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.
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.
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.
from Australia, August 2017
The whole experince of the agritouismo stay, afternoon excusions and cooking classes was great. For a solo traveller this was the way to do it. The classes are hands on, but relaxed and take place in her home and family kitchen.
The swimming pool was a blessing during the week of a heat wave
from Germany, June 2017
"Lost in translation"
The cooking class was enjoyable, interesting, and informative. Certainly recommend taking one of Raffaella's classes!
from United States, May 2017
"Truly Wonderful "
Raefella is wonderful
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.
Harry F. Italy
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.
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!
Lyn I. United Kingdom
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.
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.