Dream of Italy’s Umbria Tour This November

The goal of Dream of Italy’s Umbria Harvest Week: Food, Wine and Ceramics (November 6 to 12, 2010) is to provide our guests with a convivial, engaging and relaxing week filled with authentic Italian and Umbrian experiences. We’ll spend our days with local families and artisans who have been perfecting their trades for generations. All you need to do is show up with your suitcase, a great attitude and a little bit of spending money for Umbrian specialties to take home (olive oil, wine, crafts). Everything below is included in one affordable price:
  • Six nights accommodations at the 17th-century farmhouse villa La Fattoria del Gelso near Assisi, Umbria
  • All meals ─ with wine.
  • Visit to Italy’s ceramics capital, Deruta with a hands-on ceramics painting workshop.
  • Full day touring, and tasting, at the famed local vineyards of the Montefalco wine zone.
  • Hands-on cooking lesson with one of Umbria’s hot, up-and-coming Slow Food chefs. After the lesson, we’ll have a private lunch at his restaurant.
  • Full-day truffle hunting extravaganza: hunting for truffles with a local hunter and his dog; a visit to a truffle laboratory; cooking with truffles demonstration; full meal featuring truffles!
  • Visit to an olive mill to watch the yearly harvest in action and taste delicious olive oil.
  • Guided tour of the Basilica of St. Francis and the town of Assisi.
  • Guided tour of the historic Umbrian capital of Perugia.
  • Pasta and pizza-making lessons with the villa’s chef.
  • Dinner with expats and/or local authors for a lively discussion on everyday life in Umbria.
  • All transportation for the week via private van.
  • Accompanied by Dream of Italy Editor Kathy McCabe and terrific local guides.

$2,450 per person, based on double occupancy, land-only, airfare not included. As the villa only has eight bedrooms, there is limited space available, so book now. See the brochure for details and see Dream of Italy’s FREE special report on Umbria for more on this enchanting area.(Photo by ant moose, flickr.com)