7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany- - 9th to 15th May 2021
7 Day Luxury Curated Culinary Experience in Tuscany - 9th to 15th May 2021 with Melissa Mayo
The retreat includes
- 6 nights / 7 days 5-star luxury accommodation , breakfast included
- 2 Airport transfers to and from Florence or Pisa airport (Pisa airport is a bigger and easier airport to fly into than Florence)
- 5 morning yoga classes Monday- Friday
- 5 evening yoga classes Monday- Friday
- 5 cooking lessons Monday- Friday with Melissa
- 5 lunches and afternoon aperitivos at the pool
- Group dinner at a local restaurant in Lucca
- Transport between the villa, the cooking school and Lucca
- Excludes air fare to Pisa or Florence
MONDAY - FRIDAY SCHEDULE
9am - Meet up after breakfast.
A van will bring you to Susina Cucina.
9:15-10:30am - 75 minute yoga class
Reconnect with your body as you flow through a series of asanas designed to restore balance and harmony. This yoga class is appropriate for all levels. The daily practive will include breathing, postures, and meditation to leave you calm and inspired. The classes are the perfect way to center in and get in a full mind body workout.
10:45am - 2pm cooking class with Melissa
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 in 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 siesta.
2:30pm - Return to the villa
Enjoy and afternoon siesta or head off and explore Lucca or one of the nearby towns.
5:15-6:30am - 75 minute yoga class with Chad.
WELCOME DINNER - Monday at 8pm
Join us for a 5-course meal at one of Lucca's most famed restaurants for an evening of food, wine, desserts and great conversation. This is the perfect time to get to know the other people on the retreat.
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.
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. This summer’s edition, features Paul Mc Cartny, Cat Stevens, Celine Dion and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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.
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 will have time every afternoon to catch a train at the Lucca station or hire a car and explore the local towns and beaches. You can arrange a cheese and wine tasting at many of the local vineyards.