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!
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!
Horseback Riding & Vineyard 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.
Trevi: Flora, Fauna...and Truffles!
We begin by exploring the 16th century noble palazzo of the town - both inside and out. We will view the splendid frescoes inside before meandering through the medieval botanical gardens and olive groves of the noble manor.
A stroll through the historic center of the town with its olive oil, leather and cashmere shops completes the morning.
We will eat a multi-course lunch at an exclusive family owned truffle estate known for their creative use of both white & black truffles in season.
Truffle Hunting available as well!
Perugia: Bottom to Top!
The day begins at the base of the medieval city at the weekly organic Farmers Market (Thursday only). We then hop on the ‘MiniMetro’ to zoom up to the top of the Etruscan town for breathtaking views of the area.
Meandering through the byways of the town we will visit a weaver who makes jacquard on 17th century looms, while taking in the sights of local artisans and shopkeepers along the way!
Lunch in a local osteria known for its exclusive use of Umbrian products.
Family Farms of Montefalco Tour
A magical morning spent in the countryside of Montefalco! We begin with a visit to a family farm where we will meet the animals, notably various breeds of Italian cattle, and sample cheeses and yogurt made from their cows, sheep and goats! We then take a stroll through the beautiful hilltop village of Montefalco to see local producers of linens, olive wood and more!
Our final stop is a small farm just under the walls of the town where we will learn about biodiversity and how all of the animals ‘help out’ from honeybees, to chickens & geese, to the pigs and sheep! We conclude the day enjoying a light lunch on the farm.
Tasting Tour: Spello
We take a stroll up the hill of one of Umbria’s most picturesque villages for a day of sampling and shopping! We begin at the base of the town’s Roman origins and make our way up, stopping for a local beer tasting, olive oil degustation, lunch with traditional salumi, cheese and legumes, and a cappuccino with a view. Along the way we are also able to pop into the shops featuring local woodworkers, artists, leather-makers and more!
Tasting Tour: Bevagna
We begin with a Breakfast of Champions, Umbrian style, at a local artisan salumi producer for a selection of the best cured meats in the area. We then take a tour of a medieval papermaker’s workshop as well as visit the remains of the town’s ancient Roman theater. Stops in bakeries, pasta shops & cashmere producers plus an elegant light lunch make for a perfect day out!
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.
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
Ballooning Over Bevagna Tour
A magical morning spent floating over the splendid Umbrian valley with views of the entire area stretching to Tuscany and Le Marche! The tour departs from the Bevagna area at 7:00 am (give or take 30 minutes) and lasts about one hour.
After the balloon ride, a light breakfast will be served and we will enjoy a tasting at a local winery. This is followed by a walking tour of medieval Bevagna and lunch in a local osteria.
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!)