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September 22, 2015

Besotted by Lucca Tour

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44-300x300Besotted by Lucca Tour :

BEAUTIFUL LUCCA, ANTIQUES, MARKETS, A WEIRD BRIDGE AND A FIRENZE FLING!

Join me for a week of sublime sales,arresting antiques, magical markets, fantastic food and simply amazing sights!!

7 nights and 8 days

Day One- Monday Dawns…………..

Greetings and salutations from Firenze!!

We will meet at the Apartment (details emailed in your final confirmation letter) at 2pm for welcome drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic), a few nibblies and a quick orientation of the area.

After introductions and drinkies have been had, I will leave you to relax a little, wander if you wish, have a gelato at Grom, get some dolci from a local bakery , peer at the Duomo, get to know each other a little more or simply come wander with me until our welcome to Firenze dinner at a local trattoria where we will have traditional Tuscan style food, gorgeous wines, apertifs and a few grappas perhaps!!

(Meals : Dinner)

Day Two- Tuesday- Food here we come!!

No hurry this morning, I will be by to collect you at 9.30am for our Firenze fling half day tour starting at 10.00am. We will learn all the secrets of Firenze in this enlightening and delicious food/ history and orientation tour. After the tour, you will have the afternoon and evening free to do as you please. Definely go and check out the Chocolate festival in Piazza della Repubblica, wander over the Ponte Vecchio to check out Oltrarno or San Spirito or go up to Piazza Michelangelo at dusk for amazing views over Firenze. Check out Grom, go to the Uffizzi , climb the Cupola or gaze in wonder at the Duomo interior (or exterior). The possibilities are endless………BUT remember not too late as we have an early start tomorrow but it will be well worth it, I promise!!

(Meals : Breakfast, Food Tour tastings)

Day Three: Wednesday: Food Heaven awaits!

Early start today but well worth it. I will pick you all up at 6.30am so we can get to the train station to get to our special food tour by 7.30am where we will be picked up in a mini van by Alessandro of Italian Days Food Experience and head off in the Bolognese hills and surrounding areas for our STUPENDOUS food tour. Pancetta, vino, vinegar and formaggio await us!! I am not going to elaborate too much here as I want you to be surprised and really enjoy the day but I will say that you will EAT and DRINK to your hearts content,infact you will want to eat more but wont be able too and a fantastic day will be had by all. We will get back to Bologna about 4pm where we will have an hour to stroll (and walk off that food) or you may like to collapse in a café and sip a digestive until our train at 6pm…..

We will roll back into Firenze at 6pm and you will have the night to do as you wish- I don’t know about you but I will be sleeping off that food!!

(Meals :Breakfast and All day eating Food tour)

Day Four: Thursday: Farewell Firenze & Benvenuti Lucca !!

Morning is free for a wee sleep in and/or final look aroundFirenze.

I will pick everyone up at 11.30 to get the train to Lucca. Arrival in Lucca about 2.30pm.

I will get you settled in at the apartment in Lucca and give you a few orientation tips, maps etc and leave you to relax, wander a little amoung the gorgeous streets in Lucca- remembering most shops will be shut between 1pm-4pm, look at San Michele and the angel, walk around the outside of Luccas Duomo, San Martino and then go in and gaze in admiration at Tintoretto’s ‘Last Supper’, see the stray cats by San Dominica, smell the bread at Forno Casagli (reopens at 5pm!) let your eyes glaze at the luscious treccia, buccallato, breads and other delights at Tadeucci or simply lie down on your gorgeous comfy bed and have a wee kip if its all too much!!

I will pick you all up for our Besotted Lucca dinner at a local trattoria about 8.30pm where we can sample some rustic Lucchese cooking and simply divine dolci and digestives!! We don’t need to get up early so we can be a little indulgent and late!!

(Meals :Breakfast and Dinner)

Day Five – Friday: Luscious Lucchese lovelies…

Our lovely guide, Antonella of Tours by Locals.com will pick us up at 10am for a half day orientation tour of Lucca Centro Storico where Antonella will weave history and food together and show us some secret food places and delight us with Lucchese history. You will have the late afternoon and evening free to go back and see anything you would like to see in greater detail from this mornings tour or you may simply like to wander . A trip in the afternoon to Bagni di Lucca is easily reached for some strolling, see the oldest casino in Europe, maybe take the waters? Maybe whip up something to eat in the apartment or try a pizza at Gli orti di via Elisa or some fine dining at Buca di San Antonio (see eating, sleeping page for further details)

Day Six- Saturday: Warning!! Superb food ahead…

A busy day ahead!!

I will meet you all at Elisa gate at 9.30am and we will go wander off to meet Heather, our guide and owner of Sapori-e- Saperi , fantastic local rural adventures. Heather’s adventures are amazing, they are unique and best of all they support local rural communities. We will be in safe hands today:) Heather will take us to a family run local dairy where we can see ricotta and pecorino cheese (many say pecorino is the best of the cheese) being made.Scrumptious samples will be tasted. I will be famished by then so we will head off to Il Vecchio Mulino in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for a lunch that will refine the meaning of lunch for you!! Provided we don’t spend all afternoon eating at il Vecchio (which is easily done, believe me!!) , we will have a wee wander round Castelnuovo before heading off into the distance to see Ponte della Maddalena (Devils bridge) at Borgo a Mozzano. Now if you weren’t stuffed enough, we will solider on to our wine and olive oil tasting at a local winery- Colle Verde, where you will be able purchase wine and oil to your hearts delight.

Return to Lucca about 5-6pm.

Evening free to collapse and relax!! or maybe go dancing to work off the food and wine?

(Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Wine and Olive oil tasting Tour)

Day Seven : Sunday- Antiques day

Today is your day as its ANTIQUES day.…yay!! You may like to take a trip to Pisa(20 mins away by train) or Pietrasanta, Viareggio, Cinque Terre(full day!!) Firenze again , Pistoia or Prato………if markets are not your thing .Now have a fabulous day but not to fabulous food wise because we have a very special dinner lined up. I will meet you all at the apartment at 4pm where we will have a cooking lesson with Gabrielle where she will use the ricotta we saw being made yesterday in our final farewell dinner, which will be 3-4 local dishes as part of the lesson. So don’t eat too much and leave lots of room for a long luscious Lucchese meal………and some local wines to go with what promises to be a fantastic meal.

(Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day Eight: Monday:Kiwi brekkie awaits & Arrivederci Lucca….

A small sleep in after last nights festivities………..no hurry to get up. I may come round to the apartment to cook you brekkie!! Kiwi style…………But you neednt get up, relax in bed if you wish until I holler………..and that won’t be until 10am at least :)

Perhaps a last look around lovely Lucca rather than a sleep in. Look again at the markets and plans hopefully are a foot to come back……

Time for final shopping/ some chocolate salami from Tadeucci or treccia to take home or where ever you go to next? Some gorgeous leather gloves? Perhaps a few bottles of Lucchese wines…..

At lunchtime I will bid you farewell amidst hugs, kisses and definte plans to come back. I shall expect emails from all.

( Meals:Breakfast)

Meals included in the Tour price are listed above.

Included in this tour :

7 Breakfasts.

3 nights accomodation inFirenze.

4 nights accomodation inLucca.

Welcome drinks and nibbles.

WelcomeFirenzeDinner.

Firenze Food/ History half day tour.

Train to and fromBologna.

BolognaFull Day Food Tour.

FirenzeArtisan Chocolate Festival.

Transport to Lucca.

Welcome toLuccadinner.

LuccaCentro Storico Food/history tour.

Transport toBorgo a MozzanoandCastelnuovo di Garfagnana.

Luncheon at Il Vecchio Mulino (or similar).

Wine and Oil Tasting in Lucchese hills.

Cooking lesson and Farewell dinner inLucca.

Recipe book and Apron from cooking lesson.

Transport to and fromCastelnuovo.

All house wine provided at Local restaurants, wineries and eateries .

andSUPERB COMPANY!!!!

All additional purchases you choose to make of wine, liquor, food at the places we visit and are not noted above as being included are at a cost to yourself.

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