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VILLA POGGIO DI GAVILLE
Gaville – Figline Valdarno – FI
Chianti

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3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
or upon request
from March to October

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 520 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • Bikes rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sale of typical products
  • Horse riding

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
or upon request
from March to October

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • Bikes rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sale of typical products
  • Horse riding

The Property: Villa Poggio di Gaville is a wonderful 18th century villa set in idyllic surroundings of woods, vineyards and olive groves in the hills of Florence, close to Chianti.

The farmhouse was restored to its original splendour in 2004 and is furnished with charming Tuscan style furniture and exotic world pieces from 42 different countries in the world – a reflection of the owner’s intercultural spirit.

There is a large reading room with a huge ‘pietra serena’ fireplace and old wooden-beamed ceilings, reminiscent of former country life in Tuscany.

Location: Villa Poggio di Gaville is situated very strategically in the heart of Tuscany within easy reach of Florence, Arezzo, Siena, Greve in Chianti, Cavriglia Park, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Volterra.

Relax: Outdoor pool of 170 square meters for the warmer months, a private lake with swans where you can admire a truly unique landscape and unforgettable sunsets; the green of its vast estate invites you to beautiful walks that continue pleasantly up to the nearby lake of Santa Barbara, where you can go fishing and in the summer you can even attend to the Sailing School on the lake.

Rooms:  The estate has 10 rooms, all characterized by different furnishings, treated in detail and renovated to maintain the original features.

In every room: Air conditioning, TV, Courtesy set, panoramic view, Wi-fi in public areas.

Chef Jamal and the Restaurant: 8 years ago I decided to completely change the course of my life. I left my job in commerce to pursue my dream: open up an “agriturismo” in Chianti, living in close contact with nature and with people, giving more space to my passion – cooking – which is also the source of my energy.

For me, cooking represents an ongoing search for new flavors, new tastes, new experiences.

My hope is that all my guests are satisfied and impressed with the creative versions of Tuscan dishes I present before them, exclusively using fresh local, organic ingredients and served either in the restaurant or garden when weather permits. The villa is decorated with objects I’ve acquired in my travels in over 42 countries across the world so, in the end, this reflects the intercultural philosophy and spirit I’ve sought to create in the agriturismo.

I wholeheartedly invite you to become one of our guests and enjoy the unique experience in hospitality, relaxation and pleasure we can provide. Hope to see you soon, Jamal

Cooking School: Courses of Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine held by Jamal Amin, owner and international chef and other expert Italian chefs.

My courses are rather untraditional in approach. The participants experiment with cooking in a hands-on workshop situation using all of their 5 senses:

  • touch for kneeding;
  • mell to identify the ingredients;
  • taste and sight to present the dishes in an appetizing way;
  • hearing – because it all happens to the rhythm of music.
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RIDING COURSES

In addition to our 6 horses, which are living free and make you a pleasant company, we organize together with the “Old Texas Riding Center” (a few steps from us) relaxing horseback riding in the Tuscan countryside with licensed guides.

Our horses trained for Western riding are suitable for children, beginners and experienced riders.

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FALCONRY COURSES

A group of 4 professional falconers organizes stages of approach to falconry aimed at children and adults. We propose to aspiring falconers to learn important concepts, to teach them to recognize birds of prey and their morphological and character traits.

The basics of Falconry, the tools, the history and the biology of the birds of prey are taught.

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HOT-AIR BALLOON

Together with the Pratomagno multi-sports we organize “Balloon Flight”, which for many people represents a dream since childhood; in fact, flying at low altitudes driven only by the windy breeze, above forests, towns and lakes is something MAGIC.

Complete the joy of an anniversary, a wedding or invite a group of friends for this wonderful adventure!

Surroundings

Florence

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It is the true city of art, the one where everyone feels like a “gentleman” or a “lady”: statues, museums and elegant palaces at every corner. It is a city where it is more natural to think of taking a carriage ride than taking a taxi, it is beautiful even when it is raining.
If the hotel is in the city center better to go by train which is fast and convenient, otherwise do not despair: on the Lungarno there are several paid parking lots and to slowly approach the Ponte Vecchio is always a magical emotion, with water reflecting on colored houses, creating always new games of light. If you want to keep alive the tradition of padlocks you have to be careful, because now there’s a fine! But if you really can not resist do it according to the legend: choose your spot on Ponte Vecchio, hook up your padlock and then throw the key into the Arno and … your love will last forever. You can still admire the few remaining padlocks, which I like to think have been hooked by a beautiful couple of octogenarians with white candid hair while holding hands and looking in the eyes.

In addition to the many goldsmiths you find on Ponte Vecchio, Florence reserves many possibilities for shopaholics.

In Via Tornabuoni, also known as the Via dei Miracoli, we find Versace, Bulgari, Dior, Cartier and Ferragamo, which even has a museum dedicated to its footwear, and Gucci certainly could not be missing as the fashion house is born in Florence almost 100 years ago!

And do not forget to visit the San Lorenzo market, at just a few minutes walk from the Cathedral …

You will immediately figure out when you are about to get to the market because the scent of the leather, the real one, becomes stronger and stronger; once you arrive you discover that the scent is as intense as the colors … jackets, shoes and bags of every shade and shape, certainly just the one you were looking for!

In front of the Uffizi Gallery do not be discouraged by the long queue, it’s always there, and do not give up the visit, just book online or directly to the information point when you are there, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 to 19:00. It costs a little more but it’s worth it; I booked for the next day and entered immediately, but “the trick” does not apply to holidays.
At Palazzo Vecchio you can choose between various guided tours, among which there are those specially designed for kids and the interactive ones between visitors and actors perfectly into the role. You could speak directly with Cosimo de ‘Medici or with some Florentine who made the history of this city.

The Monumental Apartments of Palazzo Pitti, never heard more apt name than “monumental”, are rich in tapestries, gold ceilings, stuccos and original furniture.

Personally, they always make me want to dress elegantly and instead, looking at my feet, the question arises spontaneously “why am I wearing my-perfectly-kept-1987-All-Star instead of my Ferragamo?”

In addition to the Duomo, to Santa Maria Novella and to the other splendid churches, known all over the world, a surprise will be the Certosa del Galluzzo, on the hills of Florence suburbs .

The tour guide is one of the monks that still live here and he will proudly walk you to visit his home, enriching the descriptions with details and curiosity.

In the three impeccably groomed cloisters it happens to see the monks walking, just like in the movies; admittance is free of charge but at the end of the visit you can make a free offer and go to the liquor store … Fernet, Rosolio, Alchermes and Sambuca, all produced as it once was, following the rules of an ancient art.

If you eat in the city center, please do not choose one of the many tourist restaurants. Just read the menu on display and remember that the cutlet is eaten in Milan, the tortellini with meat sauce are from Bologna and, please, no cream-ham-peas sauce … and to drink?

Come on, cocacola for dinner is a no-go … we are in the land of Chianti, a glass of wine is a must. Taste the croutons with fegatini, the finocchiona, the pappardelle with wild boar, the ribollita and of course the fiorentina, and to finish the cantucci cookies to dip in Vin Santo.

La Fiorentina… do not call it that way!
In Florence they call it “bistecca alla Fiorentina” (Florentine steak) and the name “bistecca” comes from the English “beef-steak”. It is said that, in the early 1800s, during the celebrations of San Lorenzo in the market squares of Florence it was tradition to roast beef quarters, cut them into slices and distribute them to the people. During a party a group of English aristocrats and merchants began to cry out: “beef steak please!”. The pronunciation “bif steik” was then italianised by the Florentines into “bistecca”.

Tuscan food blends in itself the aristocratic and the peasant souls and tells us how the Tuscans are: decisive, fun, tasty, genuine, colorful and chatty, imperfect but good, sometimes a bit arrogant, but of that arrogance with a smile that always works because you just can not say no; if I were a food I would like to be a “picio” …

I realize that being a Florentine steak would give me more importance, more depth … but I really want to be a picio, long and hand-made that there is not one like the other, always close to something tasty and everyone likes it!

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AREZZO

Upon arrival you can see the walls that immediately identify Arezzo as a medieval city and its character is maintained in every square, cathedral and church; in the big square, beautiful both day and night, the first Sunday of September and a Sunday, that changes every year, in June, there is an ancient knight tournament in which several teams compete with skill and courage against the Buratto del Saracino.

While walking through the historic center you can find posters that indicate the spots where the Oscar winner movie “La vita è bella” by Roberto Benigni was shot.

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ANGHIARI
The passing of time has left important signs in churches and palaces of the historic center. Its squares and narrow alleys host antique shops and furniture restoration laboratories; museums and churches preserve masterpieces of painting and sculpture; at every corner panoramic views and breathtaking perspectives. An uncontaminated atmosphere, full of ancient woods dotted with monasteries.

Fairs and exhibitions are accompanied by displays and popular festivals. All seasoned with superb local gastronomy and the warmth of the Anghiaresi.
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CORTONA

City of Etruscan origin still preserves its ancient walls today. The masterpieces of Beato Angelico, Pietro Berrettini and Gino Severinisi can be admired at the Diocesano museum and in the various churches of the historic center. Cortona is also the protagonist in the bestselling book “Under the Tuscan Sun” by the writer Francis Mayes. The charme of Cortona is the unique atmosphere created by the works of these characters, the places of the historic center and the enchanting landscape that surrounds it. An intimate family environment with which you can immediately establish empathy.

Brolio Castle: The impressive Castello di Brolio dominates the southern Chianti Classico countryside and has done so for over ten centuries.

Located on top of an isolated hill a few kilometers from Gaiole in Chianti, the castle has Lombardic origins and has been property of the Ricasoli family since 1141.

The castle we see today is partly the new-Gothic reconstruction ordered by Bettino Ricasoli in the 1800s.

The Renaissance gardens with typical geometric shaped bushes and the English woods are stunning and from here you can admire a breathtaking view over the Chianti region.
On the horizon, during clear, sunny days, you can clearly see Siena.

You can visit the garden and the small museum in Castello di Brolio, the rest of the castle is still home to the current Ricasoli baron and his family.
The “basic” tour allows entrance to the gardens around the castle. You can add a guided tour to the museum inside the castle grounds.

The “classic” is a guided tour to the winery and its cellars with wine tasting, while the “vineyard” is of course a tour of the cellars, winery and vineyards of the estate. These two require booking. Personally I recommend the classic tour unless you are keen on weapons and history, as well as experimental viticulture. In any case, the ticket for all three tours includes a wine tasting at the castle wine bar.

What is fascinating about Brolio is its beauty and magnificence, in addition to is thousand-year relationship with this land and its Chianti wine production. Ricasoli exports their excellent wine all round the world, enjoying success since the early 20th century.

To discover tours and schedules visit the Chianti website and the Brolio Castle website

Siena

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Siena is a journey back in time, in which you are projected in the Middle Age, in a city rich in art, history and culture. But this is not what makes Siena one of the most beautiful Italian cities, it’s the atmosphere you breathe that makes it unique.

Strolling in the cobblestones paved alleys towards the center you will find the famous Nannini pastry shop, where it’s mandatory to stop and taste the “panforte” and the “cavallucci” rustic cookies, then go to Piazza del Campo to admire its majesty.

When you feel “aristocratic” you can drink an aperitif at the Torre del Mangia, a historic bar and restaurant; if you feel more “easy” you can blend in with the groups of university students that spend their breaks sitting on the pavement.

At a two minute walk is “La Grotta del Gallo Nero”, frequented by locals. On Friday evenings there is a dinner with the jester and, to enter the atmosphere, you can venture with the medieval menu.

You must visit the Duomo, one of the most significant, in Romanesque-Gothic style, with the baptistery and the crypt. If it’s mass time do not be intimidated by the security at the entrance, lie shamelessly and enter, but speak softly and do not use the flash because respect is a must for those who believe and also for the magnificence of this cathedral. Although less known it is worth visiting Santa Maria della Scala, right in front of the Duomo, where on the first floor there are renowned works of art and below are impeccably groomed chapels and sacristies and two incredible oratories where the fervor of the faithful is still felt.

A holiday in Tuscany would not be complete without a visit to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore in Asciano.

The Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey is very large and we find the refectory, cloisters, library and pharmacy. Even today they have a very efficient workshop for the restoration of old books and they produce ointments, cosmetics and liqueurs that can be bought in their shop.
In the historic brick cellar with vaulted ceiling, friendly staff will welcome you to make you taste and buy typical white and red wines and oil of their own production. Visit the website

PRICE LIST

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
or upon request
from March to October

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 520 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • Bikes rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sale of typical products
  • Horse riding

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
or upon request
from March to October

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • Bikes rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sale of typical products
  • Horse riding
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