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5 Days Culinary Vacation on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, Italy

Case Graziani, Voc. Schiacciato 17, Moiano, Città della Pieve (Perugia), Italy

Italy Culinary Vacation

Discover the vast Italian culture through its delicious food and beautiful towns. During this wonderful holiday, you will be able to take cooking courses, visit fascinating medieval and Etruscan cities, tour wine cellars, and enjoy the beautiful area on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. Relax and forget about all your problems while you look at the mesmerizing Italian countryside! The stunning views will make your vacation one to remember for years to come!

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • 1 wine cellar visit with tasting
  • Visit a typical Italian street market
  • Explore Chiusi, Cortona, Castiglione del Lago, and Lake Trasimeno
  • Certificate of participation at the end of the holiday
  • Daily breakfast, brunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Finnish, Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer available:
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$54 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

The residence Case Graziani is the most private part of a small country hamlet called Schiacciato. The name probably derives from the fact that the houses were built around a tiny square on a hillside above that was an old stone quarry that in dialect is called “schiaccie”. From all accounts, family diaries, and antique maps, houses have existed there since the 1600s.

The small hamlet is dominated by the “Owner’s Manor” where the oldest part is from the second half of the 17th century. The olive mill and farmhouse are of the same era. The residence, as seen today, is from 1795 and the Family Chapel is dated 1758. The ex-olive mill which was used until 1980 and the lemon room and the farming equipment storeroom are from the 1800s.

The modifications and extensions are all dated by an old method of inscribing the dates in the stone walls on the exterior which are still visible. The Graziani family took ownership at the beginning of the 1800s when one of the family married into the family of the previous owner Signorini whose surname was used until the beginning of 1900.

The complex Case Graziani is the result of clever restoration by the family that has had the property for 200 years – they have preserved and sent through generations, the patrimony, culture, and lifestyle of a family that despite changing the manner of living and working here, has nevertheless always had its roots here.

The careful restoration to complete the holiday apartments was carried out keeping the original style intact using local materials. The architecture of the construction has given each area different local characteristics. Changes made have been to make it perfect for its present destination. The original garden that surrounds the complex has been expanded, it is beautifully kept and has wonderful cypresses and bay trees.

The old equipment and utensils of the olive mill and farming have been preserved through generations and are in conserved in the family museum, in the hope that they can successfully tell the history of this area. A cozy restaurant has been made from the original cellar. Here you can enjoy local dishes that use local produce and Graziani’s own olive oil. To make your stay even more relaxing, there is a lovely swimming pool with a hydro massage and an authentic Finnish sauna!

Program

  • Day 1 - Arrival at the country house, check-in, welcome aperitif, dinner in the country house.
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, visit to Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno, small lunch, cooking class, dinner.
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, visit to Chiusi and its street market, small lunch, visit to winery and tasting, cooking class, dinner.
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, visit to Cortona, small lunch, cooking class, dinner.
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, departure.

Included excursions

Castiglione del Lago, medieval castle tour, and visit of its historical center

A small town of Etruscan origins, Castiglione del Lago is one of Italy's most beautiful villages. The historical center is well preserved and provides magnificent views to the lake. The Castello del Leone was completed in 1247, it was designed to give the control over Lake Trasimeno. Man and nature live in harmony here.

Chiusi

Located at the border between Umbria and Tuscany, Chiusi is the ideal place to discover and enjoy the pleasures of a simple and generous town, rich in flavor, anecdotes, and traditions. This excursion includes a visit to The Etruscan National Archaeological Museum.

Cortona

It is the oldest Etruscan settlement, in the heart of the authentic Tuscan countryside. On a 600 meters high hill, it dominates the whole Valdichiana as far as the crests of Monte Amiata. Its medieval buildings and lanes give the town an evocative atmosphere.

Location

Case Graziani’s country house is in the heart of Umbria beautifully located in a scenic area near Città della Pieve, one of the countless pretty little Italian towns with lots of authentic charm on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. The nearest small town is Moiano, situated only one kilometer within walking distance from the country house; here is a small grocery store, a pharmacy, a bank, a bakery, a restaurant, a bar, and almost no tourists but a very local and cozy atmosphere. Few kilometers far, there are many amazing hamlets such as Chiusi, Panicale, Castiglione del Lago, Montepulciano, Pienza, and many others.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

During this holiday, you will enjoy a delicious international breakfast daily, which includes coffee, cappuccino, milk, tea, a fresh sandwich, butter, jam, honey, a slice of cake, fruit juice, toast with lunch meats and cheese, bread, seasonal fruits, and yogurt. Upon your arrival, a welcome aperitif will be available and, the remaining days, a coffee break will be offered.

The coffee break / brunch consists of toast or a slice of pizza or savory pie, candy or fruit, and water. Plus, a drink that can be wine, beer, tea or soda. During your cooking classes, all the ingredients and products used will be provided. They are all part of the Tuscan and Umbrian cuisine and many of them are part of the Italian Slow Food Association of the area.

Also, you can choose the typical dishes that you would like to cook. Some of the dishes available are:

  • Appetizers: bruschette, crostini, panzanella, torta al testo
  • First courses: pici (typical Tuscan pasta), gnocchi, lasagne, risotto, insalata di farro
  • Second courses: carne di maiale, pollo, agnello
  • Side dishes: verdure di stagione
  • Dessert: salame del re, zuppa inglese, tiramisù

You will also have a visit to a wine cellar with tasting and an extra virgin olive oil tasting.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • 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)

Tuscany

Case Graziani is close to many Tuscan cities and towns. Visit Chiusi and its Etruscan tombs and monuments. Go to Cortona, Arezzo, Chianciano Terme or Montepulciano, with its renowned wine of the same name. Explore the Valley of Orcia to see Pienza, Montichello, San Quirco, and Bagno Vignoni. From Chiusi, which is only five minutes away, it is possible to go by car or train to San Gimignano, Siena, Certaldo, Florence, Pisa, and Lucca.

Umbria

Umbria, with its rolling hills, exudes peace and harmony. For centuries, it has been the natural road of communication between Florence and Rome of the Apennines and the Tiber Valley via foot. From Case Graziani, it is possible to visit Rome and Florence by train; the journey is approximately 90 minutes long. Cities in Umbria are easily accessible by car due to the short distances and good roads.

Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto, Città di Castello, Spello, and Todi, with their urban architecture, are testimonies to the Etruscan, Medieval, and Renaissance periods. Each town is a jewel, conserved in a countryside where the green is interrupted only by the red roof tiles, the pink stone of Assisi, the yellow volcanic rock of Orvieto, the blue of Lake Trasimeno, and the colored textiles and ceramics.

The area has many hermitages and monasteries built in beautiful places, you can admire the architecture of Umbria’s churches and its artwork, which includes the Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi and the Duomo of Orvieto. In Umbria, there is also music in the form of the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Festival, and the Sagra Musicale.

Around Case Graziani are many hill-top towns such as Citta delle Pieve, Castiglione del Lago, and Panicale. These little hamlets often conserve important works of arts and also enjoy fantastic views of the lake and hills of Umbria. Lake Trasimeno, with its three islands and national park, attracts nature lovers and people who enjoy sailing and fishing.

Wine producers

From Case Graziani, it is possible to visit some of the most important wine producing areas in Italy. Orvieto and Montefalco, for its Sagrantino and Torgiano, and many other wine producing areas that make wine to accompany Umbria’s simple country cuisine of excellent quality. Local specialities include locally caught pheasant, rabbit, and wild boar, its tagliatelle, beans, mushrooms, truffles, salami, fish from the lake, olive oil, and world-famous chocolate.

Other activities

The country house has an original Finnish sauna that you can use on request and at an extra cost; it will allow you to relax while you enjoy its mental and physical benefits. Massages are also available at an extra cost.

What's included

  • 1 visit to a typical Italian street market
  • 1 visit to a wine cellar with tasting
  • 1 visit to Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno
  • 1 visit to Chiusi
  • 1 visit to Cortona
  • 1 extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes -
  • Breakfasts, brunches / coffee breaks, dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation in apartment or double bedroom
  • Certificate of participation
  • Welcome aperitif

What's not included

  • Access to Finnish sauna
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Florence or Rome by the A1 (Autostrada del Sole highway)

  • Exit at the Chiusi-Chianciano Terme exit.
  • Follow direction to Chiusi and then Castiglione del Lago.
  • After around 6 kilometers from Chiusi, you will arrive at Moiano.
  • Take a right for Piegaro.
  • After 1.5 kilometers, turn left at the sign for Agriturismo Case Graziani.

Driving directions from Orte or Cesena by the E7

  • Exit at Perugia. *Follow directions to Florence and exit in Magione.
  • In Magione, take a left for Chiusi and keep following directions for Chiusi.
  • After about 25 kilometers, you will arrive at Moiano.
  • Take a left for Piegaro.
  • After 1.5 kilometers, turn left at the sign for the Agriturismo Case Graziani.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PEG), Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Pisa International Airport (PSA). Transfer from Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PEG) is available upon request for 50 EUR.

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, which is 6 kilometers away.

GPS

43.0068510000, 12.0258120000

Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer available: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$54 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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