The Perugia Traveler's Dream™

Cooking With Chef Riccardo ~ 5 Days

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Welcome to Umbria for your Perugia Cooking Vacations, the green heart, for hands-on cooking, touring and discovering in the heart of Puglia.  Surrounded by classical Italian gardens – three acres of pristine fields – with white roses and fountains make this magnificent estate a dreamy place.  In the kitchen, Chef Riccardo leads you in preparing farm-to-table ingredients into delicious fare paired with local wine.

Perugia Accommodations

During your stay at the villa, sit back and relax in any one of the gorgeous rooms adorned with the finest bedding and linens – even hypoallergenic bedding.  Private ensuite bathrooms offer double vanities and extra large space.  Swing open your window onto sweeping views of the garden steps to the pool.  For your comfort, rooms include wifi, hair dryers, safes, air conditioning and full maid service.  There is a heated indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, constructed in stone of Assisi.  Guests may also enjoy the state-of-the-art bio sauna, with color-therapy and advanced air purification, or a traditional Turkish bath.  The outdoor swimming pool also has a jacuzzi surrounded by a lush green lawn and patio area with loungers, natural shade and sweeping views of the countryside.  The professional staff is at your disposal for beauty treatments and massages (reservations required, let us know and we will reserve for you).  A daily buffet breakfast includes:  Italian pastries and cakes prepared by the chef, as well as homemade bread and fruit preserves, yogurt, artisan local cheeses and meats, along with coffee, tea and fresh fruit juices.

Cooking With Chef Riccardo

Tie on your apron and join Chef Riccardo in the kitchen for a week-long experience of cooking classes in Perugia.  A master of the local cuisine of Umbria, Chef Riccardo transforms products and produce – artisan cheese, farm raised meat and wine – into delicious antipasto, fresh pasta, risotto, main courses and desserts.  Throughout each hands-on cooking class, he shares his knowledge while slicing and dicing and explaining technique.

His philosophy is always local and organic.  Basil, mint, thyme, parsley and rosemary grow in the property’s garden, and the extra virgin olive oil used in the kitchen is from the chef’s limited production – only a few precious bottles per year.  One of the Chef’s signature recipes is Chianina al Tartufo, an unforgettable pairing of local delicacies.  Earthy Umbrian truffles are generously shaved on steak –  the white cattle of Umbria, which have been raised in the region for more than two millennia.  Lean, tender and well-marbled Chianina beef is used.  Other specialties include truffles paired with pici pasta, the thick, long pasta served that is also served with ragu d’anatra, duck sauce.

Chef Riccardo prepares antipasti, pasta or risotto, main courses and dessert.  Local artisan produce and products are used to make ciaccia, the local version of focaccia, pecorino di Pienza (local sheep’s milk cheese) and Umbrian olive oil, olives and saffron.  Chef Riccardo is also a wine enthusiast who shares his knowledge as he pairs the perfect vino from the property’s cellar including red, white and sparkling.  These cooking classes in Perugia, Italy will have you preparing meals like a professional!


The villa property is set between Tuscany and Umbria in a historic town home to the Fontana Maggiore, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Galleria Nazionale, and the Umbria Jazz festival and Eurochocolate to name a few.  From the beginning of time, Umbria has been a haven for artists, travellers and food lovers alike who have been inspired by this charming city filled with good food, wine and culture.  Perugia is also very close to many Tuscan towns, including Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Chianciano.  Città della Pieve too is very picturesque with its medieval corners and paintings from Perugino, Pomarancio, Alfani and others.

 Day 1-Check In, Relax & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

Check in and arrive.  Relax and sip your welcome Prosecco.  After a refreshing sauna or swim in the pool, walk through the quaint streets and the main square or visit the medieval fortress.  Later in the evening, enjoy the Chef’s tasting dinner including a full fare of local cuisine.  (Wine not included available at a surcharge).

Day 2-Food & Wine Tour Throughout The Hills, Lake Trasimeno & Chef’s Dinner

Enjoy your Italian buffet breakfast.  Following breakfast, meet your driver for a half-day Food & Wine tour tasting through the Senese Hills.  Enjoy the local wine, extra virgin olive oil and other artisan products of the Chianti region of Tuscany, including Nobile from Montepulciano, Brunello from Montalcino and sheep’s milk cheeses from Pienza.  Tastings included along the way.

After your excursion, return to the estate.  Relax or enjoy a spa treatment.

Laster in the evening, enjoy a Chef’s tasting dinner including a three- course dinner (drinks and dessert not included) in the restaurant. In the spring and summer you can dine outside in the gazebo or the panoramic terrace enjoying views of the lake. After dinner, explore the many wine bars or dance spots of nearby Chiusi and Chianciano.

Day 3 Cooking Class 1

Enjoy your Italian buffet breakfast.  Gollowing breakfast, meet Chef Riccardo.  He will guide you throughout the cooking class making Umbrian fare.  Homemade pasta, meat or vegetarian, and a dessert.  Everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class. (Wine and beverages not included).

Following your cooking class.  Relax, explore the property gardens or add on a visit to Deruta, home of the famous artisan ceramics Perugia chocolate factory.

Day 4 Cooking Class 2

Enjoy your Italian buffet breakfast.  Following breakfast, take the morning to enjoy the swimming pool or spa.

In the afternoon, meet Chef Riccardo.  He will guide you throughout the cooking class making Umbrian fare.  Homemade pasta, meat or vegetarian, and a dessert.  Everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class. (Wine and beverages not included).

Day 5 Breakfast & Departure

Enjoy your Italian buffet breakfast.  Following breakfast.  Check out and ciao, a presto!!!

Program Includes:

  • 5 days, 4 nights in a villa accommodation based on 2 guests.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service included.
  • 2 hands-on cooking lessons with Chef Riccardo.  Everyone enjoys the food that were prepared in the cooking class to follow.
  • A full day tour with private driver through the hills of the Senese Hills and to Lake Trasimeno.  Stops along the way to artisan shops.
  • A Chef’s Tasting Dinner (drinks not included).
  • Cooking Vacations’ welcome bag with chef’s apron, recipe booklet and Prosecco welcome toast.

Program Prices:

$1,895 per person, based on 2 guests.

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

2023 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can 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.