7 Days Wine, Cooking, Oil & Truffle Holidays Umbria

Culinary Holiday in Italy

Black truffle, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, cereals and legumes, the superb Sagrantino di Montefalco and other excellent red wines are just some of the most known products of this area plenty of art, history, culture and surrounded by lovely hilltowns and beautiful scenery.

Umbria is as well the region of Assisi, where San Francis lived; Perugia - famous for the chocolate; Deruta for the ceramics; Norcia for San Benedetto and for the pork cured meat; Castelluccio for the best lentils; Spoleto for the music festival; Trevi - capital of the extra virgin olive oil - and many more wonderful places.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking lessons
  • Guided visit of Assisi and surroundings
  • Truffle hunting experience with a truffle dog
  • Visit to an extra virgin olive oil mill and wineries with tastings
  • Enjoy a visit to a ceramic laboratory in Deruta
  • Local tour director throughout the trip
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

During your visit, you will be staying in a charming 4-star hotel in the countryside, in the small medieval town of Bevagna.

Program

Day 1, Sunday - Get settled at the agriturismo, aperitif in Bevagna and welcome dinner

Bluone will meet you at the Foligno train station and provide you with private transfer to your accommodation, a charming agriturismo in the countryside of Bevagna with gorgeous garden and swimming pool. Once you are settled, you'll take a walking tour of the historic Bevagna center and enjoy wine aperitif in the beautiful piazza.

You'll enjoy a welcome dinner together at an astounding Italian countryside trattoria frequented only by locals to enjoy its scrumptious food.

Day 2, Monday - Wine and extra virgin olive oil tasting, lunch in Montefalco, walking in Spoleto, cooking class and dinner

The Arnaldo Caprai winery in Montefalco will be your first stop on Monday morning. There you will taste their Sagrantino wine, which is regarded as one of the finest red wines of Italy. Then you will drive close by to visit an extra virgin olive oil mill where you will see how the best extra virgin olive oil is produced and how to taste it.

You will have lunch at a distinctive restaurant in the piazza of Montefalco - also called the Terrace of Umbria. You will stroll through this charismatic town as we admire its dazzling views of the fields below.

In the afternoon, you drive to Spoleto. You will stroll through the narrow streets of the picturesque center that is world famous for its music festival held each July. You'll explore some of the town's magnificent sites like the castle, Duomo, roman bridge, and narrow roads. Then in the late afternoon you'll have cooking class at a great restaurant with the creative chef and owner.

Day 3, Tuesday - Truffle hunting with the truffle dog, lunch, walking and dinner in Trevi

Your day will begin with a scenic drive through the mountains to a typical Italian farming home with unforgettable mountain views. You'll have a truffle hunting adventure in the hills with a truffle hunter and his scent dog, followed by lunch at their family's farming home. An amazing experience! You'll return to your accommodation, after stopping at a truffle and mushroom shop where they transform fresh truffles in sauces or other products,

In the late afternoon you drive to the pretty hill town of Trevi for a walk. Dinner will be at a family owned restaurant with warmhearted atmosphere.

​-Day 4, Wednesday - Civita di Bagnoregio, wine tasting, Orvieto, dinner in Bevagna

In the morning after one hour driving through the magnificent Umbrian countryside you arrive at Civita di Bagnoregio. Walkg in this unique hill town, reachable only on foot through a long bridge.

On the way to Orvieto stop at a winery to taste the renowned white wine called "Orvieto". Once you arrive in Orvieto, the facade of the Duomo, the main church, will surprise you! It is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture for its extraordinary beauty.

Lunch free in Orvieto and free time for visiting or shopping. This town has several local artisan shops with ceramic, leather and more.

You'll then go back back to your accommodation then have dinner in Bevagna at a very cozy osteria with great food.

Day 5, ​Thursday - Visit Perugia, ceramic laboratory in Deruta, and cooking class at agriturismo

Thursday morning you will drive to Umbria's capital, Perugia. The city boasts Roman and Etruscan monuments and has a gorgeous historic center. It is known for its colorful art museums, shops, bakeries, and Perugina chocolate called "Baci." You will walk through the historic center with an English-speaking guide and have lunch at a pleasant trattoria.

In the afternoon, you will visit a ceramic laboratory in Deruta where you will get to see the process of making and decorating pottery. Afterwards, you will have free time for some relaxation back at the agriturismo.

You will begin in the late afternoon your Italian cooking class that will be based on cereals and legumes that are typical of the region. You'll enjoy a dinner of the tasty creations that you made during the class.

Day 6, Friday - Admire Giotto in Assisi, wine tasting, and farewell dinner

You will drive to Assisi on Friday morning for a guided visit with an English-speaking guide. He will take you inside the Saint Francis Basilica that is adorned with colorful frescoes by renowned Italian painter Giotto.

You'll enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch at a very special family winery as you admire the beautiful countryside. Then you'll return to Bevagna. Dinner will be at an amazing restaurant with spectacular view.

Day 7, Saturday - Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart from the Foligno train station with memories to treasure for a lifetime!

Included excursions

  • Discover the town of Assisi
  • Drive to Montefalco
  • Drive to the mountains for a truffle hunting adventure
  • Travel to the Plan of Castelluccio
  • Visit a ceramic laboratory in Deruta
  • Visit to Bevagna
  • Visit to Perugia
  • Visit The Arnaldo Caprai winery
  • Visit the picturesque town of Spoleto
  • Visit the small medieval town of Norcia
  • Visit Trevi

Location

This holiday takes place in Umbria, also known as the "green heart" of Italy for its beautiful dense forests. This region is filled with small medieval hill towns which offer unique views and historical sites as well as a rich and healthy local cuisine.

Food

During this holiday, you will have the chance to discover the authentic Umbrian cuisine. Along the way, you will taste many specific specialties, such as extra virgin olive oil, regional wines and even truffles. Besides these, you will be dining in the local restaurants, where you will discover a wide assortment of regional dishes, some of which, you will also learn to cook during your cooking lessons.

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover the regional cuisine and the local restaurants
  • Enjoy the fresh forest air
  • Go hiking through the mountains
  • Go sight-seeing
  • Learn about the region's history

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 Italian cooking lessons with English assistance
  • 9 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Extra virgin olive oil mill visit and olive oil tasting
  • Truffle hunting experience with the truffle dog
  • Ceramic laboratory visit
  • Guided visit of Assisi and Perugia with an English-speaking guide
  • Private transfers and assistance on arrival and at departure (from and to Foligno train station)
  • English-speaking local tour director

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not written in the program
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Local taxes (city taxes)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
7 days / 6 nights
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This holiday requires a minimum of 4 participants.

This holiday is also available upon request on other dates. Please send your inquiry if these dates do not fit in your schedule.

Saturday March 30, 2019
(7 days / 6 nights)

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