Cookery Holidays in Umbria, Italy

Join Cook in Umbria for a small group cooking tour in the artistic Umbria. In the cooking classes, pasta, pizza, and gnocchi are homemade, while the olive oil and the wine are produced from the farms own trees. You will be taught traditional Italian techniques of cooking and its history. Your accommodation will be in the beautiful heart of the Umbria Valley, surrounded by 10 hectares of olive groves, vineyards, and fruit trees. Six independent apartments have been restored around the ancient stone house and it is near the historic center of Perugia and offers a suggestive view of the Umbrian hills.

Meet the instructors

Raffaella
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Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Four-course meal preparations
  • Excursions to Assisi, Todi, Spoleto
  • Lets Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Certificate of participation
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

La volpe e l'uva' (The Fox and The Grapes) farm is a little corner of paradise - a quiet, peaceful oasis, an ideal place to relax and unwind surrounded by the Umbrian hills, valleys and medieval villages. The farm lies on a hill and offers absolute peace and quiet with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Perugia.

The property consists of 10 hectares of olive groves, vineyards and orchards. If you wish to experience the joy of authentic Umbrian living and explore the region and its splendor, then this is the right place for you.

Five independent apartments have been restored around the ancient stone house, which dates back to the 17th century. Each apartment has a lounge with cooking area, a bedroom and bathroom. They have been comfortably furnished in farm-style teak furniture with great attention for detail. There is a lovely swimming pool from which you can enjoy the panoramic view.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive in Perugia.
  • Transfer to your country farm, La Volpe e l'Uva.

Day 2 - Cooking class, Todi excursion

  • At 10:00, you will start your hands-on cooking class. You will prepare a four-course lunch that you will enjoy at the end of the class, accompanied by local wines.
  • In the afternoon, visit Todi, an enchanting old town located in a delightful panoramic position on a hill in central Umbria.
  • It boasts a number of interesting and well preserved medieval buildings rich in history. It is the birthplace of Jacopone, the great 13th century Franciscan mystic and poet.
  • The historical medieval town center can be reached via a lift departing from the main car park.

Day 3 - Cooking class, Spoleto excursion

  • At 10:00, you will start your hands-on cooking class. You will prepare a four-course lunch that you will enjoy at the end of the class, accompanied by local wines.
  • In the afternoon, you will visit Spoleto. Spoleto is situated in a strategic position overlooking the ancient Via Flaminia.
  • The splendor of its Romanesque churches and the Umbrian-Roman remains attracts many visitors.

Day 4 - Departure

  • Departure after breakfast.

Included excursions

  • Spoleto tour
  • Todi tour

Instructors

Raffaella Bucefalo
My name is Raffaella and I start to live in this property bought by my husband’s family in 1996. At that time I was working as micropaleontology at the Perugia University . I liked the research, but unfortunately the opportunity to carry out this work in Italy were few so I left and changed life. Together with my husband Roberto (a geologist but now musician) I opened this farm and created a magnificent environment, where I give birth and raise my children. Around this small and magical environment I cultivated my passions mainly regarding food, traditions and relationships. I love cookin

Location

The farmhouse La Volpe e l'Uva is located in central Italy, Umbria, north of Perugia, in a hilly position, very near to the main Umbrian towns and near to the Tuscany. It is only 4 kilometers far from the historic center of Perugia and it offers a suggestive view of the Umbrian hills. The proximity of Perugia makes the farm's position ideal for visiting other artistic towns in Umbria, such as Assisi, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto, the Trasimeno Lake, and towns in Tuscany like Siena, Arezzo, and Cortona.

Food

During your stay, Cook in Umbria will offer you daily breakfasts and lunches. In your apartment, you will find everything you need for your breakfast, such as coffee, milk, tea, cereals, bread, biscuits, eggs, jams made with fruits from the farm, fruits, and yogurt. You will prepare your breakfast in your apartment respecting your time. Send Raffaella a list of foods that you want to find in your apartment. For lunch, you will dine on your creations from the cooking classes accompanied by local, delicious, organic, red wines completely made in the farm. The lunch will be in Raffaella's home or in the garden of the farm.

Dinners are not included. The lunches from your cooking classes are very rich and the afternoon tours often include tastings, so you should enjoy light dinners in order to be ready for your next cooking class. In the apartments, your well-equipped kitchen is at your disposal and, after each tour, your driver can make a stop at a supermarket from where you can buy anything you will need. You can also ask the driver to bring you in the historical center of Perugia and dine in a restaurant; the driver will come to pick up them after the dinner at no extra rate.

During your classes you will be preparing a wide variety of dishes that include appetizers, first course, main course, and dessert.

Appetizer

Tasty and delicious, starters have evolved as a true course meal of the Italian cuisine. Cold or hot, it can open a tasty meal or a special buffet. Some of the dishes you can prepare are:

  • Bruschette - tomatoes and mushrooms
  • Cake with zucchini, potatoes, and Taleggio cheese
  • Crostini with chicken liver
  • Crostini with roasted peppers
  • Focaccia with onion and sage
  • Fry flower zucchini
  • Millefoglie with eggplants
  • Mixed grilled vegetable with bread and garlic
  • Panzanella
  • Parmigiana with eggplants
  • Salad with fennels and orange
  • Salad with melon and mint
  • Small onions in balsamic vinegar
  • Spelt salad
  • Torta al testo with ham and rucola

First course

A journey into the preparation of the symbol of Italian diet: pasta. The dry and fresh versions will alternate with different fillings and combinations of sauces inspired both by tradition and fantasy. Pasta sauce is made of fresh and seasonal ingredients. Either fresh or egg pasta, adapt well to many cooking styles or as a basic ingredient of Italian-style soups. Some of the types of pasta that you can prepare are:

  • Gnocchi
  • Homemade cannelloni with ricotta, prosciutto, mozzarella
  • Lasagne
  • Lentil soup
  • Pasta and beans
  • Pasta and chickpeas
  • Handmade pasta (tagliatelle, strangozzi, maltagliati, pappardelle)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pizza and focaccia
  • Polenta
  • Ravioli
  • Risotto
  • Soup with spelt

Main course

You will discover the world of meat by focusing on the techniques of preparation and cooking of both white and red varieties, two parallel universes, which often meet. Some of the dishes that you can prepare are:

  • Chicken in a rich herb, olive, and vegetable sauce
  • Chicken roller with Umbrian ham
  • Hearby roast beef
  • Italian vegetable quiche
  • Pork loin with grapes and juniper
  • Pork with pears and pecorino cheese
  • Rabbit all'arrabbiata
  • Rabbit with wild herbs
  • Salmi of guinea fowl
  • Salted cod in a tomatoes sauce
  • Stuffed artichokes
  • Stuffed vegetables
  • Umbrian meatloaf with pine-seeds and dry grapes

Dessert

You are invited to discover the many facets of pastry, the preparations, and cooking techniques. A journey through cakes, cookies, and cream to delight your days and those of your friends. Some of the desserts that you can prepare are:

  • Cake with carrots and almonds
  • Cake with chocolate and pears
  • Castagnaccio
  • Crostata (with cream, fresh fruits, and jams)
  • Panpolenta with ice cream
  • Rocciata
  • Tiramisú
  • Tozzetti with holy wine

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

Things to do (optional)

Relax in the pool and reserve a massage during your free time.

Spa treatments

Massages are available in the farm.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of participation
  • Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Guided excursions as per the itinerary
  • Hands-on cooking classes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Driving directions from Rome

  • Motorway A1, exit Orte, follow Terni-Perugia, pass the exit Perugia and continue following the sign Cesena until the exit Ponte Felcino
  • Continue straight until exit 100 metres
  • Make left turn under E45
  • Look for sign "Zona Industriale", make right at sign and continue for about 5-6 kilometers
  • You will pass an IP gas station on left, keep going
  • You will see sign at right for Ponte Rio, immediately on left you will see Total Gas station and Bar Pizzeria
  • Just after pass Bar Pizzeria next right is "Strada Comunale San Marino"
  • Take this road that go up to the hill, and after 3 kilometers you will find at right the sign "La Volpe e l'Uva"

Driving directions from Florence

  • Motorway A1, exit Bettolle, follow Perugia, pass the exit Perugia and continue following the sign Cesena until the exit Ponte Felcino
  • Continue straight until exit 100 metres
  • Make left turn under E45
  • Look for sign "Zona Industriale", make right at sign and continue for about 5-6 kilometers
  • You will pass an IP gas station on left, keep going
  • You will see sign at right for Ponte Rio, immediately on left you will see Total Gas station and Bar Pizzeria
  • Just after pass Bar Pizzeria next right is "Strada Comunale San Marino"
  • Take this road that go up to the hill, and after 3 kilometers you will find at right the sign "La Volpe e l'Uva"

Driving directions from Cesena

  • Go out at the exit Ponte Felcino
  • Continue straight until exit 100 metres
  • Make left turn under E45
  • Look for sign "Zona Industriale", make right at sign and continue for about 5-6 kilometers
  • You will pass an IP gas station on left, keep going
  • You will see sign at right for Ponte Rio, immediately on left you will see Total Gas station and Bar Pizzeria
  • Just after pass Bar Pizzeria next right is "Strada Comunale San Marino"
  • Take this road that go up to the hill, and after 3 kilometers you will find at right the sign "La Volpe e l'Uva"

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airports to the location are Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), or Pisa International Airport (PSA).

Arrival by train

The nearest station is Perugia railway station.

GPS

  • Longitude: 12 23' 23'' E
  • Latitude: 43 8' 90'' N

Distances

  • Assisi, 15 kilometers
  • Gubbio, 28 kilometers
  • Orvieto, 45 kilometers
  • Spello, 15 kilometers
  • Todi, 45 kilometers
  • Trasimeno Lake, 20 kilometers

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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Courses are available year round on demand.

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