Life at the Palace

Living at Palazzo Boccella is, for the students of MADE School, an integral part of their training, both at a professional and personal level.

Their community life is constantly supervised by the coach of the School, who watches over the students, supports and guides them in their daily activities outside the lessons.

After the lessons, students will participate in practical workshops with professionals from the different areas of catering and reception, but will also have to prepare the meals and set the tables. The division into alternating staff groups allows students not only to experience all professional specializations, but also to develop their ability to work in group and their team spirit, while also stimulating each of them to improve and creating healthy competition within the team.

Moreover, the fact of living together with peers coming from different areas represents a valuable opportunity for personal growth. For many students, this is the first experience of life away from home: with its controlled and protected environment, MADE School will be for them an opportunity for independence and empowerment.


Palazzo Boccella was built in the early 16th century by Enrico Boccella, a good friend of the Buonvisi family, who owned several buildings in San Gennaro, a small village on the hills of Capannori, in the province of Lucca. No certain information exists about the first years of the Palace. Then, Cesare Boccella, born in 1810, returned to Lucca after studying between Parma and Montpellier, and was appointed as Minister of Education by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II. During his term of office, between 1849 and 1854, the idea came to him to merge the Universities of Pisa and Siena. The Grand Duke was reluctant, and did not allow him to do that. It is said that, because of such refusal and of the impossibility to complete his project, Boccella fell in a state of prostration which led him to withdraw from public life in the Palace of San Gennaro. He died in Lucca in 1877.

Later on, the property of the Boccella family was bought by other locals, the Fatinelli family, who therefore extended their properties and used the Palace for other purposes. They started using the stables as cellars, the rooms of the servants for silkworms and for the drying of grapes, and the rooms of nobles were turned into a primary school with a small apartment for the beloved Mrs Belli, a teacher who had managed, with her exquisite kindness, to teach not only to young people, but to all those who lived in the area.

Still today, a stone on the wall of the palace commemorates the death of one of the children of the teacher during Resistance. The street “via Ilio Menicucci” was named after him.

In the following years, the Palace was sold several times until 1998, when the Municipality of Capannori bought it. After saving it from an inexorable decline, the Municipality assigned Palazzo Boccella to the Foundation named after it and created with the specific aim of a renovation to the highest standards, so as to give it a new life and keep it active through activities linked to the promotion of local products.

Restored to its original splendour, Palazzo Boccella started hosting the MADE School in 2014 and has since promoted initiatives linked to food and wine and reception.


After the recent renovation, Palazzo Boccella is now equipped with all the comforts and services linked to new technologies, and thus offers to students an extremely comfortable location for studying and living.

MADE School fee includes the following services for students:

  • Accomodation. For the whole duration of the training, each student will have a bed in spacious rooms with toilets, also for disabled people.
  • Meals. Students will have the possibility to use the kitchen, and the basic ingredients will be provided by the School.
  • Use of common spaces. Students will have an industrial kitchen, a spacious dining room, a relaxation room with TV, DVD, PC, as well as game consoles, a reading room, a library, gardens and a swimming pool.
  • Classrooms. The School provides hi-tech classrooms equipped with projectors and interactive whiteboards, a study room and a conference hall.
  • Wi-Fi. A free Wi-Fi service is available in all the spaces of the School and in the gardens.
  • Laundry. Students will have a dedicated laundry room.
  • Car. To allow students to easily reach the surrounding areas, the MADE School provides a company car and a reimbursement of fuel costs for any use linked to school activities.