Cooking Holidays Italy

La Casella, “Un Antico Feudo di Campagna”, covering 350 hectares, is a natural oasis in which they preserve and promote environmental balance and biodiversity; it represents a hotel and vacation apartments spread throughout the property, deeply connected with the surrounding pristine nature.

Not tourist, but resident: this is how it feels to be a guest at La Casella. Join a holiday spent in nature, experienced as a way of life, surpassing the hotel as the core element of distinction of your stay, to spend your time with enriching experiences offered by the “Green Heart of Italy”, as Umbria is well known.

Highlights

  • 3 practical cooking lessons
  • 3 guided walks in woodlands
  • 4 tours, each of multiple locations
  • 2 theoretical lessons on the Mediterranean diet
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Airport transfer included: Peretola Airport
Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room

La Casella is a traditional country manor at the crossroads between Umbria and Tuscany, set in a luscious green valley, surrounded by nature, and which today has been made into a hamlet hotel.

La Casella Albergo Diffuso

La Casella is among the first examples of the country albergo diffuso. Old traditional country houses are positioned over 350 hectares of land and have been restored into resort lodging without altering their rural characteristics for an original hospitality solution.

The hamlets which make up the albergo diffuso

La Quercia Hamlet

It includes the clubhouse, restaurant, wellness area, yoga room, meeting room, La Quercia accommodation, and the pool and tennis court sports area.

Casella Hamlet

  • Le Noci residential manor
  • La Terrazza residential manor
  • Fattoria residential manor
  • Torretta manor
  • Horse riding center

Casellina Hamlet

  • Casellina residence

San Gregorio Hamlet

  • San Gregorio manor
  • San Gregorio residence
  • Outdoor pool
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Double room with bathroom
  • Suite with double room, bathroom, living room with cooking area
  • Suite with two bedrooms (double bed and separate beds), one or two bathrooms, living room with cooking area

The old houses, wisely distributed over the spacious land, have been restored preserving the original rural characteristics. The rooms, twin, double, triple, and quadruple, are located in four different houses and are all with private bathroom.

The accommodation capacity

  • Casale La Quercia: 13 people
  • Casale Le Noci: 14 people
  • Casale La Terrazza: 28 people
  • Casale San Gregorio: 29 people

Services offered at La Casella

  • Reception open 14 hours per day
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Clubhouse
  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • Tennis court
  • Wellness area with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, massage, and open-air pool with fountain
  • Yoga room
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Horse riding
  • Laundrette and laundry service

Program

Day 1

  • Transfer from the airport to La Casella (airports included: Rome, Florence, Perugia)
  • Welcome aperitivo
  • Dinner and conviviality

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Guided walk in the woodlands (discover wild herbs and their properties)
  • Mediterranean diet course - theory part 1
  • What does La Casella mean by Mediterranean diet, a heritage which should be safeguarded and which few people today really know
  • You will discover and study the different products, the varieties, their origins, and properties, as well as how they should be used and preserved in order to make the most of their plentiful nutritional properties
  • Lunch
  • Cooking class: preparation of handmade pasta
  • Dinner and conviviality

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Tour - Umbria and northern Lazio - tours of Civita di Bagnoregio: the dying city, Bolsena Lake: the cleanest lake in Europe, Orvieto: art and history
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant to taste local cuisine
  • Dinner and conviviality

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Guided walk in the woodlands
  • Discover wild herbs and their properties
  • Mediterranean diet course - theory part 2 (how to shop, how to choose the best vegetables, how to prepare and cook them using modern techniques, you will learn to invest in your health and wellbeing while satisfying your taste buds)
  • Lunch
  • Cooking class: preparing sauces
  • Dinner and conviviality

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Wine tour: Tuscany and the Val D’Orcia
  • Montepulciano: taste Montepulciano’s Nobile wine in one of the city’s famous wine cellars
  • Pienza: discover the city’s history and taste its celebrated sheep’s milk cheeses directly at a farmhouse
  • Montalcino: tasting of the famous Brunello wine
  • Bagno Vignoni: the ancient Roman baths
  • Dinner and conviviality

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Guided walk in the woodlands (discover wild herbs and their properties)
  • Lunch including a tasting of a local wine cellar’s prestigious wines, tasting of the renowned extra virgin olive oil of Monteleone d’Orvieto
  • Afternoon visit to La Scarzuola
  • Dinner and conviviality

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Todi: the most livable city in the world
  • Lunch at La Casella
  • Cooking class: preparation of the evening menu
  • Dinner consisting of a typical five-course meal and awarding of La Casella participation course diploma, each participant will receive a La Casella cooking apron

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • VIP cards awarded
  • Transfer from La Casella to the airport

Included excursions

One day excursions

Art cities and more

  • Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bolsena
  • Rome
  • Florence

Wine trails and food products

  • The Val d'Orcia (Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, BagnoVignoni)
  • The land of the Sagrantino of Montefalco - Todi, Bevagna
  • Nearby La Casella: Orvieto, Corbara, Montevibiano

Lakes

  • Lake Bolsena
  • Lake Trasimeno
  • Lake of Corbara

Spiritual tours

  • Assisi
  • Scarzuola

Etrurian tours

Location

The venue just 15 minutes from the highway exit of Fabro (A1) and the Fabro-Ficulle railway station, in an authentic and wide territory with a large concentration of well-known sites of historical, artistic, spiritual, natural, and gastronomic importance.

Located halfway between Rome and Florence, it is part of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Heritage Site. It is the ideal place to take wonderful walks, go horse riding, and mountain biking. It is part of a territory rich like no other in terms of history, art, culture, wildlife and nature, spirituality, food, and wine.

Distances

  • Arezzo: 80 kilometers
  • Florence: 166 kilometers
  • Lake Bolsena: 50 kilometers
  • Lake Trasimeno: 40 kilometers
  • Orvieto: 25 kilometers
  • Perugia: 60 kilometers
  • Rome: 160 kilometers
  • Siena: 98 kilometers
  • Todi: 60 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room

Food

Edmond, the chef, will welcome guests. The “La Casella” restaurant offers the following meals:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Light lunch
  • Dinner - five courses menu

Also of note, the water at La Casella is also ‘local’ and drawn from a well of uncontaminated groundwater.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Internal services

  • Reception service: from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Outdoor pools
  • Wellness area (hydromassage, Turkish bath, sauna)
  • Treatments and massage
  • Yoga and meditation room
  • Seminar classroom
  • Equestrian center (lessons, excursions, trekking)
  • Tennis court

Internal activities

  • Wine tasting, Italian cuisine with typical products: selections of local wine cellars for tasting the best wines in the neighboring areas; sampling of local meats, cheeses, honey, and chocolate; cooking courses to learn classic Italian recipes with the experience the “La Casella” dinner tasting menu
  • Pizza lessons
  • Yoga and meditation classes - private or group

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, six lunches, and seven dinners
  • 4 tours (each of multiple locations)
  • 3 guided walks in woodlands
  • 5 lessons (two theoretical lessons on the Mediterranean diet, three practical cooking lessons)
  • Airport transfer to and from Rome, Perugia, Florence airports

What's not included

  • Massage and treatments
  • Equestrian center: lesson, excursion, trekking
  • Drinks at the bar
  • Bike rent

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from A1 motorway

  • Drive along the A1 motorway.
  • Exit at Fabro.
  • After the toll, turn left.
  • Arrived at the roundabout, follow the sign for Parrano.
  • After 7 kilometers, you will find on the right a sign for La Casella.
  • After 6 more kilometers of unpaved road, intentionally left intact in order to protect the eco-friendliness of La Casella, you will have arrived.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA), Peretola Airport (FLR), or Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG). Transfer from and to the airport is included. La Casella will pick you up from the airport. The nearest airports are reachable in less than two hours.

Airport: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport Airport transfer included: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Peretola Airport Airport transfer included: Peretola Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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