Let's discover the Maremma region together!

Follow me, let's uncover Maremma ...

This fertile area encompasses southern coastal Tuscany and northeastern Lazio mountains and it's been treasured in secret by generations of vacationing Italian families, mine included.

Guests will stay in my family’s vacation home in Maremma’s secluded coastal spot, Ansedonia. Built in 1956 for my grandfather, the villa, named Il Patio after the central open air room around which it develops, overlooks blue Mediterranean sparkles and verdant marshes and hills. Its walls resonate with the love and affection of a family coming together year after year for the past 4 generations. Guests have said that stepping into Villa Il Patio is like “walking into water” and “living between the sea and the sky”.

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For 8 days during the early or late summer, my sisters and I will open the doors of this magical coastal retreat to a small group of 12 and guide their immersion into the local food, life and culture.

Throughout the stay there will be 4 to 5 lessons in the airy family kitchen, to learn how to cook to the tune of what Maremma’s soil has to offer and become familiar with both its coastal and inland cuisines.

When not gathered around the table to enjoy the fruits of our labors, we will be chasing the sun while visiting producers, markets and restaurants, we will bike trough natural reserves, frolic on beaches, enjoy aperitivi in local piazzas and explore the history, life and nature of Maremma. 

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LOCATION: Ansedonia/Monte Argentario, Grosseto

ROOMS: Single or double rooms with private baths

AMENITIES: Swimming pool, private access to the sea, beach umbrellas and cabana, wireless connection, laundry service

DAILY ACTIVITIES: Garden breakfast, optional yoga class, optional market visit, cooking class and/or foraging adventure, rest time, afternoon excursions (see below for details)



What your stay might look like...

Cooking classes will be based on market availability and reflect the many aspects of the region's cooking, as well as the inspiration that Viola draws from the ingredients. As we explore, we could be sidetracked by interesting experiences we had not considered before to make itinerary flexible.

Day 1

Arrival -unwinding, unpacking, enjoying the pool, getting to know the premises and the people. Settle in with an aperitivo and a comforting dinner cooked by Viola 

Day 2 

Wake to garden breakfast and enjoy morning options of yoga, pool/beach, market visit. Indulge in a poolside lunch and a little nap followed to get ready for our  first cooking class on the foods of Maremma. 

Day 3

Follow our daily breakfast with a bike tour of the protected areas with sunbathing, picnicking and swimming. Return home for yoga/pool/relax. Late afternoon walking tour with sunset aperitivo among Etruscan ruins. Dinner in a local fish restaurant.

Day 4 

Wake to yoga/beach/pool/rest from previous day's adventures. Home cooked light vegetarian lunch. Make dinner in an early afternoon cooking class on the inland cuisine of Maremma (including wild boar and/or rabbit and local vegetables dishes). Shopping stroll and sunset aperitivo in a walled Etruscan town. Come home to gather around the table.

Day 5

Follow our daily breakfast with a morning cooking class (Maybe fluffy gnocchi for lunch?) Rest before an educational visit of a private, limited access vineyard, owned by Viola's lifelong family friends Paolo and Paola. Partake in the emerging tradition of apericena.

Day 6

Spend the day discovering a local dairy farm and walking among Etruscan ruins guided by Giulia, Viola's sister and an art historian. Indulge in a Michelin starred dinner.

Day 7

Early morning fish buying expedition followed by breakfast in the piazza. Fish cooking lesson ending in late lunch. Pool side R&R and/or yoga. Optional shopping tour and light dinner in town.

Day 8

Saturday street market adventure with market lunch. Rest before final cooking class. Poolside aperitivo. Dinner from the cooking class.

Day 9

Morning option of yoga/beach/pool/rest/market visit. Mid-afternoon visit to town of Vetulonia followed by mountainside sunset aperitivi and private fish dinner by a local fisherman.

Day 10

Guests depart the villa to return home or to their next destination.

(itinerary subject to change)