Presepe in Lucca

Christmas in Lucca

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With the excuse of visiting markets, Christmas street markets, nativity scenes, Christmas exhibitions, you can also tour Lucca. Let’s unite pleasure with …. pleasure …. in just five easy steps. 1. Santa Maria Corteorlandini and its Nativity Scenes This is one of the most beautiful and little-known churches in Lucca. The Christmas period is a perfect time to visit it. Its name is aristocratic and important. The Rolandinghi family, in the Early Middle Ages, resided in this square leaving the high-sounding name to the Church. It also has another name used by the locals, Santa Maria Nera, and shortly we will discover why. The church has a sober exterior but is richly decorated inside as was the case with the majority of the palazzos of Lucca’s aristocracy. Columns, arches, altars, and lavish frescoes done by the best artists of...

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Individual Tours: Cooking Lessons in Lucca

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You’re never alone in the kitchen especially when taking our individual cooking tours. Inside the walls of Lucca, there are many excellent restaurants that serve, depending on the time of year, piatto forte, buccellato, garmugia, rapini, gobbi, rovelline, trippa, verdure al tegame… Fantastic, but what are they exactly? And how can you boast to friends, once you return home, about the beauty of the hills of Lucca dotted with 17th/18th-century monumental villas, and the wonderful cuisine that stimulated you to take cooking lessons in order to learn how to make the dishes perfectly? No problem, it’s easy. Just call us! We can organize a guided tour that takes you through the spectacular hills of olive groves and vineyards and through the villas with their parks and gardens, which, depending on the season, are blooming with camellias, azaleas, wisteria, and...