See Umbria through the eyes of a Chef with
Jennifer from Life Italian Style!
A professional chef since 1998 by way of Philadelphia and Seattle, Jennifer is now a private chef and leader of active Food & Wine tours in the heart of Umbria. She works closely with the local, artisan producers she has met over the years and keeps her ears open at the markets, always ready to learn a new traditional recipe from an Italian Nonna to share with you!
Custom Food & Wine Tours
Single or multiple day tours available for guided exploration of the best local artisan producers in Umbria!
Private Chef in Umbria
A classic Umbrian dinner prepared directly in guest villa, using only the best local and seasonal ingredients. Umbrian DOC wines included.
“Pizza Night” available for those staying in villas with a pizza oven.
Please enquire for Cooking Classes as well!
‘La Passeggiata’ Tour
A driving and tasting tour along the main country road of the Umbrian valley.
We begin with a visit to a local goat cheese producer in the area of Montefalco
to sample an array of artisan goat cheeses.
Across the way we will encounter free range pigs and walk along the ‘path of the pig.’ Next stop is at local flour mill where we will learn about Umbrian bread as well as taste local specialties.
Our final stop is at the Terre Margaritelli winery in Torgiano
for a tour of the organic estate and wine tasting lunch!
Cycling Tour of the Umbrian Valley
Tour along country roads with a professional Italian guide through the beautiful vineyard and olive grove covered hills of the Umbrian Valley, stopping in small villages along the way.
A full Umbrian Picnic lunch in the countryside completes the day!
Hiking and Walking Tours also available.
Horseback Riding & Winery Lunch
A 45 minute tour on horseback (no experience necessary) through the vineyards of the Terre Margaritelli winery in the countryside of Torgiano (just outside of Perugia), followed by a tour of the winery, wine tasting and lunch.
Beer & Benessere
The tour takes place in the mystical hills behind Assisi. We will learn about craft beers produced in a restored 14th century monastery. A beer tasting will be accompanied by a light lunch including salumi produced from the estate’s free range pigs. Afterwords, a relaxing herbal thermal bath & sauna treatment in the temple below. Possibility to add guided tour of Assisi.
Nature Abounds in the Valnerina
We begin with a visit to a local family which specializes in saffron production.
We will then take a walk through the forest with them to forage for edible and medicinal herbs.
We will enjoy a light lunch of delicacies prepared with foraged greens.
This is followed by a guided historical walking tour of Spoleto.
Farm to Table Tour
Our first stop is at a unique stone flour mill and wood-fired oven bakery.
We learn about breadmaking beginning with grain!
We then move up to a local farm where a local family raises animals for
salumi making, meat and cheese production. We will make cheese and pasta with Nonna Rita before indulging in a traditional farm lunch.
*Wild Asparagus hunting in the Spring
*Truffle hunting available in June and July
Shopping Tour of Umbria
A tour through the medieval centers of Bevagna, Spello and Montefalco
to explore the best artisans of the area - from high end Cashmere, scarves, linens to salumi, local artists and more!
Lunch in a typical osteria included.
Meat Lover’s Tour
A tour of a local farm which raises prize-winning Chianina (native white cow of Italy), Cinta Senese pigs, sheep, birds, and crops. Included is a brief demonstration of butchery & salumi making.
We then move on to the Terre Margaritelli for a lunch of grilled meats
from the farm accompanied by a wine tasting & tour.
Umbrian Cooking Class & Lunch
Cooking classes are held at the Terre Margaritelli winery in Torgiano or directly in guest villa. The hands on class is based around the best local ingredients in season, and includes making antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce followed by a lunch (eating what we just made, of course!)