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Two hours to live the sensation of working in the kitchen of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, watching the brigade at work as they prepare three dishes before your eyes. Ask them questions, take notes on the recipes, listen to their stories of life in Antonino’s kitchen, learn their secrets. Your dedication to this experience will be rewarded with a signed certificate. For a perfect end to the experience, to satisfy all curiosity and all five senses, reserve your table for lunch in the Villa Crespi restaurant.
A special Ayurveda massage in our Chandra Deva Wellness Suite is the preparation Villa Crespi recommends for afternoon tea, a British tradition in the heart of the Italian Lakes. A selection of the finest Indian and Chinese teas and infusions to accompany delicacies both sweet and savoury. And to add an extra sparkle to a perfectly regenerating afternoon, the Villa Crespi aperitif and canapés will.
A charming day out, dedicated to visiting the fascinating medieval village of Orta, its villas and cobbled streets, admiring the views of the lake from the street cafés. Take a boat with your own personal guide over to the island where you will walk around the Way of Silence, so called for the closed order of Benedictine nuns living there, and see the amazing frescoes and rare stone pulpit going back almost a thousand years, while hearing of the history of Orta, its traditions and legends.
« Piedmont and Lombardia have 9 Sacred Mounts, two very close to Villa Crespi. Orta’s Sacro Monte (800 metres from the hotel) traces the most important episodes St Francis’ life in 20 chapels shown in life-sized theatrical scenes, Renaissance masterpieces of remarkable beauty set in the pine wood overlooking the lake and medieval village of Orta San Giulio. The very first and most powerful Sacro Monte is 45 minutes away in Varallo, the New Jerusalem, marking the dramatic events of Jesus’ life and death there ».
« My kitchens are my life, 24/7, but I dedicate an hour to my love for water whenever I can. Lake Orta is full of fish, and I love fishing, so I take my rod to my favourite place for a little peace and quiet, but my family and some of my staff love the wakeboard and wakesurf opportunities here, in one of Europe’s cleanest lakes and one of the finest in Italy for these sports. We organize these experiences for our guests to enjoy ».