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The Chef's Villa - Perugia, Assisi & Spoleto™

Umbria Elegance! Cooking & Scenic Tours -7 Day

 

Join Chefs Giuseppe and Vincenza at the f0ur star villa set in countryside of Umbria for your Cooking Vacations program – in a week of cooking, sipping the famous Montefalco wine and immersing yourself in the culture of Italy’s green heart. Our chefs welcome you into the kitchen with hands-on cooking classes and warm Umbrian hospitality.  Umbrian cuisine, guided tours and wine tastings are the perfect ingredients for this culinary tour.  Our cooking classes in Perugia, Italy, will transform you into a professional chef.  One of the most beautiful villas in the region, this property defines luxury, elegance and beauty.

Perugia and Assisi conjure up images of Saint Francesco, sweet Perugia chocolate and emerald green olive oil.  Umbria, not on every tourist’s path, is a land brimming with verdant landscapes, peaceful Medieval villages and ancient art.  Perugia, Umbria’s capital, is known for its hazelnut dipped chocolate Baci, each chocolate bite is wrapped in a poetic message. There’s also the international jazz festival, chocolate, Perugia ceramics and handmade linens that are part of the magical traditions.

Between your cooking classes and visits to famous landmarks, such as the Museo della Civilita’ dell’Oliv and the local extra virgin olive oil museum, you’ll deepen your appreciation for excellent food and olive oil while sipping Umbria’s fine wines.  So check into the beautiful property and relax because we have a fun-filled and delicious week planned for you!!!

Umbrian Cooking Classes

Join Chef Giuseppe and Vincenza welcome you to the villa kitchen in Trevi for your Perugia Cooking Vacations program in hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional Umbrian fare.  The philosophy in this kitchen is simple:  respect for tradition and the territory, and cooking in the rhythm of the seasons.  You will mix and roll out stringozzi or strangozzi – a thick pasta type served with wild asparagus; handmade tagliatelle; chestnut soup; creamy risotto with asparagus.  Both meat and fish reign in this part of the world where products from the green hills and local lakes are staples – from fresh farm-to-table fruits and vegetables to naturally-raised meat and game.  Think roasted rabbit, boar, venison, goose, duck served with braised fennel, grilled pumpkin and stuffed eggplant. Fresh water shrimp, trout and perch are also prepared in our hands-on classes for those who like fish.  Black and white truffles are shaved on risotto and fresh pasta.  Creamy butter, farm fresh eggs, sugar and flour transform into delicious desserts like biscotti, pan cotta, cakes, fruit tarts, and semifreddo, a creamy gelato.  Following each cooking class, everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared together with a toast of local wine.

Trevi & The Olive Oil Museum

Trevi is a charming Medieval borgo located on the top of a hill in Umbria, with incredible views over Assisi and Spoleto. Rich in art and history, Trevi was constructed in concentric circles, and resembles a spiral-shaped shell that preserves intact its ancient heart. Trevi is also surrounded by two sets of ancient walls: the interior wall is the mura romane, the Roman walls, which have protected this fortified town in its strategic position on the hill since the first century BC. Little remains of the Roman walls today, however the outer walls, the mura medievali, dating from 1264 AD, still enclose the historic center of Trevi.  It is also known for extra virgin olive oil, and the Museo della Civilita’ dell’Olivo, a museum dedicated to local olives and olive oil.  The museum celebrates the rich heritage in olive oil making in Trevi and Umbria, and traces the history of this art form.  Not far from Trevi stands a 1700 year-old olive tree named after Saint Emiliano, the patron saint of the town, that is one of the oldest olive trees in Italy. You won’t have trouble finding it, as it is the only olive tree with a trunk of about nine meters in girth!

Umbria Accommodations

The villa property is one of the most exclusive four-star hotels in Umbria, comprised of the charming complex of Valenti Palace, Urighi Palace and the Little Borough of Mostaccio.  Valenti Palace and Urighi Palace, recently renovated to preserve the original structure and materials, offer 34 rooms furnished with elegant bedding and linens for your comfort.  Bedrooms feature elegant wooden ceilings and frescoes along with panoramic views. Each bedroom has a private ensuite bathroom and beautiful Italian marble and ceramic – some rooms have Jacuzzi hydro massage baths. All rooms include air conditioning, a minibar, safe, a hairdryer, satellite TV, direct line telephone and attachment for personal computer and internet connection.  Italian breakfast is served daily and includes artisan bread, toast, yogurt, granola, pastry and cakes, coffee, tea and fruit juices.

Itinerary~ 7 Days, 6 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Chef’s Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival & check in.
  • A Chef’s tasting dinner including an aperitivo and  four-course menu.  Local wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1 ~ Excursion To Casteluccio & Norcia

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza for your hands-on cooking class 1 preparing a full course men.  Lunch follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the class.  Our sommelier is on hand to help match Umbrian wines with the foods prepared during your cooking class. Wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • After lunch, pick up by your private driver for visit to Casteluccio, Norcia and an artisan salumi and prosciutto maker. Casteluccio is a small town that sits on the edge of a crater-like formation in the lofty Appenine and is famous for its top quality lentils. It’s a fabulously untouched place where you’ll be struck by the wonderful, old-fashioned lifestyle that still exists and by the surrounding views of rolling countryside surrounded by towering mountains.
  • Next comes the town of Norcia, which was (and still is) traditionally held to be home to Italy’s most skilled salumi makers. Norcia is also famous for its delicious black truffles. Outing includes visit to artisan salami and cheese producer, complete with tasting of typical local products.
  • Return to hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner is served. Aperitif and four-course dinner included. Wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 3: Cooking Class 2 ~ Montefalco & Sagrantino Wine

  • Breakfast is served
  • After breakfast, meet Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza for your hands-on cooking class 2 preparing a full course men.  Lunch follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the class.  Our sommelier is on hand to help match Umbrian wines with the foods prepared during your cooking class. Wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • After lunch, pick up by your private driver for excursion to Montefalco with visit to Sagrantino wine maker, including tasting of Red wine of 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. Wander round the narrow streets of the historic center, visit its numerous Medieval churches and marvel over the fact that this town turned out no fewer than eight saints! And last but not least, visit a Sagrantino wine producer and enjoy a tasting of the delicious Red wine of Montefalco.
  • Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner is served. Aperitif and four-course dinner included. Wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 4: Full Day Tour Of Lake Trasimeno

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning: Pick up by private driver who will take you to the lovely Lake Trasimeno, an Umbrian lake that is almost as large as Lake Como. Visit the villages that sit on the shores of the lake and enjoy lunch at a pretty trattoria where you can sample a variety of local specialties including la crescia sulla brace, a local focaccia that is cooked on a grill over hot coals. Around Trasimeno you will notice a number of ancient castles – some in the centre of small towns, others isolated and in ruins, and all around is the typical landscape of rolling hills and olive groves.
  • Return to hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner is served. Aperitif and four-course dinner included. Wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 5: Cooking Class 3 ~ Assisi & Olive Oil Tasting

  • Breakfast is served
  • Head into the kitchen for a morning with Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza for your hands-on Cooking Class 3.
  • Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Our sommelier is on hand to assist in pairing local Umbrian wines with the foods prepared in your cooking class. Wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • After lunch, pick up by your private driver for excursion to Assisi, and local towns around Trevi. Assisi is famous the world over for the figure of San Francesco, the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patrons of Italy. Assisi has much to offer but one place visitors inevitably head is to the gorgeous Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi (a World Heritage Site) with its unique 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.
  • Stop off at other small villages in the area and visit a Local Olive Oil Producer where you’ll be able to sample some of the area’s delicious liquid gold.
  • Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner is served. Aperitif and four-course dinner included. Wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 6: Cooking Class 4 ~ Perugia Chocolate & Deruta Pottery

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza for your hands-on cooking class 4 preparing a full course men.  Lunch follows and includes the foods that were prepared in the class.  Our sommelier is on hand to help match Umbrian wines with the foods prepared during your cooking class. Wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • After lunch, pick up by your private driver for excursion to Perugia and Deruta ceramic maker, including a visit to Perugina Chocolate Maker (entrance tickets not included). Perugia is the capital city of the Region of Umbria and is an important historical and artistic center. Home to the famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, the town developed a rich tradition of art and artists; indeed, Raphael was a student of Perugino’s and he, too, spent much time working and painting here, even creating his masterpiece, Oddi Altar. While there are many art galleries and collections to be visited, don’t forget that Perugia is also home to the Umbria Jazz festival, held in the town every July, and offering some world class jazz entertainment. Visit Perugia’s famous chocolate maker, and enjoy a delicious chocolate hazelnut treat.
  • Next stop is the town of Deruta, best known for its beautiful ceramics, an industry that has been active since Medieval times. Visit a ceramic artisan and choose out some beautiful pieces to take back home with you (the shop ships worldwide).
  • Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner is served. Aperitif and four-course dinner included. Wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Day 7: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and departure. Arrivederci!

*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 deluxe room with private ensuite bath.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • 4 cooking classes, followed by lunch or dinner including the foods that were prepared in the cooking class. Wine and beverages not included.
  • 6 dinners at the villa including a Chef’s tasting of four courses.  Wine and beverages not included.
  • Excursion to Casteluccio, Norcia and artisan salumi and prosciutto maker with driver including tasting of traditional products.
  • Excursion to Montefalco with visit to a Sagrantino wine maker with driver, including tour and tasting of red wine of Montefalco.
  • Excursion to Lake Trasimeno with driver.  Stop for lunch at a charming trattoria.  Lunch is included.
  • Excursion to Assisi with driver to Trevi with an extra virgin olive oil tasting.
  • Excursion to Perugia and Deruta ceramic maker, including visit to a Perugia chocolate maker with driver (entrance tickets not included).
  • Arrival and departure transfers to and from Trevi Train Station.  Transfers to and from Perugia available at a surcharge.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, recipe book and Prosecco toast.
Program Prices

$3,295 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. 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.