Cooking, Castles, Countryside & Fun


La Cucina Sabina’s authentic luxury vacations include a culinary and cultural vacation in the Umbrian countryside at a beautifully restored villa on an estate situated in the middle of vineyards, winery and restored ancient church. Located just outside of Perugia, famously known for its chocolatiers, it’s the heart of Umbria and close to historic Assisi and Spello. We have carefully curated this single villa-based vacation to combine luxurious
comfort and convenience into a foodie’s dream vacation. We combine meals, cooking, culture, wine tasting, touring, shopping, picturesque excursions and adventure into an unforgettable experience! Join us as we tour iconic medieval and renaissance Umbrian towns as well as off the beaten path charming villages. Whether your cooking interests are hands-on in our amazing demonstration kitchen, or simply enjoying great Umbrian food and wines, we have created an exceptional experience for you!

All Inclusive (except air) Vacation Itinerary – 8 days/7 nights including lodging in an exclusive and luxurious Umbrian villa, food, wine, excursions, tours, guides, cooking lessons and demonstrations, plus ground transfers. La Cucina Sabina combines food, culture and fun into an experience of a lifetime!

Arrivals in Umbria in the afternoon after airport, train station or hotel transfer pickups from Florence or Perugia – Check in to your rooms at the beautiful Chiesa del Carmine Estate and Resort located in the heart of Umbria. Relax, enjoy your surroundings, take a dip in the pool, pre-arrange a massage or stroll the picturesque rolling Umbrian countryside with its vineyards and olive groves. In the evening, enjoy our Welcome Dinner in the Villa’s Grand Dining Room.
Visit the Estate’s Winery for a tour and tasting followed by lunch paired perfectly with the Estate’s own wines. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the expansive estate with optional walks around the countryside, lounging by the pool, pre-arrange a massage or round of golf or just grab a yoga mat and unwind. In the evening, we head to nearby picturesque Montone, a quintessential Umbrian hilltop town, for a stroll followed by a sunset dinner overlooking the amazing Umbrian countryside with its famous burnt umber hues.
In the morning we head to Assisi, the town made famous by the monk bearing its name and founder of the Franciscan Order, St Francis of Assisi. A guided tour of Assisi is planned in the morning, then on to the town of Spello for lunch. Spello is a well preserved medieval walled town and known for the abundance of picturesque flowers throughout the town. Each corner in town is more beautiful than the last. After lunch, we head back to Chiesa del Carmine for a hands-on cooking lesson and dinner from our lesson.
Perugia is perhaps best known for its gastronomy and of course chocolates! In the center of Umbria are produced some of the finest chocolates in the world. After breakfast, we enjoy a guided food tour of Perugia, including sampling along the way. We’ll enjoy lunch and also make free time for shopping as well. The highlight of the day is a hands-on chocolate making class in a chocolate lab perched above the town square. In the afternoon, we head back to Chiesa del Carmine for a bit of relaxation followed by dinner at the estate.
No culinary experience in Italy is complete without a visit to a fresh market and authentic Pizza making. We start our day with a visit to the fresh morning market in the nearby town of Umbertide for selecting our toppings for our pizza lesson later in the day. From there on to Gubbio, a Medieval town also boasting Gothic architecture, a Roman theatre and Renaissance basilica. We’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant for authentic Umbrian cuisine. Dinner will be a pizza lesson this evening back at the estate.
When you’re in Umbria, no culinary vacation is complete without hunting for Truffles! After breakfast, we join a local guide to hunt for truffles in the countryside surrounding the estate. These delicious gems will be used in our lunch time cooking lesson. The afternoon will be left open for relaxing around the estate, scheduling a massage, swim or hike. In the evening, we depart for our lake view dinner above the shores of picturesque Lake Trasimeno.
What trip to Italy is complete without shopping for some of the best locally produced artisanal products in the world? We explore the local town of Deruta, known worldwide for its fine maiolica ceramics. We’ll also make a stop at a local cashmere producer for a full immersion into Umbrian culture. Lunch will be on your own in Deruta allowing you ample time to explore the artisanal shops. After time for packing at the Estate, we depart for our grand finale “Arrivederci Dinner”. We head to the beautiful Castello Monterone, just outside Perugia for an unforgettable evening with your friends and family.
After breakfast, we provide transfers to local airports, hotels or train stations in Florence or Orvieto.

Saturday – Saturday Single Villa Vacation

2023 Dates For Availability

June 3rd – 10th
Oct 14th – 21st
Pricing: $4,200 per person double occupancy, There’s a single supplement of $900 for solo travelers.
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