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  • Cookery holiday in Umbria

    Cookery in Umbria Italy

    Discover the traditions of Umbrian cuisine and cookery with this 4 night holiday with hands-on cookery classes at the Villa di Monte Solare near Perugia plus wine-tasting, one gourmet dinner and two additional dinners. During your stay we recommend a visit to the historic cities of Perugia and Assisi. This holiday operates with 2-6 people on certain dates but can be operated for just 2 people on dates of your choice too.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of this cookery holiday. 

    Highlights of this cookery holiday

    This cookery holiday in Umbria includes cookery classes that are held at Villa di Monte Solare and are taken by the English-speaking chef, Nicola Fanfano, who cooks using mainly organic produce. The classes are hands-on with each of the 6 participants having their own work station. The emphasis is on explaining and instructing you in traditional cooking methods and regional dishes. Each of the two courses lasts approximately three hours and is followed by a meal together. You are provided with a recipe booklet.
    Also included are three dinners at the hotel and two wine tasting sessions. 
    Four night holiday from £1,590 per person including flights, minibus transfers, cookery classes and experiences as above.

    Your cookery holiday

    Day one: London to Umbria
    Depart from London Heathrow on the British Airways flight at 08.35 arriving in Rome Fiumicino at 12.05. (Flight times may vary according to departure date). You are met and transferred to the hotel Villa di Monte Solare. The journey time is about two hours. Once you have checked in, there is time to explore the villa and its grounds, perhaps enjoying a sandwich or tea and cakes before changing for dinner. Enjoy an aperitif and then you are served dinner (drinks not included).
    Day two: Your first cookery class
    After breakfast your first cookery class starts at 10 am. This three hour session is hands-on and provides an insight into the preparation of regional dishes as well as traditional cooking methods. At the end of the session, you share a meal together. Free time this afternoon to explore on your own or to relax at the hotel. Dinner is not included tonight.
    Day three: Free day
    Today is a free day but if you have a hire-car with you it is worth visiting the famous wine town of Torgiano and the Lungarotti Wine Museum, one of the best in the world. There is also an olive oil museum to visit. Then you could continue Assisi, birthplace of St Francis, World Heritage Site and a symbol of peace or visit the nearby university city of Perugia. Dinner (without drinks) is included at the Villa di Monte Solare tonight.
    Day four: Your second cookery class
    The class this morning starts after breakfast at 10 am. Once again it is hands-on and will focus on yet more aspects of regional dishes and traditional Italian methods of cooking. A meal together follows the course. Spend the afternoon relaxing or perhaps walking in the nearby countryside. Own arrangements for dinner.
    Day five: Umbria to London
    A leisurely breakfast and then some free time before a departure about midday in your luxury minibus for the journey of about two hours back to Rome Fiumicino airport for your flight which departs at 17.20, arriving in London Heathrow at 18.55 hrs.

    Dates and prices
    The holiday operates on 23 April 2017, 14 May 2017, 4 June 2017 and 10 September 2017.
    This holiday can be operated for just 2 people with departures on a Sunday or Tuesday with the cookery lessons taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.
    Price per person:
    £1,590 when sharing a superior double or twin room.
    Supplements per person:
    £320 for a suite
    £280 for single use of a classic room
    (We can operate a version of the holiday for 2 people and not being part of the group, so with own hire-car, 4 nights, 2 dinners and 2 cookery lessons for £1,390 per person)
    Deposit payment required: £300 per person
    What’s included
    • Flights in Euro Traveller with British Airways London Heathrow to Rome return
    • Transport by luxury mini-bus from Rome airport to the hotel and back
    • Four nights in a superior double room with buffet breakfast
    • Two dinners included
    • Two cookery classes each of 3 hours’ duration
    Prices are based on two people sharing a double or twin room and are based on 2-6 people taking part. The maximum in the group is 6.

    Click the tabs above to find out more about hotel and travel arrangements, or click here to download a pdf with full details of this cookery holiday. 

    Where you stay

    Villa di Monte Solare, Colle San Paolo
    The Villa di Monte Solare, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is in the countryside near the village of Tavernelle di Panicale and a few miles south of Lake Trasimeno. Surrounded by undulating hills, woods, fields and olive groves, the Villa was the residence of a noble family and dates back to the 18th Century. Today it is a small hotel of just 25 rooms, family-run and combines a charm and cosiness with high standards of service and comfort. Antique and traditional local furniture complete the picture of terracotta floors, murals and original fireplaces.
    Facilities at the hotel include two swimming pools for summer use, clay tennis court, spa and cycle hire. The hotel is about 2 hours’ drive from Rome Fiumicino airport.
    All rooms have bath or shower and WC, air-conditioning, heating, telephone, wi-fi internet access, in-room entertainment system with satellite TV, mini-bar and safe.
    We include a classic double in our basic price but superior rooms and suites are also available at a supplement.

    Travel arrangements

    Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow to Rome. We include minibus transfers to the hotel, but it is also possible to have a hire-car instead. The hotel is about 2 hours’ drive from Pisa airport.
    Alternative travel arrangements
    If you want us to arrange flights on other dates allowing you more time in Italy before and/or after the course, if you want to fly into and out of a different airport or fly at different times to the ones suggested, if you want the use of a hire-car for your holiday or if you want to travel out and back by train instead of flying, all this is possible. Just discuss your travel plans with us and we will adjust the details and the price accordingly.

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