Italian DREAMER – SEPT 2019

Italian Cooking Dream

Cooking in Italy – Sept 25 – 30, 2019 – $1630/person

~ Reservations are CLOSED for this ADVENTURE ~

*This trip includes almost EVERYTHING except a few dinner meals and your souvenir purchases

This wonderful trip to Umbria, Perugia, Italy will be unforgettable. We will be staying with Raffaela at her farm, the Agriturismo Villa “La volpe e l’uva.”lets-cook-umbria

With stunning valley views of the vineyards and olive groves it is quintessential Italy! This trip includes almost EVERYTHING ~ transportation, fees and tolls, accommodations, breakfast, cooking classes (our lunch.) Our first stop is lovely Lake Como! This gorgeous lake is a vacation destination for the rich and famous, George Clooney and US!  On Friday, we will enjoy an afternoon by the pool or a walk through the vineyards, or just relax after our morning of cooking before heading off to Cortona (Under the Tuscan Sun) and more…then on Saturday after another great cooking class, we will explore the saintly city of Assisi. This September, I have also added an overnight to wonderful Verona ~ this city of love is where it all began for Romeo and Juliet, we’ll be staying in the heart of the city to take advantage of the many shops, historical sites and yummy restaurants!

Lonely Planet describes Umbria as Italy’s green heart. It is a land unto itself, the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country. Removed from influences, it has kept alive many of Italy’s old world traditions. You’ll see grandmothers in aprons making pasta by hand and front doors that haven’t been locked in a century.

Itinerary details ~

It’s a little trek to get to Umbria, so we leave on Wednesday and spend the night in lovely Lake Como in a boutique hotel, in the town of Menaggio.  After a great breakfast, we will take a ferry over to the famous lake town of Bellagio, where we will stroll through the shopping city enjoyed by millions over the years since the late middle ages.

After arriving in Perugia at the farm, Raffa will greet us with wine and sweets! We’ll settle in and then have head to Perugia ~ just a short drive away and enjoy dinner with Chef Burgalossi at La Taverna. Named one of the best restaurants in all Umbria, you’ll need your stretchy pants for this one.  

On Friday we will begin our authentic “Italian Cooking Class” with Raffa and after our bellies are full we can rest by the pool, go for a walk through the olive groves,  or take a rest before heading to Cortona in late afternoon to catch the sunset on Lake Trasimeno. We’ll enjoy walking and shopping around this ancient city before catching a bite to eat and heading back to Raffa’s. 

On Saturday after another GREAT cooking class at the farm ~ we will head to the miraculous town of Assisi. Here we will be discovering more about this ancient, angelic town where the amazing architecture and lively atmosphere will forever be etched in your memory. 

More trip details and goodies ~

  • Each apartment sleeps two, some beds are queen size beds, others are twin beds. Preferences for bigger beds are given to groups traveling together or married travelers.
  • Please note, Raffa’s Agriturismo Farm has living animals, both, cats and dogs that roam freely.
  • Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette and a “living room” area.
  • Cooking classes are held at the farm with Raffaela and include Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner and lunch
  • Certificate of participation
  • Folder with all the recipes
  • Apron of “Let’s Cook in Umbria”

Other “foodie” facts about Perugia ~

            The cuisine in the Province of Perugia is frugal and made from genuine products such as olive oil, often accompanied by bruschetta, grilled meats, and vegetables. Black truffles, a typical product of the region, are used in many dishes are the main ingredient of the Easter Pizza, a salted panettone (Christmas cake) flavored with pecorino (sheep’s milk cheese)

This small group travel experience (6 passengers & myself) is unforgettable. My trips book up quickly, FULL payment is due at the time of reservation. Trips include accommodations with Wi-Fi and breakfast, transportation, activities and tours. Accommodations are double-occupancy unless, single room supplement is NOT available for this adventure. Lunch and dinner are on-your-own unless otherwise stated. For transportation, we take a 9-passenger van with me as the driver. 

Refunds are not possible, I apologize for any inconvenience however, most deposits, fees and tours are paid in full prior to departure. Individual trip insurance is available through World Nomads Thank you for your understanding. Click here for a full disclaimer.

~ Reservations are CLOSED for this Adventure ~

Italian Cooking Dream


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