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The Perugia Country Estate™

Chef Amelie’s Cooking, Wine & Cultural Tour ~ 7 Days

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Join us at the villa estate in the heart of Umbria’s countryside for your Perugia Cooking Vacations.  Days are spent in the kitchen with Chef Amelie the star of our 7-day cooking adventure where you’ll experience farm-to-table ingredients transformed into delicate fare.  At the villa, you’ll discover the cuisine that this region is so very famous for.  Check in, relax and soak up the peace and beauty Umbria’s countryside while learning about the food, wine and olive oil- and of course, Chef Amelie’s delicious creations!  

Vineyards and olive groves surround you along with green pastures  and sustainable fields where cattle and horses graze.  Skies are blue and the air is clean, this is Umbria.  Visit the restored stone cottages, a medieval tower, and a lake inserted in a magical landscape of ravines and pine forests – all part of the property.  In the kitchen, get cooking under the guidance of Chef Amelie, transforming fresh, local produce into delicious Umbrian cuisine.  You’ll roll out hand-made pasta into strangozzi or pappardelle tossed into slow simmered meat or wild mushroom sauce.  Nature’s gifts to Umbria are simple but delicious – even a bruschetta drizzled with extra virgin olive oil tastes different here!  When you’re not cooking in the kitchen, visit the nearby town of Montefalco, browse through its exquisite linen shops and discover the artisan crafts.  Venture to the hilltop town of Todi with its impressive Piazza Del Popolo and a creamy gelato.  By the end of the Perugia Cooking Vacations you will be a professional Chef in Umbria!!!

Umbria Accommodations

Located on the countryside of Umbria, this majestic property was a nobleman’s home which has been artfully restored to preserve all its past while offering every modern comfort.  Thirteen exquisite bedrooms are decorated with antique furniture, precious linens and locally crafted terracotta floors.  Select rooms have four-poster beds, while others a fireplace.  There is a restaurant on site that serves traditional Umbria fare.  Breakfast is served daily with a brimming choice of homemade cakes, fruit crostata, fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, granola, coffee, tea and fruit juices.  Mountain-bikes and horse back riding are available on site to all guests, along with a beautiful swimming-pool.  A panoramic view and professional staff are on site to accommodate your every need.

Cooking Classes

Tie on your aprons for your cooking classes in Perugia for a fun-filled week with Chef Amelie.  She shares her recipes and technique  using healthy ingredients and produce that grow in the property’s garden and wild fields:  emmer wheat, beans, salads, basil, chickpeas and lentils.  Farm raised beef and pork, wild truffles and mushrooms, chestnuts, honey, olive oil and game – from boar to wild hare – are local products used in her kitchen.  Chef Amelie is an enthusiastic teacher and her classes are fun and constructive.  Learn how to make homemade pasta, ravioli and gnocchi, followed by main courses;  pollo alla cacciatora, stuffed artichokes, slow cooked stews, and grilled stuffed vegetables.  Desserts are a must:  biscottini, panpepato and sweet creams, cakes and tarts. After each cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was made in class with a toast of local red or white wine. The property’s private cellars also offer a wide selection of regional wine to choose from.

Umbria

Situated in the center of the Italy, the region of Umbria is traditionally considered the green heart.  Travel through Umbria and you’ll be enchanted by the dazzling views of centuries-old villages perched atop rolling hillsides.  You will discover the artisans and their Old World crafts.  You’ll taste wine and extra virgin olive made my artisans.   From Perugia and Assisi to the smaller towns of Terni, Todi and Montefalco, Umbria is blooming with art, culture and nature.  Important events take place throughout the year, such as the Umbria Jazz Festival (in July), and Eurochocolate (in October). Other attractions include the Etruscan monuments, museums, fresh Umbrian air, and the myriad of restaurants that continue to serve traditional Umbrian fare.  Off the tourist tracks, there is an air of friendliness here from the local folks who carry on their tradition, and welcome visitors with open arms.

Todi & Montefalco

Get enchanted at the hilltop town of Todi which became wealthy during the Middle Ages and still today.  The main Piazza Del Popolo, gives an idea of the grandeur of times past. Despite it being a popular destination, it has somehow managed to maintain an Old-World charm.  Meander through its quaint streets and alleyways and discover architecture of days past, food and wine shops and beautiful artisan ceramic shops.  Montefalco, just a few kilometers to the north, is another pleasant village that deserves a visit.  It  produces some of Italy’s most beautiful table linens from tea towels to impressive damask tablecloths, Montefalco’s distinctive linens are embossed with pretty bees, olives and fruits and come in a variety of colors. In Montefalco you can also chose to visit the renowned wine producer, Cantina Antonelli, where you can sample the delicious local DOCG Sagrantino wine.

Itinerary ~ 7 Days, 6 Nights

Day 1: Check In and Welcome Dinner

  • Pick up and transfer from Perugia train station to the property.
  • Welcome Prosecco and introduction to the week’s cooking program.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Head to the kitchen for Cooking Class 1 with Chef Amelie. Today you prepare a full course Umbrian menu, including antipasto, fresh pasta, main courses and dessert.  Lunch follows and includes the food that was made during the cooking class.  Water and a toast of wine local included. Additional beverages available at a surcharge.
  • Afternoon free.  You can opt by the swimming pool or reserve a yoga class.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 3: Excursion to Montefalco

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning excursion with your private driver to the town of Montefalco, with a stop at Pardi Tessuti di Montefalco.  See many handmade table and bed linen.  Handcrafted goods with embroidered table and bed linens – the best gift to bring back how.  During your visit to Montefalco,  we suggest to visit Cantina Antonelli wine maker for a taste the Sagrantino DOCG wine. Following your visit to Montefalco, return to the property.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Tie on your aprons for Cooking Class 2 with Chef Amelie.  Today Amalia will teach you how to mix, kneed and roll out pasta dough and make seasonal sauce. Lunch follows and includes the food that was made during the cooking class.  Water and a toast of wine local included. Additional beverages available at a surcharge.
  • Afternoon is free and on your own to visit the ancient village of Solomeo with the cashmere outlet
  • Brunello Cucinelli, shop, sip a vino in the piazza or enjoy a gelato.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 5: Excursion to Todi

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver for a morning excursion to the hilltop town of Todi, home to Jacopone da Todi, the Italian Franciscan Friar and poet who lived in the Middle Ages.  Visit the Duomo, the San Fortunato Church, climbing up to the bell tower, the Roman cisterns, and the Pinacoteca Comunale.  If you would like to add on a guide, please let us know in advance, and we will reserve one for you.
  • Lunch on your own.  Following the excursion, return to property.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 6: Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, head into the kitchen for Cooking Class 3 with Chef Amelie. Today your chef will lead you through some of Umbria’s best loved traditional cooking styles and recipes.  Lunch follows and includes the food that was made during the cooking class.  Water and a toast of wine local included. Additional beverages available at a surcharge.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 7: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Transfer from property to Perugia train station.
  • Arrivederci Umbria!

Program Includes:

  • 7 days and 6 nights and villa accommodation, based 2 guests. Click to View!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Every evening during your stay a Chef’s tasting dinner is served in the hotel, or outdoors on the terrace, weather permitting. Water and a toast of wine included.  Additional beverages available at a surcharge.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes with Chef Amelie.  Lunch follows and includes the food that was made during the cooking class.  Water and a toast of wine local included. Additional beverages available at a surcharge.
  • Half-day excursion to Montefalco, with driver included.  Guide available upon request).
  • Half-day excursion to Todi, with driver included.  Guide available upon request).
  • Round trip transfers from Perugia airport/train station.
  • Cooking Vacations’ welcome bag, chef’s apron and recipe booklet.

Program Prices:

$2,895 per person, based on 2 guests in a classic room at the villa property.

$3,195 per person based on 2 guests with upgrade in a suite at the villa property

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available from April to November. Check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.