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Cooking Class in Lucca's Historic Center

Lucca, Italy

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Unravel the secrets of Tuscany’s cuisine with a 5-hour cooking class in Lucca. Shop for fresh ingredients at the market, and then enjoy a tasting of honey, cheeses and olive oil back at the 18th-century palace where your class is held. Begin preparing a 4-course lunch with the help of your chef, and dig into your homemade creations when you're done, paired with regional wines. Best of all: you’ll leave armed with tips, techniques and a recipe book, so you can recreate your favorite dishes back home.
  • 5-hour Tuscan cooking class in Lucca
  • Shop for fresh ingredients and sample regional delicacies with a chef
  • Help prepare a delicious 4-course lunch, then pair your creations with local wines
  • Learn tips and tricks to recreate your favorite recipes back home
  • Suitable for all ages and skill level
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Market Tour
Prosecco and specialty food tasting
Hands-on cooking class
Four course Meal (Appetiser, Two pastas, Dessert)
Regional wines, bottled water, Nespresso
Recipe booklet written by Giuseppe
Certificate of Achievement
EVCC Apron (Adults)
Market Tour and Tasting
Olive Oil Tasting
Local Cheese and Honey tasting

Departure Point

Lucca, Lucca, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

Departure Time

9:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 4 adults per booking
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Il Cuore / Extra Virgin Lucca

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Cooking Class in Lucca's Historic Center?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "I would recommend this for people of all ages, the conversation was lively, the food was amazing and we had the unique chance to spend time in Giuseppe's beautiful home." See review


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Giuseppe Mazzocchi's Market Tour and Cooking Class
Marybeth S
, Nov 2019
Excellent, well-prepared, informative and fun market tour with an expert. The Cooking Class was awesome, food delicious and we were all inspired by Giuseppe.
wrong day and month
, Oct 2019
I made a reservation and didn't notice that the date they were showing me was the following month. I went in person the next day and they couldn't fit me in and would not give me a refund. No refunds even if you make a mistake and the date you booked is a month away!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Kelly, You were booked on October 26th via Viator. You did not show up or contact us. Maybe you communicated with Viator? If you had kindly contacted us directly instead of leaving a bad review, for which we had no knowledge, I would gladly have rescheduled you! You did not show up in person the next day (Sunday), as we are closed on Sundays. Yes, we are fully booked at this time of year, it is up to the guest to read and know the class date they select. But this is not an honest representation of the facts. If Viator refused you a refund you need to address with them, we handle the cooking, they handle the money. thank you.
My Favorite
, Jul 2019
To me my day in Lucca was the best part of my 20 day trip to Italy and the time I spent with the group getting to know a little bit of the town, with the group and the actual cooking class and tastings were spectacular. A great memory and I´ve already sent the link to friends who will visit later this year! I hope everyone enjoys it just as much!
We spent a day with Chef Giuseppe and left with last memories of our trip to Tuscany
, Jun 2019
We joined Chef at 9:30 for the market tour in Lucca. He's lively, charming and full of wonderful stories and information about Tuscan cooking. Our family of 7 included my 81 yr old mother, myself and my husband as well as our 20 - 25 year old kids. Everyone loved the experience. We shopped for ingredients alongside the locals, carried our purchases back through the winding ancient streets of Lucca and entered a courtyard only to find ourselves in one of the most beautiful apartments we've ever seen. The kitchen was beautifully set for our group to don the aprons and begin food prep. Giuseppe welcomed us with prosecco and we began our 4 course meal. He taught us about olive oil, we learned about the local cuisine and ingredients and all enjoyed the process of preparing the meal. The day ended with a special birthday cake for my husband (thank you Chef!!!) and we all left feeling full, happy and so grateful for our time spent in this wonderful class. I would recommend this for people of all ages, the conversation was lively, the food was amazing and we had the unique chance to spend time in Giuseppe's beautiful home. Mille grazie Chef!!!
Wonderful experience
Ray C
, Jun 2019
This was a great activity. Our Chef was personable, knowledgeable and spoke English very well. It was a hands-activity and the food was delicious. Would absolutely recommend.
Don't miss this cooking class and...
Carol C
, Oct 2018
Don't miss this cooking class and market tour with Chef Giuseppe. Yummy food and great recipes. A great day in Lucca.
We participated in 3 classes during...
Kim K
, Jun 2018
We participated in 3 classes during our stay and this one was by far our favorite! Giuseppe started our class with a walk around town to pick up fresh supplies needed for the day ahead. We then went to his villa which is absolutely AMAZING inside and prepared our meals. Giuseppe had a lot of patience with us and everything we cooked was amazing! I would definitely recommend this class to everyone!
This was the highlight of our 10...
, Apr 2018
This was the highlight of our 10 days in Italy! I would highly recommend this class to everyone!! Chef Giuseppe is such a charismatic and professional chef, with wonderful stories and good instruction on cooking. The class was very hands on, so we felt like we truly made the meal, and the wine we enjoyed was phenomenal. The small class of 8 was perfect, so we could all chat and participate, and the food was delicious. I'd come back to Lucca again just to take another class with Chef Giuseppe. This is a MUST-DO while in Tuscany.
We LOVED our cooking class in Lucca...
Anna W
, Mar 2018
We LOVED our cooking class in Lucca! Chef Giuseppe was top notch. From the local markets and stores to the Chef's beautiful home, and from the delicious dishes to the thoughtful details, every minute of this experience was magic. This was our favorite part of our trip to Italy. We cannot recommend this experience enough!!
Very nice and accommodating. His...
Lametria M
, Oct 2017
Very nice and accommodating. His home was very lovely and the decorations were personalized and provided a very welcoming ambience. The trip through the town to gather ingredients was charming and informative. Everyone was involved in meal preparation and the food was delicious! Chef G was awesome and very charming!

Product code: 9479P2

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