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Overview

Umbria Cooking Vacation

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.

Umbria Cooking Vacation Highlights

Your amazing Umbria cooking vacation will include 2 hands-on cooking classes in which you will explore Umbrian cuisine, including pasta and pizza. Your three-day tour will also take you to the charming town of Bevagna, and to the shop of an expert butcher!

Culinary Vacation 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 on your own this evening.
  • 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 at a charming restaurant in Montefalco.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Umbria, Italy


Day Four

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

Umbria Cooking Vacation Tour Details

Included in the 3-Night Cooking Vacation in Umbria

Accommodations

3 nights accommodation in standard double room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches (wine included)
  • 2 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 12 comfortable rooms and 3 suites are furnished with antiques and modern amenities, including en suite baths, air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, room safe, and free WiFi. 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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Umbria Cooking Vacation Pricing & Tour Dates

See pricing and dates for our authentic Umbria cooking vacation in Montefalco below, and contact us for availability or to plan your Italy culinary vacation.



Umbria Cooking Vacation 3-night Pricing:

3-Night Cooking Vacation Pricing

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!


Umbria Cooking Vacation Tour Dates

Our Umbria cooking vacation at Villa Pambuffetti can be booked any weekend Friday to Monday for a minimum of 2 people. Please inquire with specific dates for availability.

2022 Sample Dates. Please inquire for availability.
September 2-5
September 9-12
September 16-19
September 23-26
September 30-October 3
October 7-10
October 14-17
October 21-24
October 28-31
November 4-7
November 11-14
November 18-21
November 25-28

2023
Please inquire for dates.

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.

We can help plan the best Umbria Italy food and wine tours!

Enjoying wine on an Umbria Italy culinary tour.
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