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

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

Overview

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Join Cook in Umbria cooking classes and tours to celebrate New Years Eve in Italy. New Years Eve is a wonderful time for a vacation in Umbria. The star of the New Year Eve dinner is lentils, symbolizing money and good fortune for the coming year. Traditionally, the dinner in Umbria also includes a cotechino, a large spiced sausage, or a zampone, stuffed pigs trotter. The pork symbolizes the richness of life in the coming year. Huge midnight fireworks displays celebrate the coming of the New Year. Perugia has public displays in a central square but private parties will also include firecrackers or sparklers, too, and will continue for a long time.

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
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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La Volpe e lUva is a beautifully restored farmhouse overlooking the Umbria Valley. If you wish to experience the joy of authentic Umbrian living and explore the region and its splendour, then this is the right place for you. The farmhouse is surrounded by 10 hectares of olive groves, vineyards, and fruit trees.

Five independent apartments have been restored around the ancient stone house, which dates back to the 17th century. There is a lovely swimming pool from which you can enjoy the panoramic view. All apartments have been comfortably furnished in farm-style teak furniture with great attention for detail. The farm lies on a hill and offers absolute peace and quiet with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Perugia.

The farmhouse has a lounge with cooking area, a bedroom with a double sofa bed, and bathroom. Bed linen, towels, and final cleaning are included.

Amenities

  • Car park
  • Garden
  • Massage on request
  • Outdoor barbecue
  • Play area for children
  • Swimming pool
  • Wi-Fi

Day 1, Thursday, December 28 - Arrival

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

Day 2, Friday, December 29 - Cooking and excursion

  • Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations in your apartment accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.
  • Your afternoon excursion takes place from 15:00. Città della Pieve overlooks the Val di Chiana towards the western frontier of Umbria. Città della Pieve is an attractive, compact locality: its churches and the houses of its nobility were built of brick within a fairly short time span, from the late medieval period into the Renaissance, thus giving the town a happy unity of style. Pietro Vannucci, known as “Perugino“, was born in Città della Pieve and some of his works may be seen here. The monumental nativity scene has been a tradition in the area for many years now. It was begun in 1967 by the Terziere Castello and is now housed in the fascinating underground areas of Palazzo della Corgna. Apart from the main central nativity scene, there are other scenes depicting the life of Christ and various episodes from the Old and New TestamentsFrom that first edition, thanks to the skill and imagination of some able artisans, the nativity scene of Città della Pieve has become one of the major attractions in Italy with thousands of visitors each year.

Day 3, Saturday, December 30 - Cooking and excursion

  • Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations in your apartment accompanied by Cook in Umbria's wines.
  • At around 15:00 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, Sunday, December 31 - Cooking and excursion

Hands-on cooking class starts around 10:00. You will prepare a four-course lunch that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by 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. 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.

  • In the 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, Monday, January 1 - Departure

  • Departure after breakfast.

Emjoy tours in Città della Pieve, Assisi, Gubbio and Perugia.

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

Massage available on request.

  • 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
For information about the booking conditions, please send Cook in Umbria an inquiry.

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  • Review by Rebecca Disunno

    "I asked several friends to join me for a cooking class with Raffaella in Umbria. We enjoyed the most memorable cooking vacation. Raffaella's home is welcoming and her style of teaching delightful. The food was delicious! I can't think of eating pasta from a box after this class! The afternoon trips were interesting and pleasurable. I would highly recommend this cooking vacation to anyone who enjoys Italian food and culture. Rate this a 10+++"

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  • Review by Lauren Mescon from Netherlands

    "I was just with Seanette Messerole at Lets Cook in Umbria. It was a fantastic experience. The recipes were simple enough or at least they made it seem simple enough that anyone can make them. And the food was fantastic. We all felt like gourmet cooks and loved our food. I will be making the recipes for my husband this week because I want to relive the experience I had in Umbria! Thank you."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Harry F. from Legnano, Italy

    "It took a bit for the taxi to find the house, but I am glad that he did. We were visiting Perugia for the second time and wanted to get more in tune with the Umbrian way of life. This was done in an expert manner. We learned about the food of Umbria, a little about its history and we did all of this a not only had a great meal but helped in its preparation. Thank you, Raffaella, for the wonderful time. This is one of the must do things in Perugia. Enjoy, Harry."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "The highlight of our honeymoon! Such a wonderful day! Raffaella is a gem and quite a cook! She was so much fun and we learned so much! It was thee nicest meal in all our time in Italy (1 month!) and I look forward trying to recreate it back home in Canada! Thank you for a wonderful cooking lesson!"

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  • Review by Lyn I. from Melksham, UK

    "What a perfect way to learn to cook regional dishes from Umbria with such a wonderful person. Raffaella makes you feel so at ease, her explanations are clear and the hands on experience of making a 4-course meal was delightful. She shared some great tips and techniques as well as helping you to prepare a great menu. You use fresh seasonal produce and then enjoy the fruits of your labor along with a great bottle of local red. A real highlight of our holiday and one we would love to repeat another day. Thank you, Raffaella."

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  • Review by Auddy from Singapore

    "What a wonderful way to spend the day! We signed up for 1-day cooking class and truffle hunt, and couldn't have been happier. Raffaella is a great cook and teacher and the recipes are amazing."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "I attended three classes with Rafaella while staying at her agriturismo. In each class we prepared four courses and everything was delicious. Meal preparation was fun and informative, and well organized. The olive oil used in cooking and the wine with meals all come from her farm. Rafaella is so welcoming and fun - I felt like a friend from the very first minute I arrived."

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  • Review by a traveler from Washington DC, USA

    "Great day of cooking - we did half a day of cooking and a hike, both great. Would do it again - only next time I would stay at the agriturismo, rather than driving in from elsewhere - it was lovely. The food we made was great, Raffaella was a good teacher, planned well and gave good directions. Haven't made the food at home yet, but feel certain we can more or less recreate it. We are vegetarian, she was totally able to accommodate us."

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  • Review by a traveler from Florida, USA

    "One of our Plene Aire painters suggested we take an Italian cooking lesson and so we did, all 18 of us. We hired a van (large) to take us from Il Casale Grande to Perugia. Our instructor was Signora Raffaella who is a treasure in the kitchen. We made eggplant with tomatoes, a cheese appetizer, pasta from scratch, and had an asparagus pasta dish (I do not like asparagus but this was very tasty), pork tenderloin with grapes and juniper berries and a delicious cherry tart for dessert. The wine and fruits were grown on their farm. You may purchase their wines, jams, and jellies. The drive to La Vole e Iuva is very picturesque. I highly recommend anyone to book this experience. Ciao."

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  • Review by Roey M from New Jersey, USA

    "My vacation to Italy was the vacation of a lifetime! But I have to say one of the Highlights of my trip was the cooking class that I took at Let's Cook In Umbria! Not only was the class and the chef excellent the farm where they live and grow all their own herbs was Quaint and nice. We basically cooked in their kitchen and ate our delicious food afterwards! (With homemade wine) This experience is one that I will never forget and it is truly a memory of my Italy vacation I will remember forever! PS. Better than my cooking class in France!"

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  • Review by Traveler from Florida, USA

    "We finished our trip to Florence and Rome in Umbria. Raffaella was very welcoming. The apartment was comfortable. The scenery beautiful. cooking classes are held within Raffealla's home. The recipes were easy and delicious. I have made them since returning home. Would recommend this to family and friends visiting the area,"

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  • Review by Traveler from Liverpool, United Kingdom

    "I stayed with Raffaella on her farm in the beautiful historic area of Perugia. She made me welcome and really personalized my trip. The cooking classes were wonderful. We cooked in Rafaella's home and I thoroughly enjoyed the hands on experience of cooking a four course Italian meal. She made it seem easy and even better you eat the food you have made afterwards with wine produced on the farm. The trip also involved tours to local museums, a chocolate factory and nearby Assisi with English speaking guides on all of them. Having a planned itinerary kept me busy and let me experience local culture and history whilst also leaving time for clothes shopping in Perugia. All of this and there was still time to relax in the comfortable apartments on the peaceful farm. My friends and family have enjoyed eating the recipes since I came home."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Raffaella's class was like a day in a family kitchen with an experienced aunt. From the warm greeting at the door to the dog in its basket by the fire, this is a family home. Raffaella has a background in science and her lessons covered both the art and science of cooking. I've never had much success with pastry and Raffaella showed me why! The resulting crostata was perfect.We cooked four courses in a few hours, so it is a busy session, but Raffaella is professional and organised and you will leave inspired. The recipes are delicious and repeatable but most cooking schools will supply that. There is a joy and character here that set this school apart. If you are even toying with the idea of a class like this, take this one!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Raffaella was absolutely fantastic. My wife and I wanted a cooking class in Italy, and Raffaella managed to work us in on short notice, which was amazing enough - but then we had the class! Raffaella (and her sleeping cats) taught us how to make an eggplant appetizer, homemade pasta with a delicious tomato sauce, a pork loin (with an amazing sauce - I can't remember what it was called, but it had grapes i it, which were a surprisingly delightful addition), and a fig crostata.Most of the ingredients came from her farm, so everything was fresh. When everything was finished, we ate. And boy did we eat! I wasn't hungry for days after that! She topped the meal off with some homemade wine, which was so good we bought a bottle. We also bought some new olive oil and fig and cherry jam. I highly suggest Let's Cook in Umbria. You won't be dissappointed!"

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  • Review by Rosanne F. from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

    "We had the best time ever here! Rafaella saw to every little detail to ensure that our stay was perfect. From stocking our rooms with cakes, jams, wine, coffee, to organizing tours to nearby villages. The cooking classes were so much fun and we learned a lot about how to cook the Italian way. This was my second visit and I hope to return again ayny time soon. Thank you Raffaella for everything!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Cincinnati, USA

    "My sister and I had a fantastic cooking class at Raffaella's lovely rural home / retreat in Perugia. The setting is a lovely hidden-away home and gardens near the top of a winding residential hill area, very convenient for those visiting Perugia, Assis, Umbria. When you arrive, by car, you find yourself in a quiet, secured, green space with birds chirping and a warm welcome from Raffaela. We had signed up for a 4 hour, half day cooking class. This concluded with a huge lunch from the foods we made. The cooking class was taught by Stefanie, who was excellent.The class was informal, fun, and very participatory. Our class included one other couple from Australia, who were saying for several days at Raefella's bed and breakfast. We all stood or sat around a large dining room table that was completely covered with this huge peice of smooth, clean wood, almost like a gigantic rolling / cutting board.Also, we each had separate cutting boards available, aprons, other tools needed. Stefanie spoke Italian and English very well (as did Raffaella) and gave us such good instructions for each of the items made; appetizer (brushetta), pasta (handmade spaghetti with sauce), second course (rabbit), and dessert (tiramisu). The class was most organized, with plenty of hands-on experience and perfectly timed. It was done slow enough so we could add our own simple, handwritten notes notes on the recipe pages that we were given.Stefanie also added other very practical tidbits of info, as we went along. She helped us learn what order to make the items, so all would be ready at once. She had a "pasta guitar" which was much easier to use than this more bulky, metal pasta maker we had used in an Italian cooking class back in the US. When the dinner was complete, Raffaella ushered us into a beautiful dining area in her sunroom.There, she had set up such a lovely table for us all to enjoy our huge lunch (with local wine and a nice salad she had made). So, besides the wonderful lessons and food, Raffaella provided a delightful setting, and she talked with us as if we were friends. The experience was not only about cooking lessons and delicious eating, but also about good conversations in her warm and welcoming eclectic home, about sharing and connecting with people from around the world!"

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  • Review by Ann from Vienna, Austria

    "We spent two days in a lovely apartment with a countryside view. The apartment was fully equipped, including foods for breakfast, as well as, a bottle of olive oil and wine from Raffaellas farm. We thoroughly enjoyed our two days of classes which included a four-course meal and wines each day. We have since made several of the recipes, some of the favorites included chicken arrabbiata, millefoglie di melanzane, and torta al testo.All of the recipes were easy to make and always had fresh ingredients. Rafaella was generous with her time, as she gave us many tips of what to see, and even drove us into Perugia one afternoon. Her farm is about a 20-25 EUR taxi ride from Perugia. We highly recommend the cooking classes and the accommodation. Thank you Stefania and Raffaella for your wonderful hospitality. Who knows we may visit you again in the future."

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  • Review by Cary from Califorina, USA

    "Raffaella was super quick on my last minute request for a class and was able to accommodate us the very next day! The instructor, Stefania was super sweet and funny! She really loved food and to cook and it showed!! The food was delicious, torta with stracchino cheese with rocket, homemade pasta with pork cheek, zucchini and saffron, chicken arribiata and a fig and walnut crostada.Oh my God, I am salivating as I type! Can't wait to try these recipes at home (yes, they give you the recipes to take with you, along with a cute certificate we framed and have hanging in our kitchen, and an apron!) Met 2 wonderful ladies in the class too! The one issue we had was finding the place. Perugia is tough to get around, would have been helpful to have directions given to us, otherwise it was Perfecto!"

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  • Review by Mary-Ellen from Coalcliff, Australia

    "Rafaella was able to accommodate me even though there was only one other mother and her eight-year old daughter available on the day. Stefania and Raffaella made us very welcome and taught us how to make delicious panna cotta, pizza dough, tagliatelle with two different tasty sauces and fantastic chicken and proscuitto roulades. Then, our husbands joined us to taste the fruits of our labors and were equally impressed with the beautiful table setting and delicious meal, including homemade wine from the farm.Stefania made everything seem so easy and really got us involved in rolling, stretching and feeling the dough so we would know what to do when we got home. I have made everything back in Australia and my family and friends have been very impressed. Thank you, Raffaella and Stefania, for this magnificent experience in such a beautiful location! Hopefully one day, I can come and stay at the farm and spend more time cooking and learning more of your culinary secrets!"

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