Chef Patrizia’s Country Kitchen Umbria™

Hands-On Cooking Class ~ Assisi, Perugia, Deruta, Spello & Montefalco ~ 7 Day


Tie on your aprons for hands-on cooking classes in Umbria with Chef Patrizia and her family, Signor Filippo and Giacomo in Assisi.  She opens her family cookbook and shares recipes dating back to the Etruscans – in Assisi cooking classes.  Using seasonal products from her garden, she’ll teach you how to prepare recipes from Umbria, while immersing you in the history of Italy’s Green Heart including her pasta making class.  During your stay meander through the garden and pick seasonal fruits and vegetables which are used in the cooking class.  Chef Patrizia advocates using simple ingredients and farm-to-table produce from her garden along with her family’s organic olive oil in her cooking classes Umbria.

A magical countryside location with a beautiful sitting room that welcomes guests and a garden overlooking Assisi, the property is just a few minutes from the main town of Assisi.  Enjoy your Umbrian hands-on cooking classes and scenic tours Italy!

Umbrian Cooking Classes in Perugia, Assisi, Spello & Montefalco

Under Chef Patrizia’s guidance, you’ll learn how to prepare Umbrian traditions – antipasto, fresh pasta, main courses, and desserts. On the menu is classic stringozzi pasta – a thick pasta served with wild asparagus, or mushrooms, or sausage.  Learn how to make umbrichelli in salsa di Trasimeno, pasta with perch fillets, shallots, garlic, and chilli pepperand spaghetti col rancetto, ham, cherry tomatoes and fresh pecorino cheese.  You will learn how to mix and roll pasta into delicate sheets for lasagna.  You’ll make tagliatelle with fresh tomato and herbs or with shaved black or white truffles when in season.

Spending a day in the kitchen with Chef Patrizia is a food experience filled with passion and love. Her philosophy respects the traditions of the territory as she cooks in the rhythm of the seasons.

Learn how to prepare braised fennel, grilled pumpkin or stuffed eggplant.  Soups in Umbrian are a staple – such as faro and zucchini, beans or lentil soups.  Learn how to prepare pollo alla cacciatora, hunter’s chicken with vegetables or roasted pork, and braised apples.  Desserts are delicious using farm-fresh eggs to make the famous Assisi rocciata, a pastry strudel made in the shape of a spiral or brustengolo, a pastry prepared with farm-raised apples, raisins, pine nuts, lemon zest, olive oil and walnuts.  Enjoy your desserts with a Caffe Umbria, coffee and vanilla gelato!

A typical traditional menu includes pappardelle al ragù di salsicce e costarelle di maiale brado, wide Umbrian pasta with a sausage and pork sauce; roll’è di coniglio casereccio with Panzanella, tenderloins of rabbit rolled with herbs and served with a bread and tomato salad, and bignè fatto in casa alla crema, handmade profiteroles filled with cooked cream.

You will also learn the secrets of making homemade bread in the Umbrian tradition.  She Patrizia uses Old World technique for mixing and baking beautiful country bread.

Following each cooking class, guests enjoy the foods that were prepared in class with a toast of local wine and water included.

Umbria Accommodations

Check into the charming guest house in Assisi – a picturesque property surrounded by lush green gardens and flowering fields with a view overlooking Assisi.  The property also has a flower garden and farm that produces almost all of the ingredients for the cooking class.  Each guest room and cottage is elegantly decorated with Umbrian linens, comfortable bedding and private ensuite bathrooms. Bright wide windows swing open letting in the fresh Umbrian air.  The caffe bar serves a delicious Italian breakfast including Umbrian cakes and bread, fruit, eggs, cappuccino, espresso and tea.  The property has a Slow Food osteria and swimming pool and offers horseback riding along cypress-lined footpaths with medieval villages as the backdrop.  There is wifi on the property.


The Organic Farm

On the organic farm, the family produces high-quality extra virgin olive oil (a product of excellence awarded with numerous awards), honey, preserves and delicious jams.

The property also produces 80% of its ingredients on the nearby farm; including the meats and cheeses according to the Umbrian tradition along with the recipes of the master pork butcher Signor Lillo.  The vegetable garden is carefully cared for growing seasonal vegetables and greens; while the surrounding forest and countryside is brimming with mushrooms, asparagus, truffles, and wild herbs.

Slow Food Member

The property’s Osteria is part of the Slow Food Italian Taverns, and it shows every evening as a meeting place for like-minded foodies who are curious to learn and enjoy the tastes and traditions of the local cuisine with a glass of wine in a relaxing atmosphere.  Guests are welcomed into a convivial, characteristic, and hospitable atmosphere where traditional Umbrian cuisine is served.  Recipes handed down through the family and revisited with passion, character, and originality by the chef Patrizia.  Her philosophy is genuine zero-kilometer raw products and organic food products produced by small local producers. Dining together at their osteria with delicious food, family and the best wine, is the family motto.

Assisi and San Francesco, Perugia, Spello and Monetefalco, The Umbrian Travelers’ Dream

Assisi, Perugia, Spello and Montefalco conjure up images of Saint Francesco, Perugia chocolate and emerald green olive oil. Umbria is a land plentiful with verdant landscapes, peaceful Medieval villages and ancient art.  Perugia, Umbria’s capital, is known for its hazelnut-dipped chocolate Baci wrapped in silver paper with a poetic note inside. There’s also the international jazz festival, Deruta ceramics and tesuti Montefalco, handmade linens.


Step back into time when you stroll through Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order and one of the most popular saints in history.  The 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco is adorned with frescos painted by a young Giotto where he depicts the life of Saint Francis. You may also visit Saint Francis in the crypt, or meander through its outside areas and inside halls. Assisi is also home to Rocca Maggiore, a medieval fortress, and the Basilica di Santa Chiara.


Take the day to explore Perugia, the capital of Umbria is a town known around the world, which still holds on to its ancient past. It is home to the 14th-century University of Perugia, one of Italy’s oldest and most well-respected educational institutions, a weave of ancient architecture and caffès that bustle with life morning till night. The town’s Piazza IV Novembre is surrounded by splendid ancient buildings and and monuments.  Landmarks include the Fontana Maggiore, a medieval fountain that was built in the 12th century by sculptors Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria brimming with local art, and the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Perugia’s Gothic cathedral. There are endless bars, caffès and trattorias where you can take a front row seat on the terrace, order an aperitivo, Prosecco, spritz or vino bianco, and watch the world go by.


Spello is a charming medieval town known for its sand-colored stone houses framed by flower boxes filled with flowers. A competition called, infiorata, an long tradition of where residents compete for the most beautiful flower display throughout the summer months.  Cobblestone footpaths where no cars are allowed weave through this ancient picturesque town.  There are trattorias, gelato shops, wine bars and artisan shops selling Deruta ceramics and olive oil making Spello an interesting stop for every food lover.  Landmarks include the Cappella Tega, a small chapel with frescoes from the XIV century and the Collegiata di Santa Maria Maggiore, dating back to the 1200s and famous for the  masterpieces by Pinturicchio, Perugino.  Spello has ancient walls:  the Augustan gates (Porta Urbica, Porta Consolare and Porta Venere); the remains of the amphitheatre and spa, and the Villa of Mosaics. There’s the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with the Baglioni Chapel, admirably frescoed by Pinturicchio, the church of Sant’Andrea from the 13th century and the Church of San Lorenzo. Just outside the town’s walls visit the theArch of Augustus, the Subasio theatre and the Vallegloria monastery, in Contrada Prato, Set on Mount Subasio, Spello offers a panoramic viewpoint overlooking Umbrian green hills, olive orchards and fields of faro, once ruled by the Romans.


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.

Between your cooking classes, excursions and visits to the farm, garden and olive orchard, you’ll be immersed into an authentic cooking and discovering experience.  The property is close to Spello and Todi. The property is close to Spello and Todi.  Beautiful green landscapes lace tours to Assisi to Perugia and Terni cooking classes for an incredible stay.

Check in, relax and sip a glass of wine while overlooking Assisi!

Itinerary~ 7 Days, 6 Nights

Day 1: Arrival and Cooking Class 1

  • Arrival and check-in.
  • Welcome and meet the family  – your hosts during the cooking program.
  • Enjoy your Prosecco and Cooking Vacations welcome bag.
  • Cooking Class – Tie on your aprons for your hands-on cooking class preparing a full-course Umbrian menu.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with a toast of local wine.

Day 2:  Excursion to Perugia & Deruta & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, join your driver and English-speaking guide for a full-day tour to Perugia.  Then continue to and Deruta.
  • Discover Perugia, a dazzling city in the heart of Umbria and home to the famous Italian chocolate and capital of Umbria – with our English-speaking guide. Set on a high hilltop and part of the valleys around the area, you will discover its museums, artisan food shops and history all in one. Perugia is famous for painter Pietro Vannucci, who decorated the local Sala del Cambio with frescos. From sipping a cappuccino to walking the city, Perugia has something for everyone.
  • The tour also includes a visit to Deruta, the beautiful Umbrian town known for its handmade ceramic.
  • Following the tour, return to the property for cooking class.
  • Cooking Class – Tie on your aprons for your hands-on cooking class preparing a full-course Umbrian menu.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with a toast of local wine.

Day 3:  Excursion to Assisi, Ermeno della Carceri and Santa Maria degli Angeli, and Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, join your driver and English-speaking guide for a visit to Assisi.
  • Discover Assisi – famous for San Francesco, the patron saint of animals and the patron saint of Italy.  Visit the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, a World Heritage Site, with its ancient fresco work by Cimabue and Giotto, including the series of 28 frescoes ascribed to the young Giotto along the lower part of the nave, now freshly restored after the tragic earthquake damage of 1997.  Stroll its cobblestone streets, and enjoy a cappuccino or gelato while you explore this beautiful town of Saint Francis with English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Take time out for lunch on your own.
  • Following Assisi, we will visit Eremo delle Carceri, Santa Maria degli Angeli.
  • Following the tour, return to the property.
  • Cooking Class – Tie on your aprons for your hands-on cooking class preparing a full-course Umbrian menu.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with a toast of local wine.

Relax and enjoy the property.

Day 4: Spello &  Cooking Class 4

  • Breakfast is served.
  •  Discover this charming town of Spello set in the heart of Umbria with wine bars, trattorias, and artisan shops with English-speaking guide and driver.  Spello, known for its Italian flower boxes is a beautiful town in the heart of Umbria.    The day includes our driver.  This charming small town is a dreamy Umbrian destination.
  • Take time out for lunch on your own.
  • Following the tour, return to the property.
  • Cooking Class – Tie on your aprons for your hands-on cooking class preparing a full-course Umbrian menu.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with a toast of local wine.

Day 5: Excursions to Montefalco with Wine Tour and Tasting and Bevagna

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, join your driver and English-speaking guide for a visit to Umbra Valle with your driver and English-speaking guide.
  • Discover Montefalco.  Montefalco is a delightful Medieval town and is often referred to as ‘the little balcony of Italy’ thanks to the magnificent views it offers over the surrounding countryside.  The area is well-known for its wine and olive oil.  Montefalco is laced with narrow streets of the historic center and Medieval churches.  Marvel over the fact that this town is famous for its eight saints!
  • A wine tour and tasting in Montefalco with tastings and tour included.
  • Following, we stop to discover Bevagna, known for the legendary story of Saint Francis and the birds.  In the fields of Bevagna Saint Francis preached to the birds, and the stone from which he stood on is in the Ciccoli Chapel of the Church of San Francesco.
  • Following the tour, return to the property.  Dinner is on your own.  You can opt to dine at the property’s osteria or at any one of the nearby trattorias in the area.

Day 6:  Foraging, Farm Walk and Farewell Umbrian Dinner with Wine

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Enjoy the morning at the property and forage through the forgest and gardens.  Walk through the farm and enjoy the view overlooking Assisi.
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • Farewell Umbrian Dinner featuring a full course Chef’s Tasting menu with a toast of wine included.

Day 7:  Breakfast & Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check-out and departure.  Ciao – until the next time.
  • Transfer to Assisi 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:
  • 7 days, 6 nights in a classic room with a private ensuite bath based on 2 guests.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • 4 cooking classes preparing authentic Umbrian fare.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with a toast of local wine.
  • Excursion to Montefalco visiting an artisan producer of organic wine with driver, following, a visit to Bevagna.
  • Excursion to Perugia and Deruta with an English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Excursion to Assisi and Santa Maria degli Angeli with with English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Excursion to Spello with driver.
  • Farewell Umbrian Dinner including a Chef’s Tasting four-course menu with wine included.
  • Cooking Vacations Welcome Bag with chef’s apron, recipe book, and Prosecco toast.
  • Round trip transfers from the Assisi Train Station.
  • A copy of Lauren’s cookbook, It’s A Dream Place, Stories of Food, Love and the Amalfi Coast.

Program Prices

$4,095 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

2024 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program Sunday or Thursday. 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.