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Overview

Culinary Vacations in Umbria

Two monks talking in Spoleto UmbriaUmbria 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 our classic Italy culinary tours and fabulous artistic adventures – 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. It is a perfect destination for our culinary vacations in Umbria.

Explore this wonderful town during our Italy culinary tours 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!


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Freddi & Gifford
CA
Trip taken September 2019
My husband and I along with 2 good friends so enjoyed our week of cooking and learning about the people, culture and food/cooking of Spoleto which we booked through The International Kitchen. Adrian went out of his way to help us plan this trip, doing all kinds of extra services like booking train tickets etc for us and always with enthusiasm ...and what a surprise Spoleto was with all the charm of its people, senses and the beauty of Italy. Loved cooking with all four of our chef's, learning about the Umbrian culture and seeing all the local sites with our own private guide that we had for a week! TIK was so professional, helpful and delivered a 5** experience of Italian cooking and culture! Freddi

Highlights of our Culinary Vacations in Umbria

As one of our most unique Italy culinary tours, Secrets of Spoleto and Umbrian Cuisine offers wonderful cooking classes and a week’s stay in one of our favorite towns.  Our Secrets of Spoleto culinary vacations in Umbria include:

  • 3 cooking classes featuring authentic Italian recipes
  • deluxe accommodations
  • walking tour of Spoleto and its sites
  • olive mill visit
  • visit to Bevagna and Montefalco with wine tasting
  • meals as indicated

Spoleto Umbria Culinary Vacation Trip 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 your hotel.
  • 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, in which you will 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

  • Breakfast
  • Today is devoted to everything one needs to know about the most essential ingredient of the cuisine of Italy: extra virgin olive oil. We embark on a trip to Campello and environs, one of Italy’s most famed olive growing areas which produces olive oil that is prized by chefs and cooks the world over for its robust flavor and vibrant color. We explore an ancient olive grove with extraordinary handmade stone terraces on steep hillsides that support and produce the olives that provide an oil that is the finest of its kind. Weather permitting, we will have a picnic featuring local porchetta bread rolls and discuss the history and mythology that surrounds the story of olive oil.
  • We then visit one Umbria’s oldest olive mills to learn 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.
  • Return to Spoleto in the late afternoon for some time on your own.
  • Dinner in Spoleto

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 our next chef for a cooking class where we make pasta by hand 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 in a restaurant that has hosted artists of the Festival of Spoleto for over 60 years.

Wine tasting in Italy


Day Five

  • This morning enjoy 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.
  • Light lunch in Bevagna.
  • 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.
  • Dinner in Spoleto
  • 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!

The palazzo that will be your home in Spoleto


Day Seven

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

Spoleto Umbria Cooking Holidays Trip Details

Included in Our 6-Night Italy Culinary Vacations in Umbria

Accommodations

6 nights accommodations at a historical residence in Spoleto

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

Your 3 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
  • lesson at a local restaurant with seasonally based recipes
  • the chef of your hotel for a class on homemade pasta and traditional Italian food (or some weeks this class will be held at a country villa)

Excursions

  • Walking tour of Spoleto
  • Visit a picturesque olive oil producing area with olive mill visit
  • Visit of La Rocca and its viaduct, one of Spoleto’s signature sites
  • Visit to Bevagna and Montefalco with wine tasting

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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Culinary Vacations in Spoleto Umbria Pricing & Dates

Find pricing and dates for our Secrets of Spoleto culinary vacations in Umbria below, and contact us for availability or to plan your trip.



Spoleto Umbria Culinary Vacations Pricing:

6-Night Spoleto Cooking Vacation Pricing

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!


Secrets of Spoleto Umbria Culinary Vacation Tour Dates

Our Italy culinary tours in Spoleto can take place any week you choose for 2-6 people. Sample dates follow, please inquire.

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

2022 
October 2-8
October 19-15
October 16-22
October 23-29
October 30-November 5
November 6-12
November 13-19
November 20-26
November 27-December 3
December 4-10
December 11-17
December 18-24

2023
Please inquire for dates.

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Freddi & Gifford
CA
Trip taken September 2019
My husband and I along with 2 good friends so enjoyed our week of cooking and learning about the people, culture and food/cooking of Spoleto which we booked through The International Kitchen. Adrian went out of his way to help us plan this trip, doing all kinds of extra services like booking train tickets etc for us and always with enthusiasm ...and what a surprise Spoleto was with all the charm of its people, senses and the beauty of Italy. Loved cooking with all four of our chef's, learning about the Umbrian culture and seeing all the local sites with our own private guide that we had for a week! TIK was so professional, helpful and delivered a 5** experience of Italian cooking and culture! Freddi
We gave this trip 5 stars
Dirk & Patsi
California
Trip taken September 2019
This was a highly-personal and idiosyncratic experience due to its being organized and led by Richard di San Marzano, a very interesting, engaging and colorful character in his own right. Each class was in a different restaurant and interspersed with other excursions, some food-related and some not. Basically, Richard was our host for a week’s immersion in the food, history and culture of Spoleto. Some might find this too free-wheeling and not rigorous enough in its approach to the cooking. We loved it.
I gave this trip 5 stars
Heidi
CA
Trip taken September 2019
(This traveler left a starred review with no comments.)

We can help plan the best culinary vacations in Umbria!

Visiting the cathedral of Spoleto during our Italy culinary tours in Umbria.

Whether you need help with your flights, additional nights or tours in Italy, transportation, or more, we are always here to help you plan the ultimate cooking holiday in Italy.

We might not be able to pack for you, but there are many things we can help with to make your Umbria culinary vacation that much better. Contact us for more information, or you can indicate your interest during check out and we will follow up directly! Contact Us
 

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