5 Days Full Immersion Cooking Holidays Italy

  • Fattoria di Vibio, Località Buchella 9, Doglio, Montecastello di Vibio Perugia, Italy

Overview

Umbrian Cooking Vacations Italy

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Traditional Umbrian cuisine
  • Theory and practice lessons
  • Introduction to Italian cuisine secrets
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Full board treatment

After visiting this vacation at Fattoria di Vibio, you will soon acquire a familiarity with the ingredients you will be using, which will certainly bring a touch of creativity into your everyday meals. This vacation consists of theory and practice lessons in the mornings and educational visits to Umbrian food producing businesses in the afternoons, providing an introduction to and understanding of Italian cuisine and its secrets. The end product will be a full Italian lunch, comprising the dishes that have been made during the course.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Hidden away in the nature reserve of Mount Peglia, in the midst of the unpolluted nature that characterizes this undeniably beautiful corner of Umbria, lies the country resort Fattoria di Vibio. The Fattoria's sympathetically restored stone cottages harmoniously blend in with the natural landscape, which is accentuated by valleys and wooded slopes. Only few areas manage to retain the essence of their character, and this corner of Umbria ranks among them.

It is the perfect setting for a meeting of nature and the human mind: This is an environment where it is possible to reflect on ones own awareness of time and space in order to discover a new way of looking at life and to engage in dialogue with nature. The interiors of Fattoria di Vibio have been redecorated with a careful eye to maintaining intact original architectural features of this type of accommodation buildings in this part of Italy: antique terracotta floors, large wooden beams, stone walls. The welcoming and refined tone of the Fattoria di Vibio makes it ideal for a pleasant and relaxing stay. There is a wine bar in the facility.

Classic room

It has about 16 per 20 square meters and it is suitable for two persons. There is one bathroom with shower, complimentary toiletries, and hairdryer. This type of room is located on ground floor and the first floor.

Suite

It has about 25 per 40 square meters and it can accommodate 3-4 persons. The suite is located on the ground and the first floor. There are LCD TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and mini bar. There is 1 bathroom with a bathtub or shower, complimentary toiletries, and hairdryer.

1st Day

  • Arrival and transfer from Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi (PEG) or Orvieto train station
  • Welcome drink and room accommodation
  • Welcome dinner accompanied by wine

2nd Day

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Cooking class (appetizer and pizza) and lunch with the prepared dishes
  • Visit of a cellar in Orvieto and dinner in local restaurant

3rd Day

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Cooking class (first course, pasta, and vegetables) and lunch with the prepared dishes
  • Afternoon relaxing at the pool and spa
  • Olive oil and wine tasting
  • Dinner accompanied by wine

4th Day

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Cooking class (second course and dessert) and lunch with the prepared dishes
  • Visit of a cellar in Orvieto and dinner in local restaurant

5th Day

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Departure and transfer to Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi (PEG) or Orvieto train station

Welcome to Umbria, the land where you can follow the path of Italian history, appreciate uncontaminated nature, discover villages and castles that are the guardians of the art of millennia. Umbria has the ambiance where spirit, work, man, and nature are united in a continuing osmotic relationship based on respect that gives to Umbrian hospitality a sense of mutual enrichment for the host and the guest. Here, you will perceive magical, still light-illuminated shades of green, wherever you cast your eye.

At dusk, a thousand undulating profiles are bathed in this light, with bell towers and paths, mirrors of clear waters and woods fading into the land of fairy tales. It is here that the country resort of the Fattoria di Vibio is located. The ideal place to immerse in a life style modeled around the concept of "slow life", to untangle the chaos of thoughts in harmonious dialogue with yourself and with this land that unites the past with the present, and weaves the thread of memories tracing great stories by way of small testimonials.

The cuisine offered consists of authentic, traditionally Umbrian and local recipes. It is rich in simple dishes which are carefully and lovingly prepared by Fattoria di Vibio's cook. Genuine products are used and chosen with care, attention, and respect. Fattoria di Vibio's philosophy of food is founded on the principles that guide the short distribution system, meaning the food is delivered directly from the producer to the consumer.

Breakfast

Breakfast is served from 08:30 to 10:00 and is made up of bread, jams, honey, and cakes, prepared by the able hand of the cook. The breakfast is supplemented by yogurts, fruit salads from Fattoria di Vibio's orchard, orange juice, a large selection of cereals; there is also a selection of savory items.

Lunch

Lunch is a la carte and is made up of the most famous dishes from Italian cuisine like a selection of Fattoria di Vibio's own-produced sliced meats of Cinta Senese, or the Fattoria fillet cooked on grill served sprinkled with black truffle shavings. This is the refined and unforgettable dish that will forever remain in your memory.

  • Book an excursion of wonderful Umbrian scenery
  • Enjoy the cultural attractions of Todi and Perugia
  • Fish in the lake
  • Learn Italian on the course with native speakers
  • Play tennis
  • Ride horse or walk along the beautiful trails of the park of Mount Peglia
  • Ride mountain bike
  • Taste delicious Umbrian wines and meals
  • Taste olives

In harmony with the soul of the place, with the intimate essence of the scenery that happily unites spirit and nature, the Fattoria di Vibio's wellness center is set in completely natural surroundings and has breathtaking views of the beautiful valley that skirts the peaks of Mount Peglia. Everything here concurs to create otium and serenity, designed for those who want to have an intense and harmonious relationship with nature and with themselves. A wide-ranging vision of well-being has been created to welcome you in attractive and peaceful areas where you can relax, be pampered in, or simply to linger.

The Fattoria di Vibio's wellness center provides an intimate space where you can regenerate and revive, relieve tension and regain equilibrium of energy, reaching a state of complete fulfillment. You can enjoy spa treatments such as sensory walkway with river stones and Turkish bath with magical perfumed steam. You can also relax in a heated pool with hydro massage settings (the pool is not heated from July 1 to September 1), or in relax area with infusion bar. Spa treatments are open from 10:00 to 19:00 and are at additional price of 30 EUR per day.

  • 3 cooking classes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Full board treatment
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments (30 EUR per person per day)

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi International Airport (PEG).

Distances

  • Assisi, 69 kilometers
  • Bevagna, 48 kilometers
  • Castiglione del Lago, 98 kilometers
  • Citt della Pieve, 70 kilometers
  • Montefalco, 46 kilometers
  • Orvieto, 33 kilometers
  • Perugia, 55 kilometers
  • Spello, 74 kilometers
  • Spoleto, 60 kilometers
  • Todi, 16 kilometers
For information about the booking conditions, please send Fattoria di Vibio an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Ali C from Pitlochry, United Kingdom

    "A beautiful wedding venue in the lovely Italian mountains of Umbria set among vineyards and olive groves with stunning views. The country house hotel venue including separate cottages, has many different terraces and bar areas for guests to mingle, including a beautiful swimming pool area, its own gazebo wedding terrace, an inside pool and sauna, outstanding large separate hall in case of a heavy downpour, to mention a few specific areas. Unfortunately I didn't see any of the bedrooms, but I am assured they are gorgeous."

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  • Review by Silvia Bargagni from Tuscany, Italy

    "A great experience, amazing staff, excellent service, stunning views and mesmerizing food. Organizing a wedding in Fattoria di Vibio has been the greatest pleasure for me, thank from the bottom of my heart to Giuseppe, Antonella, Gianna and all the staff. They made me and my clients feel at home."

    "I'll be back for more weddings."

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  • Review by Charles G from Colorado, USA

    "I traveled to Umbria and the Fattoria di Vibio with my wife and another couple. We loved the Fattoria di Vibio and reflect back on our time spent there (7 nights) as the high point of our two-weeks stay in Italy. We stayed in one of their villas, a two-bedroom place with a kitchen, dining room, dishwasher, clothes washer and a nice patio. When we arrived, we were greeted by Gianna, a wonderful, kind-hearted, genuinely nice woman who is a great representative for this property. We arrived after dark, after driving in from Rome, so Gianna checked us in quickly and helped us with dinner reservations in nearby Todi. Later, she showed us around our villa and the property, a working farm with olive and fruit trees all around. On another day when she had business in Orvieto, Gianna, who was born in Orvieto, met us there for a personal tour of this city and dinner together. Along with Gianna, the entire staff of the Fattoria di Vibio was wonderful, including the ladies in the kitchen, who gave the four of us a lively cooking class. We used this property as our home base for travel throughout Umbria and absolutely loved our week there. Folks traveling to the Umbrian countryside have to realize that they are in the country, where the water from the faucets is not potable. We have traveled to many foreign countries, so we knew to ask and this was not a problem for us. There is a restaurant on site and a well-stocked grocery store nearby for supplies. Bottled water is cheap in Umbria, essentially 60 cents for a two-liter bottle, so the lack of good drinking water from the faucet was a minor inconvenience. The reward for accepting this issue is that the Umbrian countryside is beautiful and eerily quiet. We slept with our windows open and woke each day to an almost absolute silence. It appears that the bugs in Umbria are trained to stay out of the villa, because our windows were wide open at all times and we had only the occasional fly around for a few minutes on some days. Otherwise, insects were not an issue. Traveling there in September might have been the reason for this, because the weather was perfect and cool, but we expected to have to deal with bugs in the countryside, so the absence of insect issues was a nice surprise. The drive to the Fattoria is along a narrow, unpaved road, but this road is well-maintained so any car should be able to travel this road. On the other hand, the Umbrian roads are quite curvy and poorly maintained, so the approach to the Fattoria is a bumpy one that takes about 10 or more minutes from the main highway, depending upon one's driving ability. The property has hiking trails, bike rentals, an outdoor pool, an indoor, heated pool and a spa, where some of us had great massages. Wi-Fi was a bit spotty, but this added to the seclusion for us. There is a bar onsite for an evening drink, but the wine choices at the grocery store are incredible with prices for wine about one-third those that one would pay for the same wine in the U.S. For cyclists, the Umbrian roads are relatively free of vehicles, offering excellent cycling opportunities. The Fattoria di Vibio is wonderful. My group has already decided to return on another trip. The property, the people, and the quiet countryside make this working farm an excellent choice, especially for a prolonged stay in Umbria."

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  • Review by Carola from The Hague, Netherlands

    "Looking for a quiet, romantic and "green" holiday location in Umbria, we found Fattoria di Vibio. It is located about 20 minutes away from Todi, in the hills, somewhat hidden away. We had our own little cottage, number 34, which is surrounded by olive trees, lavender, and rosemary. It is all set up in a way that you have enough privacy. At the same time, you feel not isolated because you know that there are other guests. Everything is very clean, decorated with great taste, and well maintained. We immediately felt at home. If we did not want to cook ourselves, we enjoyed the tasty dishes in the restaurant. The restaurant is covered outside and overlooking the hillside of Umbria. There are pools, wellness center and spa, and wine bar with great Italian wines. Back in the Netherlands, we are still thinking of our stay at the Fattoria. What a wonderful place to stay for a week or even longer! We found it difficult to leave. Thanks to Gianna and the team of the Fattoria di Vibio."

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  • Review by a traveler from Brussels, Belgium

    "We stayed here for 9 days and were very satisfied of our stay. The staff was very friendly, and the service was of impeccable quality. Our room was a 3-person suite on the first floor, "the blue room". It was quite spacious and had a nice bathroom with bath and shower, a well-functioning air-conditioning, a fridge and, last but not least, a panoramic view. The swimming pool was clean and well maintained, and it offered a superb view on the beautiful surroundings. One of the owner's dogs was very playful and made sure that we did not get bored while swimming or sitting in the garden. The only minus is that there were quite a lot of wasps and gadflies in the pool and garden. The breakfast was partly a buffet (bread, pastries, juices, and jams) and partly a la carte (ham, cheese, and eggs). The evening dinner consisted of a 4-course meal with local and seasonal products. It always offered a choice of different starters, pasta dishes, second courses of meat and vegetables, and different desserts. I can hereby highly recommend the panna cotta. If you like good wines, there is also plenty of choice of Umbrian and other Italian wines of all price categories. After dinner, I always went for a small walk in the neighborhood and as such had a few "unexpected" encounters with some local foxes which were harmless. It was an unforgettable, but nice experience."

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  • Review by David from Washington DC, USA

    "We had a great time last week. The scenery was magnificent, and the food was great. We were on a family vacation, and the rooms were big. Our kids loved the pool. This was a good stopping place for side trips to Umbria in the morning and with pool and relaxation in the late afternoon and evening. The place is remote, way up from the top of the mountain, which makes it quiet but difficult if you want to zip in and out of town. It's worth it given the view, but you will feel a bit secluded, which is not a bad thing - you just need to understand it upfront."

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Umbria, Italy

Fattoria di Vibio is a country resort that offers cooking vacations in Umbria, the land where spirit, man, and nature are united in a continuing osmotic relationship.

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