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8 Days Cooking Tours & Christmas Break in Umbria, Italy

Christmas Cookery Holidays in Italy

Make your Christmas holiday merrier by enjoying these specially-crafted days full of Italian delicacies amidst the beautiful Umbrian hills that sweep towards Tuscany. Learn to prepare Umbrian cuisines through hands-on cooking classes, relish the unique taste of Italian wines, and travel around the rural parts of Umbria. Agriturismo Podere le Olle hosts an old farmstead consists of two sympathetically restored stone buildings to ensure that you while away in comfort. Book now, and embark on a journey exploring rich flavors to finally discover the tradition of Italian nourishments.


  • 3 cooking classes
  • Winery tour with tasting
  • Traditional Christmas lunch cooking or New Year's eve dinner
  • Visit nativity event in Monteleone d'Orvieto or in Città della Pieve
  • Excursions to Ficulle, Orvieto, Arezzo
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 4 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals with wines


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Farm Holidays Podere le Olle is situated halfway between Florence and Rome, within easy reach of the motorway. It is ideally placed for outings to Orvieto and Cittá 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. A gravel road leading through olive groves takes you up to a car park on the edge of the Agriturismo's garden.

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.

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 and beach towels can be provided with a small supplement. Each room is provided with private en-suite bathroom. All bathrooms have a shower and a hairdryer and basic toiletries are provided.

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

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, homemade olive oil and a selection of local products are for sale. An old oven, now once again fully functional, is next to the farmhouse.

Main building

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


Furthermore, at the back of the house, there are two old stone baths, once used for hand washing 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.


Day 1 - Arrival

  • Meet at the railway station.
  • After check-in, enjoy a complimentary drink and a tour of the house.

Day 2 - Cooking class

  • After a lovely breakfast, enjoy a lazy morning or take a walk in the wood.
  • Back for a light lunch.
  • In the afternoon an interesting cooking class will take place. Dinner will follow.

Day 3 - Trip to Arezzo

  • After breakfast, you'll be driven to the railway station to catch a train to Arezzo (ticket is included).
  • Enjoy this lovely town with its beautiful antique shops, and sit for lunch in one of the many typical trattoria.
  • Back to the farmhouse for a lovely dinner.

Day 4 - Cooking class, excursion

  • After a healthy breakfast, go back to the kitchen for another exciting cooking class.
  • Lunch will served in a convivial atmosphere.
  • In the afternoon you will visit Monteleone d'Orvieto and the Nativity event.
  • Back to the farmhouse for an interesting olive oil tasting before dinner.

Day 5 - Wine tasting

  • After breakfast you will head to Ficulle to visit a lovely winery and taste some very interesting wines of the region. A light lunch is provided at the winery.
  • Back to the agriturismo for your last memorable cooking class, and another great meal.

Day 6 - Excursion

  • You can't leave Umbria without visiting Orvieto. So, this is the perfect day to do so.
  • After breakfast you'll be driven to the railway station and catch a train to Orvieto (easy ride). There are so many things to see, and so many nice shops.
  • Back to the farm for a pizza dinner.

Day 7 - Free day

  • This is a free day based on half board. You may just hang around and rest, or you may want a lift to the railway station to reach Siena or Perugia. You may want Podere le Olle to arrange some special activities for you, like truffle hunting, or wine tasting in Montepulciano or Montefalco. You can discuss all possibilities.

Day 8 - Departure

  • Enjoy breakfast before checking-out.
  • Transfer to the railway station is provided.

Included excursions

  • Excursions to Ficulle, Orvieto, and Arezzo




  • Art classes
  • Fitness center nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa nearby


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop
  • Tour assistance


Any cuisine is representative of a culture, it provides the opportunity to be sociable and to express one’s creativity. It is also a way of getting to know the traditions of the place or the region you are visiting. During this holiday you will embark on a journey, exploring the flavors typical of Umbrian cuisine.

In time, and with the knowledge acquired during your cooking lessons, 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. Umbrian cuisine is based in all the elements that are indispensable for the creation of the simplest of dishes as well as the most refined menus. All of this, enhanced by the good quality of the ingredients you will use.

The breakfast features homemade and local organic products and, whatever cannot be found locally, is bought supporting fair trade market. Fresh seasonal fruit, natural yogurt, fresh bread, a variety of homemade jams, organic honey, homemade cakes and biscuits, local cheese and salami, and free range eggs cooked to order are offered.

What's included

  • 3 cooking classes
  • 4 lunches
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Excursions to Ficulle, Orvieto, Arezzo
  • Traditional Christmas lunch cooking or New Year's eve dinner
  • Visit nativity event in Monteleone d'Orvieto or in Città della Pieve
  • Winery tour with tasting

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

How to get there

Driving directions

  • At Fabro toll station, follow signs to Montegabbione on the left until you reach the sign that says Faiolo.
  • Just past the sign, there is a tall cypress tree and an arrow pointing right; turn right.
  • The Agriturismo is at the end of the gravel road; about 500 meters ahead.

Arrival by airplane

Transfer from and to San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG) is available upon request at the cost of 50 EUR each way.

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