Known as il cuore verde d’Italia – the green heart of Italy – Umbria was a favourite region of Renaissance artists and Romantic poets for its vast, dramatic landscapes. Well-known for its olive oil, black truffle and some of the best-selling white wine in Italy, Umbria is a fantastic region to learn to cook traditional delicacies bursting with flavour and history.

Your Accommodation

Your holiday price of £1,699 includes:

  • Five cookery lessons with our local Italian chef
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Umbrian villa - surrounded by rolling hills and olive groves
  • Sample some of Italy’s finest wines at a private wine tasting
  • Day trips exploring historic and beautiful villages
  • Private transport throughout the stay
  • Group airport transfers *

* Provided you are able to meet them. Please ask for transfer times.

Dedicated Team - Ciaran Sara

For Information and Bookings

Your own dedicated Amici specialists are here to look after you. Ciaran, head of our travel specialist team, comes with nearly 10 years of Flavours experience, so many of you will already have booked your holiday with him. Sara assists Ciaran in the Amici team.

For further information on the above dates or to book, call Ciaran and Sara on 0131 343 2500 or email them at We’re always happy to help.

Cooking Holiday in Umbria - Itinerary

Day 1

Benvenuti! Welcome to Umbria! You will arrive at the villa where you can settle in, meet your chef and host and enjoy welcome drinks. Dinner this evening is at the villa, prepared by your chef.

Day 2

This morning after breakfast, you have your first hands-on cookery lesson followed by lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Castiglione del Lago where you can find the Palazzo Ducale built in 1563, a royal palace that hosted Leonardo da Vinci. We will wander around this charming town, enjoy an apertivo and return to the villa for dinner prepared for you by your chef.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will have your second cookery lesson this morning before enjoying your own dishes for lunch. In the afternoon, visit a local winery for a private wine tasting and return to the villa, where your chef will prepare dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast, we will visit Perugia, where you can enjoy the wonders of the Fontana Maggiore, one of the most popular fountains in Italy not to mention the stunning  Cattedrale di S.Lorenzo and the Palazzo dei Priori where there is the national gallery of Umbria. Lunch will be at a local Trattoria. Return to the villa in the afternoon, where dinner will be prepared for you by your chef.

Day 5

This morning you will be in the kitchen for another cookery lesson and then lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax by the pool and enjoy the villa. Dinner tonight is at the villa.

Day 6

This morning is your fourth cookery lesson, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful hilltop town of Cortona. Take in the stunning views across the valley before wandering the ancient streets and browsing the art galleries and local shops. Dinner will be in one of our favourite family-owned restaurants.

Day 7

This morning you’ll have your final cookery lesson, followed by lunch. Your afternoon is free to relax in the stunning grounds of the villa. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow guests.

Day 8

After breakfast, you’ll have some time to pack before our driver takes you on our group transfer back to Perugia Airport for your flight home. Arrivederci!

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