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Food & Wine Tours

Salumi & Cheese...and Wine!

The ultimate Foodie day out in Umbria! We begin in Bevagna at a local butcher with a demonstration of salumi making and ‘breakfast’, tasting the best cured meats & porchetta in the area.
Afterwards we will take a stroll through the medieval village, known for cashmere, wine & other specialties!
We then visit an organic Goat Farm where we will meet the goats, learn how to make cheese with the cheesemakers and enjoy a winetasting & lunch on the farm!

Cheesemaking: 101

Full Cheesemaking immersion working side by side with a local ‘Casaro’! The day begins on the farm at 9:00 with the milking of the sheep and goats. We then go through the entire process of making various typical central Italian cheeses (and possibly yogurt). We conclude the day with a robust multi-course farm lunch including salumi, cheese (of course!) and other specialties!

Private Chef in Villa

A classic Umbrian dinner prepared directly in guest rental property, using only the best local and seasonal ingredients.
“Pizza Night” available for those staying in villas with a pizza oven.

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 stroll through the beautiful village of Montefalco to see local producers of linens, olive wood and more!
Our final stop is a small farm 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.

Montefalco by Horse & Carriage

We begin the day with a scenic horse and carriage ride through the idyllic vineyards and olive groves of the Montefalco country side. During the ride we take a break to stroll through the medieval hilltown of Montefalco to explore the local shops and do some winetasting!
We then head back to the farm for a visit with the animals and a light lunch using local products.

Tasting Tour of 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 craft 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!

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, full DOC & DOCG wine tasting and lunch.

Trevi: Flora, Fauna... & TRUFFLES!

We begin the day with a truffle hunt, following the dogs through the forest to search for the black gold! Afterwards, we move into the town of Trevi to explore 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 back at the truffle estate known for their creative use of both white & black truffles.

Perugia: Bottom to Top!

The day begins at the base of the Perugia at the weekly organic Farmers Market (Thursday only). We then hop on the ‘MiniMetro’ to the top of the Etruscan city 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 chocolate makers along the way!
Lunch in a local osteria known for its exclusive use of Umbrian products.

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!

No tasting tour of Umbria would be complete without a quick visit to a local olive oil mill to sample the liquid gold!

We then move up to a local farm where animals are raised for salumi, meat and cheese production. We will make cheese and pasta with Nonna Rita before indulging in a traditional farm lunch.
*Wild Asparagus hunting in April 


Ballooning Over Bevagna

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. We conclude the morning with a walking tour of medieval Bevagna and lunch in a local osteria.

Umbrian Cooking Class

Cooking classes are held directly in guests’ 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!)

For pricing and booking information, please email me at lifeitalianstyle@gmail.com.