A Culinary Experience: October 15-21, 2017

Join the Bear Naked Chef Adrian De Berardinis, the internet cooking sensation! He will make sparks fly in the kitchen as he hosts a gay cooking week at La Cucina Sabina, set in a luxurious Italian Villa in Sabina Hills just outside of Rome.

La Cucina Sabina

La Cucina Sabina offers a seven day / six night culinary and cultural program which combines food, culture, fun and friendships into an experience of a lifetime! Our guest chef Adrian De Berardinis, The Bear Naked Chef will be providing his delicious recipes and mouthwatering fun in the kitchen. Cooking will focus on authentic Italian cuisine, including regional recipes using only the most fresh and authentic farm-to-table ingredients. Furthermore, lessons will include antipasto (appetizers), pastas, vegetarian dishes, meat and seafood dishes, cooking pizza on an outdoor oven, dolci (desserts), gelato and much much more. Whether you cook or observe, a glass of prosecco while others are cooking your dinner is part of the fun!

In addition, he will be joining us in our tours throughout the week. You’ll visit Rome and castles, have private winery tours, cook in our amazing kitchen, have an olive oil tasting and so much more, all with a sexy and talented celebrity chef leading the way!

• All inclusive pricing
• Additionally, attend a wine reception at medieval castle
• Tour of the world famous Renaissance Gardens of Tivoli
• Also, enjoy a private rooftop dinner in Rome
• Four hands-on cooking lessons
• Winery tour
• Finally, enjoy an olive mill tour, class, and tasting



When you mention “Outings & Adventures”

Day 1: 
After your transfer from the airport or train station, we welcome you with a light lunch (for early arrivals) and invite you to relax and settle at the villa while enjoying its pool and gardens. Join your hosts and other guests at La Cucina Sabina in the evening for an aperitivo followed by a welcome dinner reception so guests may get acquainted and learn about the exciting week ahead.

Day 2:
After a relaxed buffet breakfast, meet our chef and staff who will guide you through our program for the upcoming week. The first cooking lesson begins mid-morning in our new specially designed hands-on kitchen, surrounded by glass and scenic vistas of the gardens and countryside. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure after a fantastic lunch prepared by our new chefs. Late afternoon, we will head to the castle of Palombara Sabina, for a private tour and sunset reception overlooking the Sabine hills and valley. Dinner is a few steps down the cobblestone ancient path to the 600-year-old Antique Restaurant.

Day 3:
After our home made breakfast, we visit the hilltop town of Tivoli for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens of Villa d’Este. Along the way, we will visit the morning Farmer’s Market as the locals do and learn how to create a menu from the available produces, fish, and meats of the day! After lunch at a historic restaurant in Tivoli, we will return to La Cucina Sabina for your afternoon lesson followed by dinner on the sunset terrace overlooking the olive groves and Monte Serrate.

Day 4:
Depart late morning to experience the Rome not normally seen by tourists in the “Discover the Secrets of Ancient Rome” tour. Visit the Rome that the ancients and locals know, partake in a rare combination of art, food, culture, and history in a very full day experiencing “la dolce vita”. Both lunch and dinner will be enjoyed in Rome. Dinner is at a private luxurious rooftop apartment in the historic center of Rome overlooking the ancient skyline and a magical sunset.

Day 5:
After a very full day of touring, we will enjoy a more leisurely day. We will begin with a drive toward Umbria for a winery visit and a tasting followed by lunch with the winery owners overlooking their beautiful estate. After lunch, we continue our tour of Umbria with a stop at the hilltop town of Orvieto, for an informal tour and time for a little shopping. In the evening, we have our pizza lesson using our outdoor wood burning oven and dinner at the villa.

Day 6:
Depart late morning for a visit to a local artisanal cheese dairy for a tour and tasting followed by a visit to an ancient Roman olive grove and mill. Learn what the Romans knew about growing olives 2000 years ago. Back at the villa, we will have a tasting of olive oils and come to understand not just how they are made, but what makes an olive oil great! After some R&R, we begin our fourth and final lesson. We will use all our skills learned during the week for our big graduation dinner, cooking everything from antipasto to dolce!

Day 7:
After a light breakfast and goodbyes, transfers are provided to Rome’s airports or train stations for return trips or extended travel plans.

Itinerary subject to changes and improvements
While all our daily activities are recommended to enjoy a unique and authentic experience, we are at our guests’ disposal to organize additional activities throughout the week such as hiking and bike rental.

Got Questions? Call us!
Mike Di Girolamo, Villa Proprietor & Host at 727.560.7430
Robert Geller, Outings & Adventures Host at 727.776.5213



Villa La Tartaruga Sabina is a beautiful modern villa nestled in the gorgeous Sabine hills, just outside of Rome.

The villa owes its name, Tartaruga Sabina, to the family Micheletta’s love for turtles (tartaruga is turtle in Italian, and Sabina is the name of the region). Saverio Micheletta (Giuseppe’s father and Nanci’s father in law) built the villa in the early 1980’s as the family’s country home. An inspiring work of architecture, the three-story villa was designed by Gustavo Polimeni and combines clean lines with classic Italian architecture, bringing in amazing vistas of the beautiful Roman hill tops, mountains and surrounding olive groves.

There is a state of the art specially designed demonstration kitchen. It has floor to ceiling glass on three sides so you cook as part of the environment, inspiring you by the natural beauty and wholesomeness of olive trees, rosemary and pomegranate bushes, lemon and fig trees and of course the surrounding hilltops and castles. The villa has 8 elegant refurbished guest suites including two with in-room bath tubs.

Nearly two hectares of lush English lawn replete with hundred-year-old olive trees, cypresses, cedars, orange and lemon trees dazzle the senses and make a stay at the villa an unforgettable and unique experience. Strolling along the olive tree grove towards the rose garden you will come across sculptures created especially for the villa by renowned international artists.

The stunning centerpiece is the 1,800 square foot swimming pool, itself a work of art. The pool’s bottom is a contemporary French art mosaic that extends the villa’s turtle theme.



Double Occupancy
Regular price starting at $3,800 per person less Early Booking Discount 

What’s Included:

  • 6 nights in a beautifully decorated guest suite with ensuite bathroom
  • All lunches and dinners (wine pairing included)
  • A day of personal shopping, wellness and mingling in Rome (a spa treatment is included with additional options available to guests)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Daily maid service
  • 4 cooking classes
  • Interactions with our Chefs
  • All excursions listed on the itinerary
  • Airport transfers (from and to Rome airport or downtown)
  • Services of an entire team and guides at your disposal throughout
  • Optional hike in nearby national park
  • Welcome gift

Air fare is not included

Our week long program includes plenty of fun in the kitchen as well as day trips to discover the wonderful region of Lazio, the hills of Sabina and its medieval villages, vineyards, culture and people. We have planned a memorable day in Rome that includes the services of a personal shopper, a fantastic lunch, and an evening with locals for a memorable aperitivo.

Through the art of cooking and meeting up with wonderful locals, we hope to contribute to opening hearts and minds, but also have a conversation with Italians and the LGBT community. Our LGBT focused group is also a great place for allies and all who believe in equality. Make new friends or strengthen current bonds all around the other important things in life: food, wine and travel! La Cucina Sabina will contribute 10% of your booking fee to your favorite LGBT charity.

Our full six night program includes plenty of fun in the kitchen with four hands-on cooking lessons, as well as day trips to discover the beautiful Lazio region, tranquil Sabine Hills and its medieval villages, vineyards, castles and culture. We will enjoy a private castle tour with wine and cheese reception, winery tour with lunch followed by a visit to the town of Orvieto, artisanal cheese dairy visit, olive oil tasting with hilltop picnic, Tivoli gardens tour with lunch next to an ancient Roman Temple. Our day in Rome includes a shopping tour with a local who provides tips on Italian fashion and style followed by Aperitivo at a trendy wine bar. The week is all inclusive with transfers, food, wine, tours, guides, etc. Traveler is responsible for flights



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