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5 Day The Hilltop Towns in Umbria Cooking Tour

Agriturismo La Volpe e l'Uva, Strada San Marino 25, 06125, Perugia, Italy

Cooking Holidays in Italy

Join Cook in Umbria for a small group cooking tour of the lovely hilltop towns in Umbria. The charming region of Umbria, renowned for its delicious food and fine wines, will be the setting of this 5-day cooking and culture holiday, tucked away on a wonderful Italian farm, nestled by the surrounding hills and valleys just 5 kilometers from the historic city of Perugia.

Covering a wide variety of skills, you will be perfecting Italian specialities including fresh pastas, accompanying seasonal sauces.

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
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$130 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$18 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

During your cookery holiday in Italy, you will stay on a beautiful, spacious, working farm in the heart of Umbria - a region famous for its green countryside, cuisine and medieval towns. Your culinary escape into the Italian rural lifestyle is conveniently located, only 15 minutes from Perugia airport.

Just 4 kilometres away lies the capital city of Umbria, Perugia, which is steeped in history, dating well back before 309 BC. Perugia has a flare for culture and the arts. You will have free time to get to explore it, know it and fall in love with it.

The farm is home to your host, Rafaella, her husband, and many pets. Rafaella has a great passion for her home region of Umbria, its people, food and culture. Your Italian cooking classes will take place within her traditional kitchen, using the freshest products from the local surroundings and producers.

'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 property consists of 10 hectares of olive groves, vineyards and orchards.

Five lovely, two-room apartments (named Rocco, Riding, Fico, Oca and Paulownia) have been renovated paying close attention to detail. The apartments are sunny and comfortable so that guests, even those who stay for a few days, feel welcomed.

In your free time you can hike, try the local wineries, or jump in the car for a day trip to one of several surrounding medieval cities. Or, perhaps, for something more leisurely, you can unwind by the swimming pool, in the gardens under the shade of the fruit trees, or in the bright communal garden.

Refine your cooking skills and daydream on this lush, laid back, Umbrian farm, packed with regional specialties and the mountains and valleys awaiting you.

Program

The rural, relaxed atmosphere of Umbria will have you learning timeless recipes and creating your own beautiful pastas and specialties as well as sampling organic extra virgin olive oil produced on the farm and tasting wonderful local wines. Combine all the delicious food and wine with excursions to visit local historic towns.

This Italian cookery and culture holiday is a true culinary extravaganza guaranteed to fuel your appetite and passion for amazing local specialties, flowing Italian wine and prosecco, and great company, all while you to step back in time and explore the medieval towns, cathedrals, and buildings.

During this memorable cooking and culture holiday, your host and chef Raffaella will be on hand to ensure every element of your holiday delights you to ensure you return feeling relaxed and full with mouth watering Italian cooking, and a great collection of new recipes and techniques to replicate for friends and family.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrive in Perugia and transfer to your country farm, La Volpe e lUva. Check-in time from 14:00 to 19:00.

Day 2: Cooking, Assisi tour

  • 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.
  • From 15:00 to 19:00, you will visit the mystical city of Assisi, a beautiful medieval town based on Mount Subasio, overlooking a peaceful Umbrian landscape. The tour will allow to get to know the main landmarks where Saint Francis lived. You can see the Saint Francis Basilica whose superior walls were frescoed by Giotto and Cimabue. You will also visit the Eremo delle Carceri, one of the oldest Franciscan convents.

Day 3: Cooking, Todi tour

  • 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 4: Cooking, Spoleto tour

  • 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 5: Departure

  • Departure after breakfast.

Included excursions

Assisi tour

Spoleto tour

Todi tour

Instructors

Raffaella Bucefalo

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 centre 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)

You can book a massage during your free time.

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$130 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer available: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$18 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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