Luxury Lucca Villa Cooking

When it comes to food, Tuscany is a region with an abundance of natural ingredients. From seafood and fish to meats, cheeses, olive oils, wines, fresh vegetables, and of course homemade pasta, Tuscany is a cooking tour destination that is always unforgettable.

On The International Kitchen’;s 7-night cooking vacation in Tuscany, discover stunning landscapes and the centuries-old gastronomical traditions while enjoying lodging nestled in the rolling hills near Lucca. An ancient Etruscan settlement, Lucca became a part of the Roman Empire and developed its prominent city wall transformed today into a picturesque pedestrian path.

Be prepared for an exceptional gastronomical experience as your private chef and sommelier guide and assist you through your culinary vacation. After growing up in Romania, Chef Valentino moved to Tuscany to focus on the art of cooking and the business of villa hospitality. Just as Chef Valentino is passionate about the food of Tuscany and teaching his students new skills in the kitchen, his wife, Larisa, is passionate about wine. As a sommelier, she strives to teach all of her guests about the different grape varieties and how to pair wine with food; as such, each of your included meals will be paired with wine.

Luxury Lucca Villa Cooking

When it comes to food, Tuscany is a region with an abundance of natural ingredients. From seafood and fish to meats, cheeses, olive oils, wines, fresh vegetables, and of course homemade pasta, Tuscany is a cooking tour destination that is always unforgettable.

On The International Kitchen’;s 7-night cooking vacation in Tuscany, discover stunning landscapes and the centuries-old gastronomical traditions while enjoying lodging nestled in the rolling hills near Lucca. An ancient Etruscan settlement, Lucca became a part of the Roman Empire and developed its prominent city wall transformed today into a picturesque pedestrian path.

Be prepared for an exceptional gastronomical experience as your private chef and sommelier guide and assist you through your culinary vacation. After growing up in Romania, Chef Valentino moved to Tuscany to focus on the art of cooking and the business of villa hospitality. Just as Chef Valentino is passionate about the food of Tuscany and teaching his students new skills in the kitchen, his wife, Larisa, is passionate about wine. As a sommelier, she strives to teach all of her guests about the different grape varieties and how to pair wine with food; as such, each of your included meals will be paired with wine.


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The week spent with Valentino and Larisa in Lucca was perfect. The cooking classes exceeded our expectations and the lodging was excellent. The overall program was well managed, fun, educational and relaxing. We couldn't have asked for more. Most importantly Valentino and Larisa made us feel more like family or friends than clients. Charming, personable and professional. We would strongly recommend any program offered by these two professionals and would be pleased to be a reference for them if it is ever helpful. [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] Yes, we had more than sufficient information. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] Peg was extremely professional and helpful. I would recommend her and the program to others. Ross, FL

Trip Details

5 cooking classes with Chef Valentino. Sample menus include:

  • ricotta and spinach ravioli, tagliatelle with pesto, pork roast with potatoes, cantucci cookies with Vin Santo
  • saffron risotto with zucchini and taleggio cheese, chicken ‘alla cacciatora’ with polenta, tiramisù
  • vegetable minestrone, lasagna, ‘zuppa lucchese’
  • bucatini with amatriciana sauce, Tuscan steak and beans, ‘castagnaccio’ cake
  • prawns with cannellini beans, paccheri pasta alla marinara, fish in parchment, lemon semifreddo


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