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An afternoon tour in the Lucca area, led by our friend Paola (see her biography below). It lasts from about 3.00pm until about 5.30 or 6pm. An unforgettable experience of the culture of olive oil, wine and history.


Guided tour. A walk along olive trees groves and vineyards, information on cultivation techniques and the microclimate of the area, visit an olive oil mil; with an explanation of how extra virgin olive oil is made, with multimedial tools and also how it used to be in the past with ancient stone olive press of 18th century. After the visit, an olive oil and wine tasting.
This tour takes place in a lovely village near Lucca, starting at about 3,00 pm and returning around 5,30/6,00 p.m. Paola will accompany throughout the tour.


Prices: With driver Driver yourself, following Paola
4 guests 90euros/person 65 euros/person
5-6 guests 90euros/person 60euros/person
7 or more guests 90euros/person 55euros/person


Paola is a friend who was born in Tuscany and lives in Lucca with her husband, a journalist, and their young son. She spent 20 years in the fashion industry, becoming fluent in English, and meeting people from all over the world, who all wanted to visit her in Lucca. She enjoyed showing them her town so much that she went back to school and graduated from the Italian school for tour leaders and operators. She has been leading groups for 5 years, and her philosophy is to show others what she likes to find when she travels: not only the important monuments, but also the 'real' life of the Italy, its local people and culture.




We are a group of 8 adults who enjoy cooking and drinking wine. What a perfect match to Villa Aquilea! The cooking class and pizza night with James were highlights at the villa, and "Butterfly" restaurant was spectacular! We enjoyed other culinary finds on our day trips in the area. The view from the villa is the best in Tuscany!

- Cindy B, Rochester Minnesota, guest 2010

My husband and I visited the Villa last August and I still can't believe the vivid memories of the house, flowers, the pool and the wonderful people in the surrounding town of Lucca. I can actually say to friends that I cooked an Italian meal in Tuscany. We visited Florence and Pisa during the day and then cmae back to this beautiful place in the evening. We watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun while visiting and then looked around and it was not a movie it was real. We would recommend the experience to anyone.

- Bob and Edna P, Palatine, Illinois, guests 2009