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Perugia Cooking & Spa™

Hands-On Cooking With Chef Marco – 5 Day

Join us at our charming 4 star relais guest house for a luxurious stay – with hands-on cooking, scenic tours and spa treatments with rest and repose.  Set five kilometers from the historical center of Perugia, you will be pampered and welcomed. Called the cuore verde, green heart, Umbria is a historical place where food, wine and history blend in this magical cooking and spa tour.

Tie on your aprons and learn to cook authentic Umbrian cuisine while soaking up the slow-paced local atmosphere. Learn to prepare antipasti, fresh pasta, main course and desserts – with Etruscan roots passed down from generation to generation.

When you are not cooking, sip a Montefalco Sagrantino, red, or Palazzone Campo del Guardino Orvieto, white, and experience the exceptional wine of Umbria.  During your stay, easily visit Perugia and Assisi. And when you are not cooking, indulge in a Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath with chromotherapy and mini-pool with therapeutic whirlpool while sipping herbal tea from the property’s tea bar.

Umbria

Join us in il cuore verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy, whose nickname depicts rolling green pastures lined with cypress trees, evergreen landscapes and quaint charming hill towns frozen in time.  Time has passed, but the landscape remains the same, resembling a fresco by Giotto painted in the Basilica of Saint Francis.  Travel along the paths where ancient traditions – agricultural, artistic and spiritual – are experienced  the region’s historic towns.  Visit  fairy tale fortresses, castles and towers and vineyards producing some of Italy’s most prized wines. Discover Italy’s best kept secret – Umbria – filled with chestnut groves and elm forests and spectacular aged prosciutto and artisan cheeses. Umbria also continues its long and tried tradition of ancient bread making and extra virgin olive oil production. And when the leaves start to change from green to gold, join a truffle hunt for both white and black truffles!

Perugia & Assisi

Between your cooking classes, you’ll be touring Perugia and Assisi. Perugia, Umbria’s capital, is a modern city 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 blend of ancient architecture and student caffès that bustle with life at all hours. The town’s main piazza, Piazza IV Novembre, is surrounded by splendid ancient buildings and is generally thought to be Perugia’s most attractive square.

Landmarks include the Fontana Maggiore, a beautiful medieval fountain that was built in the 12th Century; the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria brimming with local art, and the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Perugia’s gothic cathedral. There are many bars, caffès and trattorias where you can take a front row seat on the terrace and order up an aperitivo, prosecco, spritz or vino bianco and watch the world go by.

Tour 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. This basilica also houses Saint Francis in the crypt. Assisi is also home to Rocca Maggiore, a medieval fortress and the Basilica di Santa Chiara.

Umbria Cooking Classes

Tie on your aprons and join Chef Marco and his team in the kitchen for hands-on cooking in the heart of Umbria. Much of the cuisine of Umbria originates from its Etruscan roots, and its recipes passed down through generations. Like all Italian cooking, it is simple, rustic and traditional. Food is prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients from local family farms. Seasonal produce, vegetables and herbs include wild mushrooms and asparagus, beans, lentils, black and white truffles, farm raised beef and pork raised on the Umbrian hills.  Duck and wild hare, as well artisan pecorino di Pienza, local sheep’s milk cheese are also local produce and products that you will see used in local cooking. You’ll also discover the prized extra virgin olive oil that Umbria is so famous for.

Under the guidance of Chef Marco you’ll learn how to turn simple produce and ingredients into delicious Umbrian cuisine including crostini al tartufo, toasted bread with black or white truffles and extra virgin olive oil, strangozzi, long flat pasta served with black truffles or spicy tomato sauce; pappardelle alla lepre, pasta with a wild rabbit ragù seasoned with bacon and cloves and bringoli al sugo finto, hand-made pasta with tomato sauce. Main courses include pork loin in a crust of herbs, wild rabbit with rosemary, sage and white wine, chicken, porchetta or sausages cooked with grapes.  Every Umbrian dinner ends on a sweet note with Umbrian desserts like pinolate, dried round biscuits made with almonds and pine nuts, cicerchiata, a honey and almond ring or chiacchiere, flash-fried ribbons of dough – just to name a few local sweet temptations. We also accommodate any diet or food allergy requests. Following each cooking class, everyone dines on the foods that were prepared in class with a toast of local red or white wine.

Umbria Accommodations

During your stay, check into our 4-star property – a relais guest house – which retains its antique structure adorned with modern restoration, all while respecting its historic past.  The property is simply charming, warm and luxurious!!!  A warm reception and common area welcome you with a professional staff member for all of your needs.  Guest rooms are elegantly furnished with bright modern finishings – hard wood floors and high wood-beamed ceiling with private ensuite bath. Each room is complete with television, telephone, satellite TV, hair drier, Wi-Fi and a safe for valuables.  The property has authentic organic restaurant serving daily breakfast, with a varied assortment of Umbrian cakes, biscotti, breads, jams and cornetti. They also serve lunch and dinner including a full course menu of local specialties, along with an extensive wine list. There is also a full-service spa that will wow you – complete with a Finnish sauna, therapeutic spa shower, Turkish bath with aromatherapy, mini pool with therapeutic hydro-massage, and wine grape massage.  This spa offers a complete menu of services with professional certified staff.  Enveloped within a historic courtyard including a swimming pool, this unique property makes our Umbria Cooking, Wine & Spa tour – simply a must!

Itinerary ~ 5 Days, 4 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Check In

  • Pick up and transfer from Perugia Train Station to the property.
  • Check in, relax and sit by the outdoor pool (weather permitting) or enjoy time in our Wellness Spa.
  • In the evening, enjoy a Chef’s welcome dinner. Taste Umbria’s rustic fare in the property’s organic restaurant. Vegetarian dishes or anything special upon request. Toast of local red or white wine, included.

Day 2: Perugia & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for a private half day excursion to Perugia. Visit the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria brimming with local art and the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Perugia’s gothic cathedral. Stroll the ancient streets to Piazza IV Novembre and view the Fontana Maggiore in its center.  Stop in to one of the many trattorias for a typical Perugia lunch. (Not included.)
  • In the afternoon, your Cooking Class 1. Tie on your apron and head for the kitchen as Chef Marco who shares his favorite Umbrian family recipes. The menu includes an antipasto, such as handmade pasta, main course and dessert.  Dinner follows with everyone sitting at our table, dining on the foods that were prepared in the cooking class.  Toast with a great glass of local red or white wine, included.

Day 3: Asissi & Wellness Spa & Relax

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet your driver for your half day tour to Assisi.  Explore the quaint cobblestone streets in this, the birthplace of the Patron Saint of Italy, Saint Francis. Visit the Basilica di San Francesco, adorned with frescoes painted by Giotto portraying his life, as well as the Rocca Maggiore, a Medieval fortress and the Basilica di Santa Chiara.  Stroll to Piazza del Comune, the main square, built on the site of a Roman forum. Enjoy lunch in one of its many caffés and restaurants.  Lunch is on your own
  • Return to the property.
  • In the afternoon, relax and rejuvenate in our Wellness Spa. Let our professional staff pamper you with a relaxing massage, included.  Unwind in our Finnish sauna, therapeutic spa shower, Turkish bath with aromatherapy or mini pool with therapeutic hydromassage.  Sip a cup of herbal tea from the  tea bar. Total Spa time included is 2 hours.
  • Dinner on your own.  Suggestions provided.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the property’s wine cellar with tasting included. Then, spend some time exploring your surroundings or soaking up the sun by the pool.
  • In the afternoon, tie on your aprons for Cooking Class 2. The menu includes antipasto, such as handmade pasta with seasonal sauce, a main course and dessert.
  • Dinner follows with everyone sitting at our table, dining on the foods that were prepared in the cooking class.  Toast with a great glass of local red or white wine, included.

Day 5: Check out & Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and departure. Pack your delicious recipes and your wonderful memories as we say arrivederci!
  • Departure Transfer to Perugia Train Station.

Program Includes:

  • 5 days, 4 nights accommodations in the charming 4 star guest house.  Click to View!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Chef’s Welcome Dinner on your first evening, including a glass of local red or white wine.
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes including the preparation of a 3-course traditional menu including fresh pasta making, sauces, a main course and dessert.  The cooking classes last approximatly 3 hours.
  • Dinner follows with everyone sitting at our table, dining on the foods that were prepared in the cooking class.  Toast with a great glass of local red or white wine, included.
  • Half day excursion to Perugia with driver.  Private tour guide available on request.
  • Half day excursion to Assisi with driver. Private tour guide available on request.
  • 2 hours Wellness Spa service  including Finnish sauna, theraputic spa shower, Turkish bBath with aromatherapy, mini pool with therapeutic hydromassage and herbal tea bar.
  • 1 hour relaxing massage.
  • Visit to the property’s wine cellar with wine tasting included.
  • Round trip transfers from Perugia Train Station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with Chef’s apron, recipe booklet and Prosecco welcome.

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

2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year and you can 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. 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.