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

Cooking With Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza~7 Day

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Perugia and Assisi conjure up images of Saint Francesco, sweet Perugian chocolate and emerald green olive oil. Umbria, not on every tourist’s path, is a land often referred to as Italy’s ‘green heart’. Umbria’s capital, Perugia, is known for its hazelnut dipped chocolate drops wrapped in a poetic message- just another reason to visit this region nestled south of Bologna and north of Lazio.

Chef Giuseppe opens his recipe book and leads you in hands-on cooking classes with Umbrian recipes that date back to the times of ancient Etruscans. Learn how to make pastas, like stringozzi tossed with asparagus, roasted fresh water shrimp or a sweet chestnut soup.

Between your cooking classes, explore ancient churches and visit the Museo della Civilita’ dell’Olivo, the local olive oil museum. You’ll find the property to be historical, artistic, elegant and comfortable, romantic and tranquil: an ideal retreat where modern comforts meld easily with the charm of history.

Cooking Classes

Join Chef Giuseppe and Vincenza at the Villa property in Trevi, north of Spoletto and southwest of Perugia, for your four hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional Umbrian dishes. Your Chefs’ motto is: ‘respect tradition and the territory.’

Their Umbrian classics such as stringozzi or strangozzi – a thick pasta type served with wild asparagus; handmade tagliatelle; chestnut soup; or risotto with asparagus represent just a few samples from their repertoire. Both meat and fish reign in this part of the world where products from the green hills and local lakes are staples; so if you like carne, meat, there is roasted rabbit, boar, venison, goose, duck, and ‘drunken chicken’ slow cooked in local wine. Fresh water shrimp, trout and perch are also prepared in our hands-on classes, and lunch or dinner always follows with the foods that were prepared in class. Truffles, both black and white, also grow in abundance in Umbria. This prized tuber is used to top pasta, salads, cheese, omelets, and you’ll find it in cheese and even desserts.

Your Chefs’ international experience has Umbrian recipes reaching Australia, USA, Vietnam, Russia, Japan, China, India and more. Cooking classes are conducted in English with opportunities, of course, to learn Italian words and phrases in the kitchen. Wine and beverages available at a surcharge.

Trevi & The Olive Oil Museum

Trevi is a charming medieval Borgo located on the top of a hill in Umbria, with incredible views toward the nearby towns of 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 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.

Trevi is known for its very high quality olive oil, and the Museo della Civilita’ dell’Olivo, is 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. In fact, 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!

Trevi offers a wonderful location for visiting Umbria as it is just about a half hour drive from Assisi, Spello and Spoleto, and just under an hour to the city of Perugia.

Accommodations

The Villa 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 marvelous rooms, all furnished in style, to give each guest a taste of the past with all the comforts of the present. The Little Borough of Mostaccio offers seven double rooms and three apartments, enriched with characteristic wooden ceilings.

The bedrooms feature elegant wooden ceilings and frescoes along with panoramic views. Each bedroom has a private bathroom enriched with high quality colored marble and ceramic; and many rooms offer Jacuzzi hydro massage baths. In addition, all the rooms offer modern amenities including air conditioning, minibar, safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct line telephone, attachment for personal computer and internet connection. An internet point is also located by the front desk for guest convenience. Handicap accessible rooms also available; please ask to ensure an accessible room.

Itinerary~ 7 Days, 6 Nights

This program is available throughout the year.

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome ‘Trevano’ Dinner

  • Arrival & check in.
  • Welcome Dinner is served featuring a special Trevano Menu. Aperitif and four-course dinner included. 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. Lunch follows on the foods prepared in 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 Appenines 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
  • Head into the kitchen for a morning with Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza for your hands-on Cooking Class 2.
  • 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 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.
  • Head into the kitchen for a morning with Chefs Giuseppe & Vincenza  for your hands-on Cooking Class 4.
  • 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 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 accommodations with private bath, based on double occupancy in Double Deluxe room.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 4 cooking classes, followed by lunch on the foods prepared in class. Wine and beverages not included.
  • 6 dinners at the Villa including aperitif and four courses. Wine and beverages not included.
  • Excursion to Casteluccio, Norcia and artisan salumi and prosciutto maker, including tasting of typical products.
  • Excursion to Montefalco with visit to Sagrantino wine maker (including tasting of Red wine of Montefalco), with private driver.
  • Excursion to Lake Trasimeno, with private driver. Lunch included.
  • Excursion to Assisi, local towns around Trevi and olive oil tasting.
  • Excursion to Perugia and Deruta ceramic maker, including visit to Perugia chocolate maker (entrance tickets not included).
  • Indoor parking included at the Villa.
  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Trevi Train Station. (Transfers from/to Perugia available at a surcharge.)
Program Prices

$3,150 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included.

Single Supplement: please call us for single pricing and we will do our best to fit you in with a group to ensure you receive the best possible single rate.

Check Availability

2019 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.