3 Days Cooking and Wine Holidays in Umbria, Italy

  • Podere le Olle, Via Vocabolo Olle, 18, Montegabbione 05010, Terni, Umbria, Italy

Overview

Cooking Vacations in Umbria

Essentially, a cuisine is representative of a culture, it provides the opportunity to be sociable and to express ones creativity. It is also a way of getting to know the traditions of the place or the region you are visiting. Embark on a journey exploring the flavors typical of Umbrian cuisine, here at "Agriturismo Podere le Olle". The place is an old farmstead in the beautiful Umbrian hills that sweep towards Tuscany. It consists of two sympathetically restored stone buildings, both welcoming and comfortable. You will stay in bright and spacious rooms, each with independent access and its own private bathroom.

Highlights

  • Cooking class
  • Wine tasting, cellar visit
  • Organic farming and produce
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Dinner with wine
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Main building

Accommodation takes place in a restored stone house hosting a total of 9 rooms sharing a rather big garden, so even in full season there is plenty of room for all our guests. Five rooms are based on the ground floor and have an independent entrance through the garden, four are on the first floor offering a lovely view over the countryside.

Dining and living area

Breakfast and dinner (the latter is provided on special request), are served in the garden or, when the weather is not conducive to meals al fresco, on the ground floor of the main house. Here, the former cattle stable has been restored and transformed into a large living space with vaulted ceilings and an open fireplace.

Kitchen and shop

Connected to the dining room, the spacious and well-equipped kitchen has a large open hearth and provides the venue for classes in traditional Umbrian cuisine. In the room next door, our own olive oil and a selection of local products are for sale. An old oven, now once again fully functional, is next to the farmhouse.

Outdoor

Furthermore, at the back of the house, there are two old stone baths, once used for handwashing linen. A track winds through the fields of the property, ideal for a brisk morning walk. There is a wonderful pool with 180 views across the valley, making this the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in the Umbrian countryside.

Guest rooms and amenities

All rooms are spacious and bright, they are tastefully furnished with a great attention to details. Bed-linen and bath towels are chosen in natural cotton. Beach towels can be provided with a small supplement. Each room is provided with private en-suite bathroom. Bathrooms all have a shower, and a hairdryer. Basic toiletries are provided, for further needs don't hesitate to ask.

There is no air conditioning, normally the night breeze and a fan are enough to enable good sleep. Wi-Fi is offered free of charge at the reception or in the dining room, signal is also strong in the garden. There is no Wi-Fi connection in the rooms, and no TV. Amenities include daily maid service, organic homemade breakfast, use of open air swimming-pool, Wi-Fi in common areas and in the garden, parking, use of our large professional kitchen, guests have all day access to a self service bar and to tea and coffee facilities.

Day 1: Arrival, wine tour, wine tasting

  • Arrival at 14:00
  • Check-in
  • Visit to a nearby cellar followed by wine tasting
  • Dinner on your own

Day 2: Free time, cooking class

  • Start your day with our good homemade breakfast
  • Morning is free to relax
  • Lunch may be arranged (not included)
  • Your hands-on cooking class starts at 16:00 followed by a delicious dinner (wine included)

Day 3: Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out

Podere le Olle Culinary Vacations

Podere le Olle cooking classes are designed to help the student to first form ideas about one or more menus and then actually create the meals that were envisaged, putting ideas into practice in a convivial and pleasant atmosphere. Combining the chosen ingredients and foods with the appropriate wines is an essential part of our courses.

In time, you will become confident in your knowledge of basic culinary principles, which will enable you to chose ingredients and spread your culinary wings when it comes to creating your recipes. Podere le Olle's cuisine is based on simplicity and on what is essential, all the elements that are indispensable for the creation of the simplest of dishes as well as the most refined menus. All of this is enhanced by the good quality of the ingredients it uses.

Podere le Olle Cycling Holidays

Cyclists are welcome every day and every season. At Podere le Olle, people love cyclists, and provide some special treats for them: bicycles and clothes wash facilities, early breakfast, late lunch upon arrival, local cycle routes, maps and itineraries, secure storage for bikes, small but useful mechanical workshop for bicycles, special assistance in case your bicycle should let you down.

The Farm Holidays "Podere le Olle" is situated halfway between Florence and Rome and within easy reach of the motorway. It is ideally placed for outings to Orvieto and Citt della Pieve, Lake Trasimene and Perugia as well as the gorgeous Val d'Orcia, which not only provides the ideal starting point for excursions to Tuscany, but is also home to food-and-wine-lovers tours. A gravel road leading through olive groves takes you up to a car park on the edge of the Agriturismo's garden.

Montegabbione is picturesquely situated on a hill at 594 meters above sea level, along the Etruscan-roman wine route; according to finds this is probably the period of its origin, but the town itself with its solid Medieval wall was built in XI century. The system of settling which developed is still visible in the surrounding castles of Montegiove and Casteldeifiori and is due to the strategic position of the town right halfway between Rome and Siena, Orvieto and Perugia, Bolsena and Trasimeno Lake.

Different important local families tried to establish their dominion over the area that became around 1300 a stronghold of the Monaldeschi family of Orvieto, and at the end of the century it came under the influence of Perugia. A long period of stability began with the annexation of the territory to the Church. Outside the walls are the church of the Madonna delle Grazie, the ruins of the Acqualta abbey and the Franciscan convent of La Scarzuola of which the modern and metaphysical project of the architect Tommaso Buzzi is an original development.

Leaving behind the beautiful hills around Montegabbione one can shortly reach some of the most interesting and fascinating places of the region. Orvieto is 30 Km away on a very panoramic road extending though cultivated vineyards and olive groves, close to it is the medieval jewel of Todi approached passing by the Corbara Lake. Citt della Pieve, known as the town where the famous painter Pietro Vannucci (Il Perugino) was born, is only a fifteen minutes drive away, from there one has easy access to the classical sites of Umbria: Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Gubbio, Bevagna, Montefalco, Trevi, Norcia, Cascia and Spoleto.

Our house location also invites visitors to explore the nearby Tuscany: the world famous towns of Florence and Siena are little more than a hour away, even closer are the historical wine-cellars of Montepulciano and Montalcino, and the enchanting Renaissance town of Pienza; the Etruscan Chiusi and San Casciano dei Bagni with its hot springs are just fifteen Km away, and so are Certona and Sarteano, delicious little towns off the beaten tracks not to be missed. Beautiful Lake Bolsena and Civita di Bagnoregio also represents the ideal destination for a daily outing of great interest.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa nearby
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop
  • Tour assistance

The deal includes daily breakfast. Breakfast is served from 08:30 to 10:00 in the garden overlooking the swimming-pool or in the colder season the beautiful dining room in the main house is used. Early or late breakfast may be served with a small extra charge. From 2014, Podere le Olle also offers gluten-free breakfasts if booked in advance.

The breakfast features either homemade and local organic products. Whatever can't be found locally is bought supporting fair trade market. Podere le Olle offers fresh seasonal fruit, natural yogurt, fresh bread, a variety of homemade jams and organic honey, homemade cakes and biscuits, local cheese and salami, and free range eggs cooked to order.

  • City tour: La Scarzuola, also known as the City of Buzziana is only 10 kilometers away (visiting times are limited and visits have to be pre-booked and are suitable for small groups only). If you are interested we will find out dates and times of tours.
  • Cooking classes: Preparation of a full menu, including fresh pasta, which will be enjoyed afterwards in an informal and convivial atmosphere. Partners not attending the class can join for lunch (EUR 20 per person). Drinks are always included, different wines will be tried in combination with dishes.
  • Cycling: Anyone who likes cycling and does not mind the odd climb will love exploring the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the quiet little roads and paths. We would be delighted to advise on a variety of routes off the beaten track, check out our cycling holiday special.
  • Fitness, spa, and golf: The nearby Terme di Chianciano and San Casciano ai Bagni welcome lovers of spas, fitness centers and beauty farms. The nearest golf club is about 40 kilometers from the Agriturismo, at Panicale near Perugia. It is the Lamborghini Golf Club.
  • Horse riding: The stables "Centro Equestre Wild Horse" at Monteleone d'Orvieto can arrange for outings on horseback, also for the less experienced rider. This is also a very special way of exploring the region.
  • Walking and trekking: The woods on the edge of our property are ideal for walking and our dog would be delighted to be your guide. If you like to explore, the *Cooperativa Terra di Montegiove arranges for walks and rambling tours of different levels of difficulty.
  • Wine and olive oil tour: We can organize wine tours followed by wine tastings in some nearby cellars. Some offer special treats to our customers. We will be happy to show you how to taste and appreciate an extra-virgin olive oil.

Driving directions

  • 6 kilometers from the Fabro toll station on the Autostrada Del Sole (A1), about halfway between Florence and Rome.
  • At the toll station follow signs to Montegabbione on the left until you reach the sign "Faiolo".
  • Just past this there is a tall cypress tree and an arrow pointing right, where you turn right.
  • The agriturismo is at the end of the gravel road (about 500 meters).

Arrival by airplane

Check Ryanair flights to Perugia, as they often have good deals.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Podere le Olle an inquiry.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by Andris Nicholson

    "We stayed in the four-bedroom apartment at Podere Le Olle, all were en suite and this was helpful to us as we were a merry band of friends travelling together. It wasn’t a traditional cooking course, in the sense that Gianlucca did most of the prep and cooking; but the food was delicious, as one would expect from a professional chef. The location is breathtaking and "civilization" is a mere five-minute drive away. I can’t say enough about our hosts, Marina and GianLucca, who were absolutely fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble for them. If you happen to be in their neck of the woods; then put them on your list as a place to stay, you won’t regret it."

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  • Review by Olive Peyton

    "A group of four friends stayed at Podere le Olle and took the cooking course and visited a winery organized by the hosts. The winery trip was outstanding. The cookery course was given to us by the host, John Luca, who is a professional chef and did not disappoint. Delicious food. Breakfast top class also. Hosts lovely people, can’t do enough for their guests. I highly recommend Podere le Olle."

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  • Review by Karen from Canada

    "Marina, Steve and I are back from our wonderful trip to Italy. We wanted to thank you for our wonderful stay with you. I hope all is well with Lolita and she is recovering nicely and is not making life too difficult for everyone. Thank you again for being terrific hosts and making our trip all the better."

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  • Review by Sofia from Barcelona, Spain

    "We had a great time at Podere le Olle. I was there with my boyfriend from London. The location was beautiful; we had such a relaxing time. Marina and Gianluca were great hosts and they made our stay perfect. All the food we had there was delicious and fresh. We enjoyed a lot both of our activities planned. We will definitely love to come back. Many thanks!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Kevin F. from Nottingham, United Kingdom

    "We have recently returned form a whole week at Podere le Olle and sampled a variation of what it has to offer. Right at the start I wholeheartedly recommend this place as a base to explore this part of Umbria and into Toscana and Lazio. We had accommodation, meals, cookery lessons/experiences and trips out."

    "Firstly location. easiest if you have your own transport as it is in the middle of a quiet area of Umbria although there is a train station in the nearby town and either Marina or Gianluca, the owners will come and fetch you. The estate is right next to a small village and a few km from Montebaggione; there are restaurants within easy distance. To get to the house there is a polar tree-lined driveway into a secluded hollow overlooking the valley and woods below. There is the main house which has a large dining room and kitchens. Outside on the terrace is where breakfast is served. There is also a decent sized swimming pool."

    "Accommodation is in an adjacent building converted from a farm/stables and has two floors. Upstairs I believe have the larger rooms. the whole building has been converted beautifully, wood floors and light decor. Our room was large with good storage and a large bathroom which was very well appointed. There are very efficient insect screens on the windows which also have shutters. There is internet access in the main house."

    "Breakfasts are usually served outside - fruit, yoghurt, coffee and a cooked option is usually available. So taking this place as just a B&B is highly recommended. There were a number of guests at the same time as us and all enjoyed staying there very much."

    "Also highly recommended are the occasional cookery lessons held by Gianluca, usually using whatever is freshly available at market and in their garden. Lots of fresh vegetables beautifully cooked and served with local wines (and their label with the estate olive oil). The food and the enjoyment of learning how to cook it were particular highlights for us."

    "Part of our stay were also trips out to wine and cheese producers and some of the beautiful towns in the region chauffeured by Marina who does an excellent job. If you don't want to go far then there are walks around the area straight from the farm into the surrounding woods."

    "Finally the key components were Marina and Gianluca who work very hard to make everyone welcome; they were excellent and certainly ensured we enjoyed our stay. Definitely consider this place for a stay in Umbria."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We spent four days here, including two days in the culinary vacation program they offer. We can't say enough great things about this place. Everything was perfect. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and modern. The food and hospitality by Gianluca and Marina are truly out of the ordinary. The setting is very peaceful and scenic. It is a great place to stay if you want to make short drives to the wonderful Trasimeno Lake cities such as Citta della Pieve or even into Tuscany to visit towns such as Pienza and Montepulciano. "

    "We really appreciated the atmosphere that encourages people to get acquainted with one another. We enjoyed meeting people from several countries in Europe."

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  • Review by Simone from Grafton, Massachusetts

    "Marina and Gianluca run this property with their hearts and they are extremely professional! Rooms are spacious and very clean, breakfast is lovely, cooking in the evenings and excursions are arranged regularly. It seems this place attracts only nice people. I have met fabulous folks of all ages, while staying there in May 2015, and another visit in July 2015. A true gem! Must-have dinner at nearby Gatto Giallo, which is 3 minutes away."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "My husband and I recently returned from a four-night holiday in Podere le Olle and had a wonderful and relaxing visit. The accommodation was modern, clean, and comfortable and the grounds are beautiful, with lots of places to sit in the garden or by the pool. We enjoyed spending the hot afternoons there, basking the sunshine and swimming. Breakfast each morning was plentiful and tasty and the evening meals were delicious. Marina was a wonderful host and our visit to Podere le Olle was made by her warm hospitality and that of her husband, Gianluca. We really appreciated that she allowed us the opportunity to pick and choose elements from the packages available and we went hiking, wine tasting, and had a cooking class, all of which were wonderful experiences. I would not hesitate recommending Podere le Olle to anyone and hope we are able to return one day."

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  • Review by a traveler from Walden, United Kingdom

    "First, the location; two rustic farm buildings totally updated with a sloping garden with views over the glorious Umbrian countryside. Next, the food; breakfast is included and, in the true spirit of the place, you can have whatever you want: eggs, salami and cheese, croissants, wonderful home-made brews, and jam. On a Saturday, you may have dinner. Well worth doing, as GianLuca is an excellent cook and it tends to be a very sociable occasion. Another thing is you meet some very nice people at Le Olle. Last but far from least, is our hostess, Marina. Nothing is too much trouble for her and she can advise on places to go, which exit to take for the airport, where to park in Orvieto. No wonder people come back here year after year!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I went to Podere le Olle for my first ever solo holiday. I was nervous but, just chatting to Marina over email before the trip, quelled my fears and by the time I arrived, all nerves had been replaced by excitement. She speaks wonderful English and was interested and sympathetic to my needs. I flew to Rome Fiumicino airport and took two trains to the small town of Fabro, where I was greeted by Marina. She drove me up some lovely winding roads through the countryside to Podere le Olle. It is off the main road down a track and you truly feel you are entering another world. It is a beautiful location, gorgeous buildings, and a lovely pool. I was blown away, photos just don't do it justice. Marina showed me to my room, a huge double with a large bed, a sofa and lovely old furniture, and a large ensuite with everything you could hope for. My room looked down over the garden and I could see the pool. There are chairs dotted around the grass area and I spent many of my hours sitting under a tree, reading. The pool is lovely, small enough that a lap doesn't feel like hard work, but big enough that you can have a good workout, if that's what you're interested in. The sun loungers are comfy and make wonderful book rests! "

    "There is a vast selection of serve your own drinks and snacks (I especially enjoyed the wine!) in the main house, so you never need to go hungry or thirsty if you can't / don't want to go out. At the time I stayed, there wasn't an evening menu but a lovely lunchtime menu and Marina and Gianluca were kind enough to cook me a meal from that menu or something from the kitchen in the evenings. Incredible local produce. Breakfast was simple and delicious, every morning there was a different type of cake, eggs cooked however you wanted, and cereal, juice, yoghurt, fruit: anything you could wish for. Wi-Fi was also available in and around the main house."

    "Gianluca kindly gave me a lift down to Fabro to go to the supermarket for supplies and Marina also introduced me to a wonderful Italian couple, who took me out for gorgeous pizza at nearby Montegabbione. I took a day trip to Orvieto, which is only 20 minutes by train, and enjoyed the views from the old walls. Marina so kindly picked me up from the train station when I got back. I had such a wonderful week at Podere le Olle and an unforgettable and special introduction to Italy. I needed and wanted a week completely shut off from the pressures of my normal life and I got that here and so much more. Marina and Gianluca are amazing hosts, always there when you need them, accommodating, helpful, and comforting, but never intrusive. They seem to be able to know exactly how much or how little each guest needs and provide it, always with a smile. They go way beyond the call of duty as hosts and provided me with so much more than you could expect from a bed and breakfast. I truly feel that I have made lifelong friends from this holiday both in Marina and Gianluca and the other guests I met there. I cannot praise them highly enough. I will be back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "We came to Podere le Olle for a seven-day cooking course, with local outings organized by Marina. Marina and Gianluca run this bed and breakfast to an extremely high standard, delivering a high level of personal attention to detail and the comfort and convenience of their guests. We did not worry about a thing, they arranged everything, asking us in advance what we would like to cook. It was perfection; excellent hosting, helping with cooking tips and details. We could not have asked for more and would recommend the stay. It was a bit like having your own personal chef and tour guide. The breakfasts were good and the food, including the dishes we helped create, were fabulous. Gianluca is very helpful and willing to answer lots of questions; he is clearly passionate about food."

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Umbria, Italy

Podere le Olle is an organic farmhouse in Umbria, Italy, with bed and breakfast accommodation offering cooking classes, olive oil tasting, and cooking holidays.

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