Umbria's Fields Of Saffron™

Chef Gianluca’s Farmhouse Cooking ~ 6 Day

Set in a country estate with cooking classes by Chef and owner Gianluca and visits to Orvieto, Città della Pieve by Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Val d’Orcia and Montepulciano, make Umbria’s Fields Of Saffron a food lover’s dream!

Tie on your aprons for cooking and touring in the green heart of Umbria.  In this verdant area of Italy,  vegetables, fruit, truffles, and saffron grow almost wild.  The country guest house, surrounded by gentle green hills, olive groves and vineyards, is a peaceful treat far away from the tourist track.  Join Chef Gianluca in his country kitchen transforming delicious organic produce – grown on the property – into traditional Umbrian cuisine.  Set north of Orvieto and nestled on the boarder of Tuscany and Umbria, our cooking tour blends hands-on cooking classes, food lover’s tasting tours, while you sip and swirl the famous wine of Umbria.  During your stay, visit Orvieto, Citta della Piever, a close day trip that will enlighten the soul.

Learn how to prepare organic ingredients – handmade fresh pasta:  tagliatelle and pici, risotto, along with gnocchi and seasonal sauces.  If you like artisan bread, you can select to participate in Chef Gianluca’s bread making- pane and focaccia, and recipes based on the area’s precious Chianina meat or roasted lamb accompanied by  stuffed and grilled vegetables.  Last but not least, learn how to create delicious desserts including tiramisu, pannacotta, crostata and cantucci. During your stay, visit local food artisans, sample the area’s exquisite saffron and enjoy wine and olive oil tastings learning about grape and olive varieties. Visit the picturesque Medieval town of Todi and spend an afternoon discovering Orvieto.

Umbria Cooking Classes

The farmhouse’s spacious and professional kitchen has a large open hearth for all the cooking classes. Chef Gianluca guides and shows each guest cooking technique and cooking secrets.  Cooking classes start out showing menu planning based on season ingredients.  You will create antipasto, fresh pasta and sauces or a main courses and desserts.  Everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in class to follow with a toast of local red or white wine.

Umbria, The Green Heart Of Italy

The region of Umbria is traditionally considered the green heart of Italy.  Discover dazzling centuries-old villages perched atop verdant Umbrian hillsides.  Learn and tasted the wine and extra virgin olive oil which Umbria is so famous for.  Your accommodation is nestled between Tuscany and Umbria, and not too far from Rome- making it a great location for day trips to Orvieto and Città della Pieve, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Val d’Orcia and  Montepulciano.

Umbria Accommodations

The Umbrian farmhouse is set on a country estate and features two stone palazzos, each of which have been restored adding modern amenities.   Organic farming is practiced on the farmland and it is reflected in the biodynamics of all ingredients.  Nine beautiful guest house bedrooms simply delight, each room elegantly furnished with careful attention to detail – fresh white linens, comfortable bedding and ensuite bathrooms.  In the summertime, breakfast is served in the garden, and in winter in the cozy dining room in the main house.  Daily breakfast includes a wholesome selection of local homemade cakes, biscuits, breadt, honey, yogurt, jams and fresh farm eggs with caffé, tea and milk.  An old-world beautifully restored oven bakes the bread and cakes served at the property.  And in keeping with the old world feel, two stone washing baths used for washing linens from bygones past remain on the property. A garden path winds through the property fields – an inviting option for early risers.  In the warm and summer months, a swimming pool with a 180-degree views over valley sets the mood for the most dreamy vacation ever.  

Itinerary ~ 6 days, 5 nights

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival at Chiusi train station.
  • Transfer to the property, check in and relax.
  • A welcome dinner prepared by Chef Gianluca with local wine is served in the farmhouse’s dining-room.

Day Two: Cooking Class 1 & Visit The Fields Of Saffron

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet Chef Gianluca for your first hands-on cooking class who will explain his philosophy on the area’s cuisine, cultural secrets of cooking and traditions. With the guidance of Gianluca in the kitchen, create a delicious full course menu based on the fresh, seasonal produce cultivated on the farm. Lunch follows with the food that was prepared in the cooking class. Wine and water included.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a trip to Città della Pieve to visit a saffron farm.  Learn about the fascinating history and production of saffron, the world’s most expensive spice.  After your saffron tour, you will visit ae local wine bar where we will enjoy an aperitif accompanied with saffron and truffle snacks.
  • Dinner on your own. Suggestion – Marina will drive you to a local restaurant and arrange for a transfer home.

Day Three: Excursion To Todi & Orvieto

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, excursion with private driver to Todi and Orvieto.  Todi is a Medieval jewel whose main piazza is a colourful stage, and the Duomo and Palazzo del Capitano are beautiful historical places to visit.  Then it’s on to Orvieto with lunch included in a traditional trattoria.  Shop in Orvieto at any one of the artisan shops featuring food markets that sell wild boar ham and salami, pecorino cheese with black truffles, extra virgin olive oil and Umbrian pasta.  There are also great caffés for soaking up the culture or a little people watching.
  • Following your tour, return to the property.
  • Dinner at the property including traditional selection of Gianluca’s signature foods based on the season.  Local wine included.

Day Four: Market Visit, Cooking Class 2 & Wine Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, we will explore the local food market where you’ll mingle with locals and vendors while learning how to select the best ingredients.  (If the market happens to be closed that day, we will visit the local butcher  and vegetable farmer’s stand – equally excellent for local ingredients).  After the market tour, tie on your apron and  get cooking for your second hands-on cooking class preparing a full menu.   Lunch follows with the foods that were prepared in the cooking class with local wine and water included.
  • In the afternoon, meet your driver for an excursion to a vineyard overlooking Orvieto where great super Umbrian wines are produced.
  • Dinner on your own. Suggestion – Marina will drive you to a local restaurant and arrange for transfer home.

Day Five: Cooking Class 3 & Farewell Dinner

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, tie on your apron for your third hands-on cooking class with Chef Gianluca preparing a full menu based on the fresh, seasonal produce cultivated on the farm. Lunch follows with the foods that were prepared in the cooking class with local wine and water included.our beautiful surroundings.
  • In the evening, enjoy an extra virgin olive oil tasting learning about its importance in cooking and health benefits for healthy living.
  • In the evening, Chef Gianluca serves a farewell dinner featuring a tasting menu with local wine and water included.

 Day Six: Check Out & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and arrivederci!
  • Transfer to Chiusi train station.

*Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the program.

Program Includes:
  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodations, based on two guests.  Click To View!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Chef’s tasting welcome dinner, with a wine tasting and water included.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes followed by lunch including the food that was prepared in class with wine and water included.
  • 1 dinner including Chef Gianluca’s signature recipes at the property with wine included.
  • Excursion to a local saffron farm and wine bar for aperitif with driver.
  • Excursion to a winery with tasting and driver included.
  • Excursion to Orvieto & Todi with private driver, lunch included.
  • Farewell Dinner, featuring a full course dinner with a toast of local wine included.
  • 1 olive oil tasting included.
  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Chiusi train station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, recipe book and Prosecco toast.
Program Prices

$2,195 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.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in and start your program on 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.