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Gourmet Culinary Vacation italy

Join the exquisite tour designed for all wine and food lovers! Starting from Umbria, the very center of Italy, this gourmet tour will make you discover some of the very best products of Italy as well as give you a real demonstration of Italian cuisine. Cooking classes and visits to various restaurants will give you an authentic taste of the Italian approach to food. Plus, you will learn how wine, olive oil, saffron, Parmigiano, aceto balsamico, and rice are produced. You will enjoy private tours on small farms where passionate owners can’t wait to share their knowledge. Join Podere le Olle on this authentic Italian food tour, far off the beaten tourist track!

Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes
  • Wine tasting in Umbria and Tuscany
  • Città della Pieve tour to the saffron house
  • Olive oil tasting and informative lesson on Italian products
  • Parmigiano and aceto balsamico farm visit
  • A visit to rice farm in Isola della Scala
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals with drinks

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5 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
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Accommodation

On this culinary tour, you will stay for four nights in the beautiful bed and breakfast of Podere le Olle. Then, you will spend your fifth and sixth nights at a hotel in Modena and Isola della Scala respectively.

Podere le Olle

Podere le Olle takes place in a restored stone house hosting a total of nine rooms sharing a rather big garden, so even in full season, there is plenty of room for all 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. 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.

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, Podere le Olle's olive oil and a selection of local products are for sale. An old oven, now once again fully functional, is next to the farmhouse. 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-degree views across the valley, making this the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in the Umbrian countryside.

Podere le Olle has 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, the signal is also strong in the garden. There is no Wi-Fi connection and TV in the rooms. Amenities include daily maid service, organic homemade breakfast, use of open-air swimming-pool, Wi-Fi in common areas and in the garden, parking lot, use of a large professional kitchen, and guests have all-day access to a self-service bar and to tea and coffee facilities.

Program

First day

You will meet Podere le Olle at the airport and be transferred to Podere le Olle. Enjoy a special treat upon arrival, then check in and relax before a lovely dinner is served.

Second day

After a lovely breakfast, you’ll set off to Vitalonga wineries, one of the small gems that make Umbria great. Enjoy a private tour of the winery, taste their great superb Umbrian wines paired with local cuisine. You will go back to the farm in the afternoon for your first hands-on cooking class. Dinner will follow based on efforts.

Third day

After breakfast, you’ll be visiting Città della Pieve, a lovely medieval village, famous for the production of saffron. You will visit the “house of saffron”, then have lunch in one of Marina’s favorite. Afterward, back to the farm for another interesting cooking class which will be followed by dinner served in an informal and convivial atmosphere.

Fourth day

Another great day starts. After breakfast, you’ll be visiting a winery in Tuscany, drive through some of the famous roads, and finally enjoy a typical lunch. Then, you'll be back to the farm to relax. In the late afternoon, Gianluca and Marina will give you an informal and informative lesson about well-known Italian products, and a tasting of their organic extra-virgin olive oil, extremely interesting indeed! Another great dinner will follow after.

Fifth day

You will have an early breakfast today as you need to reach Modena, the house of Luciano Pavarotti, Ferrari, and the world’s best chef Massimo Bottura. You’ll first touch base at the hotel, and after you'll have time to enjoy this special town at your own pace, and to discover some of its hidden corners, visit Museo Ferrari or Pavarotti’s house, or simply stroll around and find a good spot for lunch. You’ll then meet the others before dinner which will be arranged by Podere le Olle.

Sixth day

You will have breakfast and then one of the most exciting days will start, as you will be learning how Parmigiano and aceto balsamico are produced. Lunch will be based on a selection of the most excellent products. In the afternoon, you’ll continue your gourmet trip to reach Isola della Scala, a tiny village where the best rice of Italy is produced. You will check in to the hotel and take some time to relax before an excellent dinner cooked by a young promising chef is served.

Seventh day

After breakfast, you’ll be visiting the rice farm, followed by a delicious lunch. You’ll reach Verona early afternoon where the tour ends. You will be dropped off at the railway station or at the airport. Podere le Olle can assist you booking a hotel stay in Verona if you wish to explore this charming town, or you may want to take a train to Venice or fly to any other towns in Italy or Europe.

Location

This food tour will take you to explore not only the culinary gems of Umbria and Tuscany, but also of Emilia Romagna and Verona. Your trip includes visits to Città della Pieve, Modena, and Isola della Scala. On the first four days of your tour, you will explore the nearby farms from Podere le Olle which is situated halfway between Florence and Rome and within easy reach of the motorway. Podere le Olle is ideally placed for outings to Orvieto and Città della Pieve, Lake Trasimeno, 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.

Food

During your holiday, all meals with drinks will be provided for you, except your lunch in Modena. Your daily breakfast in Podere le Olle is served from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the garden overlooking the swimming pool or in the colder season the beautiful dining room in the main house is used. Breakfast features either homemade and local organic products, and whatever can't be found locally is bought by supporting the 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 of eggs cooked to order. Gluten-free breakfast is available if booked in advance. Please send an inquiry to Podere le Olle in advance to inform any food intolerance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Gluten Free
  • 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)

At Podere le Olle, you can go cycling, horseback riding, trekking, or visit a spa and fitness center or a golf club. When you visit Modena, you will have your free time to explore the town. You can visit the house of Luciano Pavarotti, Ferrari, and the world’s best chef Massimo Bottura, or simply stroll around and find a good spot for lunch.

What's included

  • 2 cooking classes
  • Winery tour and wine tasting in Umbria and Tuscany
  • Città della Pieve tour to the saffron house
  • Olive oil tasting and informative lesson on Italian products
  • Parmigiano and aceto balsamico farm visit
  • A visit to rice farm in Isola della Scala
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals with drinks
  • Private transfers to Modena and Verona
  • Transfers from and to San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG) or Fiumicino airport in Rome
  • Podere le Olle apron and gift of goodies

What's not included

  • Lunch in Modena

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Fabro

  • Continue 6 kilometers from the Fabro toll station on the Autostrada 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 Podere le Olle is at the end of the gravel road (about 500 meters).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francesco d'Assisi Airport (PEG). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Podere le Olle will pick you up from the airport.

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 7 days before arrival.

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