am - Meet up after breakfast.

A van will bring you to Susina Cucina.

10am - 2pm Cooking Class, Lunch and Pool Time

2pm -  Return to the villa

Hang out at the pool or enjoy an afternoon siesta

8pm - Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a delicious 5 course dinner at this edgy Lucca restaurant where the 2 brilliant chefs change the menu every day. I can tell you the bread basket alone is enough reason to go and don’t even get me started on the desserts. This meal will blow your mind. This will close out our time together so come ready to celebrate in a big way.

 

SATURDAY May 22nd 2021

Check out at the villa after breakfast. Transport will take you back to Florence or Pisa airport.

 

 ABOUT SUSINA CUCINA

The property is newly remodeled and consists of a state-of-the-art kitchen with space for 10 students. There is a gorgeous deck for morning yoga, lunches and wine tastings. Lounge in the sun or dive in and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the pool.

 



LUCCA

Situated beside the Serchio River in northwestern Tuscany, Lucca is perhaps best known for its well-preserved city walls. They form a perfect ring around the Renaissance-era center. Enjoy a walk or bike ride, or grab dinner on this leafy two-and-a-half-mile path with views across green fields and terra-cotta rooftops.

Lucca is home to over 1000 restaurants, cafes and gelaterias. Sip on an spritz in Piazza dell' Anfiteatro, take in the views of the magnificent Romanesque Church of San Michele or climb one of the many towers. You can also grab an espresso and wander around the city. If you are into shopping you’ll find amazing leather, high fashion, souvenirs and food items in the many designer stores and boutiques.

Music is central in this city, the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini. In summer, melodies waft through the town from Piazza Napoleone, which hosts the Lucca Summer Festival, an annual outdoor concert series, now in it’s 22nd year.

This summer’s edition, features Paul Mc Cartny, Cat Stevens, Celine Dion, Ben Harper, Liam Gallagher, Paolo Conte and Lynyrd Skynyrd.Past artists include Sting, Elton John, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, James Brown, David Bowie, Green Day, Seal, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Mackelmore and many more.

Close by the villa is a gorgeous 4-mile trail along the riverbed and waterfall. Take a quite stroll or head out for a run under the lush canopy of trees brimming with wildflowers and butterflies.

EXPLORING TUSCANY

Lucca is located 1 hour from Florence, 20 minutes from Pisa and a 15-minute train ride from the ocean (Forte di Marmi and Via Reggio). It is 70 minutes from Portofino and 50 minutes from the Cinque Terre. You can catch a train at the Lucca station or hire a car and explore the local towns and beaches in the Tuscan region including Pietrasanta, La Spezia, Prato, Torre del Lago, Montecaini, Pistoia or Livorno.





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