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5 Day Olive Oil Culinary Holiday in Umbria

Let's Cook in Umbria, Agriturismo La Volpe e l'Uva, Strada San Marino 25, 06125, Perugia, Italy

Olive Harvest and Cooking Holiday in Italy

Participate in the olive harvest and enjoy the fruits of the Umbria region, near Tuscany, Italy. Enjoy cooking and eating local food, drinking area wines, and soaking up the rural beauty of Umbria while staying in a beautiful farmhouse just five minutes from the historic center of Perugia. The olive harvest is a unique opportunity to participate in an autumnal ritual that is essential to Italy's agrarian and culinary interests.

Meet the instructors

Raffaella
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Highlights

  • Olive harvest experience
  • Explore the mystical city of Assisi
  • Wine and olive oil tour with tastings and Umbrian specialties
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes and four-course meals
  • Let's Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$126 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$17 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

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

Day 2: Olive harvest, olive oil tour

  • In the morning, the group will have a tour in the countryside around the farmhouse to see the several species of olive trees growing in the farm. During the harvest, the olive picking is done by hand or through mechanical means which do not damage the olives. You will learn what to do in just a few minutes and as you work in a small team, there will always be someone to guide you. *Olive picking begins with the careful spreading of nets under the trees in order to collect the crop, you then comb or knock the olives down easy and very satisfying to do. Often, this will involve climbing a ladder in order to reach the higher branches.
  • If you don't fancy this, don't worry, there are plenty of opportunities to work from the ground and no shortage of willing volunteers to scale the heights! Olive trees are very obliging and there are plenty of branches to hang onto while you work.
  • Bevagna, the Roman “Mevania,” is a little fascinating gem that retains most Roman monuments in the Umbrian Valley. In the main Piazza, one of the finest medieval squares in Umbria, there are the two 12th century Romanesque churches, St. Michael and St. Silvestro.
  • In the afternoon, you will visit the village and the Antico Frantoio Nunzi. During the tour, you will discover all the phases of the olive pressing process and the secrets for a good extra virgin olive oil.
  • After seeing the machinery, you sit at a table and the tour guide will serve you different types of extra virgin olive oil of local production.
  • If, for climatic reasons, it will be impossible to do the olive harvest, another cooking class will be added in the program.

Day 3: Cooking class, 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.
  • In the afternoon, 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 you to get to know the main landmarks where St. Francis lived. You can see the St. Francis Basilica which superior walls were frescoed by Giotto and Cimabue. You will also visit the Eremo delle carceri, one of the oldest Franciscan convents.

Day 4: Cooking class, Deruta ceramic, wine 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 a ceramic laboratory in Deruta where the majolicas are completely handmade. Deruta ceramics are a milestone in the history of Italian pottery. They gained worldwide fame during the Renaissance thanks to their creative and qualitative excellence. Their high quality products keeps the tradition alive and evokes the classic decorations of the various periods of Deruta. The production cycle is completely carried out within the company and rigorously worked by hand in all its phases.
  • Then you will have a wine tour in a winemaker company near Perugia. It is a vineyard under family management, which with special care from their very own vines, produces D.O.C. Colli Perugini and IGT dell’Umbria white, red and rosè wines.

Day 5: Departure

  • Departure after breakfast.

Included excursions

  • Ceramic tour in Deruta
  • Excursion in Assisi
  • Olive harvest in the farmhouse
  • Olive oil tour in Bevagna
  • Wine tour near Perugia

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 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
  • Tiramisu
  • 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)

Reserve a massage during your free time.

What's included

  • 1 lunch after the olive harvest
  • 2 four-course meals from the cooking classes
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 tours as stated in itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of participation
  • Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Olive harvest (or additional cooking class)
  • Umbrian wines during meals and liquors 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 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$126 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$17 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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