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5 Days New Year’s Eve & Culinary Holiday in Umbria

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

Italian Culinary Vacations

Spend your New Year's Eve in Umbria, in the heart of Italy, in a land rich in traditions and celebrations! This package is perfect for single travellers, couples, group of friends and for families with children. Enjoy the numerous Christmas attractions visible only in this special period of the year, such as the unique Monumental Nativity in Cittàdella Pieve and the spectacular Christmas tree in Gubbio.

Highlights

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Four-course meal preparations
  • New Year Eve dinner in Perugia
  • Monumental nativity scenes in Città della Pieve
  • Visit the Christmas tree in Gubbio
  • Certificate of participation
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$128 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, December 28 - Arrival

Arrival at the country farm “La volpe e l’uva” in Perugia, central Italy, Umbria, near Tuscany. Check-in time from 2pm to 7pm.

Day 2, December 29 - Cooking lesson, Catiglione del Lago (Trasimeno lake), Christmas tree in the water

Morning. Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10am. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations in your apartment accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.

Afternoon. The excursion takes place from 3pm. You will have a guided visit of Castiglione del Lago, an incomparably delightful village located on a chalky promontory overlooking Lake Trasimeno with all the impressiveness of its castle, “Rocca del Leone”. The village has very ancient Etruscan and Roman origins (the area was already inhabited when the promontory still was one of the four isles of Lake Trasimeno). Castiglione del Lago has kept throughout the centuries a particular charm, thanks to the beauty of the old town center, which is still ringed within medieval walls, with an outstanding view of Lake Trasimeno and Valdichiana, towards Cortona.

Lake Trasimeno is in the limelight for Christmas. It dresses up with thousands of lights, more than 2600 lights that you will find in the largest Christmas tree in the world designed on the water on the lake of Castiglione Del Lago.

Day 3, December 30 - Cooking lesson, Gubbio visit

Morning. Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10am. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations in your apartment accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.

Afternoon. At around 3pm you will visit Gubbio. 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 time 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. It rises from the last stone houses of Gubbio up to the basilica of S. Ubaldo, the patron saint of the town, close to the place where, till 10 January, shines the star of Bethlehem which completes the tree. A professional guide will lead the excursion.

Day 4, December 31 - Cooking lesson, Assisi tour, New Year Eve dinner

Morning. Hands-on cooking class starts around 10am. You will prepare a four-course lunch that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.

Afternoon. 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 Carceri, a peacefully isolated church and monastery in the wooded slopes just outside Assisi’s walls and the St. Damiano church. Professional guide will lead the excursion.

Evening. You will go to the Perugia city center where you will have the New Year Eve dinner in a wonderful restaurant. Here you will see the spectacular and multi-colored fireworks explode across the city skyline at midnight!

Day 5, January 1 - Departure

Departure after breakfast.

Included excursions

Catiglione del Lago (Trasimeno lake)

Assisi

Gubbio

Perugia

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

Things to do (optional)

Reserve a massage on your free time.

Spa treatments

Massage available on request.

What's included

  • 3 cooking classes of approximately 4 hours each
  • 3 four-course meals from the cooking lessons
  • 3 tours as indicated in the itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Apron of Let’s Cook in Umbria
  • Certificate of participation
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Dinner on the New Year Eve
  • Folder with all the recipes
  • Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner/lunch

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$128 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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
5 days / 4 nights
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Solo travelers

This holiday can accommodate solo travelers. 

Price information

Non-participating guest costs 850 EUR in double occupancy.

Tour Information

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.

Friday January 1, 2021
(5 days / 4 nights)

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