A Food Lover's Paradise in Norcia

Norcia, a town famed for its black truffles, its nestled in the center of the region of Umbria, historically enclosed by its 14th century walls and surrounded by the Monti Sibilllini Park. It is the ideal location for Italy cooking classes and foodie excursions. Having withstood a severe earthquake in 2016, the town has really rebounded with a sense of renewal. Many of the buildings (including the beautiful hotel Palazzo Seneca and its restaurant) were completely undamaged. Other buildings are being rebuilt and restored. The recovery has been remarkable and we are thrilled to be sending culinary travelers to Norcia once again. With a great culinary history, the area is known for its lentils, sausages, cheese, as well as the truffles. The region is rich with culture, Renaissance art, wine and gastronomy, as well as hand-crafted products.

A Food Lover's Paradise in Norcia

Norcia, a town famed for its black truffles, its nestled in the center of the region of Umbria, historically enclosed by its 14th century walls and surrounded by the Monti Sibilllini Park. It is the ideal location for Italy cooking classes and foodie excursions. Having withstood a severe earthquake in 2016, the town has really rebounded with a sense of renewal. Many of the buildings (including the beautiful hotel Palazzo Seneca and its restaurant) were completely undamaged. Other buildings are being rebuilt and restored. The recovery has been remarkable and we are thrilled to be sending culinary travelers to Norcia once again. With a great culinary history, the area is known for its lentils, sausages, cheese, as well as the truffles. The region is rich with culture, Renaissance art, wine and gastronomy, as well as hand-crafted products.


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My daughter and I really enjoyed our time in Norcia. The hotel Palazzo Seneca was lovely. Our accommodations were perfect. The staff was very, very hospitable, competent and went out of their way to satisfy our every need. Our chef was truly knowledgeable and shared his love of Italian food. We enjoyed every part of our trip to Umbria but the classes were by far the best part of it all. I would have liked a bit more 'hands on' participation like we did when making fresh pasta but other than that, everything was perfect. Deborah R., ON

Trip Details

Your 4 hands-on classes will teach you the secrets of Umbrian cooking and will be led by Chef Valentino Palmisano, who took over at “Vespasia” in 2017, or by his staff. Neapolitano by birth, Chef Valentino has a wealth of international experience as well as training with such Italian masters as Alfonso Iaccarino, Bruno Barbieri, Pino Lavarra, and more. He was listed among the 10 best Italian chefs abroad by ‘Arbiter’ magazine and is excited to bring his own authentic and creative touch to Norcia. Your classes will feature local ingredients such as:

  • black truffles from the territory of Norcia
  • lentils from the plateau of Castelluccio
  • lamb provided by local farms situated in the Monti Sibillini National Park
  • Chianina beef from a pasture in the Visso area, pork from a small farm in Pieve Torina
  • Salumi prepared by a small producer according to the local tradition
  • one-year-old pecorino cheese matured in a cellar, and fresh ricotta cheese from a local producer

Classes are held either in the original house of the Bianconi family, or in the beautiful, well-equipped kitchen of the Vespasia Restaurant, which was awarded 1 Michelin star in November 2015.


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