If you crave an epicurean experience, but want to go off the beaten path, then consider Umbria, known as Italy's "green heart" due to its lush landscape, which features its own flavor of Italian culture and cuisine. Among its mystical medieval aura, hill towns rich in art and history, and a landscape dotted with castles and fortresses, Umbria is also known for its well-preserved rustic cooking traditions, and you're invited to explore them — with your eyes and with your taste buds! This trip offers a wonderful opportunity to discover central Italy's region of Umbria, and savor its outstanding local food heritage and practices with a private walking tour, two hands-on cooking classes, a delectable dinner, as well as a wine and olive oil tasting!
You'll get the most of your experience in Umbria with your stay at the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini, a beautifully restored 17th-century monastery, perched on a hill in its own magnificent park in Gubbio, and within walking distance of historic town centre. This is the perfect base for exploring Umbria, and also puts you just 45 minutes away from Assisi. The hotel promises good food, brilliant artwork, and many quiet places in which you can relax, including the pool and a superb spa. During your stay you'll want to take a trip into Gubbio to explore its medieval streets, palaces and churches.
The best way to explore Italy is through your stomach, and with all of the meals and tastings featured in this trip, you'll get a amazing taste of Italia! You'll find a refined selection of wines in the ancient wine cellar of the monastery of the Cappuccini Monks. With the guidance of a highly trained sommelier, you can pair these with the best local products during your wine tasting, including cheese, salami, and truffle sauce. Your privately guided walking tour of Perugia is topped off with a delicious olive oil tasting in a local mill. Then you can taste the authenticity of the region's culinary tradition during two hands-on cooking classes. For the full epicurean effect, both classes begin before you enter the kitchen, as you'll visit the local markets with the chef to choose only the best ingredients for your recipes.
Your trip for two includes:
• 6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini in Gubbio
• Wine tasting and appetizers in the wine cellar of the Cappuccini Monks
• Private guided walking tour of Perugia, including an olive oil tasting in a local mill
• (2) cooking classes at the hotel followed by lunch
• (1) visit to the local market before the cooking class (only available on Tuesdays)
• Daily breakfast
• Welcome and farewell dinner at the hotel, including local wine
• 6-day compact luxury car rental with automatic transmission
• All room-related taxes (including VAT)
Terms and Conditions
Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Travel is valid through 12/19/19. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Blackout dates: December 20 - January 6. Rental car pickup/drop off is in Rome. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required.