Italian Cooking Vacation

Welcome to Culinary Interludes Italian Cooking School, which offers cooking vacations in the foothills of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy. In our Italian cooking classes, you will learn to prepare regional Tuscan dishes, pasta, and the essentials of cucina povera, “real food”.


Our Italian cooking holidays include visits to markets, restaurants, vineyards and wine cellars, local artisans, and olive groves depending on season. The perfect cooking vacation for those who wish to be immersed in Italian food, wine and culture. 

Italian Cooking Vacation

Our Story

In the beginning… a group of friends stayed outside Lucca in 2006 for a holiday of good food, good wine and an authentic Tuscan culinary experience. The villa, the village and the region exceeded our expectations. We realised that it was too good to keep to ourselves and so began planning Culinary Interludes where we would provide Tuscan cooking classes within the context of an unforgettable vacation.

We invite you to join us in the quaint, rural region situated in the foothills behind the walled city of Lucca. This won’t be just a cooking vacation. We will share with you our secrets of local markets, artisans, providores, wine makers and home style Tuscan cooking using fresh locally sourced produce that you will shop for yourself and then prepare under the masterful eye of Chef Antonio.