italy_farmDaydreams.  We all have them.  Sometimes we daydream small (going to the bathroom by ourselves), sometimes we daydream big (winning a special Oscar for your first film after being discovered in Trader Joes the day before filming started and Cate Blanchett had dropped out – or is that just us?).  Today’s a day to daydream BIG, and we have the fodder for your dreams: the best “what I did for my summer vacation” ever.  So pack your bags, call the airline, we’re going to Italy.


Yes, Italy. You know, near George Clooney’s place.
Fly into Rome.  The car will pick you up, and whisk you away to a traditional farmhouse completely restored and nestled among vineyards and olive groves.  Families stay in private apartments, and share the grounds, pools (one just for kids), mountain bikes, and kitchen space.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. (Someone else is watching the kids.)
The tour is led by a fabulous Los Angeles cooking school (Piccolo Chef), so kids (and you!) will learn the secrets of the best homemade Italian recipes and explore the territory with local friends and educators.  Your very first day there begins with the kids getting whisked away to make lunch for you, while  parents enjoy a local guided wine tour.  Then you get to enjoy the fruits of their labors.  What else will kids learn?  They’ll learn about life on the farm and picking and preparing fresh produce.  They’ll take a pizza class, a cheese making class, and even tour a chocolate factory and learn about chocolate making!  (And they’ll bring all that knowledge and enthusiasm home…)


Day Trippin’
Woman cannot live by wine and chocolate alone (well, we can, but for the sake of argument…). There are plenty of organized excursions and activities for the family to take part in.  Day trips to Cortona and Sienna, rural museums, and even Perugia – the home of those incomparable Baci (hazelnut chocolates) – where you can tour the Perugina factory and take a class.  And to work off all those fabulous meals, parents and kids can wander the grounds, swim in the pool, go horseback riding, fishing, biking,  indulge in local crafts shopping and more.


What are you waiting for?

  1. Reserve your spot (by March 31st).  The cost is $2995 per person, and kids from 3-17 years old will all have a blast with age appropriate activities.
  2. Get passports updated for the fam.
  3. Daydream.
  4. Pack.
  5. Go have fun.  The 7-night tour begins upon your arrival in Rome on June 15th.
  6. Send us some chocolates.  And pictures.  Post ‘em on facebook – we really want to see your kiddo milking a goat and making you some gnocchi!

Teenagers milking a white goat
Contact Piccolo Chef for more details and to reserve your spot.
Phone: 310-295-4208
More details online:

–Meghan Rose

Photos courtesy of Myluna1976 via Tripadvisor, Piccolo Chef via and Exclusively Italian via