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5 Days Italy Culinary Vacations & Feast of Flowers

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

Cooking Tours in Umbria & Corpus Domini

Join Cook in Umbria cooking classes and tours to see the Corpus Domini in Italy. Once a year, in conjunction with the religious feast of Corpus Domini, the festival of LInfiorata is celebrated in Spello, a medieval hill town in central Umbria with origins that pre-date the Romans. The feast is marked by laying extravagant floral carpets (Infiorata) over the streets. Floral artists create larger-than-life depictions of religious themes or re-creations of sacred art using only the petals and seeds, laboring all night on the eve of the Infiorata, when the host is carried through the streets in a procession.

Meet the instructors

Raffaella
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Highlights

  • Wine tours and tastings
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Excursions to Assisi and Spello
  • Lets Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • LInfiorata flowers festival in Spello
  • Certificate of participation
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00

Facilities

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

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

Thursday, June 11 : Arrival

  • Arrival at the country farm “La volpe e l’uva” in Perugia, Central Italy, Umbria, near Tuscany. Check-in is at 16:00.

Friday, June 12 : Cooking class, Deruta ceramic, wine tour

  • In the morning, hands-on cooking class starts at around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.
  • In the afternoon you will visit a ceramic laboratory in Deruta where the majolicas are completely handmade. 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's 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.

Saturday, June 13 : Cooking, Assisi tour

  • In the morning, your hands-on cooking class starts around at 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by the wines.
  • In the afternoon the excursion takes place from 15:00. 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 in and that of 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 Carceri (a peacefully isolated church and monastery in the wooded slopes just outside Assisi’s walls. This was the first monastic home of St. Francis’ and his followers.) and the St. Damiano church (a church and monastery outside the city walls is where the crucifix spoke to St. Francis, prompting him to repair it and begin his ministry. Later, St. Clare died here).

Sunday, June 14 : Cooking, Spello: L’infiorata!

  • In the morning you will visit Spello and its most important annual festivity, the Infiorata, with the streets outside the main church strewn with intricate decorations and images made using only fresh flower petals. The entire organization culminates in the morning when a procession led by the bishop walks over the floral carpet at around 10:30.
  • In the afternoon you'll have a hands-on cooking lesson at around 16:30. You will prepare a four-course dinner that will accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.

Monday, June 15 : Departure

Included excursions

  • Assisi tour
  • Excursion in Spello to watch Infiorata
  • Wine tour in Montefalco Bevagna

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
  • Tiramisú
  • Tozzetti with holy wine

Things to do (optional)

On the day of the arrival, you have several options:

  • Reserve a private dinner in the farm
  • Reserve a private transfer to the Perugia city center and dine in a restaurant

Spa treatments

Massage available on request.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts (in your apartment you will find coffee, milk, biscuits, jams, butter and sugar)
  • 3 cooking classes of approximately 4 hours each
  • 3 four-course meals from the cooking lessons
  • Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner/lunch
  • Certificate of participation
  • Folder with all the recipes
  • Apron of Let’s Cook in Umbria
  • 3 tours as indicated in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch on Sunday, after the visit of Infiorata in Spello

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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Thursday June 11, 2020
Departure: Monday June 15, 2020

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