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7 Days Umbrian Flavours Italy Cooking Holidays

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

Authentic Cooking Vacations in Umbria

Learn timeless recipes for Umbrian and Medittaranean dishes in this holiday and create your own beautiful pastas and specialties in the heart of your host’s home, tucked away in a delightful, functioning Italian farm, nestled by the surrounding hills and valleys. Experience for yourself the charming region of Umbria, renowned for its delicious food and fine wines.

Try your hands in perfecting pasta, accompanying seasonal sauces, and much more as you learn to cook an entire 4 course family style meal during each cookery lesson - not to forget the perfect desserts to complete them.

Meet the instructors

Raffaella
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Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Excursion to Assisi and Orvieto
  • Montefalco wine tour and tastings
  • Let's Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Certificate of participation
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$122 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

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

Your host Raffaella (along with her mother-in-law, family, and farm animals) will be on hand to organise every element of your holiday to ensure you return feeling relaxed and full with mouth watering home Italian cooking, and a great collection of new recipes and techniques to replicate for friends and family.

The farm has 5 tastefully decorated and furnished cosy apartments for 2 people with a double or twin room. Each apartment also has a private bathroom and a living room with a well equipped kitchenette. The farm offers peace and quiet with spectacular panoramic views of Umbria, and is surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees, and a swimming pool for you to enjoy.

Get more from your holiday and perfect your cooking in Italy, enjoy the warm climate and hospitality, great food and wine, stunning surroundings and take home recipes from this beautiful area to treasure for a lifetime.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive at the farmhouse in the countryside near Perugia for your Italian cooking course.
  • Check in to your accommodation from 2pm to 7pm.
  • Dinner is not included in the price of the holiday but for your arrival you can organize one of the following options: reserve a private dinner in the farm, send a list of food that you want to find in your apartment where you can prepare your own meal or reserve a private transfer to Perugia city center and dine in a restaurant.

Day 2 - Free day

  • Spend your first day settling into your new surroundings as you have the whole day free to spend as you wish.
  • Today is an ideal time to go out and see the local sights, head to the wonderful city of Perugia or simply kick back and relax in the gardens of the farmhouse and take a dip in the swimming pool.

Day 3 - Cooking lesson, wine tour

  • Start your day with breakfast in your apartment from your breakfast pack.
  • Your cooking lesson begins at 10am with a presentation of the day's menu
  • Be prepared to roll up your sleeves for hands-on preparation of a glorious 4-course meal using homegrown fruit and vegetables, fresh organic eggs and their own extra virgin olive oil.
  • When you have finished cooking, it is time to enjoy all the delicious food you have prepared as you sit down to eat lunch with the other participants accompanied by the wine and extra virgin olive oil that is produced at the farmhouse.
  • Lunch is then followed by local liquors and coffee.
  • After lunch, there is a trip to Montefalco where you will enjoy a guided tour of the local winery and visit the vineyards, cellars and then finish with a tasting.

Day 4 - Cooking lesson, free afternoon

  • After breakfast, your cooking lesson begins at 10am with a presentation of the day's menu before your hands-on lesson begins.
  • When you have finished cooking, it is time to enjoy all the delicious food you have prepared as you sit down to eat lunch followed by local liquors and coffee
  • After lunch, spend the afternoon as you please with some sightseeing or simply relaxing by the pool.

Day 5 - Cooking lesson, Assisi tour

  • After breakfast, your cooking lesson begins at 10am with a presentation of the day's menu before your hands-on lesson begins.
  • When you have finished cooking, it is time to enjoy all the delicious food you have prepared as you sit down to eat lunch followed by local liquors and coffee.
  • After lunch, you will head to Assisi for a guided tour of this mystical city.

Day 6 - Cooking lesson, Orvieto tour

  • After breakfast, your cooking lesson begins at 10am with a presentation of the day's menu before your hands-on lesson begins.
  • When you have finished cooking, it is time to enjoy all the delicious food you have prepared as you sit down to eat lunch followed by local liquors and coffee
  • After lunch, you will head to Orvieto for a guided tour of the town and its cathedral dating back to 1263.

Day 7 - Departure

  • Following breakfast, you will check out from your accommodation at 10am.

Included excursions

Assisi tour

Orvieto tour

Wine tour in Montefalco

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

Things to do (optional)

In your free time you can relax in the pool and reserve massages and private transfers.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of participation
  • Cook in Umbria apron and recipes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Half-day tours

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$122 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 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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