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Villa Gaia Gourmet Regional Italian Food and Wine Tours, Tuscany Italy Cooking Holidays

Deep, red Italian wines; smoky; enticing Pecorino cheese; gourmet, organic, cold pressed olive oils; unspoiled vineyards and centuries-old olive groves. The pure, delicious flavors of Tuscan peasant cooking; fish fresh from the unspoiled sea, vegetables hand-picked from the Tuscan soil every morning, pasta hand-made by your chef’s nonna. Wine tastings in ancient Italian wine cellars; the aroma of Italian breads baking in traditional stone ovens; meals enjoyed like a true Italian in authentic Tuscan trattorias, shopping for groceries in an outdoor market that is hundreds of years old. These are just some of the exclusive cultural and culinary experiences you will enjoy as a welcome guest at Villa Gaia.

In the medieval village of Seggiano, in the province of Grosseto, Villa Gaia lies sheltered by the rolling hills of Monte Amiata and cooled by the sea breezes of Castiglione della Pescaia. As yet un-exploited by tourism, this region, famous for it’s sublime Italian wines, delicious, smoky Pecorino cheeses, and award winning organic olive oils, remains true to its pure Italian culture, maintaining it’s traditional Tuscan flavors and style. The Villa Gaia estate lies next to the San Bernardino monastery, a 15th century Franciscan monastery. It features frescoes painted by Italian artists Bernardino Gagliardi, Clemente Maioli, Giovanni de Vecchi, and Biagio Puccini. Villa Gaia is also located in the center of some very important Italian cultural locales, and we are often taking part in traditional Italian cultural and music festivals, Italian art exhibits, and theatre events during the spring and summer months. Villa Gaia reminds one of the country gentry, the noble Romans and Florentines who built their homes here, and of simple, comfortable elegance.

Villa Gaia is owned and operated by the Cannaviello family, Maria, and her two sons Francesco and Fabrizio. Originally from Naples, they gave up the busy city life for the peaceful, elegant Seggiano country side. Restoring this villa estate back to it's original beauty and luxury, they have graciously agreed to open their doors to aspiring Italian chefs from all over the world. Warm, hospitable, and welcoming, the Cannaviello family personifies Italian fine living and traditional Italian hospitality.

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