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Cooking Tour in Umbria

This gastronomic holiday will take you through the culinary tradition of the beautiful Valle Umbra. During your visit, you will travel through the region's historic villages, tasting all the basic flavors that Umbria is known for. You will also have two cookery courses, as well as a morning guided search for herbs in the fields. A fun culinary adventure awaits you, so don't miss out on this chance for a tasty introduction to the authentic Italian cuisine and a fun-filled visit to the country's "green heart".

Meet the instructors

Paolo & Cristiano
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  • Wine-tasting near Assisi
  • Cookery courses in country houses
  • Route instructions for a cultural walk in Assisi
  • Morning search for herbs with a specialized Professor
  • Introduction to authentic Italian dishes
  • 6 nights accommodation


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During your visit you will be staying in two lovely country houses:

Country house near Trevi

This country house, originally a farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, is run by the friendly Carla and Luigi. It was recently entirely renovated to the standards of an eco-architecture with the use of natural and recycled materials, and solar panels for energy. There are six apartments of various sizes, a restaurant, garden, saltwater pool, and car park. In the restaurant, you will find local products such as saffron, truffles, herbs, olive oil, nuts, and honey.

Country house near Assisi

It is an elegant country house in Umbria, nestled in the green countryside at the foot of the wonderful historic center of Assisi. The eight rooms and suites have all a unique style; they are decorated with precious materials such as wrought iron, travertine marble, and the well-known pink stone of Mount Subasio. Each room features a private bathroom with shower, free WI-FI, individually controlled air conditioning, and LCD television. Some enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Assisi. The country house has a car park, restaurant, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and a nice garden. You will stay in a superior room with a view of Assisi.


Day 1

  • You will arrive at a country house near Trevi, also known as the Capital of Olive Oil.
  • If you arrive early you could take advantage of the added time to visit Trevi or Spoleto, a nice town with many monuments.
  • Overnight with evening meal in your country house.

Day 2

  • After breakfast, you will search for herbs in the fields with Professor Loschi, specialized in fresh herbs.
  • Free time to explore the area and you can visit the hilltop town of Montefalco or the Clitunno springs.

Day 3

  • After breakfast you will have free time to explore Spello, famous for its flower carpets in June and for the Pinturicchio paintings.
  • You could also visit Bevagna, situated nearby.
  • In June, do not miss the festival known as Mercato delle Gaite, a wonderful re-enactment of old medieval markets and crafts.
  • In the late afternoon, you will have the cooking course with chef Stefano or Rita; during which, you will prepare dishes from the Italian cuisine, using some of the most common national recipes.
  • Dinner will include the delicious dishes prepared during the course.

Day 4

  • After breakfast, you will leave the country house and go to Assisi.
  • The day will be free to visit Assisi at your own leisure.
  • You can enjoy wandering through the alleys, stepped streets and crossing the squares with many terraces, inviting you to enjoy a delicious Italian gelato or drink a hot cappuccino. There is much to see such as the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the castle, many museums, and the Forum Romanum.
  • You will get a description of a cultural walking tour that takes you along the most important monuments of the city.
  • In Assisi, you will be staying in a country house at the foot of the town.
  • Dinner will be served at the country house and it will include delicious dishes made by the chef and owner’s wife, Rosita.

Day 5

  • After breakfast, you could visit Perugia, the county and university town of Umbria. There, you will find many renaissance palaces, museums, churches, and many places to shop at Corso Cavour.
  • In the afternoon, you will participate in a cookery lesson led by chef Rosita followed by dinner.

Day 6

  • After breakfast you have free time for yourself to visit and explore around.
  • You could go for a walking tour on Mount Subasio, hire bikes for half day, or visit the most evocative Franciscan sanctuaries outside the center of Assisi, like the Hermitage on Mount Subasio (Eremo delle Carceri), Sanctuary of San Damiano, or the Porziuncola.
  • In the early afternoon, you will visit a winery near Assisi, where you will taste the excellent wines and explore various flavours with extraordinary aftertaste, all combined with local titbits.
  • You will be provided with transportation from and to the winery or you could also decide to hire bikes and cycle to the winery passing the lush countryside.
  • This evening you are free to dine in one of the numerous restaurants of the area.

Day 7

  • After breakfast, you will check-out and prepare for your trip back home or continue your travels through Italy.

Included excursions

  • Search for herbs in the fields around Trevi
  • Trip to Assisi
  • Visit a winery near Assisi


Paolo is an expert and meticulous technician, thanks to his years of work in a manufacturing company taking care of every aspect of the functional reliability and maintenance of the equipment. He has 'golden hands', as they say in Italian. He checks over, test rides and cleans the city bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes of Meravigliosa Umbria. If something breaks, needs repairing or simply isn't working quite as it should he manages to put everything right. Paolo loves the outdoors and has an in-depth knowledge of paths, tracks, roads and places in Umbria and in many other regions of Italy.
An enthusiastic walker, who began planning and carrying out short excursions around the Perugia area when he was young. Today, as well as being a trusted member of our team, he is a voluntary guide for local walking groups and for the Club Alpino Italiano, for whom he is a hill walking escort. He accompanied many individuals and groups in the Sibillini mountains and in central Italy in general. Cristiano's passion for walking is combined with an insatiable curiosity for history and anthropology, which is reflected in his deep knowledge about the areas he crosses.


Also known as the country's green heart, Umbria is a fertile region with many waterways, surrounded by a backdrop of green hills covered with vineyards and olive groves. Bordering Umbria, you will find Tuscany, Lazio, and Le Marche. Umbria is known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles, and wines.


During your dinners, either at the restaurant or after the cooking lessons, you will only be enjoying regional dishes made with local products such as truffles, mushrooms, veal, and extra-virgin olive oil. Your cookery courses will also focus on authentic Italian cuisine and one morning will be reserved for a lesson on herbs, their uses and attributes when used in culinary recipes, and where and how they can be found.

Things to do (optional)

  • Attend the Mercato delle Gaite festival in June
  • Explore Assisi
  • Explore Spello
  • Go cycling in the area. Bike rental surcharge is EUR 15
  • Go for a walking tour on Mount Subasio
  • Visit Bevagna
  • Visit Perugia
  • Visit Spello
  • Visit Spoleto
  • Visit the hilltop town of Montefalco or the Clitunno springs
  • Visit the town Trevi

What's included

  • 1 cookery course in country house near Assisi
  • 1 cookery course in country house near Trevi
  • 1 wine tasting near Assisi in organic winery
  • 4 dinners (exclusive of beverages)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Brochure about wild herbs (in Italian, with pictures)
  • Clients assistance
  • Daily breakfast
  • Pre-tour information
  • Route instructions of a cultural walk in Assisi
  • Searching herbs with specialized professor

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional activities
  • Beverages
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG) in Perugia.

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