Umbria cooking and painting vacation, Italy

“A week of cooking and painting in the unique and highly underrated landscapes of Umbria. Staying in the most perfect farmhouse agriturismo. A feast of a vacation, in every way.”

Highlights

Two cooking classes with Umbria chef | one painting class | Cittΰ della Pieve | Orvieto | All accessible by train

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10 Jun 2018
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02 Jul 2018
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16 Jul 2018
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Responsible tourism: Umbria cooking and painting vacation, Italy

Environment

we run our farm organically, without any use of chemical products.
We produce our own electricity and hot water through solar panels.
We grow most of our vegetables and fruit, all leftovers are composted and use as a natural fertilizer.
We use public transport when we can, and walk and cycle as much as we can.
All the products we use for cleaning are natural.
Lights in our garden and in some rooms go off automatically as to save energy, besides we only use low emissions light bulbs.
We encourage our guests to use towels for a few days and dry them in the sun rather than washing them.
We never use tumble dryer.
We always recycle paper to write notes or our shopping list.
Our house has been renovated using natural materials, and with good insulation as to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
Even our animals live naturally, our sheep are kept in freedom with lots of grass and lots of room to walk about. we cook for our dogs using all the leftovers, so don't buy canned food for them. And they enjoy it too!

Community

We tend to buy everything locally, aiming to support small businness rather than big commercial ones. Our guests and friends are invited to do the same.
We know all the local farmers, so whatever is not grown by us is bought directly form farmers, especially we never buy eggs, cheese and meat from the supermarket, as all these things may be supplied directly from farmers. And they taste much better!
We buy wine directly from small producers and organize visits for our guests, so they may buy some wine too.
We also tend to support family owned restaurants and shops and address our clients to do the same.
We tend to choose products which are at risk of disappearing like rare varieties of fruit or beans as they really need extra help to survive.
We promote tours to the small unknown villages and arrange local activities there.
We always visit local market and encourage our guests to choose markets for their souvenirs.

2 Reviews of Umbria cooking and painting vacation, Italy

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Reviewed on 24 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


New to this part of Italy, and what we saw was truly memorable and charming - with the longer cooking course Marina took other guests to a number of different places - which if you don't want to drive but want to see more of this part of the world, may be worth considering.

Marina and Gianlucca are accommodating hosts. Interesting meals using really good ingredients, eaten with other guests - sampling whatever is prepared during the cookery sessions. Really relaxing and enjoyable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The cookery sessions are c2 hours so if you don't fancy sitting in the grounds or by the pool , you will need your own transport for the spare time you will have. When the numbers are smaller, one has more chance to help prepare the meals -and it's worth indicating what you would like to do - particularly if you learn more by doing, than observing.

The meals provided use lovely ingredients, but if you have an healthier appetite and don't have your own transport, would be worth bringing some of your favourite nibbles or buy some fruit when you get out. The honesty bar provides a good range of drinks and some snacks but if you swim or walk a lot you may need more sustenance. The breakfasts are plentiful and offer meat, cheese, eggs, cereals and fruit - able to set you up for the day!

The art day was at a lovely local house, taken by a visiting New Zealand botanical artist. Very chilled - but it would be worth checking in advance what the day will comprise of if you have specific requirements.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely - all places visited gave one an opportunity to sample and buy local ingredients.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A relaxing and enjoyable break - sociable and laid back, and finally learned how to make pasta! Accommodation fine, and really enjoyed the pool as it was really hot. Exuberant dogs may disturb lighter sleepers - I never heard them!

Read the operator's response here:

thank you so much, Veronica. It's been a pleasure to meet you, I hope the pasta machine is working well! Hopefully see you next time.
Marina & Gianluca

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This was my first trip to Italy, and as they say, first impressions do make lasting impressions. And Umbria was the right blend of beauty, serenity, culture and great cuisine. As a solo traveler, I basically wanted a relaxing break with some fun activities and learning too. I got all that and more with the Cooking and Painting vacation that I booked through Responsible travel, based at Podere
le Olle in Umbria. I totally loved the experience, made especially memorable by Marina and Gianluca- my wonderful hosts. They made every effort to ensure that my stay was truly memorable. Firstly, the location of this place was absolutely picturesque with spectacular views of the hills. Their friendly dogs, Lupita and Edna, were great companions. The rooms were bright and tastefully
decorated. The food, of course, was awesome! I especially cherished the serene ambience and warm hospitality. I imbibed some knowledge about Italian culture from our conversations, and also got to make new friends on this trip. We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking sessions, and the finer nuances of Italian cooking taught to us by Gianluca. The day I spent painting was also lovely, in
which I got to dabble in oil painting at an olive farm. We had a couple of trips to nearby scenic locales which were also quite
fascinating.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are looking to spend a quiet relaxing time in Italy, and share my enthusiasm for great food and culture, do not hesitate to book
this vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, in fact, I was particularly happy to see how natural and unspoilt the surroundings were. And as we did a lot of walking, ate fresh produce from the farm or grown in nearby areas, and learnt to cook some authentic Italian food, we were completely in harmony with
nature and the people of the region.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Overall, it was a splendid vacation that I will cherish forever.

Read the operator's response here:

Ambika, thank you for your feedback. We had a great time too.

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