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Culture, Wine & Cooking Vacations in Italy

Discover the warmth and joy of Italy's food, wine and culture, through the intimate exploration of the hilltop town of Orvieto. If you have been longing to explore the history, tastes, wine, as well as Italy's people, this vacation is designed especially for you. Spend a week in the stunningly beautiful hill top town of Orvieto, as you explore the culture and lifestyle of artful Italy. This holiday will offer you a close-up, meaningful look at Italian food, art, and wine traditions!


  • Wine and olive oil tastings
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Cooking class with an Italian chef
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio Chapel
  • Visit the local market for fresh produce
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
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During your six nights culinary holiday in Orvieto, you will be staying at San Lodovico Institute, a convent bed and breakfast. Located in a former palace, the convent will add immeasurably to your experience. The three nuns are incredibly hospitable. The place provides a glimpse into Italian life that an institutional hotel simply cannot. Most rooms are recently completed and all have modern bathrooms, which are immaculately clean. There is space to spread out, such as places for contemplation and reading. The building sits over Etruscan caves, and has 14th and 15th century frescoes, as well as placid views.


Day 1

  • Arrive in Orvieto
  • Group dinner

Day 2

  • Orientation walking tour
  • Introduction to Italian culture
  • Olive oil and wine tasting
  • Guided tour of the stunning Orvieto cathedral

Day 3

  • Understanding the coffee and history of Orvieto
  • Cooking class

Day 4

  • Visit the country side and an incredible hilltop town, surrounded perched on a plug of land

Day 5

  • Enjoy the weekly market
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting

Day 6

  • Travel to an olive oil producer, learn about its making, sample the varieties and learn how to use them at home

Day 7

  • Depart Orvieto

Included excursions

  • Enjoy the weekly market and an orientation walking tour
  • Explore the countryside and incredible hilltop towns near Orvieto and Orvieto cathedral
  • Visit San Brizio Chapel, an olive oil producer and a vineyard


This vacation will take place in Orvieto, Italy. Perched on a plateau of tufa rock, with the outline of its world famous Duomo visible for miles around, the city of Orvieto has adapted to the needs of the modern day tourist by transforming itself into a car-free haven. Access to the city either via the funicular, that runs from the railway station below up to the old town centre, passing directly by the Albornoz fortress, or up the system of escalators dug, into the cliffside from the large parking lot at Campo della Fiera. Alternatively there is a regular minibus service that covers the entire city.

The exceptional views commanded by the city, as well as the beautiful skyline of Orvieto itself, can be fully appreciated by looking out from the top of the 13th century Torre del Moro, the highest vantage point in town. However, the heart of Orvieto is undoubtedly Piazza del Duomo, around the towns most important public buildings and the faade of the Duomo, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with poly-chrome marble inlays and dazzling mosaics. The interior of the cathedral contains, among other important works of art, Luca Signorellis fresco cycles depicting the Antichrist, Armageddon, the Resurrection of the Flesh, the Chosen and the Reprobates, along with a spectacular Last Judgement in the San Brizio Chapel. Another great artist, Beato Angelico, completed the angels in the vaults of the ceiling. Started in 1290, the Duomo took several centuries before completion.

A number of Etruscan remains testify the importance of the city even before Roman rule. They are the Necropoli del Crocifisso del Tufo burial ground, at the base of the plateau, on which the city stands. This network of passages were enlarged during the Middle Ages for a number of reasons, that ranged from the need to make additional water cisterns, to spaces for breeding pigeons. Today, these underground passages form almost another city beneath Orvieto. The passages are open to the public with the Orvieto underground itinerary, which also includes the Pozzo di San Patrizio, a remarkable architectural feat designed for Pope Clement VII in the 16th century, by Antonio da Sangallo. The city's public art collections are also well worth a visit, and are divided between the Museo Claudio Faina, the Museo Archeologico and the Museo dellOpera del Duomo.



  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Caf
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant nearby


  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Conference room
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Parking lot
  • Pet friendly
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


During this culture and food exploration of Orvieto, you will eat some of the best Italian dishes, sample olive oils, wines and lots of Italian food.

Things to do (optional)

Feel free to explore the city of Orvieto and its surroundings during your spare time.

What's included

  • 1 additional dinner
  • 1 cooking class followed by dinner
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Advice on travel plans before or after the trip, if desired
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Vineyard tour, wine and olive oil tastings

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Additional nights accommodation
  • Airfare, other transportation costs and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Passport fees
  • Personal items, such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet and laundry charges
  • Single room supplement

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive Leonardo da VinciFiumicino Airport (FCO).

Arrival by train

Take the train to Rome, in front of Leonardo da VinciFiumicino Airport (FCO). From there, another train will take you to the city of Orvieto. The cost is about 25 USD.

Arrival by bus

The funicular in front of the Orvieto train station will take you to the rock upon which medieval Orvieto sits. Exit the station and get on minibus C, which drops you near the San Lodovico Institute. Ticket for the funicular is available on the bus and costs about 2 USD.

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