• 4 nights in selected 4-star hotel in Montefalco with full breakfast
• Private guided visits with English speaking guides in Montefalco, Assisi (Basilica of San Francesco and Giotto frescoes), Perugia (Collegio del Cambio, National Gallery of Umbria), Bevagna (Medieval house Mastro Cecco, Roman bath and mosaics and the artisanal laboratories) and Spello (Baglioni Chapel); including all the entrance fees to the sites
• Cooking class and dinner (Montefalco)
• Dinner in a country house (Assisi)
• Baking class (Perugia)
• Winery visit and light lunch (Bevagna)
• Genuine dinner at the Osteria
Day 1 / Montefalco, Balcony of Umbria -scenery & cooking class-
Arrival. In the afternoon guided visit of the lively medieval town of Montefalco, with its five gates each of which is associated with a parish church and each giving into a lane that leads up to a (more or less) five-sided piazza at the town's highest point. Visit the church of San Francesco, with Benozzo Gozzoli's Saint Francis fresco cycle of 1452. Montefalco also has a tradition of woven linen and linen-cotton. At the end of the visit enjoy a cooking class and learn to cook traditional pasta and other regional dishes using local ingredients. Following the cooking class, participants get to sit down and enjoy their dinner in the historic Villa. Overnight.
Day 2 / Assisi, home of St. Francis -history & food-
Breakfast. Head for Monte Subasio for a private guided walking tour of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis and Italy’s famous pilgrimage site. Discover all the facets of the Old Town (Roman walls and medieval houses), including the Basilica of Santa Chiara, dedicated to the founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, and the papal Basilica of St. Francis, built between 1228 and 1253. Now home to the consecrated remains of the saint, the stunning monument is also said to have the best collection of art in any church of Italy, including frescoes and paintings by Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti and more. Time at leisure for lunch and the remainder of the day is yours to explore Assisi as you please. Complete your day by a marvellous genuine dinner in a family run country house. Overnight.
Day 3 / Perugia -art & baking-
Breakfast. Today is about art, pizza and bread in Perugia, Umbria’s largest town with its very extensive historic centre. Our guided tour includes a walk through the medieval ghost town built in to the foundations of the Papal castle, Palazzo dei Priori, the Collegio del Cambio with frescoes by Pietro Perugino, the Collegio della Mercanzia with a late 14 C wooden interior and the National Gallery of Umbria which hosts one of the richest collections in Italy with works of international renown. The impressive number and variety of artistic works housed in the museum range from paintings on wood, canvas and murals, to sculptures in wood and stone, to goldsmith's art and fabrics, which exemplify the artistic evolution in the territory between the 13th and 19th centuries. Afternoon with Andrea Pioppi, Italian master baker and expert teacher, who after 20 years at the family bakery firm, has decided to follow his vocation as a liberoimpastatore (free-spirited dough kneader). Be inspired by his passion for the art of baking and learn how to create your own bread and pizza. Return to Montefalco and overnight.
Day 4 / Medieval Bevagna -Middle Ages & wine-
Breakfast. Morning private guided walking tour of this wonderfully preserved medieval town. Admire its ancient theatre, the temple, the forum (main square), the Roman baths and its mosaics and the Medieval House of Mastro Cecco. Visit, wine tasting and light lunch in a local winery. In the afternoon immerse yourself in the Middle Ages visiting the artisanal laboratories La Cartiera (paper mill), la Cereria (candle makers), la Zecca (mint factory), il Setificio (silk manufacturing). Top off the day with a genuine dinner in the Osteria. Overnight.
Day 5 / Charming Spello - departure -art & flowers-
Breakfast and check-out. In the morning meet your local guide in Spello for a tour to enjoy both art and flowers. You’ll walk around the labyrinth of floral decorated streets to take in the atmosphere and visit the Porta Venere, an Augustan-era gate flanked by two 12-sided towers, the impressive 12th-century Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore which houses the Baglioni Chapel with Pinturicchio’s beautiful frescoes of the life of Christ and where even the floor, dating back to 1566, is a masterpiece.