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Chefs, Food & Wine

Book an Italian villa with a chef. Take a journey through Italy's vineyards, learn to cook regional dishes, fire a pizza and make gelato. Sample organic fruit and vegetables grown in our villa and hotels' orchards and gardens. Harvest your own olives and taste first press extra virgin olive oil. Learn the art of making cheese and creating chocolate. Enjoy our recommended restaurants and local trattorie or let us pack you a picnic in the woods. Our chefs can provide breakfast, lunch or dinner services and we can cater for specific dietary needs, allergens, vegan and kosher food. Some villas offer chefs as part of the rental, for others they are an optional extra. We can also arrange for special celebratory meals and pre-stock wines, spirits and soft drinks.

From The Journal


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Italian Culinary Symphony

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5 minutes guide to Sicily

Sicily is a captivating island nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea offering a magnificent historical heritage, diverse blend of cultures and breath-taking landscapes.