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Slow Cooking Le Marche™

Cooking & Truffles With Chef Lucia ~ 7 Day

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Join talented Chef Lucia as she guides you through a series of culinary delights in her hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional recipes of the Marche region in her Urbania country kitchen. Our Chef combines classical cooking techniques with home-style secrets, preparing traditional foods with a unique personal twist. She uses only top quality ingredients, assembled with minimum fuss, the hallmark of the traditional Marchigiana recipes in her classes. Each region within Le Marche has its own distinctive cucina tipica based on tradition and local produce. Much use is made of food gathered from the wild such as, funghi, game, nuts, field herbs and wonderful truffles, the area’s greatest culinary treasure. The dishes you will cook in class depend on the availability of fresh, seasonal ingredients. The classic primo, first course of the region is a generous plate of tagliatelle with sugo, meat sauce. Urbino is famous for its passatelli, delicious strands of pasta made from breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and eggs, cooked in broth. Grilled meats and rabbit cooked with fennel are other specialities of Le Marche. On this program you will also visit a local vineyard where you’ll sample some of the area’s typical wines, and take a trip to a local oil producer’s to taste the region’s delicious liquid gold.

Cooking Classes

Chef Lucia, who has been teaching typical Marche-style cooking classes to clients from around the world for many years, leads our cooking classes in this exclusive program. Lucia, with over fifteen years of experience, will guide you through the culinary delights and traditional recipes of the region in our hands-on, fun-filled classes. She welcomes you into her kitchen which is set in the beautiful countryside of Urbania. From the property, you have a panoramic view of the entire town. In her cooking classes, foods are prepared using only the freshest, seasonal, local ingredients, reflecting the culinary traditions of the countryside. As far as possible, she uses her own products, grown and made on the property. She produces her own wine, and raises sheep and other farm animals. Pasta, of course, is always home made. Join Chef Lucia in her kitchen, where top quality ingredients are assembled with minimum fuss. After each hands-on cooking class everyone eats the foods prepared in class together; and toasts with local wine.

Le Marche

The Le Marche region is a culturally rich area, divided into four provinces by four river valleys, in a remote part of Italy as yet undiscovered by the touristy crowds, ensuring that the land and villages remain quiet and untouched. Its strategic location make it a perfect spot for reaching all the most important destinations of central Italy including Ravenna, Siena, Firenze, Assisi, Urbino, Gubbio, and Perugia.

The Le Marche region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the majestic Apennine Mountains, and has enough attractions to keep visitors busy for years. Admire the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, hike across uncharted mountains, or hunt for the best catch of the day in its Mediterranean fishing port. It is still possible to experience a taste of old-world cuisine and culture in Le Marche, an area still unsullied by mass tourism, and very intriguing to foreigners. The Marchigiani, the people of Le Marches region, are hard working, warm and friendly. Known for producing quality merchandise in textiles and leathers, they have also developed special niches in artisan industries such as the production high quality hand-made paper at Fabriano and musical instruments at Castelfidardo. Olive trees, fresh vegetables and vineyards are plentiful throughout the region also. Many seaside resorts dot the long stretch of Adriatic coast, making it a relaxing destination for summer vacationers.

Urbino

Explore Urbino, the Renaissance jewel town, and one of the most important towns in Italy. Its centro storico is protected by UNESCO and is listed as a World Heritage Site. During the second half of the 15th century, its windy hill was the setting for the most illustrious courts in Europe. Duke Federico da Montefeltro, one of the most important soldiers of the early Renaissance and commander of the papal forces, gathered around him the greatest painters, poets and scholars of the period and housed them in one of Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palaces. The palace still stands as an eloquent memorial to this quintessential Renaissance man. Urbino preserves the house where the famous painter Raphael was born, which is now a delightful museum. A simple fresco of the Madonna and Child, displayed in one of the rooms, may have been one of his earliest works. The Duke’s Studiolo is the most unusual room in the palace. This tiny study is decorated entirely in exquisite trompe l’oeil inlaid woodwork panels, some based on designs by Botticelli.

The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche has a remarkable collection of paintings, including one of the world’s greatest and most enigmatic images, Piero della Francesca’s Flagellation of Christ. Here you will also find Piero’s Madonna di Senigallia, Raphael’s La Muta (the silent one), and a famous vision of the Ideal City by an unknown artist’s hand (possibly Piero della Francesco’s), which is often used by designers to illustrate books on the Renaissance.

Via Barocci is the location of the Oratorio di S. Giovanni Battista, a small church decorated entirely in floor-to-ceiling frescoes by the Marchegiani painters, Jacopo and Lorenzo Salimbeni. While few outside Le Marche have heard of the brothers, many enjoy the brilliance of their earthly vision of the life of St. John the Baptist and a terrifying Crucifixion.

Arezzo

To the southeast of Florence lies the city of Arezzo, gazing down from a steep hillside at the Arno valley below. Arezzo was one of the most important Etruscan cities, but was soon after conquered by the Roman Empire. Today, Arezzo is perhaps most well known for its Antique Fair, held the very first Sunday of the month in the center of town, (and the Saturday before). Founded in 1968 by antiquarian and collector Ivan Bruschi, it was the first monthly antique fair of its type. And today tradition carries on, as sellers gather, presenting their antique wares from statues to paintings, vintage posters, and more, with the best buyers starting to arrive by sunrise.

The event is held in the marvelous piazza San Francesco, Piazza Grande and the Vasari Loggias. The ancient Medieval hamlet is overtaken by stalls, antiquarians, collectors, curious visitors and tourists. At each fair there are more than 500 exhibitors from all over Italy. The local market of Arezzo is one of the most popular and crowded in Italy, a ‘compulsory destination’ for enthusiasts and inquisitive visitors. There are, on average, about 20,000 visitors per month, sometimes even 30,000. And don’t forget, Arezzo was also featured in Roberto Benigni’s award-winning film ‘La Vita è Bella’, ‘Life Is Beautiful.’

Assisi

In Assisi, visit the Basilica of San Francesco di Assisi, St. Francis, a World Heritage Site. This gentle saint is patron saint of animals and ecology, and was a Roman Catholic saint who took the gospel literally by following all that Jesus said and did. Christians everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi in October. This splendid town is situated in the heart of Umbria, between the cities of Perugia and Spoleto. Housed in the 17th-century Palazzo Vallemani, the Pinacoteca art museum is home to elaborate frescoes and masterpieces from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Artists represented include Giotto, Puccio Capanna, and Andrea d’Assisi. The city offers a rich calendar of artistic and cultural events, from art and antique exhibits to convention, concerts, and shows. These include the Festa Musica Pro and Musica Antica, which hold master classes in music. The most famous folkloristic event, Calendimaggio, transforms the city and evokes far-off times. The festival last for three days and is held on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of May. And of course food lovers have the food of the region, chocolate and its wines.

Accommodations

During your stay you are welcomed to our charming B&B. Each bedroom has its own private bath, and breakfast is served daily. Bright rooms, fresh linens, and country cozy décor depicting the Urbino style of furniture define the style. Each morning, enjoy an Italian style breakfast in the B&B dining room and start the day with a delicious caffè or creamy cappuccino and a selection of pastries.

Itinerary: 7 days, 6 nights ~ Sunday to Saturday

Sunday: Welcome, Arrival, Check-In & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival at Pesaro train station and transfer to Urbania.
  • Check in at the hotel, relax, and enjoy an aperitivo. 7:30 p.m. visit to Urbania.
  • Make your way to our specially chosen restaurant for your Welcome Dinner. Wine is included.

Monday: Cooking Class 1 & Vineyard Visit

  • Breakfast is served
  • After breakfast, roll up your sleeves for your Cooking Class 1. Lunch follows and everyone eats the foods prepared in class together. Water and local wine included.
  • After lunch, departure to a Local Vineyard. Tour, taste and learn about the delicious wines of Le Marche.
  • Dinner on your own.

Tuesday: Excursion To Arezzo

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, depart for excursion to Arezzo in Tuscany, hometown to both the painter Piero della Francesca (who produced the wonderful frescoes inside in the Church of San Francesco), and the poet Petrarch. The town boasts a university that was founded in the year 1252, a Roman amphitheater, the Medici Fortress, and every year, medieval jousting competitions are held in the Piazza Grande.
  • Time for lunch on your own.
  • Enjoy our special surprise dinner included at our select restaurant. Wine is included.

Wednesday: Cooking Class 2 & Free Time To Visit Urbania

  • Breakfast is served
  • After breakfast, head to the kitchen for Cooking Class 2. Lunch follows and includes the dishes made in class. Water and local wine included.
  • Afternoon free to visit Urbania, its Palazzo Ducale, Chiese dei Monti, and Parco Ducale.
  • Dinner on your own.

Thursday: Excursion To Umbria & Assisi With Olive Oil Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, depart for Umbria, including full day excursion exploring, with picnic lunch. Visit to one of the area’s olive oil producers where a visit to the frantoio is included along with a simple olive oil tasting course.
  • Stop off at the gorgeous UNESCO town of Assisi with its unique Basilica, churches and monasteries, explore its narrow streets and alleyways or find the signposted lane that leads left from Porta Cappuccini onto the oak-covered slopes of Mt. Subasio, where nestled among the trees is the peacefully isolated hermitage built on the site where St. Francis often withdrew to meditate and pray with his followers.
  • Time for lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon, return to Urbania.
  • Dinner on your own.

Friday: Cooking Class 3 & Visit To Urbino

  • Breakfast is served
  • After breakfast, get ready for your final Cooking Class 3. Lunch includes the foods prepared in class. Water and local wine included.
  • After lunch, depart for the UNESCO town of Urbino where you’ll be able to soak up its unique Renaissance atmosphere and visit the imposing Palazzo Ducale and the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in the world. There is also a beautiful duomo, and the church of San Giovanni Battista which boasts frescoes by Lorenzo Salimbeni da Sanseverino.
  • Late afternoon, return to Urbania.
  • Dinner on your own.

Saturday: Check Out & Arrivederci!

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and transfer to Pesaro station.

Program includes:

  • 7 days, 6 nights accommodation in a charming Bed & Breakfast, in double room (Sunday until Saturday morning).
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 3 cooking classes and 3 lunches where everyone eats the foods prepared in class afterwards. Water and local wine is included.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner, wine included.
  • 1 surprise dinner at a restaurant carefully selected from the best in the local area, wine included.
  • Visit to a local vineyard, wine tasting included.
  • Excursion to Umbria, visit to oil producer, olive oil tasting included.
  • Excursion to Arezzo (Tuscany).
  • Excursion to Urbino (Le Marche).
  • Roundtrip transfers from Pesaro (or Fossato di Vico) train station.
  • Maps and itineraries of the region for self-guided tours.
  • Recipe booklets from cooking classes will be given to each participant.
Program Prices

$2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included.
$640 Single Supplement.

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in and start your cooking program on Sunday. 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.