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LOCATION: Palazzo Boccella, Pieve San Gennaro, Lucca

ROOMS: Single or double rooms with private baths

AMENITIES: Swimming pool, fruit garden, herb garden, wireless connection, laundry service

DAILY ACTIVITIES: Yoga, breakfast in the garden, optional market visit, cooking class, rest time, afternoon excursions (see below for details)

NOTES: Cooking classes will be based on market availability and reflect the many aspects of the region's cooking, as well as the inspiration that Viola draws from the ingredients. As we explore, we could be sidetracked by interesting experiences we had not considered before, therefore please consider the itinerary before with some flexibility.


Day 1

Arrival in Florence or Pisa airports, transfer to Palazzo Boccella, tour of the premises, light lunch and rest, tour of the town with sunset aperitivo, restorative welcome dinner cooked by Viola

Day 2 

Daily activities, excursion to the city of Lucca with bicycle tour of the walls and visits to local food shops. Shopping optional but hight advised. Typical dinner of pizza and cecina.

Day 3 

Daily activities, excursion to city of Pisa with Sunday dinner in a private home.

Day 4

Daily activities, excursion to local dairy producing pecorino with tastings. Dinner in country restaurant. 

Day 5

Daily activities, excursion to Pietrasanta including exploring the town's Roman roots and its place as a haven for contemporary art. Shopping optional but highly advised. Aperitivo and dinner in one of the town Michelin guide recognized restaurants.

Day 6

Daily activities, excursion to Villa Torrigiani with private tour of the villa and garden guided by the owner, Princess Vittoria Colonna di Stigliano. Aperitivo in the princess's private loge. Dinner at local restaurant. 

Day 7 

Daily activities, excursion to winery and/or local working farm. Dinner in the area.

Day 8 

Daily activities with visit to fish market, excursion to the seaside towns of Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio including bicycle tour of the boulevards, optional visits to the town's galleries and museums and visits to food shops. Shopping optional but highly advised. Sunset aperitivo on a private terrace followed by fish dinner.

Day 9

Breakfast and transfer to Florence or Pisa airport for those who are leaving. Those traveling on with us to Maremma, will drive along the Tuscan coast with Viola, stopping in local towns along the way, exploring markets and shops.

( itinerary subject to change )