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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".
During your visit you will be staying in two lovely country houses:
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.
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.
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.
The nearest airport is San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG) in Perugia.
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