Taste of Umbria
Umbria offers one of the best culinary Tours of Italy. This getaway to the heart of Italy is all about unique experiences: you'll stay in the heart of an Italian town and live among the town's people. You will have access to experiences most travelers don’t have. We’ll introduce you to local artisans who share their life experience with you. You will hunt truffles with a real truffle hunter, you will have a lunch based on truffles, you will visit a family farm in the countryside to see how they make fresh Ricotta cheese and explore stunning towns.
This tour could be a great extension after a tour to Tuscany. Your tour guide will pick you up from our villa in Chianti to start the tour in Umbria.
If you join us from a different tour: Meet us at Orvieto train station at 11:00 am.
You will stay in a privately owned 15 century palazzo that has been beautifully restored. It has beautiful Italian gardens and stunning views you can enjoy with your breakfast.
Each room, with its unique architecture, color, and décor is reminiscent of a noble’s room of the past.
Today 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.
In the evening we will walk to dinner at a family owned restaurant for an unforgettable evening.
A great way to start your day is to have breakfast on the beautiful terrace – enjoy the stunning views! 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. We depart Spoleto for our next adventure. 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 how they make Ricotta and Pecorino cheeses. Then we will enjoy a unique Truffle based lunch at a local restaurant frequented by locals. After lunch we will join the truffle hunter and his dog searching for the illusive and famous truffles of Umbria.
In the afternoon we will visit 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.
Upon returning to Spoleto you have the evening to relax.
Day 3 (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 Assisi. 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 a free evening
Day 4: Departure
If you have other travel plans you can take a train from Spoleto. We can help you with logistics, train tickets or a private transfer.
The tour includes:
- Group Transfers as described in the itinerary.
- 3 nights accommodation
- All breakfast
- 2 lunches
- 1 dinner
- Cheese tasting
- Olive oil tasting
- Wine tasting
- Cured meat tasting
- Truffle hunting
- Private tour guide
- Transportation to all excursions
The tour does not include:
Anything not mentioned in the program
Price: $1650.00 per person in a double room.
Reduced price for people who are booking another tour with us: $1450.00
Single supplement: $250
Scheduled Group dates are guaranteed only with a minimum of 6 people.
Group dates 2019
Sep 20 - Sep 23 - 2 spots left
Group Dates 2020
5/29 - 6/1
6/5 - 6/8
6/20 - 6/23
9/12 - 9/15
9/18 - 9/21
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.
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.