Gaia welcomes us at the splendid Villa Chiaramonte Bordonaro ai Colli, her family home ‘since forever’ where her grandfather used to host guests every evening, opening up the dining room at 11pm and continuing until six in the morning. Then everybody would be thrown out into the Parco della Favorita.
The house is known as ‘Villa Carolina’ because it hosted Queen Carolina of Bourbon together with Admiral Nelson whilst King Ferdinand was at the Palazzina Cinese with his favourites.
Guests here are treated like old friends, great care is taken when choosing wine and aperitivo. Gaia loves decorating the table with seasonal fruits and flowers and her motto is “less is more”.