Duration: 7 Nights
Location: Perugia, Assisi, Montefalco, Spoleto, Orvieto, Rome
Pricing is per person in a shared double room and is based on a minimum of 12 participants. Single supplement is €450 (Limited QTY available). Airfare is not included.
R/T Group airport transfers and transportation in mini bus is provided for all activities.
Food allergies and special dietary requests can be accommodated with advance notice.
Join us for a truly authentic tour of Umbria, “The Green Heart” of Italy. Travel like a local with Susan Guerra, a New Jersey ex-pat, credentialed wine professional and the former wine blogger for New Jersey Monthly Magazine who now lives in Umbria and will show you the sights of her adopted home.
Mingle with locals, dine and cook in their homes as you discover this enchanting region that’s remained little-changed by the centuries and far away from the beaten tourist crowds.
Day 1: Arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport
Our tour begins with a transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Perugia. Drop your bags at The Sina Brufani Palace our hotel in the historic center and meet your fellow travelers over a light lunch before an afternoon tour of one of Perugia's hidden attractions. Afterwards you'll have free time to explore. In the evening we'll have "apericena" (the Italian version of a light dinner) with plenty of wine in the garden of Susan's friend, who was born and raised in Perugia and whose family is woven into the history of the city.
Day 2: Perugia Food and History
Today we'll we explore Perugia on out top-rated Taste Perugia food, wine and historical highlights tour. As we stroll through its maze of medieval streets, you'll be struck by the beauty of this ancient city and by the delicious simplicity of Umbrian food. We'll taste freshly-baked pastries, handmade pasta, truffles, chocolates, cheeses and more. We'll meet the local restaurant and shop owners as we learn about the fascinating history of the city including Etruscans, Romans, Renaissance artists and ruthless Popes. We'll end the tour with gelato from one of Italy's Top 100 artisan gelaterias.
Day 3: Cooking in Assisi
After breakfast we'll head to a farmhouse kitchen in the beautiful hills above Assisi for a hands-on cooking class with Umbrian native chef and cookbook author, Letizia whose food expertise and recipes have been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, National Geographic Traveler and The Guardian to name just a few. Letizia will guide us in making fresh, hand-rolled, Umbrian pasta as well as the other menu items that we'll eat on her terrace paired with organic wines, seasoned with her garden's fresh spices and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Day 4: Montefalco Wine Tour
Today, we'll spend the day with our colorful and wine-passionate guide, Mark as we tour the prestigious Montefalco DOCG wine region. Montefalco's indigenous red grape variety, Sagrantino is one of Italy's most age worthy wines. We'll meet the wine-makers of the small family-run producers we visit where most of the wineries double as the family home! Naturally we'll taste plenty of wine paired with local cheeses and meats, and we'll also stop for lunch at one of the wineries. After our day of tasting, we'll check into our boutique hotel in the center of Spoleto with free time before dinner.
Day 5: Truffle Hunting in Spoleto
Today hunt for truffles on a farm where Francesca and her family have been living off the land since the 1400s. When we have enough of this local delicacy to make lunch, we'll stop in a panoramic spot and have our first taste of a freshly dug truffle with scrambled eggs (an Umbrian favorite) and a glass or two of Prosecco. Then back at the village you can lend a hand to Francesca as she makes fresh pasta or simply sit back and watch as you enjoy home-made snacks, pecorino cheese and loads local wine.
When the pasta is made, we'll sit down to a traditional Umbrian meal where all of the recipes have a distinctly ‘wild’ flavor. Family and friends from the village often join for this relaxing, fun and totally authentic lunch. In the afternoon we'll head back to Spoleto for a leisurely evening and a light dinner.
Day 6: Orvieto
Today we head to Orvieto, a city with an ancient and mysterious atmosphere that soars above the surrounding valley, perched atop a tufa cliff. The historic center is enhanced not only by its monuments and museums but through the tradition of wood craftsmanship, wrought iron and majolica pottery. We'll check into our historic hotel in Orvieto's historic center tour the city before lunch on your own. You'll have free time to meander the many shops and beautiful piazzas before a wine pairing dinner at Palazzone, one of the most respected wineries in Umbria.
Day 7: Rome
This morning we'll check out and head to Rome where you'll have free time to explore on your own before our farewell dinner followed by an evening tour that takes us into the juicy, often unknown history of the ancient Romans. Hear about the assassination of Julius Caesar right on the spot where it happened. Discover the lesser known historical characters, Marcus Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Emperor Augustus. Learn about Emperor Nero's epically dysfunctional relationship with his mother and Emperor Hadrian, who famously championed human rights all the way back in the 2nd cent
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