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5 Day Umbria Culinary & Culture Vacation in the Christmas time

Agriturismo la volpe e l'uva, Strada San Marino 25, 06125, Perugia, Italy

Italy Christmas & Cooking Vacations

Cook in Umbria gives you the opportunity to have a taste of the Christmas atmosphere in Italy by joining in this special cooking holiday. In Umbria the food traditions in Christmas time have been deeply respected and kept for centuries.

During the celebration of Christmas Umbria becomes magic! Illuminated building and houses are sparkling. In each house, the family prepares home decorations, makes cookies and biscuits. Music and songs take part of the holy fest.

Meet the instructors

Raffaella
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Certificate of participation
  • Four course meal preparation
  • Excursions to Corciano, Assisi, Gubbio
  • Lets Cook in Umbria apron & recipes
  • 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$134 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

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrival at the country farm “La volpe e l’uva” in Perugia, central Italy, Umbria, near Tuscany. Check-in at 14:00 to 19:00.

Day 2: Cooking class and nativity

  • Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.
  • In the afternoon you will visit the cities of Corciano accompanied by a professional guide. Corciano is a classic central Italian medieval town. It sits on a hill, is surrounded by a city wall and is full of priceless works of art and architecture. "Presepe a Corciano" takes place over the Christmas period. The streets of the whole town feature scenes from the nativity with life size models of shepherds, children, animals etc. The event also coincides with the "Mercato dei sapori di qualità" where visitors can taste typical Umbrian food and wine products.

Day 3: Cooking class and Assisi tour

  • Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.
  • You will visit the mystical city of Assisi, a beautiful medieval town based on Mount Subasio, overlooking a peaceful Umbrian landscape. Assisi is essentially known for the fact that it’s the place of birth of St. Francis and Santa Chiara. You will visit the city and the famous churches like the St. Francis church, filled with spectacular frescoes by Giotto, and also the Eremo delle Carcer, a peacefully isolated church and monastery in the wooded slopes just outside Assisi’s walls and the St. Damiano church. A professional guide will lead the tour.

Day 4: Cooking class and Gubbio tour

  • Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.
  • You will visit Gubbio with a professional guide. Lying on the slopes of Monte Ingino, it is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past. Here during Christmas you can see the Christmas tree which every year in the evening on December 7, Immaculate Conception eve, lights along the slopes of Monte Ingino. It is the biggest tree in the world, by now a real symbol of Gubbio.

Day 5: Departure

  • Departure after breakfast.

Included excursions

Tour in Corciano

Tour in Gubbio

Tour of Assisi

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

Spa treatments

Massages are available on request in the farm.

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 cooking classes of approximately 4 hours each
  • 3 excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • 3 four-course meal from the cooking lesson
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Apron of Let’s Cook in Umbria
  • Certificate of participation
  • Folder with all the recipes
  • Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner/lunch

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 meters
  • 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 passing Bar Pizzeria on the 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 meters
  • 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 passing Bar Pizzeria on the 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$134 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 14% 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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If you book this Culinary Program and you travel from September to December 2020, the tour is guaranteed private.

This offer is valid for couples and small groups of friends up to 4.

Monday December 21, 2020
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