Delicious Expeditions in Umbria
May 26-June 2, 2018
September 15-22, 2018Delicious Expeditions would like to introduce you to the best of Umbria. In the heart of Italy, high on a mountaintop, sits the hamlet of Montone and our accommodations for the week. Dating back to 1121, this walled village has had an illustrious history. Today, it is a quaint community of stone houses with exquisite views of the Tiber Valley. Stroll its ancient cobbled alleys; sip cappuccino in its sun-drenched piazza.
From Montone, we’ll venture out into the picture-perfect countryside with its medieval villages and rolling hills. Meet the area's food artisans and discover their centuries-old techniques; explore Etruscan ruins and learn the simple ways of the land.
Our food and wine tour will focus on farm-to-table Italian cuisine. Learn to work with fresh truffles as well as make pasta, gnocchi, delectable sauces, roasted meats and traditional desserts. Dine on the region's best, all while savoring and learning about local wines. Whether you love to be in the kitchen or prefer to sightsee and shop, our Delicious Expedition to Umbria will exceed your expectations.
$2950 per person, private bath, double occupancy
$2800 per person, shared bath, double occupancy
$450 Single Supplement
The Guard House of Montone--$3200, double occupancy
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Included in the Umbria cooking vacation are 7 nights accommodations, all ground transportation after arriving at the Terontola-Cortona train station, all group activities, cooking classes, and meals listed in the itinerary.
A $1000 deposit is required to secure your place. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised.
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An Italian Culinary & Cultural Journey
We'll meet in the afternoon at the Terontola-Cortona train station and drive to Montone to settle into our restored 14th-century home. A guided tour of the village will be followed by evening cocktails and dinner on the piazza (the town's square).
See Umbria photo gallery
Under the Tuscan Sun
After a scenic drive through the Valdichiana Valley, we'll arrive to the picturesque town of Cortona—the setting for “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Wander the ancient hilltop alleys before dining at the town's famed Osteria del Teatro. Tuscan wine tasting with one of the region's foremost authorities. Evening cooking class.
The Heart of Umbria
We'll head to Perugia, Umbria's capital--a sophisticated university town, famous for its Etruscan and medieval architecture, shopping and chocolate. A walking tour will be followed by lunch. Evening cooking class.
We’ll head north to the town of Anghiari for a cooking class at Da Alighiera restaurant. After a magnificent multi-course meal, we'll tour the picturesque village and its 150-year old linen factory. Olive oil tasting at one of the region's oldest mills, founded in 1421.
Market Day & Pasta Making
Peruse the stalls of Umbertide's local market before heading to Mimmi’s in Mercatale for a pasta making class with the restaurant's octogenarian owner. Visit the 1000 year old abbey of Monte Corona as well as a local beekeeper. Wine tasting at Blasi Winery.
We'll set out for the Upper Tiber Valley for a truffle hunt with a local hunter and his dog before a cooking demonstration incorporating the morning's bounty. Afterwards we'll head to the ancient hillside town of Gubbio, famous throughout the Roman era until its height in the early Renaissance.
A free day in the region's most famous town, art-filled Assisi. After touring the church and wandering the streets, we'll head back to Montone for our farewell dinner and cooking class.
After a final breakfast together, depart for the train station for your return to either Florence or Rome.
*Itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and concerts.