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5 Days Medieval Market & Culinary Holidays in Umbria

5 Days Medieval Market & Culinary Holidays in Umbria

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

Italian Cooking Holidays in Umbria

Join Cook in Umbria cooking classes and tours to see the medieval market in Italy, Il Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna, Umbria. Bevagna is a charming and picturesque walled town that was an important place in ancient Roman days, situated along the Via Flaminia. Its also home to a festival called Mercato Delle Gaite. For a few days each spring, the town is time-warped back to the middle ages.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Medieval market excursion
  • Chocolate factory and museum visits
  • Wine tour, olive oil tour, and ceramic tour
  • Lets Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Certificate of participation
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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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.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive in Perugia and transfer to your country farm, La Volpe e lUva.

Day 2 - Cooking class, chocolate factory, ceramic 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.
  • You will visit the Perugia's chocolate factory and the Chocolate Museum to learn about chocolate production. The museum explains the process of converting cocoa into chocolate, and introduces the history of the Perugina chocolate company.
  • Then, 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.

Day 3 - Cooking class, wine tour, olive oil 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 winery that produces Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCGS. You will have a guided tour of the vineyard and the cellars, finishing up with a test of local Umbrian specialties and the wines. You will also visit the medieval cities of Bevagna and Montefalco. The olive oil tours include visits to family-run oil mills in the most famous Umbrian oil regions with tasting of the local produce along with accompanying local food products.

Day 4 - Cooking class, market visit

  • 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 city of Bevagna and of the market of Gaite. You will find quite a different place than normal; the towns people are all dressed in medieval garb, and the locals are very much into the spirit of the event. As you wander through the streets, you'll find all sorts of unusual activities underway, from falconry, to blacksmiths, to paper making. The town is historically divided into four quarters, Le Gaite. These neighborhoods compete against each other in different events as part of the festival, and there's a real rivalry between them. Along the most suggestive streets and corners of the city, the population involves itself in the organization of handicraft shops, of typical markets of antique times. Inspired by the habits described in antique medieval documents, Bevagna proposes the same intense atmosphere of the handicraft activities with noises and gestures forgotten by our times. In the small shops of canapai, potters, dyers, and strikers, capable handicraft maestro realize exclusive objects using the arts and the techniques of the Middle Ages.

Day 5 - Departure

  • Departure after breakfast.
  • Ceramic tour in Deruta
  • Chocolate tour in Perugia
  • Excursion in Bevagna
  • Olive oil tour in Umbria
  • Wine tour in Perugia
  • Raffaella Bucefalo

    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.

  • Alberta

    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.

  • Stefania

    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.

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

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
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 tours
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of participation
  • Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner/lunch
  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses

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
  • 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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