A journey to discover the culinary traditions, landscapes, art, habits and gastronomy
of Northern Umbria and Southern Tuscany. A trip among vineyards, olive groves,
landscapes with lovely views that inspired international artists, slowness, perfumes,
smells, people and quality of life. Tuscany, with its various fascinating declinations,
constitutes the perfect Italian landscape and Umbria, with its gentle hills, is both rural
and noble at the same time, homely and authentic.
Arrival and accommodation in hotel, welcome drink. Dinner in a country house outside
Perugia, where the cuisine revisits the traditional Umbrian dishes, reinventing them in a
contemporary way, combining flavours and playing with contrasts. Return to the hotel and
Perugia visit to the laboratory-museum of artistic hand weaving "Giuditta Brozzetti", located
inside the 13th century church of San Francesco delle Donne, the first Franciscan church of
Perugia. Millenary techniques and ancient productive phases that are still used today to
create, exclusively by hand, incredible historical-inspired fabrics.
Visit to the stained glass studio Moretti-Caselli in Perugia. The studio has always carried out
the restoration of antique windows and the production of glazed windows, both of their
own design and using drawings provided by external contractors. Lunch in the city centre of
Perugia and guided tour of the city, one of the most beautiful and important in Italy. Perugia
was a powerful Etruscan centre and an important medieval city. It lovingly guards precious
traces of its bright historical periods. Today, it is the administrative capital of the Umbria
region, a cultural and tourist destination of great importance and seat of the prestigious
Università degli Studi, over 700 years old.
Aperitif, dinner at the hotel.
Lake Trasimeno, visit to Città della Pieve and Castiglione del Lago, two medieval towns
linked to the captain of fortune Ascanio della Corgna. Here you can find majestic
Renaissance palaces rising above the city walls belonging to the Della Corgna family, both
located in the historic centre and designed by architect Galeazzo Alessi. Ascanio of Corgna
(1514-1571) summed up the vehemence of the captains of fortune with a humanistic vein,
typical of the Renaissance. Lunch at a trattoria in Città della Pieve. After lunch, visit and
explanation at a small winery producing delicious natural wines based on local grape
varieties: Ciliegiolo and Trebbiano. On the way back to Perugia, dinner in a trattoria where the pasta is made by hand with the use of local flour and high-quality ingredients and where
the territory and its producers are valued. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Città di Castello. Contemporary Art - Visit to the Burri Foundation Palazzo Albizzini
Collection and the Museum of old tobacco dry houses. Alberto Burri (1915-1995) was an
Italian artist born in Città di Castello, who contributed the most to the international artistic
panorama after the Second World War. His artistic research ranges from painting to
sculpture, having the sole purpose of investigating the expressive qualities of matter. Lunch
in a farmhouse nestled in the Umbrian countryside, surrounded by a large and well-kept
garden full of fragrant plants and flowers. In the afternoon, guided tour and explanation of
the orchard project Arborea archeology: about 400 specimens of different species of apple,
pear, cherry, plum, fig, almond, medlar and quince tree. In the late afternoon, you will go on
a visit to a farm specializing in the breeding and processing of buffalo milk, unique in
Umbria, followed by a tasting of their products. Return to the hotel and dinner.
Travel to TUSCANY
Arezzo . Guided tour of the exceptionally ancient city of Arezzo, older than Alexandria of
Egypt. It was one of the largest Etruscan religious city states and later Roman city of
strategic importance. It was the centre of flourishing economic activities, and rich in
valuable monuments. The frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the cathedral are worth a visit
to the city. Also the heart of the medieval town tells a story about Arezzan art and
architecture. Lunch in a restaurant using strictly local ingredients and traditional dishes
(griffes, belly ...) and other modernly presented. The service is refined but informal, it's like
being at home. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Green Wine Farm, a unique experience
in an oasis, where sustainable and organic wines are produced. Local wine tasting. Return to
the hotel and dinner.
Cortona. Guided tour of the city of Cortona, located on the side of a mountainous area
between the Valdichiana and the Tiber valley. The 2km-long remains of the walls, dating
back to the 5th century B.C., show that it was an important Etruscan centre. The old town
was built in the 13th century. Visit to the Etruscan Museum, which brings together a
collection of all the materials found in the territory of Cortona from the nineteenth century
to the present day. Lunch at a restaurant in the historic centre of Cortona, characterised by
a genuine, simple and attentive service, especially devoted to the quality of the ingredients
and a with a wine list paying particular attention to wines from small vintners and natural
wines. In the afternoon, visit and tasting at a historic winery in Val Di Chiana where, after
years of experimentation, the suitability of the Cortona soil for the Syrah was discovered, a
wine that perfectly expresses the optimal soil-grape relationship. Dinner in a small trattoria
near Montepulciano, where the cuisine is authentically homely and traditional. Bread, pasta,
sauces and desserts are exclusively of their own production and are prepared by hand.
Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Montepulciano & Pienza. Guided tour of the "perfect city", Pienza, designed by Pope Pius
II Piccolomini in 1459. Walk along the walls to admire the landscape of the Val d'Orcia and
visit to the Cathedral, without forgetting the typical streets of the village inebriated by the
unmistakable smell of the famous Pecorino di Pienza. After Pienza, visit to an organic farm
where sheep and goat cheese, ricotta, feta and quark are produced. Followed by lunch at
their restaurant on a beautiful panoramic terrace overlooking the Val d'Orcia. The menu
consists of dishes using strictly organic and local ingredients. In the afternoon, visit to
Montepulciano, defined by many as the pearl of the 16th century. Its palaces and the long
main street tell a Renaissance story and, in Piazza Grande, the heart of the town, you can
perceive a history which begun before the year 1000. Montepulciano is also a place
historically known for the production of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, therefore the
tour also includes a visit to one of the 7 historical cellars built since 1300. Return to the
hotel and dinner.
Breakfast and check out