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5 Day Cooking, Truffle, Wine & Food Tasting Holiday in Spoleto, Umbria

Casale Fusco, Frazione Uncinano 110, Spoleto, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy

Amazing Culinary Vacation in Italy

Enjoy the cooking class in a beautifully restored old country house in Spoleto, one of Umbria’s picture perfect stops! You will have a chance to experience the Umbrian cooking and cuisine and taste the wonderful wines in the local winery. Surrounded by its own grounds, the house is ideally suited both for those seeking tranquility and relaxation or for cultural visits to the artistic and historical interest. In the beautiful surroundings of Spoleto, the taste for beauty matches the taste of the good life.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • A wine tasting in a local winery
  • A guided excursion to Assisi and Spoleto
  • Inclusive of selected wine and water
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), Italian
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

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

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

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.

Program

Day 1

  • You will be transferred from the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Casale Fusco in Spoleto.
  • This afternoon, you will enjoy a welcome drink and a short presentation on your cooking course.
  • The dinner will be at the traditional homemade food restaurant. A selected wine and water will be included.
  • You’ll spend an overnight.

Day 2

  • After breakfast at 09:30, you’ll meet the staff at the Casale Fusco lobby. Your first cooking class will last about two hours and there will be an introduction to Umbrian cooking. The tasting lunch based on your efforts ends about noon.
  • At 16:30, you will go on a black truffle hunt (in the summer, the truffle hunt begins at 18:00).
  • The dinner tonight will be at a traditional homemade food restaurant. A selected wine and water will be included.
  • You’ll spend an overnight.

Day 3

  • You will have a breakfast.
  • At 09:30, you will depart for an excursion to the legendary Assisi, the city of Saint Francis (a guided visit).
  • The lunch will be on your own.
  • Afterward, at 14:30, 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.
  • Then, you will return and have dinner at a traditional Italian Pizzeria this evening.
  • You’ll spend an overnight.

Day 4

  • After breakfast, the next cooking class begins at 09:30 followed by a tasting lunch based on your efforts.
  • At 15:00, you will 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.
  • You will return to Casale Fusco and have dinner in a traditional Italian pizzeria.
  • You’ll spend an overnight.

Day 5

  • You will have breakfast at Casale Fusco, final farewells, and depart for your transfer to the airport in Rome.

Included excursions

  • A visit to the legendary Assisi, the city of Saint Francis
  • A visit to a bronze-age town of Spoleto

Location

Nestled on the slopes of Monteluco, you will find the medieval fortress city of Spoleto. 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.

Located 150 kilometers from Rome and 217 kilometers from Florence, Spoleto is one of the Umbrian cities that having left its mark in history deserves to be "experienced" at least one day in life: put your feet in the ancient capital of the Longobard dukes that every summer, since 1958, becomes the setting and stage of the Festival dei Due Mondi, the "creature" of Maestro Giancarlo Menotti, where artists from all over the world perform in concerts, dances, and shows. It is an experience that tickles the emotions.

Umbria

Umbria is, without a doubt, one of Italy's most beautiful regions. It is famed for the rolling hills and vineyards, medieval hilltowns, and fantastic food. Located right in the center of Italy, the region has spectacular scenery. If you’re after rolling hills and cypress trees, olive groves and sparkling lakes, medieval hilltowns and spots of thick forest, the region will do the trick. Umbria is easily reached from Rome, there is also the airport in Perugia. Meanwhile, from Rome, it takes one hour to drive to the medieval hill town of Narni, at the border of Umbria, or one hour 15 minutes to drive to Casale Fusco.

There are more of these off-the-beaten-path gems in Umbria. Umbria’s best offerings remain little-known. Like Spoleto, Spello, Todi, Montefalco, Norcia, Narni, Amelia, Bevagna, even Perugia and Assisi. And that’s not to mention all of the really tiny towns that receive no tourism whatsoever, towns that you discover simply by driving around the countryside. Although it’s a small region, Umbria produces some great wines, like the world-renowned Sagrantino wines by Italy’s most famous labels.

The territory of Umbria, encircled by Tuscany, Lazio, and the Marche is small but varied; 8,456 square kilometers sketched out by rolling hills, impressive mountains, green valleys, fertile plains, lake basins, and majestic rivers. This land of greatness offers tourists plenty of opportunities and starting points. It is a land of historical, artistic, cultural, and natural greatness. This rich environment and landscape is protected and valorized by seven regional parks. 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.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

Sample menu

  • Appetizer: Mini Croissant with cheese and sausage
  • First course: Risotto with “Radicchio” or spaghetti “Amatriciana”
  • Main course: “Saltimbocca” Roman style
  • Salad: Salad with Italian dressing
  • Dessert: Tiramisu

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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)

  • Futsal
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Playing tennis
  • Trekking

What's included

  • 3 cooking classes
  • A wine tasting in a local winery in Montefalco
  • A guided visit to the legendary Assisi
  • Excursion to the ancient Roman and medieval sacred sites in Spoleto
  • A black truffle hunt
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Selected wine and water
  • Transfers from and to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
  • 4 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Spoleto Railway Station

  • 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 Morgnano direction.
  • The road winds for about five kilometers. You will climb over a hill with a junction.
  • Turn left to “S. Martino T” direction.
  • After one kilometer, you will find Casale Fusco on the top of a hill on your right hand side.
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.

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 15 days before arrival.
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