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Italy Culinary Holiday

Enjoy 10 days in a food lovers paradise with activities like black truffle hunting, horse riding, visiting a beauty farm, wine tasting, and cooking. Experience a fantastic cooking holiday in Spoleto, Perugia, visit Assisi and a winery, a salami farm, and Spoleto. You will be welcomed to Casale Fusco, a country house bed-and-breakfast where you will stay.

Highlights

  • 2 horse rides
  • 7 cooking classes
  • Enjoy a black truffle hunt
  • Excursion to Assisi with a winery visit
  • Visit a local Salami farm and Spoleto
  • Spend a day on a beauty farm
  • All daily meals are included
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), Italian
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

The structure

On the ground floor, there is a dining room where continental breakfast is served every morning and a spacious living room with a fireplace and library. On the upper floor, there are five bedrooms with two independent entrances. Internet Wi-Fi and satellite TVs are available.

The swimming pool

Just outside the house in the adjoining garden is the swimming pool. Exposed to sunlight from dawn to sunset and nicely embedded in a well-kept green surrounding, it provides a quiet and gorgeous space that overlooks a wide horizon and offers an ideal oasis for relaxation and outdoor activities. The pool is open from the beginning of May to the end of September, depending on the weather condition.

The rooms

On the upper floor, there are five bedrooms with two independent entrances. Four of the five guestrooms have a private and modern bathroom. It is possible to combine two or three adjoining bedrooms to create an area for a family or a group of friends that would sleep four or seven adults and one infant and include two bathrooms and a kitchenette. The combined rooms can be accessed by their own entry. All the bedrooms and the entire residence are furnished and decorated with family furniture and heirlooms dating from the late 1800s.

Agriculture in the farmhouse

They strive to maintain genuine and ancient Umbrian agricultural traditions. The origin of which dates back to the Etruscan period. From the hill of the farmhouse, you may appreciate many views including:

  • Century-old olive trees are well-distanced to ensure the best solar irradiation; thus producing an excellent extra virgin olive oil with low acidity. This oil is amongst the best in the region with a delicate taste, finely fruity, and round and emerald green in color, obtained by cold extraction from olives harvested at their peak.
  • A red grape vineyard, “ungrafted” and considered a rarity now. It was selected for the production of “Colli Martani” DOC wine due to its ruby red color, and a harmonious and dry flavor.
  • Rows of the aromatic white grapevine “Malvasia di Candia” were planted in the farmhouse decades ago. These produce an extraordinary wine of golden yellow color, with a pleasant sweet aroma of Muscat.
  • Centenarian grape plants “Trebbiano Spoletino” married to the maple trees, where a distinguished white wine is produced, with a yellow-gold color, well balanced, with an intense flavor.
  • The cultivation of sunflowers. Their growth is so fast that it is almost miraculous. This huge flower is always chasing the sun and can easily reach two meters in height. They give an oil rich in unsaturated fatty acids, (especially linoleic acid and oleic acid), thus giving it nutritional value and good shelf life.
  • The land is covered in fruit trees with the pond, the woods, and the oak trees where you can find wild animals such as wild boars, hares, ducks, woodcocks, and pheasants.

Everything has been taken care of to ensure guests a “full immersion” into Umbria, a region characterized by rolling green hills rich in history and traditions, already inhabited in prehistoric times by the Umbrians and the Etruscans, then became part of the Roman Empire.

Program

Day 1: Arrival welcome

  • Transfer from the Rome Fiumicino Airport to Casale Fusco in Spoleto.
  • This afternoon, enjoy a welcome drink and a short presentation of your cooking course.
  • Dinner at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water included.
  • Overnight

Day 2: Black truffle hunt

  • After breakfast at 9:30 a.m. meet in the Casale Fusco lobby. Your first cooking class will last about two hours and will be an introduction to Umbrian cooking.
  • Tasting lunch based on your efforts ends about noon.
  • At 4:30 p.m., go on a black truffle hunt. (In the summer, the truffle hunt begins at 6 p.m.)
  • Dinner will be at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water included.
  • Overnight

Day 3: Assisi and winery

  • Breakfast
  • At 9:30 a.m., depart for an excursion to the legendary Assisi, the city of Saint Francis, with a guided visit.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afterward, at 2:30 p.m., it’s on to the famous town of Montefalco, land of the Sagrantino red wine, and a visit to a local winery where you will be invited to taste wonderful wines.
  • Return and dinner at a traditional Italian pizzeria.
  • Overnight.

Day 4: Salami farm

  • Breakfast followed by your next cooking lesson at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tasting lunch based on your efforts.
  • At 4 p.m., visit a local farm where you will taste regional specialties such as the famed Umbrian salami.
  • Dinner at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water included.
  • Overnight

Day 5: Horse riding

  • After breakfast, the next cooking class begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tasting lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • At 3 p.m., you will start off with horse riding. There are wide avenues that are perfect for cantering for those who want to and trotting for those who don’t, and splendid views of mountains, valleys, and hill villages in all directions.
  • Return to Casale Fusco for a traditional Italian pizzeria dinner.
  • Overnight

Day 6: Visit Spoleto

  • After breakfast, the next cooking class begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tasting lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • At 3 p.m., visit Spoleto, a bronze-age town located on the slope of a sacred mountain in the Apennines. Just one of their numerous ancient Roman and medieval sacred sites is the Duomo, which is home to Filippo Lippi’s last fresco cycle.
  • Return to Casale Fusco for a traditional Italian pizzeria dinner.
  • Overnight

Day 7: Horse riding

  • After breakfast, the next cooking class begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tasting lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • At 3 p.m., you will start off with horse riding. There are wide avenues that are perfect for cantering for those who want to and trotting for those who don’t, and splendid views of mountains, valleys, and hill villages in all directions.
  • Return to Casale Fusco for a traditional Italian pizzeria dinner.
  • Overnight

Day 8: Beauty farm

  • After breakfast, the next cooking class begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tasting lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • At 3 p.m., you will visit a beauty farm. The beauty treatments, featuring phytotherapy, are made with the finest cosmetic products. The center has the latest generation equipment, therefore, ensuring the highest quality treatments available providing complete satisfaction of the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Return to Casale Fusco for a traditional Italian pizzeria dinner.
  • Overnight

Day 9: Shopping

  • Breakfast followed by your final cooking lesson at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tasting lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Afternoon at leisure. You will have the opportunity to shop for cashmere (Umbria is well known for its production of cashmere).
  • Tonight’s final dinner will be at a traditional homemade food restaurant.
  • Overnight

Day 10: Departure

  • Breakfast at Casale Fusco
  • Final farewells and depart for your transfer to the airport in Rome.

Included excursions

  • Black truffle hunt
  • Excursion to Assisi
  • Wine tasting and a visit to Montefalco
  • Visit to a local farm with tasting
  • 2 horse rides
  • Visit to Spoleto
  • Visit a beauty farm

Location

The Casale Fusco country house is a beautifully restored old country home located on 18 acres, 10 kilometers northwest of Spoleto. It serves as an excellent base for day trips throughout Umbria, including Deruta, Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Trevi, Bevagna, Montefalco, Todi, and Orvieto. Casale Fusco features majestic sweeping views from its hilltop location and it is accessed from a paved country lane.

18 acres are divided into vineyards and olive groves. The garden and a terrace with a panoramic view create the perfect atmosphere for tranquil days. The surrounding tourist facilities include a swimming pool, horseback riding, and convenient restaurants. The area is perfect for mountain-bikers and trekking. For the adventurous, rafting and rock climbing are available in less than an hour's drive.

Umbria and surroundings

The territory of Umbria, encircled by Tuscany, Lazio, and the Marche is small but varied: 8456 square kilometers sketched out by rolling hills, impressive mountains, green valleys, fertile plains, lake basins, and majestic rivers. It is perfectly placed in the middle of Italy. The climate is sunny. The winters are quite short and the summers are hot.

This land of greatness offers tourists plenty of opportunities and starting points. It is a land of historical, artistic, cultural, natural greatness: a rich and diversified offer, which each of you can transform with his own capability to discover a personal itinerary (they can help you if you want). This rich environment and landscape are protected and valorized by seven regional parks.

There are the Valleys and the Mountains of the National Park of Mounts Sibillini, with centers where the past history is still visible, with their fortifications, their striking Romanesque churches, their hermitages, their ancient abbeys, their mills, their stone bridges over the water flows, their towers which superbly command over the whole territory.

And there are the towns, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Todi, Gubbio, rich in history, ancient medieval buildings, with frescos and paintings in every church and museums with paintings of the most famous Italian painters. Hills and mountains, vines, olive yards, and woods create the perfect scenery for the gastronomy of Umbria, homemade pasta with truffles, extra virgin oil, cheeses and ham, lentils, red potatoes, lamb, wild boar, etc.

Important events attract thousands of visitors every year, Umbria Jazz, the Festival of two Worlds in Spoleto, the Sagra Musicale Umbra, the Festival of Nations, Corsa dei Ceri in Gubbio, the Quintana in Foligno, etc. Umbria is a region on a human scale and you will surely want to come a second time.

Perugia

The history of Perugia goes back to the Etruscan period. Perugia was one of the main Etruscan cities. The city is also known as the universities town, with the University of Perugia, the University for Foreigners, and some smaller colleges such as the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci”, the Perugia University Institute of Linguistic Mediation for translators and interpreters, and the Music Conservatory of Perugia. Main sights are:

  • Fontana Maggiore
  • Palazzo dei Priori
  • Rocca Paolina
  • Pozzo Etrusco
  • Oratorio of San Bernardino

There are annual festivals and events like:

  • The Eurochocolate Festival (October)
  • The Umbria Jazz Festival (July)
  • The International Journalism Festival (in April)

Assisi

Less than half an hour east of Perugia and visible for miles around, Assisi is Umbria’s most famous town and one of its loveliest. This beautiful medieval town, with its geranium-hung streets, lovely views, and fountain-splashed piazzas, is heir to the legacy of St. Francis, patron saint of Italy and the town’s favorite son.

The 12th-century monk founded the Franciscan order and sparked a religious revolution. The town is an important pilgrimage site (the third most visited pilgrimage site in Italy) and hosts many religious conferences and festivals.

The Basilica di San Francesco is perhaps the most visited sight in Umbria, housing the saint’s relics and Giotto‘s renowned fresco series of St. Francis’s life. Local ruins provide a view into Assisi’s Etruscan and Roman roots, while grand palaces and majestic Roche (castles) from a later era tower above tile roofs.

Sadly, the town suffered serious damage during the earthquake of September 1997, but restoration was relatively swift and many splendid sites can be seen today.

Spoleto

Nestled on the slopes of Monteluco, you will find the medieval fortress city of Spoleto. The city’s urban planning began before the time of Augustus and was completed by 1 BC. Ancient ruins and three miles of aqueducts penetrate the center and the shell of a Roman amphitheater lies nearby. Thick walls and a magnificent gorge surround Spoleto and fine medieval and Roman monuments sit along the streets.

After its prominence in classical times, Spoleto became the seat of one of the most powerful states in Italy at the very beginning of the Middle Ages. It remained splendid through the golden years of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, acquiring its share of lovely monuments and quaint streets.

  • Spoleto Festival

Although Spoleto is one of Umbria’s picture-perfect stops, it was almost unknown until Giancarlo Menotti selected Spoleto as the site for a summer arts festival in 1958 and his Festival Dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) hasn’t left since. The Festival Dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) is an annual summer music and opera festival held each June to early July in Spoleto, Italy, since its founding by composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1958.

It features a vast array of concerts, opera, dance, drama, visual arts, and roundtable discussions on science. The new artistic director of the festival today is Giorgio Ferrara.

Food

You will be served typical Umbrian cuisine with genuine products. Products used are exclusively local products found in Umbria. From the adjacent working farm comes extra virgin olive oil DOP, the best quality. Enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, while taking care of your body, mind, and spirit. It is an unforgettable regenerating vacation and coupled with the pleasure of elegant dining in which the restaurant serves only genuine local products.

Day 1

  • Dinner at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water included

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class and lunch
  • Black truffle hunt
  • Dinner at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water included

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Wine tasting in Montefalco
  • Dinner at a traditional Italian pizzeria

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Local farm visit with a tasting of regional specialties such as the famed Umbrian salami
  • Dinner at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water included

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Dinner at a traditional Italian pizzeria

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Dinner at a traditional Italian pizzeria

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Dinner at a traditional Italian pizzeria

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking class with lunch
  • Dinner at a traditional Italian pizzeria

Day 9

  • Breakfast
  • Final cooking lesson with lunch
  • Dinner at a traditional homemade food restaurant

Day 10

  • Breakfast

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Tennis
  • Horseback and riding schools
  • Mountain bike
  • Assisi Spoleto bike path

The new Assisi-Spoleto bike path offers a cycling holiday well worth considering for families, professional bikers, children, and adults who love nature and enjoyment.

The bike path, 70 kilometers long, winds across the plains closely following the river banks of the rivers "Teverone" and "Marroggia" as it takes you to towns and cities like Assisi, Spoleto, Foligno, and Trevi and lesser-known villages that are still untouched by mass tourism, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a way of life and traditions that have not changed for centuries. The bike path start at Pontebari (Five kilometers from Agriturismo Casale Fusco).

Spa treatments

The beauty treatments, featuring phytotherapy, are made with the finest cosmetic products. The center has the latest generation equipment, therefore, ensuring the highest quality treatments available providing complete satisfaction of the body, mind, and spirit.

What's included

  • 7 cooking classes with lunch
  • 2 afternoons with horse riding
  • A black truffle hunt
  • An excursion to Assisi and visit to Montefalco and a local winery where you will be invited to taste wonderful wines
  • Visit to Spoleto
  • Visit to a salami farm
  • Visit to a beauty farm
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinners at a traditional homemade food restaurant with selected wine and water and an Italian pizzeria
  • A welcome drink
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Any other extras or items not provided (Will be quoted upon request)
  • 1 lunch while on excursion in Day 3

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Rome

  • Autostrada (motorway) A1
  • Way out Orte to the direction of Terni to Spoleto

Driving directions from Florence

Autostrada (motorway) A1

Way out Valdichiana to Perugia to Assisi to Foligno, and to Spoleto (200 kilometers)

On starting from Spoleto railway station (with the building on your back) go straight for 200 meters, turn right, then go straight along Viale Marconi for about three kilometers. Immediately after crossing a small bridge (Ponte Bari) turn left to the Morgnano direction. The road winds for about five kilometers. you will climb over a hill with a junction, turn left to the “S. Martino T” direction. After one kilometer, you will find Casale Fusco on the top of a hill on your right-hand side.

Airport: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport Airport transfer included: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 arrival.
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