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The Puccini trail

  • The Puccini trail

    Opera buffs will be drawn to the birthplace of Lucca’s celebrated composer, Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). This giant of twentieth-century opera was baptised in the local church, Santi Giovanni e Reparata. The composer is inextricably linked with his Lucca homeland, and even played the organ in Lucca Cathedral. Puccini’s birthplace, the revamped Casa Museo Puccini, is a good starting point for any Puccini tour, and was where he spent a happy childhood and early adulthood. The house stayed within the Puccini family until passing to the Puccini Foundation in 1974. the dining room, complete with arrara marble fireplace, gives a sense of the lives of Lucca’s middle class. The Music Room is the centre of Puccini’s world, with the Steinway piano on which he composed Turandot. For a full Puccini tour, head west to Torre del Lago, on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, covered in an itinerary from Viareggio, and in Viareggio itself, as well as in Montecatini Terme, another Puccini haunt.

    Address: Museo Puccini, Corte san Lorenzo 9, Lucca
    Web: www.puccinimuseum.org

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Small Group Cooking Class: Ricotta and Dumplings

Learn how to make your fresh ricotta from scratch, and your gnocchi fresh and unique.
This course hand-on will give you the opportunity to make a double experience: make a ricotta from scratch and your gnocchi and one sauce (the best ever; fluffy like a pillows, light and without potatoes).
You'll have a cheeses tasting with an home made marmalade, honey with truffle and authentic aged balsamic from Modena with a glass of wine.
The class will be held in the old quarter of the artisans, a few steps from Palazzo Pitti and Ponte Vecchio. You will enjoy a hands on cooking class, with demonstrations of cheese-making.

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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class in a Tuscan Farmhouse

So you love pizza, you crave gelato, and you would like to get out of the city and discover the amazing Tuscan countryside. Experience it all at once during this 4 hour pizza and gelato cooking class in the Chianti Countryside with a famous local chef. Meet at the predetermined departure point and be transferred from Florence to a Farmhouse in Chianti and then back again. All off the ingredients needed to make your pizza and gelato will be provided.

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Half-Day Active Bike Tour to Fiesole & Olive oil tasting

Enjoy a small-group bike tour in Fiesole, the heart of Tuscany, in the middle of the Florence countryside. Just a few steps away from the city, it's an area dedicated to nature and appreciated by active people who love biking and outdoor sports.
The tour follows a path through green trails and remote country routes immersed in a unique landscape full of olive groves, vineyards, secular cypress trees, farmhouses, ancient villas and churches. It's truly a natural amphitheater shaped by men’s work. Included a brief stop at a local farm to eat, as is tradition ever since I was a child, bread and a very good local extra virgin olive oil.

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Private Tour: Pratomagno Mountain Day Trip from Florence

You will have the chance to experience the exclusive beauty and mystery of the Pratomagno, one of the most fascinating mountains in Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia. The tour commences with a visit to the quaint village of Loro Ciuffenna and an opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of Gropina’s Roman church. We will then visit several of the tiny medieval villages that are dotted across the mountainous landscape where we will be able to taste some of the delicious local produce. The day will end at the summit of Pratomagno, where you will enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

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