Villa Gourmet was founded in 2014 with the idea of combining the typical farmhouse in Tuscany to a gourmet offer which can adapt also to customers with refined palates. Thanks to the help of some local chefs, you can experience not only the popular home restaurant but also actively participate in the preparation of dishes with focused workshops. Among the most popular, the Pizza Chef Workshop with a wood fire oven.
Villa Gourmet was founded in 2014 with the idea of combining the typical farmhouse in Tuscany to a gourmet offer which can adapt also to customers with refined palates. Thanks to the help of some local chefs, you can experience not only the popular home restaurant but also actively participate in the preparation of dishes with focused workshops. Among the most popular, the Pizza Chef Workshop with the chef and master of work Guido that entertains guests in the preparation of their favourite pizza cooked in a wood-oven. Very valued and appreciated are also the pasta making class and the Tuscan cuisine class made by our chef Francesca. There are many other activities available, from the herbs and aromatic plants garden to the organic vegetables garden accessible for our guests. Gourmet are also tours that we suggest to discover the best Tuscan food and wine productions: from wine to truffles, from chocolate to ice cream, from Colonnata’s lard to Pienza’s pecorino and many more with an eye to sustainability, preferring organic and biodynamic productions. Stay in Villa Gourmet means stimulating your senses by discovering the main attractions of Tuscany.
Villa Gourmet is a 1700 renovated Tuscan Villa with salt water swimming pool, park and unique outdoor lounge and eating area by the pool. The villa for 14 guests is modern and fully-equipped with all comforts. Gourmet meals are offered on request.
Villa Gourmet can accommodate up to 14 guests in 6 elegant and modern rooms with 4 en-suite bathrooms and 1 in common. It has a private outdoor pool with nearby bathroom, barbecue, wooden pizza oven and unique outdoor lounge. Villa Gourmet is the ideal place not only for lovers of Italian food and wine, but also for tourists who are passionate about nature and the Tuscan countryside. It is located in the village of Orentano, which is happily within reach of innumerable places of interest whether historic, artistic, nature-seeking or gastronomic and one can follow all kinds of itineraries.
Villa Gourmet is owned and cared for by a local Tuscan Chef, a fine lover not only of the Tuscan culinary tradition, but also of nature and tranquillity. Upon arriving at Villa Gourmet you are indeed irresistibly caught under the spell and beauty of the surrounding countryside and the feeling of utter peace and quiet it conveys. Whilst your eyes are filled with the enchanting scenery, your ears are delighted by a daylong sonorous background of birdsong, amidst herons, woodpeckers, swallows, pheasants and the chirping of crickets. The woods are occasionally frequented by wild boars, whereas the fields are crossed by little wild rabbits running about hurriedly.
The air is filled with the scent of an amazingly vast area of fields and woodland (100.000 sqm), covered with ancient oak trees, acacias, lime, holm and chestnut trees, as well as wild mimosa, rosemary, jasmine, and freshly mown fields and vineyards, whereas in the background one can enjoy the view of the Apuan Alps and Apennines, as far as the eye can see.
In the Villa Gourmet gardens you'll find a brand new 12x6 m. swimming pool, pleasantly filled with salt water (therefore free of chlorine). The pool is surrounded by the precious local Santafiora stone with natural non-slip qualities. Through the stone you can feel the warmth of the Tuscan sun under the soles of your feet. Beside the pool there are deck chairs and a warm outdoor shower, as well as a bathroom, with a wc and yet another shower, which can also be used as changing room. There is also a pleasant covered outside eating and cooking area with a barbecue and a traditional wood oven to bake pizza and bread. Next to the pool you'll find also a unique outdoor lounge next to an ancient cherry tree, to enjoy warm summer evenings. Not far away in the same gardens is a playground for small children. The garden also has a ping-pong table and a soccer field. There is ample space to park several cars
In the centre of Orentano, less than 5 minutes away, you can find grocery stores, cafes, a butcher and a traditional baker. There is also a well-known pastry shop still following an old tradition of pastry making.
To eat out we reccommend the Trattoria-Pizzeria da Benito, one of the most famous restaurants of the area. It has attracted more than 900 reviews on Tripadvisor from fully-satisfied customers. Their absolute specialty is the typical very thick grilled Tuscan steak, absolutely delicious at an affordable price, but they also serve traditional starters, pasta dishes and pizza. Remember to reserve a table in advance because the restaurant is always fully booked.
Within 15km distance there are also a golf course, thermal resorts, tennis courts and many other activities.
Guided wine-tasting tours can be arranged for you, as well as any other activity you might be interested in. We can arrange visits to artisan ceramic or copper pot workshops, we can reserve concert or theatre tickets for you, etc… according to your interests.
We can also organize your wedding, anniversary, birthday party or other events and take care of all the details.
Here in Orentano you can enjoy the wine and the olive oil produced not far from the villa or the typical food of our area. We can arrange to have groceries delivered to your door by the local shop keeper on his bicycle.
Orentano is well known for the “Sagra della pizza” – a pizza and beer festival where you can experience the hustle and bustle of Tuscan life and at the same time eat pizza or grilled meat and listen to music. The traditional local “Sagra” takes place throughout June and July.
The ancient pastry tradition of the village is celebrated every year with a local event called the “Cream puff Festival” (“Sagra del Bignè”) , on the third Sunday of August.
There are other “sagras” (festivals) of all kinds in neighboring towns and villages. There are also historical festivals like, for example, the Medieval Festival in Monte Castello, Lucca, Nozzano, Buti, and many other places which take place from May to September, but especially during the summer months of June, July and August.
Only 5 km from Orentano you can find the small town of Altopascio with all kinds of shops and a market on Thursdays. You can also find supermarkets and other stores (furniture, clothes, shoes, etc..).
From Altopascio you can catch a train or take the highway to go and visit Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Montecatini, Viareggio, Pisa, and many other places. The famous historic and art cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, etc.. or the sea are within easy reach. The surroundings offer a lot for sport freaks and wellness lovers: tennis (4 km), golf course (15km), horse riding (5km), thermal resorts (15km) and fitness centres (7km).
Orentano, Tuscany, อิตาลี