8 Days Cooking Vacations in Italy

8 Days Cooking Vacations in Italy

  • Spello - Spoleto - Bevagna - Torgiano - Assisi

Cycling Tours Italy and Cookery Courses

This tour offers the possibility to get to know the beautiful green and hilly Umbria in a different way, thanks to the perfect combination of cycling in the natural environment, exploring small Umbrian towns and discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of the area. During this vacation, you will visit medieval town of Spello, Spoleto, Bevagna, and Torgiano. You will participate in cooking classes and taste delicious Umbrian cuisine. This journey is a perfect combination of gourmet and cycling activities!

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Wine tasting session in a family osteria
  • Cycling along the route Spello-Spoleto-Bevagna-Torgiano-Assisi
  • Picturesque surroundings and medieval towns
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 dinners
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated in a three-star hotel in Spello, situated in the historical centre of the town with a terrace offering a magnificent view over the Valle Umbra and the surrounding hills. On request, you can stay in a four-star hotel. In Spoleto, you will be accommodated in a four-star hotel, situated in the historical center of Spoleto, close to the Roman theater. In Torgiano, your hotel will be located in the city center. In Assisi, you will be accommodated in a three-star hotel close to the historical centre. On request you can stay in a four-star hotel.

This tour starts in Spello, a lovely medieval town built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. In the evening, you will have a tasting dinner to make acquaintance with the excellent Umbrian wines. The next day, you will cycle to the cultural town of Spoleto. In Spoleto, you will have a cooking lesson during which you will discover some secrets of authentic Umbrian cookery. After this day of rest you continue cycling to Montefalco, where you will stay at the foot of this lovely town in a villa.

The next day, passing the medieval town of Bevagna, a short ride will bring you to Torgiano, a small town also famous for its excellent wines. You will be welcome in the Lungarotti Osteria to taste them. During the second day of your stay in Torgiano, you can choose to make a short cycle tour in the surroundings or to visit the town of Perugia by bicycle. In the evening, there is a dinner in a nearby restaurant with delicious Umbrian dishes. Your last ride will bring you to Assisi. After a steep climb, you will enter this picturesque town and will agree that it was definitively worth the effort.

Day 1 - Arrival in the medieval town of Spello

You arrive at your hotel in Spello. At the end of the afternoon, there is a route briefing and your bikes are handed over. Afterwards, you will be expected in a cozy restaurant and wine bar for a tasting dinner: selection of Umbrian wines combined with Umbrian dishes like scrambled eggs with truffle and tagliatelle with Cacio and pepe.

Day 2 - Spello - Spoleto

Today, you will leave Spello and cycle through the valley crossing the centre of Foligno. Then, your route goes up to Spoleto. At the end of the afternoon, you will have a welcome drink and in the evening, you will enjoy a marvelous dinner.

Distance covered: 45 kilometers.

Day 3 - Cooking lesson

In the morning you will have a cookery course for one and a half hours. You will learn to make a delicious "antipasto" and "primo" (pasta or risotto). At lunch, of course, you will taste these dishes. In the afternoon you have time to explore Spoleto. There is a lot to see: the castle, the medieval aqueduct Ponte delle Torri, a Roman house, the Roman theater with archaeological museum, the cathedral, and the modern art museum.

Day 4 - Cycling to San Luca (Montefalco)

Today you cycle through a slightly undulating landscape to San Luca, a village at the foot of Montefalco. When you come to San luca you can make a ring tour to visit Montefalco or have a rest in the nice Villa Zuccari. To reach the lovely town of Montefalco you have to conquer the hill on which the town is built. Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino docg wines, and in the medieval town center there are some churches and the museum San Francesco to visit.

Distance covered: 23 or 37 kilometers (visiting Montefalco).

Day 5 - A short ride to Torgiano

After breakfast you are back in the saddle again and you cycle to Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the town.

After visiting Bevagna a short ride mostly through the valley will lead you to the small town of Torgiano, in medieval times a fortified village, situated on the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). The town is famous for its excellent wines. You have enough time to visit the nice wine museum with its rich collection of ceramics and art (subject wine making) from Etruscan till modern times. A very special dinner will be prepared for you in a restaurant close by. You will taste some typical Umbrian dishes (appetizers, "primi" (pasta - risotto), "secondo" (main course), vegetables and a coffee with a grappa or another after-dinner spirit). For the lover of black truffle you can also enjoy some dishes prepared with the "Diamonds of the Kitchen."

Distance covered: 37 kilometers.

Day 6 - Perugia or cycling tour in the surroundings of Torgiano

Perugia is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour takes you to the station in Ponte S.Giovanni at the foot of Perugia. From here, a local train will take you to the historical centre of Perugia (eight-minute ride). The center, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is a lively vibrant place. The Renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums, and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit, you will return by train and bike back to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Instead of that, you can choose a trip in the surroundings of Torgiano. This trip will take you to the village of Deruta which has partially managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is famous all around the world for its ceramics, and there are many ateliers to visit. The origins of this ancient art go back as far as the Etruscan times and nowadays many local workshops still make excellent quality ceramics. Numerous Italian and foreign museums have pieces of Deruta ceramics on show, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. The town hall hosts an art gallery and ceramics museum.

The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, which was named after the miracle, which took place in the year of 1657. Inside the church, there are more than 600 votive tiles, the testimony to the tradition of the Deruta ceramics. Cycling through a beautiful hilly landscape, you will pass typical Umbrian hamlets like Casalalta. Your will cycle back to Torgiano through the Tiber Valley. Very special dinner will be prepared for you in a nearby restaurant. You will taste some typical Umbrian dishes: appetizers, primo (pasta or risotto), secondo (main course), vegetables, and coffee with grappa or another after-dinner spirit. For the lovers of black truffle, there are some dishes prepared with diamonds of the kitchen.

Distances covered: 24 or 33 / 47 kilometers.

Day 7 - Assisi

Today a short ride in which you will cross the valley, cycling along quiet country roads. Already from afar you will see Assisi, like many other Umbrian towns built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, you can stop for a moment to visit the Franciscan basilica in S.Maria degli Angeli. Under its impressive dome still lies the humble little chapel Porziuncola where Saint Francis came to pray. Your hotel is at the foot of Assisi. You can walk along the "mattonata" pavement or cycle to the medieval center.

You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti. Your overnight stay will be close to the historical center in a country house (900 meters). In the end of the afternoon a cookery lesson with Rosita.

Distance covered: 25 kilometers.

Day 8 - Departure

Depart after breakfast.

  • Cycling tours of Assisi, Bevagna, Spello, and Spoleto
  • In Torgiano, you can choose to make a short cycle tour in the surroundings or to visit by bicycle the town of Perugia
  • Visit to the wine museum in Torgiano
  • Paolo

    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.

  • Cristiano

    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.

This vacation will take place in Umbria, Italy. You will visit the cities of Assisi, Perugia, Torgiano, Spoleto, Spello, and Bevagna.

  • Cycle to the town of Montefalco. Bike rental is available at 80 EUR.
  • Explore beautiful Umbrian surroundings
  • Explore Spoleto
  • 1 cookery lesson in Assisi with tasting the dishes you cooked at dinner
  • 1 cookery lesson in Spoleto and lunch
  • 1 lunch after the cookery lesson in Spoleto
  • 1 tasting menu in enoteca a Spello including wine
  • 1 wine tasting in Torgiano
  • 3 dinners excluding drinks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Back-up service
  • Certificate
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route briefing in first hotel
  • Route descriptions and maps of the mentioned cycle tours
  • Tourist tax (30/09 at the moment only in Spoleto) to be paid in the hotel

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Perugia San Francesco dAssisi Airport (PEG).

San Bernardino, Switzerland

Ecologico Tours offers cycling and walking holidays, cooking classes, and wine tastings in Umbria.

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