Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Umbria, Italy - 7 nights
Available March to November

 

Discover the best kept secrets of this beautiful region of Italy. Go on a truffle hunt with truffle dogs and afterwards enjoy a lunch based on the dogs' findings, take a hands on cooking class, visit Assisi with a private art guide, enjoy an eco olive oil tour and tasting, sample fine wines and indulge in the incredible foods that Umbria has to offer. You will also be introduced to the unique experience of the "Quintana Joust World", a jousting competition founded by the ancient Umbrians. 

 

Umbria is Italy’s fascinating heart of cultural heritage, natural beauty and is acclaimed for its culinary authenticity and genuineness. The local cuisine is rustic and it truly is from the land, with ingredients like pasta, farro, wild herbs, truffle and mushrooms, as well as a range of cured meats.

 

The accommodation for the week will be a 4 star Relais in the countryside just 800 meters from the village of Bevagna, an untouched and lively village where you will find shops, cafè and good restaurants. The view from the Relais is unique and embraces the valley of Assisi, Montefalco and Bevagna. Bevagna is a tiny medieval walled-town, where Roman sites co-exist with medieval buildings. 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day One 

 

BEVAGNA

 

Pick up from Rome (or Florence) airport and transfer by private car and English speaking driver to Bevagna.

 

Accommodation at the Relais.

 

Dinner on your own. 

 

Day Two 

 

COOKING CLASS, UMBRIA WINES & PERUGIA

 

This morning you will have a private cooking class with an expert cook in the kitchen of the Relais. This is a great opportunity to discover the secrets of traditional Umbrian recipes.

 

Lunch will follow. 

 

In the afternoon you will reach Perugia where you will meet our guide for a half day guided walking tour. The capital of Umbria was founded by the Etruscans in the VII Century B.C. The untouched historical center is one of the largest and interesting in Italy. From the ancient Etruscan remains to the Middle-Ages, from Renaissance to Baroque, every period produced absolute masterpieces. This beautiful town will surprise and charm you with unexpected sites and views. 

 

Transfer back to Bevagna  and dinner on your own. 

 

 

Day Three

 

TRASIMENO LAKE VILLAGES, OLIVE OIL ECO TOUR & TASTING


Today you will explore the enchanting Trasimeno lake, near Tuscany borders, where you will have time at leisure to explore the hamlets and villages on the shore of the Lake, little gems to be discovered, such as Passignano and Tuoro which serve as guardians of art, history and culture. They host lovely Renaissance palaces and medieval churches. In the afternoon you will visit a truly unique place - a huge estate on the hills around Perugia. Pioneers of sustainability, in 2009 they were the first farm in the world to be certified with zero CO2 emissions. Their extra virgin olive oil represents 12 rare 100% genetically certified Italian cultivars. Cultivated patiently, all the olives are harvested by hand and then pressed at a low temperature to preserve the organoleptic properties of the fruit. You will experience a guidedEco Tour of the estate with 0 co2 emissions, with electric Jeeps, immersed in the nature that surround the vineyards and olive groves.

 

At the end of the Eco tour you will enjoy a wine and olive oil tastingon the panoramic terrace in front of the vineyard,accompanied by the typical bruschetta and a plate of local delicacies.

 

Transfer back to Bevagna.

 

Day Four

 

TRUFFLE HUNT & ASSISI 

 

Pick up in the morning and transfer to the countryside around Foligno for a truffle hunt in the woods. You will meet the truffle hunter and his dogs for a unique and evocative experience. The truffle hunters and dogs will lead you on a fascinating expedition through the woods, hunting truffles! You will join the cook in kitchen just to see how to prepare the day’s harvest and enjoy your lunch. 

 

After lunch you will reach Assisi where Saint Francis of Assisi is buried in the monumental Basilica di San Francesco. With our private art guide you will tour this wonderful village, seeing Giotto’s frescoes in the basilica, as well as the Romanesque-Gothic San Pietro church and the Piazza del Comune. 

 

Transfer back to Bevagna and dinner on your own. 

 

DAY FIVE

 

HIDDEN GEMS OF UMBRIA: BEVAGNA, SPELLO, MONTEFALCO & MONTEFALCO WINES

 

Pick up in the morning for an excursion that will let you discover some hidden gems of Umbria, untouched villages such as Spello, a former Roman colony where large parts of the Roman fortifications remain intact.

 

In Spello we will visit the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its magnificent frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Cappella Baglioni, and Montefalco, a small medieval hamlet famous for its wines, where you will visit a flagship winery for a guided visit and wine tasting.

 

Back to Bevagna and time at leisure to enjoy this small, enchanting village known as “The Balcony of Umbria” because of the panoramic views it enjoys over Assisi, Foligno and Montefalco. 

 

DAY SIX

 

SPOLETO & NORCIA CURED MEATS

Spoleto is a center of culture for its many attractions, from its festivals to its ancient sites and cuisine. Often described as a little piece of heaven fallen to earth, it’s a town that truly embodies the history of Italy at every turn. You will explorethis wonderful town with our guide who will help you discover the secrets of Umbria including the culinary secrets. 

 

Norcia is famous in Italy for the great tradition of meat preservation and conservation, known as norcineria. Many products are made by salting and aging pork products – for example, prosciutti (thighs), spallette (shoulder), capocolli (neck), and pancette (bacon). Visit to a salumificio for a tour and tasting.

 

 

DAY SEVEN

 

FOLIGNO UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

 

Pick up from the Relais and transfer to Foligno where you will meet our guide who will lead you in a truly unique journey through the Quintana Joust world. Founded by the ancient Umbrians, followed by the Romans, Foligno's historic center has now a number of beautiful religious buildings and noble Medieval and Renaissance palaces. Every year Foligno hosts the exciting Giostra della Quintana (Joust of the Quintana), an ancient manifestation that has its roots in the local history of the city inspired by the ancient equestrian competitions of the Medieval age. The Quintana is not only a competition. In the previous days, the city of Foligno hosts many related events: official trials of the race, tambourines challenge... and also the typical taverns are open for all the days of the manifestation.The previous evening, a magnificent historical parade of about 600 figures go through the streets of the city center, characterized by an impressive richness and care of the clothes and jewels. You will visit the tailoring workshop where those clothes are made, an historic tailoring workshop that also makes costumes for La Scala Theatre Opera performances. Then you will visit another workshop and meet the goldsmight who makes the precious jewels for the costumes. 

 

 

Walking through the historic center with our guide you will also discover the mainsquare of Foligno, Piazza della Repubblica - you will visit the Cathedral of San Feliciano, characterized by its two magnificent facades and the mixture of styles belonging to different eras: Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Neoclassical. Finally, you will admire the wonderful Palazzo Trinci, a medieval palace connected to the cathedral by a fascinating “suspension bridge” and built in the Gothic style in the early fifteenth century.

 

Time at leisure and transfer back to the Relais.  

 

 

DAY EIGHT

 

DEPARTURE

 

Pick up from Bevagna and private transfer Rome (or Florence) airport

 

Arriverderci!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

By car: 40 minute drive from Perugia (21 miles), 30 minutes from Assisi (13 miles) and 2 hours from Siena (86 miles), 2 hours 15 minutes from Florence (111 miles), 2 hours 15 minutes from Rome (93 miles)  

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request.

 

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MAP*

 

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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COOKING IN THE DORDOGNE

"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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