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DETAILS

Tour

6 days

Walking Level: Easy

Meet

Orvieto

End

Foligno

2012 Dates

June 7 – 12

Guaranteed Price

€3300 Euro
$4290 USD

Single Supplement

€600 Euro
$780 USD

Meals

Daily breakfast

4 lunches with wine

4 dinners with wine

1 cooking lesson

1 wine tasting

Maximum Participants

14

Accommodations

Charming family-run innsSpacerLuxury inns and boutique hotels

WALKING & COOKING IN UMBRIA

CONTACT INFORMATION

Italian Connection

Walking & Cooking Tours

www.italian-connection.com

11825-11B Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T6J 7E3

Toll Free: 1-800-462-7911
Tel.: 780-438-5712
Fax: 780-436-4085

Direct to Italy

Anita, in Sicily
39-335-801-6115

Peter, in Florence
39-055-653-2381

E-mail
info@italian-connection.com

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day One

Meet in the town of Orvieto, noted for its magnificent cathedral adorned in resplendent mosaics. After a welcome lunch, we take an 8 km (5 mile) walk that wanders through olive groves and woodlands with sweeping views of lovely Lake Corbara. We stay two nights at a peaceful, comfy farmhouse with stunning views. Tonight we meet the chef who prepares us a special meal based on the finest Umbrian traditions.

Day Two

This morning we take a 13 km (8 mile) walk through a rural landscape of stone farmhouses and vineyards, with inviting towns silhouetted on the nearby hilltops. At midday, we rest in an olive grove and indulge in a splendid picnic. Continue to the perfect little village of Montecastello di Vibio, and visit the town’s impeccably restored 99-seat theatre. Time to relax or take a dip in the pool before a relaxed dinner rounds out the day.

Day Three

This morning participate in our first cooking lesson, using local fresh produce as we learn how to quickly produce savory pasta dishes easily duplicated when we return home. After a lunch of our perfectly-prepared dishes, we visit the town of Todi, whose graceful piazza is bustling with life. Then it’s on to the lovely hilltown of Spello, built of pale pink stone which takes on a soft lavender glow at twilight. We’ll be staying for three nights in an attractive 4-diamond hotel in the center of town. Free night to choose a restaurant for dinner.

Day Four

We head up to the quiet green hills where St. Francis of Assisi came to meditate in such a serene setting, and visit his tiny monk’s cell on a secluded mountaintop. We then cross Monte Subasio, taking an exciting 12 km (7.5 mile) walk with sweeping views of the Umbrian plains. Tonight we dine in an elegant ristorante whose innovative menu is complemented by an excellent wine list.

Day Five

This morning we tour nearby Assisi with a local guide who takes us into the cathedral and explains the amazing restoration process of the priceless frescoes. After a light lunch, we follow a tranquil pathway for 8 km (5 miles) back to Spello. In the early evening, we travel to the home of a local friend. After an aperitivo on the terrace, we’ll enjoy a truly sublime meal with our hosts and select from the best bottles in the wine cellar, sampling a ruby Sagrantino, the perfect complement to our celebratory mood.

Day Six

Morning transfer to Perugia for our chocolate making class, taught by an Italian chocolate master at Perugina's School of Chocolate.   Get hands-on messy during this 3-hour chocolate workshop in which we learn to make cioccolatini, little gift chocolates that make friends faster than Facebook. Drop-off by 2.30 pm at the Foligno train station, for connections on the Rome-Florence rail line. Arrivederci!