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Culinary Vacations in Umbria

Get to know the traditions of Umbria. 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.

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  • 3 cooking classes
  • Cellar visit with tasting
  • Pecorino cheese tasting, olive oil tasting
  • Excursions to Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Val d'Orcia
  • 6 dinners, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 apperitifs
  • Pizza dinner, dinners with wine
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Organic farm produce

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$226 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$226 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$283 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$68 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

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 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 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, Podere le Olle's 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.


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. Wifi is offered free of charge at the reception or in the dining room, signal is also strong in the garden. There is no wifi connection in the rooms, and no tv.

Amenities include daily maid service, organic homemade breakfast, use of open air swimming-pool, wifi in common areas and in the garden, parking. A simple bar service is offered serving cold and hot drinks.


Day 1: Arrival

  • Pick-up from the station
  • Arrival at the agriturismo and relax
  • Before dinner an aperitif with drinks and appetizers will be served
  • Dinner.

Day 2: Wine tour, wine tasting, cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to a nearby cellar for wine tasting with light lunch snacks
  • Back to the agriturismo for an interesting cooking classes
  • A lovely dinner

Day 3: Excursion

  • Lovely homemade breakfast
  • Visit Civita di Bagnoregio where you’ll have lunch in one typical trattoria
  • Visit Orvieto, famous for its magnificent cathedral and its lovely wine
  • Back to the farm for a lovely dinner

Day 4: Cooking class, free time, olive oil tasting

  • Start your day with a terrific breakfast
  • Cooking class follows
  • Lunch based on efforts
  • Enjoy a lazy afternoon
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Dinner

Day 5: Cooking class, free time, excursion, aperitif at wine bar, pizza dinner

  • After breakfast your last hands-on cooking class starts
  • Lunch follows
  • 16:30 - visit to Citt della Pieve famous for the production of saffron
  • Aperitif at a local wine bar
  • 20:00 - back to the farm for a delicious pizza dinner

Day 6: Excursions, cheese tasting, Nobile di Montepulciano tasting

  • Early breakfast
  • Head to beautiful Valle d'Orcia, first Pienza, famous all over the world for its pecorino cheese
  • Lunch in one of Marina’s favorites
  • Visit Montepulciano
  • Back to to the farm for your last memorable dinner which will include Pecorino cheese and wine from Montepulciano tasting

Day 7: Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out and transfer back to the railway station

Podere le Olle Cooking 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 Podere le Olle's 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 we use.

Podere le Olle Cycling Vacations

Cyclists are welcome every day and every season. At Podere le Olle we love cyclists, and provide some special treats for them: bicycles and clothes wash facilties, 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.

Included excursions

Citt della Pieve

Civita di Bagnoregio



Valle d'Orcia




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 Agriturismos 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.

The 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.


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 at an extra charge. Podere le Olle also offers gluten-free and lactose-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 yoghurt, 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
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)

  • 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 Podere le Olle's cycling holiday special.
  • Fitness, spa, and golf: The nearby Terme di Chianciano and San Casciano ai Bagni welcome lovers of spas, fitness centres 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 Podere le Olle's property are ideal for walking and its 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: Podere le Olle can organize wine tours followed by wine tastings in some nearby cellars. Some offer special treats to its customers. Podere le Olle will be happy to show you how to taste and appreciate an extra virgin olive oil.

What's included

  • Transfers from Fabro or Chiusi railway station
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Cooking classes with meals to follow, wine included
  • All meals
  • Wine tasting
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Activities and excursions per itinerary

What's not included

  • Transfers from Perugia Airport (may be arranged at the cost of EUR 50 each way)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.
Airport: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport Airport transfer available: Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (US$226 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer available: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (US$226 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$283 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport Airport transfer available: Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport (US$68 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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 3 days before arrival.

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