Week Of Culture, Music, Cuisine & History In Tuscany


Experience the Tuscan culture like never before in the luxurious setting of Villa Michaela and take away the skills to recreate at home. Learn how to cook Tuscan and Italian dishes with our Seven-Day course including daily workshops in our traditional Limonaia kitchen and gastro-tours of local markets and vineyards. Enjoy the fruits of your labour with long lunches and dinners beside the pool or in our stunning frescoed dining room.

Courses run for 7 nights.

Minimum of 10.

Day Rates include:


7 Nights accommodation
All cooking workshops
All tours as per itinerary
Transportation for scheduled excursions
All food & wine consumed at the Villa 
Rates exclude restaurant visits and transfers

7 Day Price Per Person:
€3750 for Deluxe Suite
€3250 for Deluxe Double Room
€2950 for Double Room (not en suite)

A deposit  of 30% is required upon booking



Day 1:

Collection from Pisa airport in air conditioned Mercedes Vito minibus seats 7.

Welcome dinner at Villa Michaela in our beautiful frescoed dining room.


Day 2:


Gastro tour of historic Lucca with an English speaking guide. Depart for Lucca with one of our English speaking guides for an afternoon tour of this jewel of a walled city. Try to catch Lucca’s renowned “mercato antiquariato”, the antique market which spills into all the little alleyways and piazzas. Enjoy some of the local culinary delights available in this famed medieval city.

Lunch  at  the wonderful restaurant Il Giglio.

Bicycle around the walls, shopping in the boutiques of Lucca or return to villa.

Cooking demonstration in the traditional Tuscan Limonaia kitchen with chef at 5pm.

8pm: Dinner in the dining room. 

Day 3:


Early breakfast and departure for the famous Pistoia food market – a wonderful photographic opportunity as this magnificent cornucopia of plenty unfolds against the backdrop of this ancient city. Early lunch in Montecatini Terme – a famous spa town with great shopping.

Return to the villa for afternoon “Hills of the North” cooking session, using the fresh ingredients purchased in the market. Enjoy the fruits of your labour with dinner at the Villa followed by a private opera recital in our stunning chapel. 

Day 4:


Tour the rolling landscape of Chianti, including one of the world's most spectacular drives to Greve with stunning views, stopping at several vineyards to taste the local DOC wines of the region. Typical Tuscan trattoria wine tasting lunch at one of the vineyards with Chianti wines.

Aperitivi and canapés before attending the (perfectly timed at one hour) Puccini/ Verdi opera recital in the stunning Chiesa San Giovanni. Dinner after the concert at a wonderful local Trattoria, offering traditional ‘casalinga’ or ‘homemade’ cuisine.

Day 5:


Our chefs will take you on a full day excursion to the fish markets in Viareggio, where you can purchase and taste some of the best seafood in Tuscany! If you are visiting in February or early March we can tie in this trip with the annual Carnevale di Viareggio!
Lunch will be enjoyed at leisure in one of the well known local Trattorias in Viareggio.

In the afternoon you can relax beside the pool for an hour or two before beginning a class where you will learn to create delicious seafood and fish based recipes from the local region such as ‘Cacciucco’. Dinner will be enjoyed at the Villa with a crisp glass of house wine.

Day 6:


Early departure for an all day visit to Florence with English speaking guide.

Dinner at Villa Michaela.

Day 7:


Depart early for a full day’s excursion to Cinque Terre where you can wander this stunning cluster of hilltop towns with your English speaking guide. Stop for a bite to eat at a local trattoria to fuel the afternoon hike up the hills of Cinque Terre to take in breathtaking views.

Finish off the day at leisure, shopping and exploring Cinque Terre before stopping for an early dinner to catch the sunset at a stunning beach side restaurant that boasts incredible views and even better food.

Day 8:


Your morning is free to indulge in pure relaxation. Spend some time wandering around the lush grounds that surround
Villa Michaela, or book a massage and/or beauty treatments for yourself all onsite. 


Courses available throughout February, March, April, October and November.