Cooking in Italy’s Green Heart in Umbria

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Tasting
Wine, Local Food, Cheese
Activity
Tour, Cooking Class, Cellar Tour
Included
Hotel, Meal, Pick up
Languages
English
Theme
Countryside, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
2,647
/ Person
TRUSTED PARTNER
Katie M
Activity Overview
On this culinary adventure taste all there is in the Umbrian countryside as well as polish your cooking skills. Famous for its luxurious countryside which is plenty of fresh foods, Umbria is the only place to refine your culinary skills. Umbria is also referred to as the green heart of Italy. On each day of the 6-day tour, you will learn how to make Italian cuisines.

Why you will love the tour
Get practical, with three hands-on cooking classes which include pasta making. The cooking classes will be taught by a professional chef in his home on the posh countryside of Orvieto.
Taste five different homemade meals matched with lots of wine.

Day 1: DISCOVER WINES OF UMBRIA
You will meet other visitors and the tour guide at one location in Rome then You all head to Umbria. Start the excursion with a visit to wine production, agriturismo. This will introduce you to the wine culture and the food traditions in Italy. After Lunch and the long session of wine tasting, you will arrive in Montefalco to check into your hotel and rest through the entire evening.

Day 2: GET INTO THE PIZZA DOUGH
Start your day by exploring the town on your own in the morning hours. After lunch visits a closeby old village to begin the culinary adventure with Italy's most famous cuisines which are Pizza. You will tour a local flour mill and know all about the production of different grains and wheat used for pizza and bread. You will also get an opportunity to knead your dough from scratch. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine with fellow travelers as you wait for the dough to raise in a typical wooden oven. Add some final touches to the bread and enjoy the classic Italian pizza, hot from the oven.

Day 3: MAKE PASTA BY HAND
The day starts with a visit to the stunning hilly town of Orvieto, where you will interact with a famous local chef. In the real Italian culture, the chef will welcome us into her lovely home in the beautiful lush countryside with breathtaking views. You will learn how to make pasta by hand and gnocchi which is an original Italian dish. Afterwards, you will delight in Italian dishes paired with lots of wine. Then later return to the hotel to unwind through the evening.

Day4: TOUR A CHEESE FARM
The morning starts with a visit to a neighboring Bevagna village. Here you will meet a winemaker who is also a shepherd who will take you through the history and traditions of cheese production in the area. Tour the farm to observe all the steps from the sheep to the machines and to the rooms where cheese is aged. Later delight in a banquet of Umbrian meats and cheeses matched with the region's famous Sagrantino wine.

Day 5: LEARN THE ART OF GELATO
This day is all about desserts. After relaxing through the morning session, we make way to Cortona to meet an artistic gelato maker. Your trip to Italy would not be thorough without a perfect gelato. On this class, you will be taught by the finest with the freshest, high-quality constituents. After you have had an opportunity to make your gelato, savor a delicious regional special as you wait for the gelato to chill. Then later enjoy you dessert- gelato.

Day 6: ONE LAST ADVENTURE
As you head back to Rome, relish one last culinary experience. Whatever experience you wanted to have indulged in it. Whether an olive harvest, a truffle hunt or visit a renowned Deruta pottery maker, return to Roma with your heart's content.
 
Included
  • Five nights stay in listed sample accommodations (or similar) with daily breakfast
  • Five meals (lunch or dinner) featuring regional specialties and local wines
  • Three hands-on cooking classes
  • Extended winery tour and tasting in Umbria
  • Countryside excursions with visits to charming Umbrian hill towns
  • One special culinary excursion dependent upon seasonality
  • Dedicated English-speaking tour leader and ground transportation
  • Pick-up and drop-off in central location in Rome
Not Included
  • Single supplement (€450), airfare, travel insurance, personal expenditures, meals not specified, guide gratuity (optional)
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2,647
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On Jul 18, 201812:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
On Sep 16, 201812:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
On Oct 7, 201812:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
On Nov 19, 201812:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
Duration
6 Days, 5 Nights
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Cancellation Policy
Non-Refundable
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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We had a wonderful time in Umbria!
We had a wonderful time in Umbria!Whenever we think of the sights, the smells, the sounds, the tastes, & the people you introduced us to...we smile & miss it ALL!Like others before us, we now understand the value of Max Brunelli!The trip was very well organized from beginning to end, never faulted.We appreciated the NYC office, which answered all preliminary questions, without hesitation.Then Max!...who, ... more having been raised in the area, knows it all. The people he introduced us to could not have been warmer, the vineyard owners, the cheese makers, the chefs, the tour guides, all Max "finds" that help contribute to a fantastic vacation.Many many Thanks to All at Ciao Andiamo!!
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
Duration:
10 Days
VISIT THE BEST OF ITALY WITH OUR 13 DAY TOUR "MAMMA MIA!" DEPARTING FROM ROME. Step back in time as you explore the historic streets of Rome, drink the best wines in Tuscany, swim ... morein the crystal waters of the Mediterrenean sea and lots more.

In this 13 days you’ll get to know the top destinations of Italy. This tour is the perfect combination of organized activities and free time for you to explore this amazing country. You will get to know not only the ancient city of Rome, its ruins and fountains, the beautiful and artistic city of Florence, the narrow streets and canals of Venice and the enchanting amalfi coast, but also the Tuscan countryside and its wine, the picturesque coast of Cinque Terre, amazing pizza in Naples and more.

In this 13 days you’ll get to know the top destinations of Italy. This tour is the perfect combination of organized activities and free time for you to explore this amazing country. You will get to know not only the ancient city of Rome, its ruins and fountains, the beautiful and artistic city of Florence, the narrow streets and canals of Venice and the enchanting amalfi coast, but also the Tuscan countryside and its wine, the picturesque coast of Cinque Terre, amazing pizza in Naples and more.

ITINERARY

MONDAY DAY 1 : ARRIVAL TO ROME
Welcome to Italy! Check in one of our partner hostels in Rome. Meet your tour leader and the other travelers at 5:00pm for a short briefing about the itinerary and on what lies ahead on your trip. During the introduction the guide will be at your disposal to answer your question and take down the booking of any optional activities you wish to add. You willl all continue for an evening orientation walk of the Eternal city passing by the Colosseum and the Roman forum to admire one of the most important Italian sites during the sunset. The tour will finish with a welcome dinner in a local restaurant to start appreciating the Italian cuisine and to get to know better the other travellers. ( D )

DAY 2 : TREVI FOUNTAIN, SPANISH STEPS, VATICAN CITY & LOTS MORE
Meet our guide in the morning for an orientation walk through the winding roman back streets to discover the most famous sites including Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Don't forget to throw a coin and make a wish! Be prepared to walk all day as there is no better way to explore a new city like Rome than on foot. The orientation walk will end at the Vatican city where you will be left free to spend the rest of the day to visit the St. Peter's Basilica house of the Pope and the Vatican Museums in complete freedom. Alternatively join the optional 2h walking tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel with a licensed tour guide if you wish to learn more about works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries .

DAY 3 : FULL FREE DAY IN ROME
This day is up to you! You will have a full day to explore Rome in complete freedom, do some souvenir shopping or simply relax. Add extra to your booking the 2/3h walking tour with professional and licensed tour guides of the Colosseum and the Roman forum to learn more about the gladiators and the Roman senate.

DAY 4 : POMPEII - SORRENTO
Meet your guide in the morning to travel by private bus towards the South of Italy. First stop of the day will be Pompeii where you will have the time to enter the site and admire the antique Roman settlements. If you wish to book our guided tour inside the site with a licensed tour guide, make sure you add it to your booking or inform the guide on day one. This tour comes really recommended because as locals we know how important this historical site is and how important it is to have a licensed tour guides of Pompeii showing you around and pointing out the main parts instead of looking out at old rocks without knowing what you are looking at.

After Pompeii we will continue towards Sorrento driving along the coast with spectacular views of the Vesuvio. Our accommodation for the next 3 nigths will be in a caming village located on top of the hill with a terrific scenary of Sorrento and the coast. After check in you will be taken for a walk around the city center. Join in the evening your guide to a local restaurant for an optional dinner based on some delicious pasta or gnocchi, traditional of the area.

DAY 5 : BOAT TRIP TO CAPRI ISLAND
What a perfect way to start the day with a boat trip to and around Capri island. Our boat will leave directly from our campsite at 8:30am in the morning. Bring your beach towel and swimsuit because you will have the opportunity to swim . Once in Capri you will be free to explore the island, relax on the beach, take the chairlift up to the top of Mt. Solaro for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the island and visit the Blue Grotto. All this in complete freedom or follow your tour leader for an insight view of the island. Once back to the accommodation you will be free to spend the evening as you prefer or join the guide for dinner at one the most famous pizzeria in Sorrento.

DAY 6 : POSITANO AND AMALFI COAST
A full day trip by private bus to explore the Amalfi coast and its wonders. The bus will pick us up from the accommodation and drive us on the famous windy road with an amazing scenary also featured in many movies. During the journey we will pass by the " Galli" Islands, the fishing villages of Praiano, Furore and Positano. We will stop in Amalfi for 2h to taste the fresh "sfogliatella", visit the imposing Cathedral and relax at the beach with a yummy arancini in your hand. In the afternoon we will continue towards Positano, the gem of gem of the Amalfi coast, where we will stay for 3h long enough to allow you to discover the town and its cascade of colourful houses at your own peace, go for a swim and have a bite on one of the typical shop selling fresh local food.

DAY 7 : NAPLES - FLORENCE
You can't leave the South of Italy without taking at least a small peek at Naples, home of the Italian pizza and Italian customs. Your tour leader will take you for an orientation walk and will show you the main places of interests including San Carlo theatre, Plebiscito square, Umberto I 's gallery and lots more. Don't forget to taste the famous Napolitan pizza with buffalo mozzarella before moving on to our next destination: Florence.

Check in to your accommodation and meet your tour leader for an original and fun orientation walk of the city to discover the new city and the local traditions.You will see the famous gothic Cathedral, the old bridge " Ponte Vecchio", We will end the tour in one of the busiest streets of Florence renowned for the many bars where to hang out at night. Here we will stop at the bar rated by the locals as the best aperitivo place in town. ( D )

DAY 8 : TUSCANY! SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO AND CHIANTI REGION EXCURSION - FLORENCE
A full day trip from Florence departing in the morning by private van/coach to 3 famous villages of Tuscany; Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni . We'll also ride throughout the Chianti region with its charming scenic views and we will reach an authentical Tuscan winery surrounded by rolling hills, vines and olive groves for wine and olive oil tasting. Don’t forget to bring your camera…..the scenery from here is stunning! We will be back to Florence at 6:30pm. Free evening

DAY 9 : PISA AND CINQUE TERRE EXCURSION BY TRAIN - FLORENCE
An early wake up for an exciting full day at the Cinque Terre, the most characteristic villages of Italy famous for their natural beauty, scenic trails, spectacular coast line and sunny beaches, including a 2h stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa. We'll be back to Florence at 8:30pm. Free evening

DAY 10 : FULL FREE DAY IN FLORENCE
This day is for everyone to explore the magnificent city of Florence! Spend the day shopping at the local markets, going to museums and discovering the city. Florence is home to famous artworks such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” – after all, Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, so be sure to take it all in! Free evening

DAY 11 : ARRIVAL TO VENICE
Bye Bye Florence, Venice here we come. We will catch the fast speed train from Florence train station and in only 2h we will reach Venice. After check in to our accommodation in Venice, we will head down to town for an orientation walk of the city to explore the city of the many canals, the gondolas, the millions of pigions and the amaizing churches. We will visit St. Mark's square, the Catherdral, the Rialto bridge and the Palazzo Ducale. The tour will officially end in St. Mark's square where you will be left free to walk through the shops independently and choose your own Carnical masks. The afternoon will be all yours if you wish to take a gondola ride across the canal or find out how the Carnival masks are made. Free evening

DAY 12 : FREE MORNING IN VENICE - MURANO & BURANO ISLANDS
Free morning in Venice dedicated to your preferred activities. In the afternoon take a 4h boat tour to visit the islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello organised by our local supplier to check out the many colourful houses and the glass factories . You will learn about the age-old handcrafts that brought these little islands fame from the quality Murano glass and Burano lace being made first-hand. It’s the perfect trip from Venice with a combination of history and behind-the-scenes action! Free evening

SATURDAY DAY 13 : BYE BYE VENICE.
The tour ends in Venice but if you need to return back to Rome we can organise the train tickets in advance for our passengers. Make sure you inform us in advance about your travel plans in order to help you as much as possible.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 (Monday) : Welcome to Rome - Orientation walk & dinner

DAY 2: Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Vatican city & lots more

DAY 3 : Full free day in Rome

DAY 4 : Pompeii - Sorrento

DAY 5 : Full day in Capri island

DAY 6 : Day tour to Positano & Amalfi coast

DAY 7 : Naples - welcome to Florence

DAY 8 : Day tour to Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti region with wine tasting

DAY 9 : Day tour to Pisa and the Cinque Terre

DAY 10 : Full free day in Florence

DAY 11 : Arrival to Venice - Orientation walk of the city centre

DAY 12 : Free morning - Half day tour to Murano, Burano and Torcello islands

DAY 13 (Saturday) : Check out

HIGHLIGHTS

12 nights in a our favourite budget accommodation

The best places in Italy:

Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, Murano & Burano Islands and lots more.

Discover the real Italy

Drink the best wines in Tuscany

Lean against the leaning tower of Pisa

Take a selfie with the statue of David

Eat any possible gelato flavour

Swim in the crystal waters of the Mediterrenean sea

Get lost in Venice with its many canals

Hike the scenic trails in Cinque Terre
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
Duration:
8 Days
VACATION IN SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN CITIES IN 8 DAYS Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre and the Chianti Region with a passionate team of locals. Explore ... morethese cities on off-the-tourist-track routes for an amazing, fun and authentic experience!

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 SATURDAY: ARRIVAL TO VENICE
Welcome to Venice! Check in starts from 2:00pm by feel free to arrive earlier to relax and take a bite before you meet with the other Italy on a Budget travelers and tour leader in the early afternoon. Your guide will go through the itinerary of the entire week and afterwards will take everyone on an orientation tour of the ‘City of Canals’. See the magnificent byzantine Cathedral of Saint Mark, the Ducal Palace and Rialto Bridge. The evening is free for you to roam and explore the winding streets of this beautiful city and enjoy a dinner with traditional delicacies.

DAY 2 SUNDAY: VENICE FREE DAY
It is an entire day dedicated to exploring Venice at your leisure! Feel free to ask your guide for suggestions or activities to do in the city. There is an optional half-day tour of the islands of Burano and Murano for those who wish to witness and learn the art and craft of lace and glass making or hop on a gondola and have the gondolier serenade you under the Venetian stars.

DAY 3 MONDAY: ROME
Check out from your accommodation in Venice at 10:00am and spend the last morning hours to explore what’s left in the city. Jump on the fast speed train to Rome where you will arrive in the early afternoon. After check in, you will have some time to relax before meeting up with your guide at 5:00pm for an orientation walk of the Eternal City. Watch the sunset over the Colosseum and Roman Forum before we end the day with a traditional Italian dinner at our favorite local restaurant.

DAY 4 TUESDAY: ROME & VATICAN CITY
We rendezvous in the morning to discover more of Rome by walking down her winding backstreets. Discover famous attractions such as Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and lots more. We will then arrive at Vatican City where you will have free time to explore the home of Pope at your leisure. You may also participate in an optional tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with a licensed guide (tickets to this tour are included with the trip). Free evening.

DAY 5 WEDNESDAY: FLORENCE
Take the morning and explore more of Rome before we leave in the early afternoon to Florence. After check in, your tour leader will take for an afternoon orientation walk of the birthplace of the Renaissance. You will get to see the marvelous gothic Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio or ‘Old Bridge’. The tour will end on one of the busiest streets of Florence, renowned for its bars and nightlife. We will have a traditional aperitivo at a bar favored by locals, which is a meal consisting of cocktails and an all-you-can-eat-buffet. Nothing gets more Italian than aperitif: an entire evening filled with laughter and stories between friends over delicious cocktails and a food. It is the cherry on top of a perfect day!

DAY 6 THURSDAY: PISA & CINQUE TERRE
This day starts bright and early as we take the train to Pisa at 7:00am. You will have some leisure time to explore the Square of Miracles and see the beautiful Cathedral, Baptistery, Campo Santo, and the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Take as many pictures as you would like with the Leaning Tower and get creative with your poses! We will then take the train to La Spezia and arrive at the Cinque Terre, home to some of the most stunning coastal villages of the Liguria Region. This area is famous for its natural beautiful, scenic trails and is dotted with sandy beaches. Here we will visit the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza. The day will end with sunbathing on the beach or taking a dive in the warm waters of Vernazza. We will return to Florence at 8:00pm approx.

DAY 7 FRIDAY: CHIANTI REGION
Today we head into the stunningly beautiful hills of the Chianti Region. Our first stop in the Wine Tasting School where you will sample 4 different types of wine including but not limited to: Chianti Classico, Brunello of Montalcino, and some Super Tuscans. You will also get to try a truffle olive oil and a 30-year old balsamic vinegar. Learn how to differentiate the flavors and expand your palate with a passionate local wine producer. Our next stop will be a local winery where the wine makers will lead you through their vineyards and cellar, sharing their secrets to wine and olive oil production. You will sample 3 types of wines: D.O.C.G. Vernaccia white wine, a Rosé, and a Chianti colli senesi D.O.C.G. Last but not least, the day will conclude with a stop in the medieval town of San Gimignano, also known as the ‘Manhattan of Tuscany’ for her many towers. Your guide will provide you with maps and suggestions for the best places to visit in this historic city. It is also home to an award-winning gelateria, so be sure to treat yourself before we return to Florence!

DAY 8 SATURDAY: CHECK OUT
Our tour official ends on this day. Check out is 10:00am but feel free to store your luggage at the accommodation if you wish to explore more of Florence before your departure.

Want to explore more of Italy and go on another adventure? Join us once again and book our fav tours! Go beach hopping with our Amalfi Coast tour or discover Milan & Lake Como. Come see the rest of the country and keep the good times rolling! If you are returning to Venice, our team can help you organizing the train tickets.

HIGHLIGHTS

Sail on a gondola through the Venetian canals

Discover the Colosseum and Roman Forum

Visit the St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

See Renaissance monuments in Florence

Wine & olive oil tasting

Take pictures pushing with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Relax on the beaches of the Cinque Terre

Swim in the ocean

Taste award winning gelato in San Gimignano

ITINERARY

Day 1 Saturday: Arrival to Venice - Orientation tour of the city

Day 2: Free day in Venice at your leisure

Day 3: Rome - Orientation tour and dinner

Day 4: Rome - Old city centre and Vatican City

Day 5: Rome - Florence

Day 6: Day tour to Pisa and Cinque Terre

Day 7: Day tour to Tuscany & Chianti Region with wine tasting

Day 8 Saturday: A Florentine Farewell
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Duration:
1,5 H
Learn how to make the dough with the original recipe of Italian homemade pasta, from the flour to the cutting. Discover all the secrets and then enjoy a typical Roman menu for lunch ... moreor dinner with a good glass of wine in the heart of Rome.

You have a unique opportunity to learn how to make the traditional recipe of homemade pasta. Share your dining experience with other participants and relaxing sipping a good glass of wine and tasting pasta.

You have the possibility to ask the chef questions about the Italian kitchen. Take home the secret about how we made the dough and share with your relatives and friends.

Spend a pleasant different evening, characterized by home atmosphere. Today, the tradition continues being passed down from grandmothers to young grandchildren, who, having fun together, bring to the table a good plate of homemade pasta. Our tour offers you the chance to learn this traditional recipe, by providing you the experience and the joy of our chef who will give you the desire to cook at home!

PASTA MENU:

Bruschetta with tomatoes

Pasta with chosen sauce

Meatballs and Saltinbocca in Roman style

Tiramisù dessert

Glass of Prosecco

Glass of wine

Water

Limoncello or coffee