Cook in Umbria offers you the possibility to study Italian in the beautiful region of Umbria and to combine the Italian lessons with their popular cooking classes. The small group Italian classes are very informal and amusing and take place exactly where you are lodged! You can choose among beginner or elementary level, intermediate level or advanced level. Your expert teacher will focus on specific topics according to your previous knowledge and your needs, and you will learn in an amusing setting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
From 4 p.m.
Transfer from and to the airport on request.
Minimum 2 persons.
The cooking classes are held in Raffaella's home in Perugia by a native home chef, where a convivial lunch from dishes prepared during the class will be served, and will be accompanied by wines produced in the farm. The cooking courses are aimed at being a full immersion into Umbrian gastronomic culture and include the preparation of real Italian dishes, traditional recipes, and the learning of the basic techniques of Mediterranean cuisine. Their approach to cooking can be wrapped up in three words: simple, seasonal, and local. The recipes come from the Mediterranean tradition, especially from central Italy (Umbria and Tuscany).
The programs are very flexible and you can ask Raffaella for changes, like the length of the vacation, the number of cooking lessons, and the number and type of excursions. You can plan your personal holiday together with Raffaella, as she will be answering to your emails.
It is also possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the morning enjoying the surroundings, and could then join the group at lunchtime. Groups are kept small, and vary between two and eight participants, in order to assure a better enjoyment of each other's company and get as much attention as possible from your hosts. Groups are kept small, and vary between two and eight participants, in order to assure a better enjoyment of each other's company and get as much attention as possible from your hosts. Cook in Umbria also accepts bigger groups, of up to 20 persons, for cooking demonstrations and tours. If interested, please send Cook in Umbria an inquiry.
Professional guide in the excursions are available on request.
For more information ask your questions directly to Cook In Umbria who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
The nearest airports to the location are Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), or Pisa International Airport (PSA).
The nearest station is Perugia railway station.
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