International Cooking School Vacations: Pilates and Cooking Discovery Program Presents Healthy Lifestyle Travel
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Pilates and Cooking Discovery Program Presents Healthy Lifestyle Travel

January 20, 2006

Pilates enthusiasts can now enjoy their core work with top- notch instruction while uncovering cooking talents, all in the comforts of a newly remodeled luxury farmhouse in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.

With The International Kitchen’s new Pilates and Cooking Discovery program, travelers have the option of a 3 or 7-night retreat at the newly converted Cascina Papaveri. This 19th-century “agritourismo”, just outside the town of Asti, is now a 5-bedroom property complete with the finest amenities, including in-room flat screen TVs and organic beauty products. Set amidst a vineyard, with panoramic scenic views of the nearby hilltop villages, guests can relax while they take advantage of the deluxe indoor/outdoor pool, sauna and steam room.

Hands-on cooking classes are taught by renowned chef Pietro Baldi and held in the property’s teaching kitchen. Ingredients for regional dishes may come from the organic kitchen gardens or local village markets, with Chef Pietro seeking out gifted artisan producers. Healthful dishes are always based on the best and freshest foods of the season. Highly qualified instructors Heather and Martin Sampson of Pilates International London lead classes with a combination of floor and machine work in a specially designed Pilates gym. Sessions can accommodate a range of skill levels with an introduction for beginners to master classes for accomplished students.

As the trend of using vacation time to offset the stress of modern life continues to grow, more people are looking to combine their relaxation time with learning a new life skill. The International Kitchen’s President Karen Herbst believes that “more and more people want to explore their passions while on vacation – Pilates and cooking are a means of relaxation for a large percentage of today’s travelers.”

Prices begin at $1,350 per person for a three-night program and $2,625 for the seven-night program both based on double occupancy. More information and reservations can be made online at


The International Kitchen, the world’s foremost culinary tour operator, has been offering authentic cooking school vacations in Italy, France and Spain since 1994.
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