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Luxurious accommodation villa Bellorcia in Tuscany Casa Ombuto luxurious villa in Tuscany with spa, pool and 7 bedrooms Torre del Tartufo vacation rental in Tuscany


At our villa rentals, you can order lunch or dinner made by one of our Italian chefs who all speak English. They bring generations of experience of Italian cooking and Mediterranean cooking to the well equipped kitchens of our grandiose villas.

Meet our chefs:

Paola Baccetti - Chef at Casa Ombuto
Paola Baccetti was born in the town of Bibbiena in the beautiful Casentino valley in Tuscany. Paola is a true Tuscan woman who is very passionate about cooking. Her mother was an excellent cook and Paola started learning her skills at an early age. At the age of 11 she spent about a month every summer with her uncle and aunt at their famous restaurant “Dino il Toscano” in Castelli Romani in Rome. She took an active role in their kitchen where they specialized in Tuscan cooking. She studied to be a teacher and got her teaching diploma, but decided to stay with her great passion: cooking and teaching to cook. In 1987 she decided to open her own restaurant “Porta de' Fabbri” in the old town center of Bibbiena and run this successfully for 10 years. A success thanks to her intensive research of good ingredients and excellent creativity! She enjoys “making people happy with my meals”: Paola now caters for private groups and other than teaching the Cooking classes Italy at Casa Ombuto she has also been catering for the Casa Ombuto villa rental guests since 2003. Paola taught “Italian cuisine” at one of the oldest Universities for foreigners in Florence called “Lorenzo de' Medici”. She has also taught classes in San Diego and Santa Barbara (California) with great success. Paola and her Swiss equestrian husband Rolando lives in a delightful Tuscan farmhouse in the countryside near the medieval town of Poppi with their horses, dogs and their two children Manuele and Alessia. Alessia attended a two-year course in a restaurant school and assisted her mother for 3 years in Casa Ombuto.
To Paola………”Cooking is art”.  The menu she might make will inspire you.
Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany.
Paola also teaches the One Week Italian Cookery Course at Casa Ombuto.


Franco Palandra – chef at Torre del Tartufo
Franco Palandra was born in a small village in the south of Italy, called Camigliano (near Caserta).  At the age of 14 he enrolled at the National Hotellerie institute of Italy for a five year course and graduated when he was 19. During the summer vacations he worked in different parts of Italy in Restaurants and Hotels, studying the different regional Italian cuisine. After graduation he decided to travel and work in Europe to study the cuisine of other European countries and to learn different techniques. He worked in England as an assistant chef and learnt a great deal in the kitchen as well as how to speak English! Franco also worked in France, Switzerland and Greece on Rhode and has through his travels and experience given traditional Italian dishes an international character making his dishes truly special. This passion to experiment and innovate gave him the opportunity to work on board the Caronia vessel of the Cunard line. His Italian restaurant on board this luxury cruise vessel was a great success and he was appointed head chef of the restaurant. Franco lives with his girlfriend (Paola) and his dog in Arezzo, where he works as a chef in one of the top restaurants in the medieval old town.  During his free time Franco loves doing freelance photography and helping out at the dog refuge center. Franco teaches the One Week Italian Cooking classes Italy and the Three Day Italian Cooking classes Italy at Torre del Tartufo.
Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany. Franco's menu for the Tuscany Villa Rental.


Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany.

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