Culinary Paradise Itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival, Dinner. 
  • Day 2: Cooking class organic farm,Lunch,  Assisi.
  • Day 3: Cheese making, Truffle hunting, Lunch, Norcia. 
  • Day 4: Spoleto, Cooking class in a winery.
  • Day 5: Bevagna, Lunch, Spello.  Free evening
  • Day 6: Orvieto underground caves, Olive mill, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 7: Transfer to Rome airport.

Day 1 (D)

We will meet at Rome Airport around noon (12:00 pm) and drive to the historic palace in the heart of Spoleto. (One group transfer) You will have time to unpack and settle in your room. In the evening we will  walk to dinner at a family owned restaurant 

.Day 2 (B,L,D)

A great way to start your day is to have breakfast on the beautiful terrace – enjoy the stunning views! We’ll be heading to an organic farm near Assisi where you will have an unforgettable experience: cooking with your hosts, a warm welcoming family, using fresh and seasonal produce, dining in their restaurant overlooking the  green landscape.  in the afternoon we will visit Assisi, the home of St. Francis. Perched high above the flat valley floor next to Monte Subasio, the cobbled streets of Assisi wind across the hill with spectacular views of the valley below. You will have time for shopping and exploring before we return to Spoleto for an evening at leisure.

Day 3 ( B, L)

Prepare your taste buds for a day packed with delicacies. After breakfast you'll enjoy one of the prettiest drives in the region. We will drive through Valnerina (little valley of Nera) with its dramatic craggy mountain peaks, perched hamlets and stone villages  until we reach a family farm where we will  watch the 'mama' making Ricotta cheese. Then we will go with her son, the truffle hunter, and his dog searching for the illusive and famous truffles of Umbria. To complete the experience, we will enjoy a truffle and other local specialty based lunch at the family’s restaurant. After lunch we will drive through Monti Sibilini National park enjoying spectacular views. Our last visit for the day is Norcia. Norcia has become famous for its art of pork butchery and preparation of cured meats that butchers across Italy now use the term norcino to indicate all kinds of meats preserved in this manner. We will have a tasting of delicacies produced only in this area.

In the evening we'll drive back to Spoleto.
Free evening

Day 4 (B,D)

After breakfast we'll spend the morning discovering Spoleto. We will walk to the magnificent 13th century fortress. From there we will  see the striking 13th century aqueduct. Then, Enjoy a free time to be a part of a real Italian town, walk the cobblestone streets, grab a bite or seat in a cafe.

In the afternoon we will drive through the wine roads of Umbria getting to know Sagrantino di Montefalco, a high-quality red wine made from a grape found virtually nowhere else in the world.   You will spend a memorable evening in a winery enjoying a private wine tasting combined with a cooking class and followed by dinner.

Day 5 (B, L)

Today we will visit two medieval gems, the towns of  Bevagna and Spello. Bevagna, a fairy tale town is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It boasts stunning Roman mosaics, a pair of fascinating Romanesque churches and the re-creation of a medieval merchant’s house of the early 14th-century. You will have time to walk around and enjoy lunch on your own.  In the afternoon we will explore  Spello. The pink stoned Spello is a perfect example of one of Umbria’s medieval small towns, which preserves the major number of monuments testifying to the Roman era. Spello's main point of interest is the town itself: Stone houses decorated with flowers,  hundreds of steep medieval streets and stairways, arches and angles, nestled into a pristine Umbrian countryside, are second to no none in their beauty.

After enjoying spello we will drive back to Spoleto for a free evening. 

Day 6 (B, L, D)

This morning you will depart to discover Orvieto, Umbria's grand hill town. The town sits majestically on a big chunk of volcanic rock called tuff. Built over several generations, the Duomo is one of the seven wonders of Italy; and the dense, organic, medieval fabric of the town dictates the human scale of today's centro storico, with its cafes and restaurants, its bookshops and artisans' work. Orvieto has  long kept the secret of its labyrinth of caves and tunnels. You will have a special access to private underground caves under a bakery that accidentally was discovered by the owners. Next, you'll visit an olive mill and have  a light lunch. In the afternoon we'll  go back to spoleto.

Tonight we will celebrate an amazing week.

Dinner at a restaurant.

Day 7

We will provide one group transfer to Rome airport. (FCO)
All flights to North America depart early and check in and transfer will be early.(6:30 am - 7:00 am)
if you choose to extend your stay in Italy, Rome is only 1 1/2 hours from Spoleto by train.


The tour includes:

  • Group Transfer from/To Rome airport
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 cooking classes including wine
  • 7 meals (L, D)
  • Cheese tasting
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Cured meat tasting
  • Truffle hunting
  • Private tour guide
  • Transportation to all excursions

 The tour does not include:

 Flights

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Anything not mentioned in the program

Price: $3495.00 per person in a double room.  

 Single supplement: $400.00

Group Date 2019

June 16 - June 23 - Includes a visit to the magnificent Infiorata. Read about it

Space is limited to 8 guests.

 We can accommodate private groups year round. 

Terms & Conditions:
A deposit of $500.00 per person required at time of booking to guarantee the space. Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the date of departure.

Cancellation policy:

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is no longer refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N' Wine Vacations Inc, Reserves the right to make some price adjustments due to currency fluctuations.


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