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Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Italy - Hunting with the Chef

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Lots of Fun Activities
Lodge Rating: Rustic Luxury
Lodge Capacity: 16 Guests private only with as few as 4
Season: Wild Boar - Year around; Roe Deer - June to September
Age Appropriate: 14 years or older
Location: Umbria
Nearest Airport: Rome
Holiday Options: Fall Break, Summer
Activities: Cooking Classes, Cooking Lessons, Sightseeing, Swimming Pool, Truffle Hunting, Wine Tours
Species: Fallow, Roe Deer, Wild Boar

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Our First-Hand Experience

Touring Italy has been a favorite for our family for many many years.  You can imagine our excitement when we discovered we could combine hunting and off the beaten path touring all in one trip.  The Italian Alps took our breath away with Ibex and Chamois racing up and down the steep jagged mountainsides.  We toured private chalets overlooking breathtaking scenery, stayed in quaint mountain hotels, enjoyed private winery tours and lunch hosted by vineyard owners, toured Rome and Venice all in a matter of a few days.  One of our lovely little boutique hotels was located in Gubbio in the Umbria province adjacent to Tuscany.  From here we sought wild hogs and Roe Deer on one of the most magnificently gorgeous private properties we have ever seen.  To top off our experience, the castle located on the property was made available just for us!  Guests enjoy private dinners and/or cooking here following their day of hunting.  We were completely awed by the access this outfitter enjoys throughout Italy because of his own storied family history and connections.

It is hard to imagine a more exceptional opportunity to hunt private lands while at the same time enjoying cooking classes with a famous Italian chef.  During your 6 night hunting and cooking adventure, you will enjoy the privacy of a private villa hosted by your chef as well as your hunting guide and touring guide.

Highlights:

  • Private famous Italian chef cooking lessons integrated with hunting theme of truffles, game meat from the hunt and Fiorentina steak
  • Hunt for truffles with a trifulau and his dogs in the nearby forest then prepare truffles with the chef
  • Hunt Roe Deer and wild boar mixed into the itinerary
  • Driven Wild boars can be mixed into the itinerary for small groups of 6
  • Gastronomic experience focus on Chianina meat: the mythical bread giving Fiorentina Steak
  • After cooking and hunting for a few days, combine the two activities learning creative ways to cook your wild boars and roe deer shot on previous days with your chef for a grand finale dinner
  • Private touring in this most quaint area of Tuscany/Umbria visiting Assisi, Citta di Castellow medieval villages, Montepulciano and Chianti wine regions and more.   All touring customized to your personal interests

We are proud to have the chance to hunt two of the finest private hunting areas in central Italy, privately owned by two of the most important Roman families and hunted by them only in the past.  Thanks to excellent personal relationships, we are allowed to bring in a small number of guests every year.  The low hunting pressure and centuries of game management make these two areas some of the absolute best, if not the best, in Central Italy.  Trophies from these properties are excellent with the opportunity for spot and stalk roe deer and wild boar.  the landscape is hilly, with small forests and open fields.

See suggested itinerary below please.

Hunting

Hunting in Italy can best be described as an amazing off the beaten path adventure to enhance any touring trip to Italy!  Your adventure will be customized to fit the itinerary that you wish to enjoy.

Hunting is conducted by spot and stalk, driven or high seat (hunting blind).

Hunting Areas:

While hunting in Italy with us, you will access some of the most exclusive privately owned hunting areas, taking advantage of the combination of century’s old game management, low hunting pressure and fully dedicated services.  These properties are the most magnificent hunting properties in Italy available only because of the family connections and integrity of the outfitter.

As an example, we are proud to have the chance in the itinerary shown below to hunt a 10.000 acres estate and the adjoining estate, privately owned by one of the most important roman families and hunted by them only; thanks to good personal relations, we are allowed to bring in a small number of guests every year. The low hunting pressure and centuries of game management made of this area one of the best, if not the best, in Central Italy with trophies well above the average and the opportunity to spot and stalk roe deer and wild boar. The landscape is hilly, with small forests, open fields and an ancient castle in the middle. The area is 10 minutes away from Gubbio city center.

Hunting season throughout Italy should you wish to continue with your hunting following your itinerary below.

Seasons

Animal Season Rut
Roe June – September June 15 – July 15
Chamois September – December November
European Red Deer September – December September 15 – October 15
Italian Grand Slam

(Mouflon, Fallow, Chamois, Red Deer, Roe)

September only
Mouflon Year Round
Wild Boar November – January

Activities

Since every itinerary is customized for your interests, you will find just a few ideas below to include/add on to your itinerary below:

  • See the major sights in Rome, Florence, Venice, Torino, Sicily
  • See the “off the beaten path” sights in all the big cities
  • Tour the small quaint ancient towns that appeal to the locals
  • Wine tastings
  • Private wine tastings and private wine chef tours and lunch
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking in the Italian Alps
  • Private tour of the Cysteine Chapel
  • Opera in Milan
  • Private dinners in private residences in Venice
  • Personal guides
  • Fishing
  • Extreme hiking
  • Overnights in tents available
  • Visit Castles and the hunting lodges of the king
  • and more!  Just ask and we will make it happen

Length of Stay / Itinerary

Day 1: arrive in Rome and meet at the airport your Italian Safari Tour Director, and, together with a professional driver, transfer to the hunting area in Umbria. Depending on your time of arrival and your preferences, opportunity to stop in Montefalco wine region for a wine tasting. Arriving at the hunting estate, check in at the private villa hosting you during the next few days.

The Villa where you will be hosted during the first part of your tour belongs to the estate owners and used by them and their friends when hunting wild boars. The villa has a nice pool and is serviced by the owner’s employees, including a local lady preparing, every day, hand made food and serving magnificent meals.

Day 2: first hunting day. The three hunters will hunt divided in 2 groups, stalking roe deer and wild boars at sunrise and sunset. During the rest of the day, time available to recover from the flight and enjoy the swimming pool or visit the estate.

Private Villa

Day 3: today you will open your culinary experience in Umbria together with Polito chef, a well known Italian chef and hunter. This first day will have truffle as the “king of the kitchen”: you will start with a truffle hunt with the help of a trifulau and his dog in the nearby forest, while in the afternoon you will be guided by Polito in the preparation of different truffle based courses. In the evening a gourmet dinner will be prepared by the chef.

Private Villa  

Day 4,5: two hunting days. During the rest of the day time available to relax in the villa’s swimming pool, enjoy some fishing in the small lake or visit the surrounding region, including visits of Assisi or Città di Castello medieval villages, Montepulciano and Chianti wine regions, olive groves and others. A driver will be available both days for non hunters, allowing them to take advantage of the endless tourism, shopping and cultural opportunities of Umbria and Tuscany

Private Villa

Day 6: the second gastronomic experience focus on Chianina meat: the mythical bread giving Fiorentina Steak. You will have the opportunity to discover this large cow in the estate livestock and, in the afternoon, preparing different dishes during Polito chef cooking class at the villa. The dinner will be based on your preparations during the class as well as the huge Fiorentina.

Private Villa

Day 7: after cooking and hunting for a few days, today you will finally combine the two activities learning creative ways to cook your wild boars and roe deer shot in the previous days. The day will end with the gourmet dinner prepared by Polito chef and based, on top of what you prepared during the class, also on his very special game preparations, making him one of the greatest Italian wild game chef.

Private Villa

Day 8:  Begin touring with a customized itinerary prepared based on your interests.  One such possibility… in the early morning transfer by car (Mercedes Vito) to Venice and, at your arrival, transfer by private boat to your magnificent hotel. After check in and some time to discover the surroundings, meet your guide in Venice and embark on the typical wooden boat to sail the Laguna at sunrise, discovering Venice from the sea with a Prosecco glass in your hands.

Luxury boutique hotel

Day 9: take advantage of the less crowded morning hours to walk around the Calle in San Marco area while, right after lunch, meet again your guide to enter the Palazzo Ducale prisons, privately visiting them. At 8:00 p.m., meet the guide in front of San Marco cathedral, closed to every other tourist; access the basilica and experience the breathtaking atmosphere of seeing it lightening up for you only.

Luxury boutique hotel

Day 10: in the morning embark on a taxi boat with your guide and transfer to Murano, visiting the amazing island, its colorful houses and, finally, the world renowned glasses visiting one of the most important glass producers. At dinner reach by boat the main entrance of a private palace on Canal Grande where the owning family will host you at dinner.

Luxury boutique hotel

Day 11: in the morning transfer to the train station through a private taxi boat service, going with you up to the train and taking care of all the luggage.

All touring is customized to your personal preferences.   Private custom tours will  be built to your liking by a member of one of the most well known families in Italy.  He enjoys private access like few in Italy that will be built into your itinerary.  As we get to know your interests, your itinerary becomes personalized for you. Any area of Italy such as Florence, Rome, Venice, Milan, quaint towns etc are options for your touring.

Rates

Every itinerary is customized for your group.  As an example, the luxury itinerary above for four people is $13,500 per person completely inclusive of all but gratuity and flights.

Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info

Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.

Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:

If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!

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