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8 Days Cooking, Wine & Cultural Holiday in Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto, Italy

Adventurous Culinary Holiday in Italy

Join FarmerChefs Lorenzo Polegri and Kim Brookmire at Ristorante Zeppelin and Casa Segreta Farm for a unique culinary adventure, which will enrich your life forever. If you are a food amateur but you still don’t know how to make a good lasagna; if you are the best student in school and you wish to impress your culinary dean; or if you are a prize-winning chef unfortunately on a diet, well, join Zeppelin Cooking School, and you will experience the real essence of food, wine, and cooking. Through this holiday, be that special person living the authentic Italian dream!

Meet the instructors

Lorenzo, Kim, & Graziella
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • 2 wine workshops with tasting
  • 1 chocolate class at the Perugina Factory
  • Workshops at various cheese and olive oil local producers
  • Travel to and explore Civita, Perugia, and Assisi
  • Certificate of attendance and airport transfers
  • Daily meals with wines and beverages
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying at either a three or four star hotel in the center of Orvieto. At the hotel, breakfast and Wi-Fi is available.

Program

This adventure is a one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural experience, in the rich, bountiful region of Umbria, Italy. You will have three hands-on cooking classes, preparing classic recipes of the Umbrian, Tuscan, and Lazio repertoire; multiple course menus with mineral waters, wines, spirit, and liqueurs, coffee, and cappuccino!

There will be two wine seminars with professional English speaking Sommelier, where you will be tasting and studying wines from: Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia. You will also have one chocolate class in Perugia at the Perugina factory where you will learn tempering and making chocolates, garnishing, tasting, etc.

Cooking class

All the cooking classes involve preparing an entire meal, including daily bread, pasta, main course, and, of course, dessert. Zeppelin Cooking School cook according to the seasons and what they find at the market, so the classes always represent the finest of the season. A sample class menu would include lumachelle, bread with pecorino and guanciale, bread with raisins, pizza with tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini, fresh handmade pasta with rolling pin, wild boar ragù, porchetta, artichokes with anchovies, crostata with ricotta and candied orange, and chocolate gelato.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1

  • Arrival at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in the morning; transfer to Orvieto and to the lodgings
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch at Zeppelin Restaurant; introduction of the program
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Walking tour of Orvieto: climb the Torre del Moro to see the astonishing view of Orvieto from above. Visit the Duomo of Orvieto with the famous frescoes of Signorelli
  • 19:00 - 21:30 Wine tasting followed by dinner at Cantina Foresi and visit of the old winery

Day 2

  • 09:00 - 13:00 Cooking class
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch at Zeppelin Restaurant with wines and coffee / cappuccino
  • 15:00 - 19:00 Visit to local winery with tasting, visit the Bartolomei extra virgin olive oil mill
  • 20:00 Pizza dinner

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 12:00 Visit to Alta Tuscia pecorino cheese producer, with tasting and visit of Civita “The Dying Town”
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Lunch in Civita at Trattoria Ariana
  • 15:30 - 19:30 Cooking class
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Wine seminar and tasting number one - wines of Umbria, Tuscany, and Lazio
  • 20:30 Dinner at Zeppelin Restaurant with wines and coffee / cappuccino

Day 4

  • 07:00 - 09:30 Hunting down truffles with Giovanni the Hunter and his dog Gnapetta, searching for the hidden treasure of Umbria
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Return back to Orvieto for free time to explore and shop
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch at Zeppelin with wines and coffee / cappuccino
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Visit to the hidden city “Orvieto Underground” and workshop at Svinnere, with tasting
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Wine seminar and tasting session two: wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
  • 20:00 Dinner at Zeppelin Restaurant with wines and coffee / cappuccino

Day 5

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Visit to Orvieto’s farmers’ market, tasting the best in local produce
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Cooking class
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch at Zeppelin Restaurant with wines and coffee / cappuccino
  • 15:00 - 18:30 Free time or suggested walking tour to the Etruscan Tombs, or descend to the bottom of the amazing S. Patricks Well
  • 19:30 Dinner at Zeppelin Restaurant with wines and coffee / cappuccino

Day 6

  • 07:30 - 10:00 Trip to Perugia and Assisi: Meeting at Zeppelin to go to Perugina, the most important chocolate company in Italy. Visit of the chocolate museum and the factory, with chocolate tasting
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Hands-on chocolate making class
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Pizza lunch in Assisi
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Visit of Assisi, the land of St. Francis the Patron of Italy
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Pottery workshop in Deruta, with a demonstration of vase making and ceramic painting
  • 20:00 Dinner in the countryside at Casanova, Baschi

Day 7

  • 09:00 - 13:00 Cooking class
  • 13:00 - 18:00 Lunch at Zeppelin with wines and coffee / cappuccino followed by a free afternoon to pack your stuff
  • 18:00 Go to have a barbecue at the farm with wines. Certificates ceremony and group picture

Day 8

  • Transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to go back home!

Please note that Zeppelin Cooking School will include all the visits, but inclement weather and scheduling conflicts may alter the above itinerary, and adjustments to the schedule may be necessary.

Included excursions

  • Professional chocolate class at “Perugina” with visit to the factory
  • Trip to Assisi, the medieval town of S. Francis
  • Tour to Torre del Moro, S. Patrick’s Well, and Etruscan Tombs
  • Truffle Hunting with Giovanni the hunter and his dog Perla
  • Visit to Civita, the “Dying Town”
  • Visit to the medieval cellar of Foresi
  • Visit to the farmers market in Orvieto
  • Visit to Svinnere wine cellar
  • Workshop at Bartolomei Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mill with oil tasting
  • Workshop at local winery, with wine tasting
  • Workshop to Alta Tuscia Pecorino cheese producer

Instructors

Lorenzo Polegri

Kim Brookmire

Graziella

Location

This culinary experience is located in Orvieto, Italy. You will also be travelling to Perugia and Assisi.

Food

This culinary holiday includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch and dinner will be accompanied with wine and beverages. As part of the culinary tour you will be visiting and tasting goat and buffalo cheese, local produce, cherry wine and other wine varieties, chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, and truffle. There is also a barbecue dinner organized at the farm Casa Segreta and there will be regular daily coffee or cappuccino breaks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • 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

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit to Orvieto farmers' market
  • 1 chocolate class in Perugia at the Perugina factory
  • Workshop to Secondo Altopiano, goat cheese producer with tasting
  • Workshop to buffalo mozzarella producer with tasting
  • Workshop at Bartolomei extra virgin olive oil mill with tasting
  • Workshop for Alta Tuscia Pecorino cheese with tasting
  • Workshop and professional Wine Seminar at Lungarotti Winery
  • Daily coffee / cappuccino breaks
  • 1 barbecue dinner at the farm Casa Segreta, Baschi
  • 1 truffle hunting excursion
  • 1 Svinnere cherry wine workshop with Tasting
  • Visit to Civita, "The Dying Town"
  • Airport transfers
  • Workshop and local transfers
  • Insurance for luggage loss and damage, accidents, health, and dental
  • Certificate of attendance
  • School’s chef jacket and Zeppelin apron
  • Copy of the book "The Etruscan Chef", by Farmerchefs Lorenzo Polegri and Kim Brookmire
  • Daily breakfast
  • All lunches and dinners, with wines and beverages
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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