Sensational Flavors of Umbria
Savor Extravirgin Olive Oil, Wine and Truffle in the Heart of Umbria
Sunday – Get settled and welcome dinner, an intro to traditional regional Italian cuisine
Meeting at Foligno train station. Private transfer to our nice agriturismo, a country house in Bevagna hills set among olive groves with splendid views above Bevagna. Walking tour in the historic center of Bevagna. Wine aperitif in the beautiful piazza. Welcome dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant in the countryside, off the beaten path, to enjoy traditional, simple, local dishes.
Monday – Wine and extra virgin olive oil tasting and cooking class
In the morning drive to visit the famous Arnaldo Caprai winery and taste their Sagrantino wine, considered one of the best red wines of Italy.
Lunch in Trevi at a typical restaurant. Visit an extra virgin olive oil mill in Trevi -the Italian capital of the extra virgin olive oil- to see how extra virgin olive oil is produced and to taste it. Free time for a rest at our B&B. In the afternoon cooking lesson. Dinner will follow.
Tuesday – Castelluccio plan, Norcia and dinner at a great trattoria
In the morning drive to the Plain of Castelluccio, a high plain where the best lentils of Italy are produced: "lenticchie di Castelluccio". From there there is a spectacular view, the best period to admire it is June because of the different colors of the blooming. It is an area of great environment value, paradise of the free flight and of the trekking. Then we proceed to Norcia, a pretty small town, still surrounded by its walls, with the doors opening themselves to a narrow network of small streets leading to the real heart of the city, the Basilica of San Benedetto, dated 13th century. Walk in the beautiful historic center of Norcia with Italian food shops and lovely medieval "piazza". In the territory of Norcia one of the most important handicraft activity is the work of the pork meat. Lunch at a very typical trattoria with menu based on several different salumi, traditional food of Norcia area. Back to our accommodation for a rest. Dinner at a local trattoria where only locals go, with warm atmosphere.
Wednesday – Truffle hunting with the truffle dog, Spoleto and walking in Foligno
In the morning drive to the mountains through a panoramic road from where you can see all the mountains around, until a typical Italian farming family home. From there you can admire gorgeous valley and mountains views, so you feel like out of the world. An unforgettable experience! Truffle hunting adventure with the truffle hunter and his truffle dog in the hills. Lunch with the gregarious family at their farming home. On the way back stop in Spoleto. Spoleto is another beautiful town, very famous in Italy and all over the world because of the Music Festival in July. There are some spectacular spots to see, like the Duomo, the castle, the roman bridge, narrow roads and a beautiful shopping area.
In the late afternoon drive to Foligno. Walking in the pretty center of the little town and pizza dinner.
Thursday – Visit Perugia, ceramic laboratory in Deruta and cooking class on legumes and cereals
In the morning drive to Perugia, Umbria's capital, which boasts Etruscan and Roman monuments, a lovely historic center with architecture of various periods, art museums and a main street full of shops, cafes and bakeries. Perugia is also famous in Italy for “Perugina” chocolate -the chocolate of Perugia- and especially for the little chocolate called “Baci” -Kisses-.
Walking in the historic center and free time to shop and to have a light lunch on your own.
In the afternoon drive to Deruta to visit a ceramic laboratory. The owner will show us all the process to make and decorate the pottery.
In the late afternoon Italian cooking class at the agriturismo based on cereals and legumes dishes, traditional of the region. Dinner of your creations.
Friday – Admire Giotto in Assisi, wine tasting and farewell dinner
In the morning drive to Assisi and guided visit with a francescano monk English speaking inside the Basilica of Saint Francis, decorated with frescoes by the famous Italian painter Giotto. Free time to explore and shop in Assisi.
Light lunch at a family winery admiring a beautiful view. Back to Bevagna. In the late afternoon drive to Montefalco and stroll in the charming little town, called the “Terrace of Umbria” for its magnificent and gorgeous views, where the famous “Sagrantino” is produced.
Farewell dinner in Montefalco at an elegant restaurant in the center.
Saturday - Departure day
Departure from Foligno train station after breakfast at the agriturismo.
16-22 June * 14-20 July * 06-12 October
This tour is also available on request in other periods of the year
Price per person
Euros 2530 (6 nights) - Single Supplement Euros 150
• 6 nights in lovely B&B in the countryside, breakfast included
• 2 Italian cooking lessons with English assistance
• 2 dinners after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines included
• 8 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
• Winery visit
• Wine tasting
• Extra virgin olive oil mill visit
• Extra virgin olive oil tasting
• Truffle hunting experience with the truffle dog
• Ceramic laboratory visit
• Guided visit of Assisi with an English-speaking guide
• Private transfers and assistance on arrival and at departure (from and to Foligno train station)
• Local tour director English speaking throughout
• Flight ticket
• Personal expenses
• Everything not written in the program
• Cancellation insurance
• Local taxes (city taxes)
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Ciao, Ciao Italy! A trip to Italy is a wonderful adventure. A trip with your family is an awesome experience. And a trip to Italy with Marcello as your guide.....well, you can't possibly imagine!
Our incredible family trip included visits to Rome and Florence, wonderful yet typical cities to explore.
But our venture into the region of Umbria with our 24 hour guide Marcello left us feeling totally immersed into the culture and history of these amazing hill towns. Marcello scheduled tours to many of the special places that he felt embraced the heart of this region,
while at the same time making every effort to include any requests we made along the way. Our cooking
lessons were great fun, informational, and packed full of memories. We started as a group of spouse proclaimed culinarily challenged individuals and ended up a little less challenged with a few improved cooking skills and definitely a greater appreciation for the cuisine of the Umbrian Region of Italy. Our new motto is "Olio & Aglio, Sale & Pepe"!
If we are ever afforded the opportunity to take another trip like this,
we couldn't possibly imagine it without Marcello and Bluone.
Joan, Kathy, John, Marti, Megan, Suzie - FL, KY, AL, TN - USA
How can I thank you for introducing us to such a wonderful people and experiences on our tour of Umbria?
Everything was perfect and the ladies thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Marcello and Agata were most gracious and we will treasure them for a long time!!
The food was more amazing than we expected, but some how we ate every bite and never gained a pound, the walking helps.
The B&B was perfect for us and Maria and Guolfo were so welcoming.
The beauty of Umbria will be forever etched in our hearts!! Thank you SO MUCH from all of us.
Laura F. Hammond - WI