We are 30 minutes drive from Florence.
Located in the heart of Chianti.
1 hour from Siena, San Giminiano and Monteriggioni.
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Tuscany creative Cuisine
A memorable experience for your senses..
Dine with us
Meet Chef Jamal
Owner and Chef of Villa Poggio di Gaville
10 years ago I decided to completely change the course of my life. I left my job in commerce to pursue my dream: open up an "agriturismo" in Chianti, living in close contact with nature and with people, giving more space to my passion - cooking - which is also the source of my energy.
For me, cooking represents an ongoing search for new flavors, new tastes, new experiences.
My hope is that all my guests are satisfied and impressed with the creative versions of Tuscan dishes I present before them, exclusively using fresh local, organic ingredients and served either in the restaurant or garden when weather permits. The villa is decorated with objects I've acquired in my travels in over 48 countries across the world so, in the end, this reflects the intercultural philosophy and spirit I've sought to create in the agriturismo.
I wholeheartedly invite you to become one of our guests and enjoy the unique experience in hospitality, relaxation and pleasure we can provide.
Hope to see you soon,
Book "Living with Taste"
Creative Tuscan cooking by Jamal Amin
About travel stories and recipes in our agriturismo (Farm House) Villa Poggio Di Gaville my cookbook is a compliation of my journey through life thus far. I share my experience and recipes with you, and hope in small way, I can enhance your journey here too.
Why read this book?
Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul.” That is the beauty of Villa Poggio di Gaville, Jamal, and now his cookbook – they all will leave a metaphyscal impression that speaks directly to your soul.
A stay at Jamal’s Agriturismo and the journey through his cookbook have many similarities. Tour the Agriturismo with Jamal and he will tell you stories of the many antiques he brought to the villa from his travels around the world. Taste Jamal’s cooking and it’s as if your taste buds were awakened after a long sleep. Converse with Jamal and you are enlightened by his unique and philosophical perspective of the world, of life, and his quest for balance and harmony. Like the magical experience that transforms one at his Villa, Jamal brilliantly delivers the same feeling through his cookbook. As you turn the pages of this book. you will embark on a metaphysical journey through travel, cooking, and inner growth. The journey starts with Jamal in Palestine with his Mother, his inspiration and ends in Cambodia with his beautiful daughter, Samira. Along his journey Jamal stops off in Mexico and learns a lesson in waiting while standing in line for tacos; he earns the difference between having and giving before consuming Coconut Cockerel with a monk in Burma, and finds inspiration from the smiling faces and kindness of the people in Cambodia. It is a personal passage that like the beautiful, worldly treasures in his villa, Jamal is generous enough to share. In the end, Jamal leaves us longing for more. So get ready to travel with Jamal, be his companion and listen intently as he fills your mind with interesting stories that have inspired every recipe in this book. In the end you’ll feel your mental state altered, and maybe even a mild case of ‘Jamal Syndrome”. No worries, if that happens the easy cure is to head into the kitchen and start cooking.
Culinary Marketing consultant /Publicist
Karen J. Fleming,LLC
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art”
Leonardo Da Vinci
In May 2014, my husband and I accompanied his father and stepmother to Italy. During our trip, we spent four days at Villa Poggio di Gaville. My experience at the agriturismo had a lasting effect on me. So much so that I left my corporate marketing job and have opened my own culinary marketing firm.
The spirit of the villa is mystical. It’s the perfect combination of serene nature, beautiful décor, delicious meals and lively conversation with guests from around the world. But it’s greatest attribute is it’s warm hearted and generous host, Jamal, who puts his heart into making sure you had the best stay imaginable and the best meals in all of Italy. I suppose the combination of the villa’s beauty is almost like the ingredients in a recipe that, when combined, make the perfect dish: a dash of this, a pinch of that, perfecto! It’s a work of art. It’s Jamal’s art, which is a union of pleasures that play on the senses and are not obvious to the intelligence until, in the end, one is left with a spiritual communion and a new inner light. To sum it up you leave feeling like, “oh my God, what hit me?” I think many of Jamal’s guests leave the villa with a mild touch of Stendahl Syndrome otherwise known as Florence Syndrome. If you have never heard of the syndrome, it is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and in extreme cases, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations. This can happen when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. The illness is named after the 19th-century French author Stendhal (pseudonym of Marie-Henri Beyle), who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence in his book ,Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio. When Stendhal visited the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Niccolò Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei are buried, he saw Giotto's frescoes for the first time and was overcome with emotion. Stendhal wrote, “I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen.
Dine with us!
Every night Jamal invites you to dine with him with a four courses menu prepared with fresh local ingredients and the best Chianti wines selection.
Courses of Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine
Courses of Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine held by Jamal Amin, owner and international chef and other expert Italian chefs. Organization of ceremonies, parties, theme evenings and special events.
My courses are rather untraditional in approach. The participants experiment with cooking in a hands-on workshop situation using all of their 5 senses:
Touch for kneeding;
Smell to identify the ingredients;
Taste and sight to present the dishes in an appetizing way;
Hearing – because it all happens to the rhythm of music.
Team-building courses for companies
As well as cookery courses, I also offer company team-building courses ‘Action learning by cooking’ to help train participants in creative thinking outside their daily work contexts. Cooking serves as an excellent metaphor to build teams while facing real cooking challenges that demand new skills. These can then be trasferred back to the workplace.
Cooking as a way to increase collaboration between team members and develop creative thinking.
Do you want too cook with us?
Contact us and book a courses with Chef Jamal!
We have 8 families of bees and each of them is composed by 60000 bees and one queen.
We are proud to present our collection of top quality honey named after the plants from which the bees collect their nectar:
Miele naturale di Acacia
Mille fiori del Bosco
Miele di Castagno
Miele di Tiglio
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