Experience Friuli Cuisine During Villa Luppis Cooking Vacations

The Villa Luppis, home for your culinary vacation in ItalyDiscover the history and gastronomy of northern Italy with a trip to Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, a mouthful of a name for the region that lies most northeast in Italy. Known as the “land of contrasts,” this beautiful destination is known for its varied landscape, impressive mountains, stunning caves and rock formations, and production of a number of red and white wines that are sold around the world. UNESCO sites such as the ancient Roman city of Aquileia and the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites are historic and geographical wonders of the region. 

In addition to the beautiful diverse landscape, Friuli Venezia Giulia has a rich history of connecting Italy with the rest of Central and Eastern Europe culturally, economically, and gastronomically. Unique flavors and practices have developed with their wines, cheeses, meats, and other culinary treasures because of its special Northeastern Italian background and traditions; Prosciutto di San Daniele is perhaps one of its most well-known and popular exports, but the area also produces a range of salami and pork products, strudels, and polenta. Explore these characteristic delights by experiencing them firsthand on one of our fantastic culinary vacations.

Just an hour’s drive from Venice, its proximity to Austria, Slovenia, and the Veneto to its West, make it a land unlike any other with unique flavors and techniques that you will explore on your cooking vacation. Stay at a private estate and its gorgeous villa-turned-hotel, complete with beautiful gardens and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy during your relaxing northern Italy culinary vacation.

Friuli Food and Wine Trip Highlights

From the mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Friuli Venezia Giulia is full of wonders to discover on our culinary vacations. Our tours of Friuli include deluxe Villa Luppis accommodations, excursions, and hands-on cooking classes featuring Friuli Venezia Giulia food.


A delicious fish dish served in the restaurant of the Villa Luppis.Learn this sample day-by-day itinerary and experience Friuli Venezia Giulia cuisine on our cooking vacations at Villa Luppis.

Day One

Order of activities may vary depending on day of arrival and the season.

  • Arrive at the villa on your own and settle into your superior room accommodations. (Transfer arranged on request.)
  • Take time to stroll the beautiful gardens and perhaps enjoy an aperitif at the villa’s piano bar.
  • In the evening, a welcome dinner awaits you at Villa Luppis’ Restaurant Carpe Luppis. Since Villa Luppis is located between Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, its chefs specialize in traditional foods of both regions (drinks not included.)
  • Overnight.

A view from the table into the gardens of the villa.Day Two

  • After breakfast, meet Villa Luppis’ chef for your first cooking lesson. The chef will explain the historical significance of the dishes and methods taught as you learn to make a two-course traditional Veneto meal.
  • Tasting to follow (drinks not included). If you are still hungry, you can have lunch in the villa’s restaurant (cost not included).
  • Free time to enjoy the grounds.
  • Dinner tonight is a barbecue at Villa Luppis, with meal served in an area overlooking the park and swimming pool. When the lanterns are turned on, it feels a bit magical! During the Winter, the barbecued meal will be served in one of the restaurants. (Drinks not included).
  • After dinner, enjoy a guided grappa tasting.
  • Overnight.

The flowering garden of the villa, yours to explore during your culinary vacation in Italy.Day Three

  • After breakfast, meet Villa Luppis’ chef for your second cooking lesson to learn how to make another traditional two-course Mediterranean meal that you will be able to create back at home.
  • Tasting to follow in the kitchen (drinks not included).
  • In the late morning, head out for your food excursions and wine tastings.
  • Visit one of the oldest ham producers in San Daniele del Friuli and enjoy a tasting of their mouthwatering prosciutto.
  • Enjoy lunch at a local trattoria to follow (beverages not included).
  • Next, head to two well-known wineries for tastings: Lemonde & Pitars.
  • Return to Villa Luppis for a beautiful gala dinner and wine tasting at the Elegant Gourmand Restaurant Lupus. Prior to being seated for dinner, take a tour of the 13th century cellar (once an ice cellar) by Villa Luppis’ sommeliers; after a quick lesson on the different wines and how they best pair with food, pick the wines to enjoy with your dinner.
  • Overnight.

The Villa Luppis and its gardens at night time.Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure on your own. (Transfers arranged on request.)

Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine & Food Tour Details

Included in the 3-Night Friuli Private Foodie Tour


3 nights accommodation in double room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 tastings following your cooking classes (drinks not included)
  • 1 lunch at a local trattoria
  • 3 dinners: a welcome dinner and an Italian version of a barbecued dinner (drinks not included), as well as a gala farewell dinner (wine included)

Classes & Instructors

Take part in 2 cooking lessons with the villa’s private chef. The two-hour courses are a balance of demonstration and hands-on with an explanation of the theory behind the methods; each course will feature two dishes, focussing on regional specialties of Northern Italy using fresh local ingredients, as well as on traditional Italian cuisine.


  • Two winery visits
  • Visit to prosciutto di San Daniele producer
  • Tour of the villa’s 13th-century wine cellar
  • Grappa tasting at the Villa Luppis

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included but can be arranged from Venice for an additional cost.

Accommodation Information

Tucked in this northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia is the timeless and absolutely breathtaking Villa Luppis. Built in the 11th Century as a monastery for the Camaldolite monks, Villa Luppis survived war and Napoleon’s conquest. In the 1800s, the Luppis family acquired the property and turned it into a country home for entertaining.

The Luppis family continues to own the villa, but they have renovated it tremendously over the years to best showcase its complex historic background and regional art styling. The gorgeous private estate is a 4-star hotel with 39 rooms, and luscious gardens that provide plenty of places for relaxation and serenity.

Some of the rooms are decorated in period furniture and French frescos; all rooms have a relaxing and romantic atmosphere, and feature modern-day comforts. The estate also features a piano bar, two restaurants, pool, tennis court, workout facility, spa, and wi-fi.



Villa Luppis Gastronomy Vacations Pricing & Dates

Find pricing and dates for Villa Luppis cooking vacations and experience Friuli Venezia Gulia wine in northern Italy!

Friuli Venezia Giulia High Season Sample* Pricing:
April through October

3-night Program

US$1875 per person based on double occupancy

    2024 pricing is pending – please inquire!

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Single supplement: please inquire.

    Also available as a self-driving tour. Please inquire for pricing!

    Friuli Venezia Giulia Low Season Sample* Pricing:
    November through March

    3-night Program

    US$1785 per person based on double occupancy

      2024 pricing is pending – please inquire!

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.

      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Single supplement: please inquire.

      Also available as a self-driving tour. Please inquire for pricing!

      Friuli Wine and Food Tours Dates

      Our northern Italy cooking vacations at the Villa Luppis are available year round for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates follow, but other start dates are also possible, please inquire.

      Please inquire for available dates.


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