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Our cooking lesson in villa in Lucca
"Living Lucca provided a highly tailored, professional cooking lesson at our private villa in Lucca. The food was supplied by the company and was home grown and of the highest quality. The sample menus that we learned to cook were well thought out and the lesson was informal and friendly but with lots to learn. The chef was very knowledgeable and as we asked more about different dishes she was happy to show us how to make them - which was in addition to what we had planned. Living Lucca really did go the extra mile to make it a useful, fun and very memorable holiday experience."
Chris Badham - London
A memorable experience in Lucca
Maggie & I have talked a lot during the week about the wonderful experiences you shared with us and I was instructed every day to send you our very sincere thanks when we returned home; so here it is.
We were both so pleased at your friendly approach and willingness to ensure that we had the maximum benefit from Giuseppe's wine tour, which for me was both enlightening and a memorable experience. Also, Caterina's lunch was so superb that we did not need food until next morning. Such homely and friendly people are difficult to find in this world. I hope they will continue to be successful in all that they do.
Thank you again for your commitment and friendship...
Very Best Regards and Gratzie Mille
Colin & Maggie - Ireland
An amazing cycle / city tour
We just want to say a hundred thank you's for the most amazing cycle/city tour we had with you. You really made Lucca come alive for us. We loved the bike ride on the walls and through parts of the city and then the personalised trip through the city itself. Thank you for giving us so much more than just a boring tour. You gave us so much insight into Lucca with all it's traditions and History and we are the richer because of it. Thank you for choosing a great lunch and tea spot for us as well. The food was good, the atmosphere great and the company even better. We feel priviledged to have met you and we just wish that so many more people could experience what we did. So thanks for being an amazing guide and for going the extra mile for us. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends.
Love your new friends,
Ian, Laverne, John and Cheryl - South Africa
Wine tasting, food and history on the hills
"One of the highlights of our holiday in Tuscany was a wine tour organised by Paola of Livinglucca. There were seven of us in our group and we were picked up from our apartment in Lucca by minibus. We followed the wine road. The sun shone and the picturesque valley was breathtaking. As we climbed we could see Lucca spread out below us in the distance.
Our first stop was the winery at villa Tronci where we were warmly greeted by Giuseppe the owner and his dog. Both he and his wife, Giovanna, spoke excellent English. Their villa has been in Giovanna's family for generations. It was a splendid building built in 1735, with glorious views out across the vineyards. We climbed the stairs to the main entrance on the first floor and were proudly shown two reception rooms, the sitting room and the dining room. There was much to admire in both, the decorated ceilings, the painted walls and pieces of furniture, some of which was original from the 1700s. We then descended to the kitchen where a huge table, in front of a roaring log fire, was set with wine glasses, cheese, salami and bread. Giuseppe spoke with knowledge and passion about the old grape varieties which he grows organically on the estate and he explained the process used to produce his red and white wines. We sampled both wines together with the food then walked down to the cantina where we saw the oak barrels used in the white wine production and the stainless steel barrels used in the red. Time was pressing so after some purchases of wine we moved on to the Greo winery. Here the whole enterprise was on a much larger scale. We assembled in the cantina where the owner, again in perfect English, welcomed us and explained the production process. We sampled the red wine together with savoury nibbles and spent a short time asking questions. Once again we were able to purchase the wine as well as olive oil and we each received a complementary wine glass.
Our final stop was at a nice farm, an idyllic spot with wonderful views of the hills all around. The owners raise their own rare breed of pig, the Cinta Senese, and they had prepared lunch for us with produce from their own farm. What a fantastic spread we had. We started with a range of mixed antipasti and this was followed by homemade pasta with a meat sauce. Roast pork and roast turkey with roast potatoes came next and it was all so good that we managed second helpings! For dessert we had homemade biscuits. The meal was accompanied by red wine (from the vineyard) and water and we finished with coffee and a homemade grappa for those who could manage it. The owners were so kind and considerate. At 3.30pm our minibus reappeared and we sadly had to leave.
The whole day had been a gastronomic delight in beautiful surroundings and with genial company".