Villa Olivo's Luxury Gastronomic Retreat
Join us at Villa Olivo, on a luxury culinary slow cooking experience in the heart of Le Marche, Italy. Learn the art of Italian cuisine, visiting local oil, truffle & wine producers, and enjoy the culinary delights of Qubi Personal chef from Milan whilst you relax in your own luxury hilltop retreat & spa.
At Villa Olivo’s Gastronomic retreat, you will experience authentic Italian culture through seasonal activities paired with local artisans, farmers, and wine makers while staying the heart of Le Marche where traditional methods and ‘nonna’s recipies’ have been passed down from one generation to the next.
A cooking experience that reconnects you with real food through home-grown, farm-to-table, organic and zero-food-miles produce in the heart of Italy. Slow Food-inspired Milan based chefs, Mariagiulia and Gabriele are passionate about their food and experienced in sharing the traditional methods of Italian cuisine and using only locally-sourced, Italian rich and seasonal produce in the hands-on cookery course and delicious meals they create.
Price per person for 6 nights, 7 day all-inclusive gastronomic, cooking and discovery retreat.
Special offer for @italymagazine readers:
- €2750 per person for double occupancy (Actual price €2950 per person) +€500 per person surcharge for single occupancy
DATES OF UPCOMING GASTRONOMIC RETREATS
- 4th - 10th November 2019
- 23rd - 29th March 2020
- 9th - 15th November 2020
Day 1 – Welcome
Arrive at Villa Olivo to a welcome Aperitivo. Take your time to settle in, meet the other guests and restore in the in-home gym, spa or tennis courts. Or, if you want to stretch your legs, you could walk up to the 13th century village of Civitanova Alta a few minutes up the road and grab a coffee or freshly made gelato. Later, see the chefs at work and enjoy your first beautifully cooked, typical 3 course marchigiana meal.
Day 2 – Olive Oil Harvesting & Pasta making
After breakfast, visit an award-winning olive grove, using rarely used, traditional methods to produce extra virgin olive oil, the Italian liquid gold. Next, enjoy an olive oil tasting session, you'll even get to taste an Olive Oil Jam! See the olives being carefully collected from the trees. You'll even get to see their 600 year old olive tree! After lunch, get hands-on and learn how to make 3 different pastas & complementary sauces, Ascolani olives and delicious cremini fritti. Later enjoy a delicious meal.
Day 3 – Wine tasting in the hilltops
Enjoy a day of wine tasting in the hilltops and visit one of the highest vineyards in Italy, these unique wineries that hang their grapes, produce the only black Vernaccia in the land. Enjoy the taste of the local wines using traditional methods whilst trying out some of the local antipasti. For those that come in November, you also get to celebrate the annual Appassimenti; is a unique drying process, rooted in Roman times. The grapes are hung and dried before crushing, which enables them to achieve a unique taste to the wine. Later, enjoy a delicious 3 course risotto dinner at Villa Olivo.
Day 4 – Traditional cheese and Pizza making
Experience the art of traditional cheese-making using authentic methods passed down through generations. Learn how to make 3 types of cheeses from cow's milk and how to stretch your own mozzarella. Using your cheese, make a typical Calcione ricotta desert as well as Crescia Marchigiana (a typical bread from the area). Later, learn the art of creating the perfect pizza base, and then use your freshly made cheese as part of your ingredients! After a trip to the spa, enjoy your creations over dinner.
Day 5 – Truffle hunting
Dust off your apron and put on your walking shoes to learn the art of truffle hunting whilst enjoying the Italian countryside. Learn how to find and collect them as well as how to recognise the different types. Enjoy an authentic truffle lunch where you can try different seasonal truffles and savour their unique flavour. Later, take some time to relax your tired legs in the spa and then look forward to an incredible truffle dinner back at the Villa.
Day 6 – Ascoli Picena & Fine dining
Visit the beautiful medieval Ascoli Piceno where you can find a fantastic mixture of delicious food, a lively historic center full of ancient roman buildings, monuments and theatres including two incredible piazzas. Enjoy your free time here, and on your way back visit a vineyard overlooking the region's patchwork hills. Come home to your last dinner created by your personal chefs; an incredible fine dining experience with paired wines.
Day 7 – Goodbye Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at Villa Olivo, swap details with the friends you have made, and receive a little gift bag complete with recipe cards and a little gift from us to you.
- Six nights, seven days luxury accommodation - all en-suite
- Use of all facilities including spa, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, gym, heated pool and tennis court
- Over 10 hours of cooking lessons where you will to make cheeses, pizzas, pasta, sauces, breads, deserts and traditional local dishes
- All food including breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinners prepared by your personal chefs throughout your stay
- Unlimited wine, prosecco, water and soft drinks
- Vineyards and wine tasting, Apassimenti (Nov trips), truffle hunting, Olive oil tour and tasting, transportation and meeting local farmers
- Visit Ascoli Piceno and high quality vineyard including transportation
- Access to significant discounts on purchasing wine to take home
- Daily housekeeping, luxury magazines and complimentary Davines toiletries
- A little gift bag including recipe cards to take home.