Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 15, 2016

Easy Peasy Paola

Last night we were invited to a fun evening at Villa Catureglio at Borgo a Mozzano, a few kilometres from Bagni di Lucca.

Before I left Australia for Italy earlier this year I met a group of Australians who like to travel. They have known each other for 30 years and visit fabulous places all over the world. This year they are staying at Villa Catureglio as part of an Italian visit.

Who can blame them for wanting to stay here?

Villa Catureglio


Villa Catureglio

As part of their stay they wanted to have an Italian cooking lesson, so I introduced them to my lovely friend Paola. I thought she would be a good fit for this fun group.

When we arrived the lesson was well underway.

Paola cooking class

Paola cooking class

The best part of a cooking lesson is that you get to eat the results.

Paola cooking class

Paola cooking class

Thank you Maree, Michael and friends for including us in your delightful evening. I hope the rest of your trip is excellent.


  1. Looks fun and no doubt was good eating as well.

    • Yes, it was a great evening.

  2. That would have been a super evening as Paola is such a fun lovely lady

  3. It all looks like something out of a film!

    • Perhaps we could make one.

  4. It looks like a lovely place, and what fun to enjoy good food and friendsπŸ˜€ I imagine Paola kept everyone laughing while they created a fabulous meal.

    • Paola knows how to make a cooking lesson fun.

  5. Looks fantastic. I assume the vino was flowing as well?

    • Of course, siamo in Italia.

  6. Nice πŸ˜‰

  7. What fun they must have even just planning their holidays. They seem to have their priorities in good order!

    • I think it is a great thing for a group of friends to do.

  8. What a delightful post – you did well with your introductions by the look of it. c

    • I knew that these people would love Paola.

  9. …and fun was had by all! Beautiful place, beautiful food, great friends. Yum.

    • What more could you want?

      • Assolutamente niente!

  10. Debra is this a cooking school in Italy?

    • Yes, the villa is in the next village from where we live in Bagni di Lucca. Paola went to the villa to do the cooking class.

      • Is there a link for the cooking school? Thanks. πŸ™‚

      • Villa Catureglio is not a cooking school, just accommodation. It is often used for wedding parties. They have website… Paola does cooking lessons in other people’s kitchens. I can send you her details if you like.

      • Thanks Debra for the information. I’m looking for cooking schools, so thought it might be one listed.. Appreciate your info. πŸ™‚

  11. Looks like a great evening. Paola looks like a fun teacher. πŸ™‚

    • Paola is great fun all the time.

  12. How marvellous for long time friends to get together in this way! Think of all the memories stored up with experiences like cooking with Paola in an idyllic Italian setting. What other places have they visited as a group, I wonder? one thing’s for sure with this 50s something group – Dolce la Vita!

  13. How fabulous…..great experience!

  14. Beautiful location and looks like a great experience with good food and wine too!

  15. Cooking is an international language!

  16. Can smell the food and hear the laughter (almost)

    • Dear Debra,

      Thank you again for your most valuable information and for sharing your local knowledge. Paola is certainly a hidden GEM for anyone who is looking for a fun Italian cooking class in the Bagni di Lucca area. Easy Peasy Paola

      Yes, it’s great to share so many wonderful experiences with old school friends especially as most of us have now reached 60!! Our adventures have included a farm in the Snowdonia region of Wales, an Agriturismo in central Tuscany, a villa on the shores of Lake Como, a castle near Galway in Ireland, the villa in the hills above Bagni di Lucca and a hilltop town in middle Tuscany.

      Sounds opulent but when costs are shared for private bus hire, food, wine and accommodation, it becomes reasonably economical.

      All you need is a bit of time spent researching on the net and a great group of life long friends

      Thanks again Debra and Jim for sharing with us our Bagni di Lucca experience.

      Maree and Michael

  17. Wow! That’s Italian living, and not just Italian going. πŸ˜‰

  18. It should be noted that Catureglio is the beautiful restored summer residence of the famous British architect Sir Michael Hopkins, designer among other things of Portcullis House used by UK MPs opposite the Houses of Parliament and the Welcome Trust building on Euston road. Every year he gives permission to the locals to celebrate Holy Mass in the chapel of the Villa which used to belong to the Mansi of profligate Lucida Mansi fame.

  19. Looks like a great evening. Paola looks like a fun teacher.:)

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