The Chef's Cookbook Umbria™

Umbria’s Food Lover’s & Truffle Hunt ~ 5 Day

Tie on your apron and bring your camera too for Chef Paolo’s Cooking In The Countryside of Gubbio tour set in the green heart of Italy.  This beautiful region of Italy delights visitors with its cuisine, wine, black and white ruffles and natural beauty.  Set amid forest-covered mountains and lakeside villages, Umbria is a peaceful destination filled with history, art and culture.  You Cooking Vacations cooking classes in Umbria tour, will deepen your appreciation for farm-to-table ingredients and good wine too!!!

Check into a beautiful beautiful villa property set among century-old trees and wild flowers on the outskirts of the village of Pietralunga, a historical land of saints and pilgrims.  Built in the 15th century, it was modified and enlarged during the the years that followed until the villa was transformed into the aristocratic country-house.  In this garden setting, Chef Paolo and his family welcomes you and takes care of your every need.  In the kitchen, Chef Paolo guides and leads each guest transforming fresh, seasonal produce into delicious local pasta and sauces such as:  tagliatelle, pappardelle, passatelli, ravioli, agnolotti and gnocchi. Passionate about local cuisine and ingredients, Chef Paolo can’t wait to share his favorite recipes with you and answer all your questions.  From antipasto, fresh pasta to main courses and desserts, you will be cooking and dining like royalty.  Homemade tarts created with Umbrian chocolate and pears or castagnole, delectable flash-fried puffs always served with Vin Santo will have you enjoying seconds.  During your stay, visits to artisans making cheese, extra virgin olive oil and wine will have you learning and enjoying the fruits of the land.

Umbria Cooking Classes

Meet Chef Paolo in the kitchen where you’ll discover all of Umbria’s best loved ingredients:  oats, emmer wheat, barley and legumes – beans, chickpeas, lentils.  There are the area’s potatoes, peppers and tomatoes; and woodland produce such as mushrooms, truffles, chestnuts and honey.  Umbrian pork, lamb, beef and fowl – think duck, capon, chicken, and fabulous game such as hare, pheasant, quail and boar are ingredients used.  Local specialties also include delicious fresh and mature cheeses, sausage, porchetta and salami.  Under Paolo’s careful direction, you will prepare some of Umbria’s best loved pasta:  tagliatelle, pappardelle and gnocchi prepared with seasonal sauces.  Vegetarian is available upon request.  Desserts are endless and include:  tiramisù and tozzetti biscuits, perfect for dipping in Vin Santo.  Chef Paolo grows his own vegetables and herbs, and his philosophy is organic.  After each cooking class, everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in the cooking class with a toast of local wine.  The property’s private cellars also offer a broad selection of regional wines and can be purchased on site.  Your Umbria Cooking Vacations will have you cooking like a professional while being able to recreate all of these recipes in your home kitchen.

Umbria & Perugia

Situated in the center of the Italy, the region of Umbria is called, the green heart. As a guest, you will certainly be enchanted by the dazzling views of centuries-old villages perched atop radiant green, rolling Umbrian hillsides.  Discover the local wine and extra virgin olive oil as you cook and dine with Chef Paolo.

Etruscan and Medieval Perugia is a city of art, culture and nature.  Important events take place throughout the year, such as the Umbria Jazz Festival (in July), and Eurochocolate (in October). Built on the crest of a hill, your gateway to the city of Perugia is the magnificent Etruscan Arch still perfectly intact.  Mysterious passageways of the old underground quarter run under the fortress at La Rocca Paolina, commissioned by Pope Paul III and built by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in 1549.

Other attractions include the Etruscan monuments and many museums and the many restaurants where you will enjoy traditional Umbrian fare.  There is an air of friendliness with the local folks who have a   tradition of welcoming guests again and again.

Umbria Accommodations

This historical property has been carefully restored and refurbished in a very high standards to retain the interior spaces by respecting the original architecture and renovating with original materials. Material such as greystone and brickwork floors, robust oak and chestnut wood beams and antique fixtures have been used to refurbish while maintaining the original charm.  Large, stylish and comfortable, all of the rooms and suites are furnished exclusively with late 19th-century or early 20th-century furniture, offering the comfort of contemporary hotel, with the charm and privacy of a small boutique guest house.  The care for detail has been extended to selecting the finest quality beddings and linens.  Ensuite baths.  Ttelevision, telephone, hair drier and safes for valuables are amenities available in each room.  Daily Italian breakfast is served including cakes, biscotti, breads, fruit tarts, eggs, fruit, granola, yogurt, coffee, tea and fruit juices.

Itinerary: 4 days, 3 nights

Day 1: Arrival & Check In

  • Transfer from Perugia, Ponte San Giovani or Gubbio, Fossato di Vico train station.
  • Check in.  Enjoy your Prosecco toast and welcome bag.
  • Welcome dinner with an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert included.  Wine is not included and available on site at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast.  Join Chef Paola in the kitchen where he leads guests in preparing fresh pasta and seasonal sauces using local garden ingredients.  He’ll explain the growing of grain and milling and its properties for making fresh pasta.  Mix, knead and roll out tagliatelle and ravioli with eggplant or mushrooms or boar ragù. Chef Paolo, whose philosophy is farm-to-table, guides you as he shares techniques and cooking secrets.   Lunch follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class with a toast of wine and water included.
  • In the afternoon, relax at the property or visit Pietralunga.  You can also opt walk through the beautiful paths in the forest.  Bicycles are also available for guests.
  • In the evening, dinner is on your own.  Suggestions provided.

Day 3: Visit to Truffle Artisan & Truffle Hunt, Truffle Studio & Truffle Lunch

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver for a tour to the local truffle artisan.  Enjoy a truffle hunt where you made find a prized truffle.  Following the truffle hunt, you will participate in a truffle workshop where you will learn how to use them in cooking.
  • A truffle lunch is included, where you will enjoy a taste of local products:  antipasti with artisan cheese, salumi and ham;  a truffle pizza, strangozzi pasta with truffles and local wine all included.
  • Following the truffle hunt, studio and lunch, return to the property.
  • Afternoon is free.  Walk to the piazza for an afternoon caffè.
  • In the evening, dinner is on your own.  Suggestions provided.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast.  Join Chef Paola in the kitchen where he leads guests in preparing gnocchi using potatoes from Pietralunga. Discover the secret of preparing these light potato dumplings with seasonal sauces and delicious dessert including tiramisù, tozzetti, almond and hazelnut biscotti and fruit crostata.
  • Lunch follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class with a toast of wine and water included.
  • In the afternoon relax, take a bike ride to the piazza or relax at the property.
  • In the evening, dinner is on your own.  Suggestions provided.

Day 5: Check out and Arriverderci

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and arrivederc!
  • Transfer to Perugia, Ponte San Giovani or Gubbio, Fossato di Vico train station.

Program Includes:

  • Five days and four nights accommodations, based on two guests. Click To View!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Two hands-on  cooking lessons with lunch following with wine included.
  • Guided visit to a local truffle artisan with truffle hunt.  Learn about the truffle harvest, local truffle products and how truffles are used in cooking.
  • Truffle lunch with local wines included.
  • Transfer to and from Perugia, Ponte San Giovani or Gubbio, Fossato di Vico train station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, recipe book and Prosecco welcome.
Program Prices

$1,495 per person, based 2 guests in a suite.

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

2023 Dates: This program is available throughout the year and cooking classes are held every day. 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.


Add On Tours Available Upon Request

  • Truffle hunting excursion in woods with authorized guide and trained dog (months of October and November).
  • Olive harvest, farmhouse lunch and visit to oil mill (month of November).
  • Visit to local cheese producer to learn more about how artisan pecorino and ricotta are made, followed by visit to salumificio, artisan butcherwhere salami and harm products are made.  Tastings included.
  • Visit to an artisan ceramic maker and see the artist transform clay into beautiful plates, platters and vases. Decorate some of the objects along with the artists at work.
  • Visit the workshop of an Umbrian master carpenter and furniture restorer.  Learn and shop in this one of kind workshop.
  • Visit to the Torgiano Wine and Olive Oil Museum, including tasting and tour of winery.
  • Visit to a 19th-century winery with tastings, followed by visit to a basket weaver.
  • Visit to an alpaca farm with the option of buying products made with this wonderfully soft wool, followed by visit to bee farm where you can taste the honey and watch the creation of objects made from beeswax.
  • Visits to nearby towns of interest such as Città di Castello or Urbino for a full or half day tour.