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6 Days Organic Cooking Holidays in Umbria

Villa Dama Frazione Torre dell’Olmo, 06024 Gubbio, Umbria, Italy

Food and Wine Holidays in Italy

Witness and live the Italian gourmet tradition inside the calm ambiance of the beautiful nature of Umbria's region. While being away from the chaos of crowded places, you will discover what an agriturismo vacation is all about. You will taste meals prepared with raw ingredients, locally produced in the most natural way possible. You will also participate in daily farm activities and learn, from an experienced butcher, the gourmet art of curing meat. The simple life and culinary art, combined with the Italian beauty, will put you in the right mood to deeply relax.


  • Lesson with an Italian butcher
  • Taste homemade salami and wine
  • Learn the secrets to prepare cured meat
  • Tour through the estate for a close-up view of the animals
  • Gourmet dinner with organic raw ingredients
  • Daily hearty buffet breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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During this vacation, you will spend five nights at Agriturismo Villa Dama. Villa Dama is a few kilometers away from Gubbio, in the heart of the Umbria region, on the top of an mountain of 680 meters (2230 feet). It is surrounded by fields, woods, and natural paths, in a location where you may find a calm and silent atmosphere. The agriturismo is a tastefully restored old farmhouse situated in the middle of an organic farm of 150 hectares, at the bottom of Monte Cucco, a mountain of 5100 feet, with an exquisite naturalistic area that is a regional park since 1995. The main villa used to be an old family countryside house where to relax in the swimming pool, catch up with friends, and spend time away from the chaos of the city life.

Villa Dama has five cottages, all restored in stone with their original form, about 800 meters (0.5 miles) away from each other. Villa Dama is the main building’s name, where you can find the reception, the restaurant, the pool made ​​of stone with hydro-massage, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. The other farm cottages are deep in the green, between the orchards and the woods of the estate Fattoria la Torre. By walking through the trails, you will reach the grown fields and the grazing animals. All rooms are comfortable and bright, simply furnished in traditional style; some with wrought-iron bed and wood beams on the ceiling, and some others with bathroom with hydro-massage tub. On the ground floor of each house, a living room with a fireplace is available to guests and it is much appreciated by groups of friends who stay there and have the opportunity to share it.

Every house is located in a panoramic position, has open space, is well-lit, and well equipped; there is also a private parking in each cottage. At Casale, there is a second pool made ​​of stone, the children facilities, and the soccer field. The beauty and peace of this place are mainly due to its scenic location and distance from the city. The closest village is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away and can be reached via a partially paved road. Immediately upon arrival, you can see the landscape extending all the way towards the horizon, with nature being the true protagonist.

Il Casale

Surrounded by nature, the orchard, and the woods, this residence has been renovated in stone and offers a stay in total relax. The rooms are spacious and welcoming, with a typical rustic style, wrought iron beds, and a ceiling of wooden beams. On the ground floor, guests can enjoy the communal dining room with the fireplace and the outdoor facilities, which include a five-a-side football field and a new swimming pool. The pool, made in river stone, is situated just a few steps from the house and is surrounded by nature. Il Casale is situated on the estate of the Fattoria la Torre; by walking along the trails, you can reach cultivated fields, the orchard, and grazing animals. Large groups of friends can rent the whole house with exclusive use of the lounge, the kitchen and its wooden oven, and the swimming pool.

La Collina dei Ginepri

This residence, located about 1 km (0.6 miles) from Villa Dama, was originally built at the highest point of Torre dell’Olmo, not far from the ruins of the medieval tower. Its location offers a spectacular panoramic view. Guests can spend pleasant days outdoors by strolling through the old woodland of oaks and junipers, by relaxing in the sunshine in the garden, or by cooking on the wooden oven barbecue. The residence has two apartments, each with a kitchen, a fireplace, and a double bedroom on the ground floor.

La Fattoria

It is the most suitable accommodation for those who want to be closer to a farm life. You can listen to the rooster crows in the morning and, from the balcony, see the pigs, the grazing cows, and the vegetable garden surrounded by woods and meadows, inhabited by red and roe deer. In this residence, guests can experience the everyday life of the farm, together with the people who work there. Above the oil mill, there are two welcoming apartments with a kitchen and a living room. People with disabilities can easily access this accommodation, thanks to the spacious outdoor area and the lift. On the ground floor, guests can enjoy a large communal living room with a central fireplace. The living room can also be rented for private parties. The nearest swimming pool is the one of il Casale, which is 500 meters (0.3 miles) away.

La Ginestra

This residence is located in a very panoramic position, with a direct view of Monte Cucco and a spectacular view of the entire valley. The colorful rooms, some with Jacuzzi, are the ideal setting for a romantic getaway for couples. You can book an apartment with an outdoor barbecue. Large groups of guests can rent the whole residence and share the communal living room and kitchen on the ground floor. Outdoor areas are sunny and equipped with tables and deckchairs.


At the main mansion, there are two apartments on the top floor, overlooking the garden and the swimming pool. A small guest-house, located a few steps from the swimming pool, has four double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. The dining room and swimming pool are available to all guests.


Day 1 - Arrival

  • Today, you will arrive to the farmhouse, check-in, and get settled.
  • A delicious dinner with a gourmet menu will be offered today.
  • The dishes are prepared only with organic raw materials coming from ground to table.

Day 2 - Farm tour

  • After breakfast, you should not miss the tour of the estate on the agri-bus pulled by the tractor.
  • The tour will allow a close-up view of the animals in the farm and the woods, and you can even pick-up some of the organic vegetables in the orchard.
  • Later on, you can choose to have an organic lunch in the farmhouse or you can visit the surrounding area and choose to have lunch in one of the many available restaurants.
  • The afternoon will be spent at your leisure.

Day 3 - Free day

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast.
  • Then, have a day off to visit the beautiful towns close to Villa Dama.

Day 4 - Cooking lesson

  • After breakfast, learn how to cure meat in today's cooking lesson.
  • Mastro Norcino, a local butcher, will be sharing all the secrets with you.

Day 5 - Free day

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast.
  • Later, relax in the pool or walk around the beautiful surroundings.
  • This day is free to be spent at leisure.

Day 6 - Wine tasting, departure

  • You will have a delicious breakfast.
  • Later, you will taste the wine locally produced at the farmhouse.
  • Check-out.
  • Departure.

Included excursions

  • Agri-bus tour through Villa Dama's estate


This holiday will take place in Gubbio, Italy.


Everyday at Villa Dama, guests will begin their day with a hearty buffet breakfast enriched with cakes, jams, honey, yogurt, sweet bread, bread, and croissants, all homemade by the experienced hands of Luciana and Simone. In winter, they gather again for dinner at the large living-room with the big fireplace, and during summer months, at the beautiful rooftop terrace lit by lanterns.

Luciana and her colleagues serve traditional regional dishes from Umbria, prepared with the organic products from the farm, to food-lovers and those in search of authentic and traditional flavors. A daily choice of simple dishes, capable to recall traditional flavors and new aromas, are served following the seasonal rhythms of the countryside.

Villa Dama's products are sourced from the 170 hectares of its land; they are transformed in the butcher’s workshop, in the kitchen, and in the oil mill, and can be ordered and purchased at the agriturismo's shop. The pork meat is exclusively from free range pigs cinta senese and large white reared in the farm. The meat is prepared on site by a butcher, with the passion and experience, which was handed down by farmers. All products are prepared without the use of preservatives, additives, and flour, making them suitable for people with celiac disease. You will find bread and cakes, fresh eggs, fresh meat, honey, jams and preserves, oil, vegetables and fruits, and wine.

The bread is baked using a natural yeast starter; the cold cuts are prepared without the use of preservatives, following the expertise of a butcher, and are matured in the walk-in refrigerators of the farm; the pasta is homemade, pulled with the rolling pin; and all the meat is from free range or wild animals reared on the farm. The vegetables and the fruits are from the local garden and orchard, and the cakes are prepared with the eggs from local chickens. Luciana cooks using exclusively extra virgin olive oil, produced from the olives of the local farm, which are cold pressed in a traditional oil mill from 1956.

From the wooden oven specialties

  • Baked cinta senese pork leg
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Guinea fowl
  • Lamb leg
  • Pork in pastry crust
  • Rabbit
  • Rack of wild boar

From the pan specialties

  • Braised chianina
  • Chicken cacciatore
  • Duck with oranges
  • Ghiotta - guinea fowl
  • Lamb with truffle and fennel
  • Rabbit stew
  • Stuffed pigeon
  • Veal with olives
  • Venison with crispy polenta
  • Wild boar chops

Meat specialties on the grill

  • Calf tagliata and steak
  • Lamb
  • Mixed grill of pork meet containing sausage
  • Spicy chicken
  • Steak and liver pluck

Roasted on the turning spit specialties

  • Roast pork and lamb
  • Skewers of grilled chicken

Pasta specialties

  • Cannelloni cooked in the wooden oven
  • Filled pasta in broth
  • Fusilli with zucchini and pumpkin flowers
  • Gnocchetti tricolor with truffle and ragù of chianina
  • Gnocchi with goose sauce
  • Hare and tomato sauce
  • Lasagna with asparagus and artichoke
  • Maltagliati with wild boar sauce or pheasant
  • Pappardella with wild boar
  • Pasta with beans
  • Ravioli
  • Risotto with mushrooms and asparagus
  • Spaghetti alla amatriciana with cinta senese pig cheek
  • Strozzapreti with vegetables
  • Tagliatella with meat sauce

Starters specialties

  • Bresaola - air-dried salted beef of chianina
  • Bruschette
  • Carpaccio - thinly sliced raw meet
  • Cheeses
  • Cold cuts
  • Ham from cinta senese pig
  • Lamb pluck
  • Legume salads
  • Panzanella - typical salad from central Italy, containing bread
  • Pork skin with beans
  • Traditional Umbrian flat-bread made on the grill
  • Tripe
  • Vegetable pies

Other specialties

  • Baked or grilled vegetables
  • Barley and beans soup
  • Bean paste
  • Beans and artichokes pies
  • Chickpeas and chestnut soup
  • Cream of chickpeas
  • Cream of peas
  • Eggplant and hunchback parmigiana
  • Lentil soup
  • Onions and potato soup

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

At Villa Dama, you can spend time reading in the shades of the old olive tree in the garden, walking within the rows of the vineyard surrounded by the silence of the nature, or sunbathing during the hot summer days. The two swimming pools are made of river stones and are available exclusively to the guests. With their poolside areas, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room they offer moments of total relaxation. Sports enthusiasts can go mountain biking or walking on the trails that cross the agritourism, play football in the five-a-side football field, or exercise in the outdoor facilities. Kids can enjoy the outdoor space by playing in one of the wooden playgrounds.

What's included

  • 1 butcher laboratory experience
  • 1 gourmet dinner, excluding beverages
  • 1 merenda with salami and wine
  • 1 tour of the estate in the agri-bus
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • Extra beds in the room
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation

How to get there

Driving directions from Gubbio

  • Follow the indications for Torre dei Calzolari
  • After the town of Spada, take the left junction towards Dondana - Torre dell’Olmo and Agriturismo Villa Dama
  • Follow the road, which is partially paved, and after 6 kilometres you will find the entrance to Villa Dama

Driving directions from Sigillo

  • Along the motorway SS3 Flaminia, coming from Rome, drive to the village of Sigillo
  • At the end of Sigillo take the left junction indicating Agriturismo Villa Dama
  • Follow the road for about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles)
  • After a series of windings you will find the entrance to Villa Dama on your left

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Villa Dama is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PEG).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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