Gastronomy in an Italian Villa

The picturesque town of Montefalco is perfectly situated in central Umbria, where it offers a stunning panoramic view of the Spoleto valley, full of olive groves and vineyards. Cobbled streets slope upwards to the center of the town, giving way to the town’s nickname, “la ringhiera dell’Umbria,” which means “the balcony of Umbria.” It is a perfect location for an Italian culinary vacation featuring Umbrian cuisine. While known for its stunning views, Montefalco is also known for its beautiful medieval churches and its Passito, Sagrantino, and Secco wines.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Linda & Jean
Iowa
Trip taken October 2014
From the time we arrived at Villa Pambufetti, we felt like we were part of the family! We spent our days with Alessandra in the kitchen and learned so much! She really put us to work, which we loved - learned different doughs for desserts, pizza, pasta, lasagne, some wonderful sauces and great chicken cacciatore. Her husband, Mauro was our waiter in the evenings and told us about olive oils and wines. The olive oil tasting was educational and enjoyable and the trip to the butcher was very interesting. Alessandra's 8 yr old daughter helped him time the strings around the sausages. The Villa itself was lovely and we loved our large room with high ceilings and a small balcony to look out over the countryside. I picked this trip solely on the description on the site and our expectations were more than exceeded. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to cook, has a sense of humor and loves to learn.

Trip Details

Your 2 hands-on cooking lessons at Villa Pambuffetti are led by Italian-born Alessandra Pambuffetti, who speaks excellent English, and her cook Anna. At a young age, Alessandra discovered her passion for cooking while she helped her babysitter knead pizza dough. She learned the secrets to Italian cooking from her grandmothers and Chef Betulia, who cooked for the Pambuffetti family. In 1992, when the Pambuffetti family opened the villa, Alessandra cooked in the restaurant and began teaching cooking classes. During the classes, Alessandra and Anna share both Alessandra’s family culinary secrets and local folklore as you learn to create classic Italian and Umbrian dishes, including pizza and pasta.


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Itinerary

Day One

Itinerary runs Friday to Monday.

  • Transfer from Foligno train station and check-in to your room at Villa Pambuffetti in Montefalco.
  • Enjoy a welcome drink, followed by dinner in the hotel.
  • Overnight.

Bedroom at the villa in Italy


Day Two

  • Following breakfast, begin your first cooking class with Alessandra.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts with local wines included.
  • In the afternoon, visit the butcher Massimiliano Angelucci in Montefalco to see the way salame, sausages, and other meats are produced and prepared.
  • Dinner in the hotel.
  • Overnight.

Italian lamb chops


Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • Your second hands-on cooking class, followed by lunch based on your efforts. Local wines included.
  • In the afternoon, depart for the walled town of Bevagna, which is flat unlike many Umbrian hill towns. On your own, see the influence of both the Etruscans and Romans on the churches, museums, and architecture.
  • Dinner in Montefalco at La Locanda del Teatro restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Umbria, Italy


Day Four

  • Breakfast, check-out, and transfer to Foligno train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 3-Night Trip

Accommodations

3 nights accommodation in standard double room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches (wine included)
  • 3 dinners (drinks not included)

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 hands-on cooking lessons at Villa Pambuffetti are led by Italian-born Alessandra Pambuffetti, who speaks excellent English, and her cook Anna. At a young age, Alessandra discovered her passion for cooking while she helped her babysitter knead pizza dough. She learned the secrets to Italian cooking from her grandmothers and Chef Betulia, who cooked for the Pambuffetti family. In 1992, when the Pambuffetti family opened the villa, Alessandra cooked in the restaurant and began teaching cooking classes. During the classes, Alessandra and Anna share both Alessandra’s family culinary secrets and local folklore as you learn to create classic Italian and Umbrian dishes, including pizza and pasta.

Excursions

  • Visit of butcher shop to see local products
  • Excursion to Bevagna with time to explore on your own

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers to/from Foligno train station _(Please note early or late transfers may incur a surcharge.)_

Miscellaneous

  • Welcome drink

Accommodation Information

Just outside the ancient walls of Montefalco, and within walking distance, lies the 200-year-old Villa Pambuffetti in a serene setting among beautiful gardens. Upper bedrooms of this renovated villa, once a family palazzo, offer wonderful views of the Umbrian countryside. Inside, the comfortable rooms are furnished with antiques and modern amenities, including individual heat and air-conditioning, a television, mini-bar, and hair dryer. Among the beautiful cypress trees is a large heated pool. Villa Pambuffetti is a true Italian sanctuary, offering a peaceful setting to relax, rejuvenate, and learn about Umbria and its cuisine.

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Year-Round Pricing:

3-night Program
US$900 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$125 per person to upgrade to superior room

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


Tour Dates

Available any weekend Friday to Monday for a minimum of 2 people.

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Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Linda & Jean
Iowa
Trip taken October 2014
From the time we arrived at Villa Pambufetti, we felt like we were part of the family! We spent our days with Alessandra in the kitchen and learned so much! She really put us to work, which we loved - learned different doughs for desserts, pizza, pasta, lasagne, some wonderful sauces and great chicken cacciatore. Her husband, Mauro was our waiter in the evenings and told us about olive oils and wines. The olive oil tasting was educational and enjoyable and the trip to the butcher was very interesting. Alessandra's 8 yr old daughter helped him time the strings around the sausages. The Villa itself was lovely and we loved our large room with high ceilings and a small balcony to look out over the countryside. I picked this trip solely on the description on the site and our expectations were more than exceeded. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes to cook, has a sense of humor and loves to learn.