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Luxury Culinary Vacation in Italy

La Cucina Sabina’s authentic luxury vacations include a culinary and cultural vacation in the Umbrian countryside at a beautifully restored villa on an estate situated in the middle of vineyards, winery, and restored ancient church. Located just outside of Perugia, famously known for its chocolatiers, it’s the heart of Umbria and close to historic Assisi and Spello.

Highlights

  • Experience truflle hunting
  • Hands-on pizza lesson, enjoy the result of your cooking
  • Tour to various towns such as Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Umbertide, etc.
  • Enjoy wine tasting and food sampling along the way
  • Hands-on chocolate making class in Perugia
  • Visit artisanal shops in Deruta
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport)
Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
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Accommodation

The villa has a 13th-century church (Chiesa) as a part of the inn. It’s perfectly situated for allowing casual walks and hikes in the countryside, visiting the winery on the property, the truffle woods, ponds, lakes, and wildlife. It has a stunning kitchen for cooking lessons as well as a nearby golf course and a beautiful pool.

It’s conveniently located within short drives of Perugia, renowned for chocolate making, Assisi, Spello, Umbertide, Deruta, and great wine-making areas. This is a foodie’s dream vacation which combines food, cooking, culture, wine tasting, touring, shopping, picturesque excursions and adventure into an experience of a lifetime!

Program

La Cucina Sabina has carefully curated this single villa-based vacation to combine luxurious comfort and convenience into a foodie’s dream vacation. This vacation combines meals, cooking, culture, wine tasting, touring, shopping, picturesque excursions, and adventure into an unforgettable experience!

Join La Cucina Sabina as they tour iconic medieval and renaissance Umbrian towns as well as off-the-beaten-path charming villages. Whether your cooking interests are hands-on in the amazing demonstration kitchen, or simply enjoying great Umbrian food and wines, La Cucina Sabina has created an exceptional experience for you!

All-Inclusive (except air) vacation itinerary – 8 days / 7 nights including lodging in an exclusive and luxurious Umbrian villa, food, wine, excursions, tours, guides, cooking lessons and demonstrations, plus ground transfers. La Cucina Sabina combines food, culture, and fun into an experience of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Saturday

Arrivals in Umbria in the afternoon after the airport, train station, or hotel transfer pickups from Florence or Perugia – Check in to your rooms at the beautiful Chiesa del Carmine Estate and Resort located in the heart of Umbria. Relax, enjoy your surroundings, take a dip in the pool, pre-arrange a massage or stroll the picturesque rolling Umbrian countryside with its vineyards and olive groves. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner in the villa’s grand dining room.

Sunday

Visit the Estate’s winery for a tour and tasting followed by lunch paired perfectly with the Estate’s own wines. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the expansive Estate with optional walks around the countryside, lounging by the pool, pre-arrange a massage or round of golf or just grab a yoga mat and unwind. In the evening, you head to nearby picturesque Montone, a quintessential Umbrian hilltop town, for a stroll followed by a sunset dinner overlooking the amazing Umbrian countryside with its famous burnt umber hues.

Monday

In the morning, you head to Assisi, the town made famous by the monk bearing its name and founder of the Franciscan Order, St Francis of Assisi. A guided tour of Assisi is planned in the morning, then on to the town of Spello for lunch. Spello is a well-preserved medieval walled town known for the abundance of picturesque flowers throughout the town. Each corner in town is more beautiful than the last. After lunch, you head back to Chiesa del Carmine for a hands-on cooking lesson and dinner from your cooking lesson.

Tuesday

Perugia is perhaps best known for its gastronomy and of course chocolates! In the center of Umbria are produced some of the finest chocolates in the world. After breakfast, you enjoy a guided food tour of Perugia, including sampling along the way. You’ll enjoy lunch and also make free time for shopping as well. The highlight of the day is a hands-on chocolate-making class in a chocolate lab perched above the town square. In the afternoon, you head back to Chiesa del Carmine for a bit of relaxation followed by dinner at the Estate.

Wednesday

No culinary experience in Italy is complete without a visit to a fresh market and authentic pizza making. You start your day with a visit to the fresh morning market in the nearby town of Umbertide for selecting the toppings for your pizza lesson later in the day. From there on to Gubbio, a Medieval town also boasting Gothic architecture, a Roman theatre, and a Renaissance basilica. You’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant for authentic Umbrian cuisine. Dinner will be a pizza lesson this evening back at the Estate.

Thursday

When you’re in Umbria, no culinary vacation is complete without hunting for truffles! After breakfast, you join a local guide to hunt for truffles in the countryside surrounding the Estate. These delicious gems will be used in your lunchtime cooking lesson. The afternoon will be left open for relaxing around the Estate, scheduling a massage, swim, or hike. In the evening, you depart for a lake view dinner above the shores of picturesque Lake Trasimeno.

Friday

What trip to Italy is complete without shopping for some of the best locally produced artisanal products in the world? You will explore the local town of Deruta, known worldwide for its fine maiolica ceramics. You’ll also make a stop at a local cashmere producer for a full immersion into the Umbrian culture. Lunch will be on your own in Deruta allowing you ample time to explore the artisanal shops. After time for packing at the Estate, you depart for our grand finale “Arrivederci Dinner”. You head to the beautiful Castello Monterone, just outside Perugia for an unforgettable evening with your friends and family.

Saturday

After breakfast, the La Cucina Sabina team will provide transfers to local airports, hotels, or train stations in Florence or Orvieto.

Location

This culinary vacation takes place in Umbria. Towns visited include Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Umbertide, Deruta, Gubbio, Montone, Lake Trasimeno, and more.

Food

The holiday includes scheduled meals, wine, coffee, tea, wine, restaurant meals, 4 cooking lessons and demonstrations, truffle hunt, winery visit, and tasting as outlined in the itinerary. Please note that one lunch is not included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in an exclusive and luxurious Umbrian villa
  • Food, wine, restaurant meals
  • Excursions, tours, guides
  • 4 cooking lessons and demonstrations
  • Truffle hunt
  • Winery visit and tasting
  • Visit artisanal shops
  • Ground transfers to and from Perugia and Florence airports, train stations or hotels
  • Towns visited include Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Umbertide, Deruta, Gubbio, Montone, Lake Trasimeno, and more
  • Taxes and fees

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • One lunch is independent

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (PEG) or Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR). Ground transfers to and from Perugia and Florence airports, train stations or hotels are included in the price.

Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci 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 30 days before arrival.

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