Day 1: Arrival, Dinner.
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: Cooking class organic farm,Lunch, Assisi.
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: Cheese making, Truffle hunting, Lunch, Norcia.
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.
Day 4: Spoleto, Cooking class in a winery.
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: Bevagna, Lunch, Spello. Free evening
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: Orvieto underground caves, Olive mill, lunch, dinner.
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: Transfer to Rome airport.
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 program includes:
- Group Transfer from/To Rome airport
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- All breakfasts
- 2 cooking classes including wine
- 7 meals (L, D)
- Olive oil tasting
- Wine tasting
- Truffle hunting
- Private tour guide
- Transportation to all excursions
The program does not include
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned in the program
TERMS & CONDITIONS
A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.
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 non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.
*** Deposit: We have adjusted our policies due to covid-19. - In the event of a travel ban or such extraordinary event where travel is not possible - You will receive a credit voucher that you can use for booking any Food N' Wine Vacations trip till 12/31/2022.
90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.
**** We have adjusted our policies due to covid-19. In the event of a travel ban or such extraordinary event where travel is not possible - You will receive a credit voucher that you can use for booking any Food N' Wine Vacations trip till 12/31/2022.
Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.
Your home for the week is 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.
DATES & PRICES
Available year-round based on availability.
Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round
We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.
Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.
You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.
For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.
The best would be flying in and out of Rome.
If you plan to visit other parts of Italy we suggest you contact us. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans.
PRE AND POST IDEAS
You may want to check our other tours in Italy or consult with us based on your interests.
Walking pace is like walking around town.
You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.
we try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.
The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.
What should I wear?
Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.
You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.
In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants
Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.
If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.
How many bags can I bring?
We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.
Please check our packing advice.
We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.
You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.
On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.
We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.
Do I need a passport?
Copy of passport
We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.
Should I bring my cell phone?
It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.
Do I need converters or transformers?
European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.
Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.
We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.
It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date
It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.
You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.
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