Culinary Travel Adventure through the heart of Umbria, Italy
October 14 – 21, 2017
This will be my second time leading this particular trip and I will once again be partnering with local guide, Marcello, to offer you an unforgettably authentic and unique experience. The first trip I led to Umbria in October of 2014 was an “over-the-top” experience with a great group of people accompanying me.
Umbria is one of Italy’s best kept secrets where local heritage and way of life seem to be frozen in time. We will get off the beaten path. We will make a connection with the land, its people and traditions via a carefully designed itinerary.
Our home for 7 nights will be a private agriturismo in the countryside overlooking Assisi. We will meet on our yoga mat each morning, connect with the energy of this sacred part of the world, allowing us to present our best selves to its people. Each day will be a new adventure including excursions to delve into its history and visit sites dating as far back at the Etruscan and Roman times. We will experience truffle hunting with a specially trained dog in the countryside. And the food with be memorable! We will enjoy authentic regional cuisine at private farms, on sight cooking classes, as well as a myriad of spectacular restaurants. Umbria is also home to the superb, and not exported, Sagrantino di Montefalco red wine- necessitating a winery visit.
Can you feel the excitement building? I can.
We found our villa down a one lane country road in Montefalco. This was the beginning of our week long adventure. Mornings started with a yoga session (my first time) followed with a light breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade jams on toast or muffins.
We went to a olive grove in Trevi and tasted the season’s first batch of olive oil freshly pressed that day. Oh my gosh- I can’t begin to describe the flavor. Please bring me a bottle back….
We hand a hands on lesson on how to make homemade pasta. We rolled, shaped, stuffed, and cooked our pasta for our evening meal. It was like eating pillows- very delicate.
The country was so beautiful to see as we travelled to the small towns on mountain tops where we experienced open air markets, learned about their culture and how they lived hundreds of years ago walking down the same cobblestone roads. We experienced the cave where St. Francis prayed at his nature retreat. We explored an underground Etruscan city and strolled across a Roman bridge.
Have I mentioned the wonderful, delicious food and wine -bene, bene. We were treated very special at each restaurant. The table-side made dessert was a highlight as well as the pizza in Foligno. Let me say it was the best pizza I have ever had. It is still true to this day. Hope you get to try it. Winery tours, local wines at every dinner, our own private chef and the wonderful dinner prepared for us at our villa, monks, gelato, pastries…….
Ciao Ciao CiaoSheree
My wife and I joined Janice on her first Italian “Yoga and Food” trip in November 2014. The trip was incredible. Janice joined forces with a local guide and his daughter about 2 hours train ride from the beautiful city of Florence, Italy.
We loved the relaxed and local approach that let us sleep in, enjoy a daily yoga session, experience Italy and eat great food. I will never forget the bucolic scenery, our morning truffle hunting and then the farm house feast of fresh truffles for lunch!
Janice is a great host and she’s partnered with an excellent local guide. If you enjoy great food and wine, love to immerse yourself in local culture and want to do some yoga — this trip is for you!Brett & Debra
Janice, how exciting to hear about this opportunity to enjoy Italy with you as a guide. I can’t think of anyone more competent to undertake this adventure. I have had the joy of sampling many of your delicious dishes. Combine that with your yoga skills and that will make for an amazing experience. Congratulations!Olivia McCormick
Saturday, October 14 –
Arrival, wine aperitif and welcome dinner
Meet at Foligno train station. Private transfer to your charming agriturismo in the countryside of Bevagna. If arriving early, we will walk in the historic center of the little, charming town of Bevagna and enjoy a wine aperitif in the beautiful medieval piazza. Welcome dinner is at an amazing trattoria in the countryside where we will be introduced to traditional, local, cuisine.
Sunday, October 15
Truffle hunting with the truffle dog, Spoleto
Truffle hunting with a truffle dog, Spoleto. Yoga class. Journey to mountains via panoramic route to visit an Italian farming family at their home. Admire the glorious valley and mountain views and feel on top of the world- an unforgettable experience! Hike the hills on a truffle hunting adventure with the truffle hunter and his truffle dog. Lunch with this gregarious family at their farm. Stop in Spoleto, another beautiful hilltop town, renowned in Italy and all over the world for its’ Music Festival in July. Experience the Duomo, the castle, the roman bridge, narrow roads, and a beautiful shopping area. Dinner at a local, very typical trattoria in Bevagna square.
Monday, October 16
Market, wine tasting in Montefalco and cooking class
In the morning, after your Yoga lesson, walking in the local market to buy the ingredients for our afternoon cooking class at the villa. Drive to Montefalco, a charming little town, called the “Terrace of Umbria” for its magnificent and gorgeous views, where the famous “Sagrantino di Montefalco” wine is produced.
We will visit the famous Arnaldo Caprai winery and taste their Sagrantino wine, considered one of the best red wines of Italy. Light lunch in Montefalco. Fabulous cooking class with a local chef at the agriturismo. Dinner will follow.
Tuesday, October 17
Early morning departure and pictorial drive through the countryside to visit another beautiful city in Umbria, Orvieto. In Orvieto we will meet our English speaking guide for a sightseeing tour, starting with the famous and unique Duomo, then visit some artisan shops for ceramic, fabrics, paintings…
Lunch on your own, choosing from several lovely little places in the town center. After lunch departure and visit to Civita di Bagnoregio, a charming medieval town built on volcanic tufa that is slowly crumbling away. Return to the agriturismo and enjoy a dinner prepared by a local cook.
Wednesday, October 18
Admire Giotto in Assisi, wine tasting and dinner
Yoga class. Enjoy a private tour with a local, English speaking guide inside the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi. Admire the frescoes by the famous Italian painter Giotto. Explore San Damiano, St Francis’ nature retreat, and other beautiful spots in this mystic place. Light lunch at a beautiful winery in the countryside of Assisi.
Back to the agriturismo. In the afternoon visit an extra virgin olive oil mill in Trevi, the Italian capital of EVO oil. Observe how EVO oil is produced and taste the different varieties of some of the best olive oil in the world. Dinner in this pretty hill town of Trevi.
Thursday, October 19
Visit Perugia, ceramic laboratory in Deruta, dinner in Montefalco
Visit Perugia, ceramic laboratory in Deruta, dinner in Montefalco. Yoga class. Perugia is an enchanting hilltop city with a compact historic center that is a rambling maze of medieval streets. Learn about the Etruscan and Roman monuments, various architectural styles, and historical lore from an English-speaking guide. Perugia is also famous for “Perugina” chocolate, especially the little chocolates called “Baci” – Kisses. Free time to shop and to have a light lunch on your own at one of the many little bars, osterias, or cafes. On way back to agriturismo, we stop in Deruta, a little “borgo” that is world famous for its’ ceramic pottery. Luca, the owner, will take us on a tour and demonstrate the process to make and decorate the pottery. Dinner in Montefalco at an elegant restaurant, considered one of the best in Umbria.
Friday, October 20
Food market in Foligno, pizza, cooking class and farewell dinner
Food market in Foligno, pizza, cooking class and farewell dinner. Yoga class. Explore the food market in Foligno. Pizza lunch at the best pizzeria in Foligno. Stroll through the city center enjoying the 13th century town hall and cathedral. Back to our agriturismo.
In the afternoon, we drive to Spoleto for a great cooking class with a local chef. Farewell dinner will follow.
Saturday, October 21
Departure day. Departure from Foligno train station after breakfast at the villa. Yoga if time permits.
€2650 (for a minimum of 8 people)
€350 single room supplement optional
Included in the package:
- Private transfers on arrival from Foligno train station to the agriturismo and on departure from the agriturismo to Foligno train station
- 7 nights accommodation in agriturismo (remove 8 bedrooms, 8 baths)
- 7 breakfasts (yogurt, fresh fruits, tea, coffee, milk jam, honey, local bread, home made cakes, cheese, eggs, fruit juice, cereals….)
- 4 lunches
- 7 dinners:
- 4 at local restaurants
- 1 dinner in agriturismo (prepared by a local cook)
- 2 dinners after the cooking classes
- 2 cooking classes
- Mineral water and local wines at meals
- 1 wine aperitif
- Olive oil mill visit and olive oil tasting
- 2 winery visits and wine tastings
- Guided visits in English in Assisi and Perugia with an English speaking guide
- Truffle hunt
- 2 local food market visits
- Deruta ceramic laboratory visit
- Excursions and visits as written in the program
- Private minivan with driver for all the excursions/visits
- Marcello tour guide during all the excursions/visits
- Recipe book
- Traditional hand printed apron
- Personal expenses
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- What is not written in the program
- Local taxes (city taxes)