Cook in Umbria

Let's cook in Umbria! Since 2005 we have been offering an authentic cooking experience, set in a real farmhouse located in the heart of Italy.

  • Umbria, Italy
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Raffaella Bucefalo

Raffaella is the owner of the farmhouse La Volpe e l'uva and the organizer of the programs of Let's Cook in Umbria. She has been living there since 1996, with her husband who is a musician, and their two children. The idea of this project was born thanks to Raffaella's love for the region of Umbria, its products, and traditions. Her goal is to offer an unforgettable holiday in central Italy that combines Italian food, art, and local culture, a holiday during which people can live in a real farmhouse surrounded by Umbrian hills and discover the secrets of traditional cooking.

Alberta

A special role in Raffaella's cooking programs is played by her mother-in-law, Alberta; she manages the agricultural aspect of the farm, she produces an excellent red wine, extra virgin olive oil, and she has a large vegetable garden where she grows the vegetables that you will use in your cooking classes. She organizes the work during the olive harvest package.

Stefania

She was born and raised in the hill town of Perugia, in central Italy. Her passion for cooking is rooted in the Italian and Mediterranean tradition of cooking together with her family in their home. After finishing her study of economy, she had a short experience in Zambia as an economist, but she has never abandoned her passion for cooking. When she came back to Italy, she worked in several restaurants, and after the birth of her son, she decided that the best way to share her passion for Italian cooking was through cooking classes and catering.

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    Review by Anonymous

    Lost in translation

    CONS Cons: The overall 5 day package was disappointing. My son and I chose the package at the last minute to fill a few days with fun activities and educational travel. Do your homework before booking...I didn't. The 3 cooking classes hit the mark and the tour, and guide, in Assisi were fantastic! The pottery tour amounted to a showroom visit and the chocolate factory was closed (samples were still good!). We were certain the wine tour would be educational and interesting aside from any tasting. Kids crave knowledge, even about wine. However this was a tasting bar with no educational value. If you chose to stay, be sure to read into the accommodations. Truly a rural farm with a rustic, self-service apartment. I was not prepared with the necessary supplies, supplements and food. In hindsight the cost/value for the 5 day package seemed highly overrated.

    PROS Pros: The cooking class was enjoyable, interesting, and informative. Certainly recommend taking one of Raffaella's classes!

    2.5 Value for money
    2.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    5 Location
    5 Quality of activity
    5 Overall impression

    Organizer response: It is my impression that the clients choose a Program with tours that would not be considered fun for 13 years old child. When that became evident I did suggest some changes (replace the ceramic-chocolate and wine tours with trip to Trasimeno lake, and truffle hunting) but the clients insisted on keep to their original plans. At the end of these tours, even if the driver was at their disposal up to the evening; they preferred to come back to their apartment without ever take advantage of the garden and the pool. Regarding the apartment the only complaint they told me was the lack of TV set. As stated in the description of my accommodation my apartments do not have TV set. Most of our guests enjoy our very efficient wifi connection instead, however when I did offer to bring a TV set in their apartment they declined.

    2017-Jun-16 07:57:49

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    Review by Richard Kurzenberger from United States

    Truly Wonderful

    PROS Pros: Raefella is wonderful

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-22 18:54:14

  • Review by Rebecca Disunno
    10 out of 10

    "I asked several friends to join me for a cooking class with Raffaella in Umbria. We enjoyed the most memorable cooking vacation. Raffaella's home is welcoming and her style of teaching delightful. The food was delicious! I can't think of eating pasta from a box after this class! The afternoon trips were interesting and pleasurable. I would highly recommend this cooking vacation to anyone who enjoys Italian food and culture. Rate this a 10+++"

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  • Review by Lauren Mescon from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I was just with Seanette Messerole at Lets Cook in Umbria. It was a fantastic experience. The recipes were simple enough or at least they made it seem simple enough that anyone can make them. And the food was fantastic. We all felt like gourmet cooks and loved our food. I will be making the recipes for my husband this week because I want to relive the experience I had in Umbria! Thank you."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Jen from Sydney, Australia
    9 out of 10

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    "We are two friends from Sydney, Australia. We had a delightful 5 days at Cook in Umbria. Rafaella is an experienced and charming host and a wonderful teacher. We enjoyed staying on her farm and we learnt so much about traditional cooking in a pleasant and relaxed setting. Would highly recommend the experience and rate it very high, at least 9/10."

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  • Review by Harry F. from Legnano, Italy
    10 out of 10

    "It took a bit for the taxi to find the house, but I am glad that he did. We were visiting Perugia for the second time and wanted to get more in tune with the Umbrian way of life. This was done in an expert manner. We learned about the food of Umbria, a little about its history and we did all of this a not only had a great meal but helped in its preparation. Thank you, Raffaella, for the wonderful time. This is one of the must do things in Perugia. Enjoy, Harry."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The highlight of our honeymoon! Such a wonderful day! Raffaella is a gem and quite a cook! She was so much fun and we learned so much! It was thee nicest meal in all our time in Italy (1 month!) and I look forward trying to recreate it back home in Canada! Thank you for a wonderful cooking lesson!"

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  • Review by Lyn I. from Melksham, UK
    10 out of 10

    "What a perfect way to learn to cook regional dishes from Umbria with such a wonderful person. Raffaella makes you feel so at ease, her explanations are clear and the hands on experience of making a 4-course meal was delightful. She shared some great tips and techniques as well as helping you to prepare a great menu. You use fresh seasonal produce and then enjoy the fruits of your labor along with a great bottle of local red. A real highlight of our holiday and one we would love to repeat another day. Thank you, Raffaella."

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  • Review by Auddy from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "What a wonderful way to spend the day! We signed up for 1-day cooking class and truffle hunt, and couldn't have been happier. Raffaella is a great cook and teacher and the recipes are amazing."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I attended three classes with Rafaella while staying at her agriturismo. In each class we prepared four courses and everything was delicious. Meal preparation was fun and informative, and well organized. The olive oil used in cooking and the wine with meals all come from her farm. Rafaella is so welcoming and fun - I felt like a friend from the very first minute I arrived."

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  • Review by a traveler from Washington DC, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Great day of cooking - we did half a day of cooking and a hike, both great. Would do it again - only next time I would stay at the agriturismo, rather than driving in from elsewhere - it was lovely. The food we made was great, Raffaella was a good teacher, planned well and gave good directions. Haven't made the food at home yet, but feel certain we can more or less recreate it. We are vegetarian, she was totally able to accommodate us."

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  • Review by a traveler from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "One of our Plene Aire painters suggested we take an Italian cooking lesson and so we did, all 18 of us. We hired a van (large) to take us from Il Casale Grande to Perugia. Our instructor was Signora Raffaella who is a treasure in the kitchen. We made eggplant with tomatoes, a cheese appetizer, pasta from scratch, and had an asparagus pasta dish (I do not like asparagus but this was very tasty), pork tenderloin with grapes and juniper berries and a delicious cherry tart for dessert. The wine and fruits were grown on their farm. You may purchase their wines, jams, and jellies. The drive to La Vole e Iuva is very picturesque. I highly recommend anyone to book this experience. Ciao."

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  • Review by Roey M from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My vacation to Italy was the vacation of a lifetime! But I have to say one of the Highlights of my trip was the cooking class that I took at Let's Cook In Umbria! Not only was the class and the chef excellent the farm where they live and grow all their own herbs was Quaint and nice. We basically cooked in their kitchen and ate our delicious food afterwards! (With homemade wine) This experience is one that I will never forget and it is truly a memory of my Italy vacation I will remember forever! PS. Better than my cooking class in France!"

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  • Review by Traveler from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We finished our trip to Florence and Rome in Umbria. Raffaella was very welcoming. The apartment was comfortable. The scenery beautiful. cooking classes are held within Raffealla's home. The recipes were easy and delicious. I have made them since returning home. Would recommend this to family and friends visiting the area,"

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  • Review by Traveler from Liverpool, United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I stayed with Raffaella on her farm in the beautiful historic area of Perugia. She made me welcome and really personalized my trip. The cooking classes were wonderful. We cooked in Rafaella's home and I thoroughly enjoyed the hands on experience of cooking a four course Italian meal. She made it seem easy and even better you eat the food you have made afterwards with wine produced on the farm. The trip also involved tours to local museums, a chocolate factory and nearby Assisi with English speaking guides on all of them. Having a planned itinerary kept me busy and let me experience local culture and history whilst also leaving time for clothes shopping in Perugia. All of this and there was still time to relax in the comfortable apartments on the peaceful farm. My friends and family have enjoyed eating the recipes since I came home."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Raffaella's class was like a day in a family kitchen with an experienced aunt. From the warm greeting at the door to the dog in its basket by the fire, this is a family home. Raffaella has a background in science and her lessons covered both the art and science of cooking. I've never had much success with pastry and Raffaella showed me why! The resulting crostata was perfect.We cooked four courses in a few hours, so it is a busy session, but Raffaella is professional and organised and you will leave inspired. The recipes are delicious and repeatable but most cooking schools will supply that. There is a joy and character here that set this school apart. If you are even toying with the idea of a class like this, take this one!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Raffaella was absolutely fantastic. My wife and I wanted a cooking class in Italy, and Raffaella managed to work us in on short notice, which was amazing enough - but then we had the class! Raffaella (and her sleeping cats) taught us how to make an eggplant appetizer, homemade pasta with a delicious tomato sauce, a pork loin (with an amazing sauce - I can't remember what it was called, but it had grapes i it, which were a surprisingly delightful addition), and a fig crostata.Most of the ingredients came from her farm, so everything was fresh. When everything was finished, we ate. And boy did we eat! I wasn't hungry for days after that! She topped the meal off with some homemade wine, which was so good we bought a bottle. We also bought some new olive oil and fig and cherry jam. I highly suggest Let's Cook in Umbria. You won't be dissappointed!"

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  • Review by Rosanne F. from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    10 out of 10

    "We had the best time ever here! Rafaella saw to every little detail to ensure that our stay was perfect. From stocking our rooms with cakes, jams, wine, coffee, to organizing tours to nearby villages. The cooking classes were so much fun and we learned a lot about how to cook the Italian way. This was my second visit and I hope to return again ayny time soon. Thank you Raffaella for everything!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Cincinnati, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My sister and I had a fantastic cooking class at Raffaella's lovely rural home / retreat in Perugia. The setting is a lovely hidden-away home and gardens near the top of a winding residential hill area, very convenient for those visiting Perugia, Assis, Umbria. When you arrive, by car, you find yourself in a quiet, secured, green space with birds chirping and a warm welcome from Raffaela. We had signed up for a 4 hour, half day cooking class. This concluded with a huge lunch from the foods we made. The cooking class was taught by Stefanie, who was excellent.The class was informal, fun, and very participatory. Our class included one other couple from Australia, who were saying for several days at Raefella's bed and breakfast. We all stood or sat around a large dining room table that was completely covered with this huge peice of smooth, clean wood, almost like a gigantic rolling / cutting board.Also, we each had separate cutting boards available, aprons, other tools needed. Stefanie spoke Italian and English very well (as did Raffaella) and gave us such good instructions for each of the items made; appetizer (brushetta), pasta (handmade spaghetti with sauce), second course (rabbit), and dessert (tiramisu). The class was most organized, with plenty of hands-on experience and perfectly timed. It was done slow enough so we could add our own simple, handwritten notes notes on the recipe pages that we were given.Stefanie also added other very practical tidbits of info, as we went along. She helped us learn what order to make the items, so all would be ready at once. She had a "pasta guitar" which was much easier to use than this more bulky, metal pasta maker we had used in an Italian cooking class back in the US. When the dinner was complete, Raffaella ushered us into a beautiful dining area in her sunroom.There, she had set up such a lovely table for us all to enjoy our huge lunch (with local wine and a nice salad she had made). So, besides the wonderful lessons and food, Raffaella provided a delightful setting, and she talked with us as if we were friends. The experience was not only about cooking lessons and delicious eating, but also about good conversations in her warm and welcoming eclectic home, about sharing and connecting with people from around the world!"

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  • Review by Ann from Vienna, Austria
    10 out of 10

    "We spent two days in a lovely apartment with a countryside view. The apartment was fully equipped, including foods for breakfast, as well as, a bottle of olive oil and wine from Raffaellas farm. We thoroughly enjoyed our two days of classes which included a four-course meal and wines each day. We have since made several of the recipes, some of the favorites included chicken arrabbiata, millefoglie di melanzane, and torta al testo.All of the recipes were easy to make and always had fresh ingredients. Rafaella was generous with her time, as she gave us many tips of what to see, and even drove us into Perugia one afternoon. Her farm is about a 20-25 EUR taxi ride from Perugia. We highly recommend the cooking classes and the accommodation. Thank you Stefania and Raffaella for your wonderful hospitality. Who knows we may visit you again in the future."

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  • Review by Cary from Califorina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Raffaella was super quick on my last minute request for a class and was able to accommodate us the very next day! The instructor, Stefania was super sweet and funny! She really loved food and to cook and it showed!! The food was delicious, torta with stracchino cheese with rocket, homemade pasta with pork cheek, zucchini and saffron, chicken arribiata and a fig and walnut crostada.Oh my God, I am salivating as I type! Can't wait to try these recipes at home (yes, they give you the recipes to take with you, along with a cute certificate we framed and have hanging in our kitchen, and an apron!) Met 2 wonderful ladies in the class too! The one issue we had was finding the place. Perugia is tough to get around, would have been helpful to have directions given to us, otherwise it was Perfecto!"

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  • Review by Mary-Ellen from Coalcliff, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Rafaella was able to accommodate me even though there was only one other mother and her eight-year old daughter available on the day. Stefania and Raffaella made us very welcome and taught us how to make delicious panna cotta, pizza dough, tagliatelle with two different tasty sauces and fantastic chicken and proscuitto roulades. Then, our husbands joined us to taste the fruits of our labors and were equally impressed with the beautiful table setting and delicious meal, including homemade wine from the farm.Stefania made everything seem so easy and really got us involved in rolling, stretching and feeling the dough so we would know what to do when we got home. I have made everything back in Australia and my family and friends have been very impressed. Thank you, Raffaella and Stefania, for this magnificent experience in such a beautiful location! Hopefully one day, I can come and stay at the farm and spend more time cooking and learning more of your culinary secrets!"

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