Secrets of Spoleto and Umbrian Cooking

Umbria is Italy’s spellbinding heart of natural beauty and is acclaimed for its culinary authenticity and genuineness, even by Italians themselves. Spoleto — your home for this classic Italy cooking vacation and fabulous artistic adventure — is a center of culture for its many attractions, from its festivals to its ancient sites and cuisine. Often described as a little piece of heaven fallen to earth, it’s a town that truly embodies the history of Italy at every turn. The cuisine here is rustic, and while sometimes referred to “peasant cooking,” it truly is from the land, with ingredients like farro, wild herbs, truffles, and lentils, as well as a plethora of cured meats.

Explore this wonderful town with a guide by your side, well-known artist and activist Richard di San Marzano. Richard has created events and organized trips for many famous actors and artists. He will help you discover the secrets of Umbria, both culinary and otherwise!


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Trip Details

Your 4 hands-on cooking classes will demonstrate how art and history connect with the gastronomy of a place. Your cooking classes will be lead by different chefs or cooks, including:

  • a master class with a Michelin-starred chef, Eros Patrizi
  • ‘Mamma’ Proietti, owner of a popular local restaurant, who will share her family’s recipes, all seasonally based
  • the young chef of your hotel, Alfredo, for a class on homemade pasta and traditional Italian food
  • a true mountain country cook named Angela, whose traditional lore and skills are remarkable, for a class featuring local products such as farro, lentils, free-range meat, wild herbs, and honey


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Itinerary

Day One

Order of activities may vary based on season and dates booked.

  • Arrive at Spoleto train station and transfer to the town center to check into Palazzo Dragoni.
  • Begin your trip with a welcome aperitif with your host, Richard di San Marzano, followed by a gourmet welcome dinner.
  • Overnight.

A small street in Spoleto Italy


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, embark on an orientation walk to get to know the ancient town of Spoleto. Visit the Duomo, famous for its facade and Fra’ Fillipo Lippi’s final fresco cycle; as well as the market square that dates back to 200 BC. You’ll also have time to stroll the maze of enchanting lanes that characterize Spoleto as one of Italy’s most beautiful hill towns.
  • Enjoy a light seasonal lunch al fresco, weather permitting.
  • In the afternoon, begin your first hands-on cooking class with Chef Alfredo by making fresh pasta by hand. You’ll also create an entire Italian menu.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts in the magnificent candle-lit 500-year-old dining room of your hotel.
  • Overnight.

A plate of gnocchi with truffles in Italy


Day Three

  • Following breakfast, embark on a trip to one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, the Valnerina. This high valley region features stunning small hilltop towns and villages in a dramatic verdant landscape. During the tour, explore spellbinding villages that look like they belong in a picture book.
  • Take part in your second hands-on cooking with Angela in her restaurant. The lesson will focus on rustic mountain cuisine and the products popular in the area, particularly farro, lentils, free-range meat, wild herbs, and honey.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Return to Spoleto in the late afternoon for some time on your own.
  • If you’re still hungry, dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

A view of Spoleto's Rocca


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Start the day with a visit to La Rocca, a military fortress that dominates the valley of Spoleto with its museum, frescoed rooms, and massive viaduct. Take a scenic walk and discover the castle’s extraordinary history.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, meet Mama Proietti for a memorable cooking class at a local restaurant where the dishes will be a surprise (but will be based on the season)!
  • Dinner to follow the class based on what you made — and perhaps more! The seemingly never-ending feast will be served by Mama Proietti’s son.
  • Overnight.

Wine tasting in Italy


Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, take a country stroll through a scenic vineyard on your way to the tiny medieval walled-town of Bevagna, which is interestingly characterized by how history has been incorporated over time. Roman sites coexist with modern buildings.
  • Next, it’s on to Montefalco, a town famous for its wine. Experience a wine tasting at one of Italy’s most prestigious wine makers, along with some food pairings for a light lunch.
  • In the afternoon, it’s time to visit one of Umbria’s oldest olive mills to learn about one of Italy’s most important ingredients: olive oil. Discover the secrets of olive oil, how it is produced, the different qualities of olive oil, and how to taste and select it. Along the way your host will also share what life is like at an olive mill.
  • Dinner to follow at the olive mill, a unique opportunity to experience the tradition and art of Italian dining at its purest. (In the rare case the olive mill dinner is not available, an alternative dinner in a private setting will be substituted).
  • Overnight.

The view of Spoleto Italy


Day Six

  • After breakfast, enjoy some time on your own to shop and stroll in Spoleto. Perhaps sit in one of the piazzas with a cappuccino and people watch.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, return to the kitchen for one last hands-on cooking class, this time led by Chef Eros Patrizi who leads master classes for cooks of all skill levels.
  • Dinner to follow in Chef Eros’s elegant Michelin-starred restaurant “Tempio del gusto” – a magical experience!
  • Overnight.

The palazzo that will be your home in Spoleto


Day Seven

  • Breakfast followed by check out and transfer to Spoleto train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodations at a historical residence in Spoleto

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Wine with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 4 hands-on cooking classes will demonstrate how art and history connect with the gastronomy of a place. Your cooking classes will be lead by different chefs or cooks, including:

  • a master class with a Michelin-starred chef, Eros Patrizi
  • ‘Mamma’ Proietti, owner of a popular local restaurant, who will share her family’s recipes, all seasonally based
  • the young chef of your hotel, Alfredo, for a class on homemade pasta and traditional Italian food
  • a true mountain country cook named Angela, whose traditional lore and skills are remarkable, for a class featuring local products such as farro, lentils, free-range meat, wild herbs, and honey

Excursions

  • Walking tour of Spoleto
  • Visit the storybook Valnerina region
  • Visit of La Rocca and its viaduct, one of Spoleto’s signature sites
  • Visit to Bevagna and Montefalco with wine tasting
  • Olive mill visit

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Spoleto train station

Accommodation Information

The magnificent hotel of Palazzo Dragoni is a family-run property located in the heart of Spoleto. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 900s, and was once an ancient medieval tower. Many of the renovated rooms offer sweeping panoramic views across the valley, with views of the hill towns of Montefalco, Assisi, and Trevi, and landscapes of ancient olive groves. All 14 rooms at the Palazzo are well appointed, spacious, and richly decorated with antique furniture and comfortable beds. Modern amenities include satellite TV, minibar, hair dryer, telephone, Wi-fi, safe, and air conditioning. (Depedending on availability, accommodations at the historic Palazzo Leti might be proposed instead.)

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The Palazzo Leti was the residence of the noble Leti family and is located in the heart of Spoleto. The gorgeous villa and grounds are now an elegant villa hotel offering beautiful rooms and first-class service. The 12 rooms maintain the original look of the building and feature en suite bathrooms, safe, mini bar, air conditioning, satellite TV, and WiFi, as well as beautiful views.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

6-night Program
US$3300 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$350 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

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


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for 2 to 6 people.

Itinerary generally starts on Sunday, but other start dates also possible.

January 27-February 2
February 3-9
February 10-16
February 17-23
February 24-March 2
March 3-9
March 10-16
March 17-23
March 24-30
March 31-April 6
April 7-13
April 14-20
April 21-27
April 28-May 4
May 5-11
May 12-18
May 19-25
May 26-June 1
June 2-8
June 9-15
June 16-22
June 23-29
June 30-July 6
July 7-13
July 14-20
July 21-27
July 28-August 3
August 4-10
August 11-17
August 18-24
August 25-31
September 1-7
September 8-14
September 15-21
September 22-28
September 29-October 5
October 6-12
October 13-19
October 20-26
October 27-November 2
November 3-9
November 10-16
November 17-23
November 24-30
December 1-7
December 8-14
December 15-21
December 22-28

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