Paesano Umbria (13 days & 12 nights): Italians often refer to Umbria as “the poor man’s Tuscany”. While not nearly as famous as its neighboring region to the northwest, Umbria is anything but culturally impoverished. In fact, Umbria was Tuscany’s superior rival culturally, economically, and politically throughout the Middle Ages and remains the quintessential medieval region in all of Italy. This Journey will transport you back in time as Umbria’s rolling hills and pastures, medieval towns trapped in time like Assisi and Orvieto, and one of Italy’s most ancient cuisines will leave you forever enchanted. This Journey will not disappoint as you walk in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi, learn how to cook like an Italian from a world-class master chef, and ride horseback through the Umbrian countryside.

What We Provide:

  • Private car service transfer for all airport and train station arrivals to and departures from Rome.
  • All transportation via private car service and never public transportation during the entire itinerary.
  • Three daily meals including beverages at breakfast, lunch, and dinner at carefully selected restaurants with the highest attention to the quality of authentic local cuisine and proper hygiene.
  • Comfortable accommodations in the heart of Rome and Umbria including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, T.V., standard hotel amenities, noise-proof rooms, and safe-deposit boxes in addition to daily room-cleaning and sanitization service.
  • Local sites in Rome including Monte Testaccio, the Great Synagogue of Rome, and the National Museum of Palazzo Massimo.
  • All major local sites in Umbria including Orvieto, Deruta, Perugia, Assisi, and Massa Martana and five culinary cooking courses with a personal world-class Master Chef.
  • Experienced, passionate, and personable native or near-native English speaking local licensed guides with Ph.D. and M.A. degrees and qualified experts in several disciplines.
  • 24/7 full-time on-call staff ready to assist you with any and every concern, question, and emergency-situation that may arise during the entire itinerary.
  • Free pre- and post-itinerary planning and assistance.
  • An interdisciplinary educational experience and Journey that will transform you.

What You Provide:

  • All personal expenses incurred for shopping, transportation, external excursions, and any meals and beverages not included in the published itinerary.
  • Punctuality for all meeting points and times as per the published itinerary.
  • Attention to indications and directions from your guides and staff and adherence to regulations during all site visits as per the published itinerary.
  • Alerting us to any concerns and difficulties that may occur at any time before and during the itinerary including allergies, dietary and other health issues, and phobias (acrophobia, claustrophobia, etc.).
  • Your own airfare. Your flight itinerary must guarantee that you arrive in Rome on Sunday morning no later than 10:00 AM local time here (CET). The time of your return departure flight from Rome must be no earlier than 02:00 PM local time (CET) on the day of departure. The airport code for Rome is FCO (Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport). We are at your service to assist you in this process.
  • Your own personal travel insurance, which serves to protect you from needless loss caused by last-minute cancellations, lost luggage, etc. and is cheaper to purchase on your own based on personal needs. Three recommended providers are: Travelex Insurance, (800) 228-9792; CSA Travel Protection, (800) 348-9505; and Travel Guard, (800) 826-1300.
  • Payment methods and options for this itinerary package are via either bank account wire-transfer (IBAN) or credit card.
  • An open mind, heart, and spirit to engage and learn from and about a new culture, life experience, and Journey of exploration and discovery in many ways that you never may have anticipated.

Itinerary:

Sunday: Benvenuti, Benarrivati e Bentornati a Roma!

We will meet you directly at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Termini Train Station upon your morning arrival for private car service transfer. We will check you in to your hotel residence following lunch on the Janiculum Hill overlooking the entire city of Rome. The afternoon is free for you to revisit your favorite stomping grounds in your second home. Our first day ends with a reception dinner to acquaint ourselves with one other and your new home in the Eternal City. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Monday: All Roads Lead to Rome

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast to Rome’s oldest garbage dump, Monte Testaccio, in the heart of the ancient city’s food storage facilities. We’ll proceed to Rome’s famous “Jewish Ghetto” for a visit of the Great Synagogue and home of the world’s oldest continuously surviving Jewish community since the 2nd century BCE. Both site visits will provide economic, political, and religious context for the transformation of Roman antiquity into medieval Italy. The afternoon following lunch is free for you to explore Rome on your own until dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Tuesday: All Roads Lead from Rome

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast to the National Museum Palazzo Massimo, the world’s most important and stunning collection of Roman antiquities. Here we’ll continue our understanding of ancient Rome’s metamorphosis into medieval Italy. Discover not only what was lost but how the ability to do what the ancient Romans did was eclipsed for a millennium following Rome’s fall in 476 CE and the advent of the Dark Ages. The afternoon following lunch is free for you to explore Rome on your own until dinner. Remember to pack as this will be our final night in the Eternal City. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Wednesday: Orvieto

Today we depart Rome and head to the Umbrian countryside. Our first stop, Orvieto, was considered to be the gateway and crossroads between Umbria, Tuscany, and the Papal States during the Middle Ages. This idyllic medieval town will enchant you with its majestic Duomo, Etruscan Underground, and Saint Patrick’s Well. Lunch will be accompanied by Orvieto’s famous white wine before free time for shopping for its equally famous handmade ceramics. Our final destination today is our medieval residence Casale Alessandri in Massa Martana immersed in the rolling pastures and Monti Martani foothills of the Apennine Mountains. Meet our personal hosts, Federico and Louise Alessandri, who are this unforgettable venue’s lovely proprietors of our new home for the next nine days. Free Time following dinner to settle in comfortably and relax.

Thursday: Deruta and Ceramiche

We will travel to nearby Deruta, home of Umbria’s world-famous ceramics production center, where we’ll visit this Umbrian medieval town and its ceramics workshops. Learn not only the art of this medieval tradition from licensed Master Artisans, but learn to make one of your own, also. Learn, as always, before you buy. We’ll continue to explore and shop Deruta after lunch before returning to our residence Casale Alessandri for dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Friday: Culinary Course One – Learning the basics of the Cucina Italiana with Pasta and Sughi di Base

Meet our personal in-house (Michelin Guide rated) Master Chef and Sommelier, Federico, for our first of five cooking and culinary courses in Italian cuisine using only the freshest of local organic ingredients. You will learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes confidently both here on site at your own personal workstation and forever after in your own home kitchen following these experiences. After lunch we’ll visit our own residence’s actually producing olive groves with Francesco and Louise for an educational experience of the ancient Roman Empire’s economic mainstay and a hallmark of Italian cuisine. Free Time to relax, poolside if you like, until dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Saturday: Gallavanting through the Umbrian Countryside

Today finds us in our own “Spaghetti Western” as we explore and soak in the natural beauty of the Umbrian foothills and pastures on horseback. Our day of learning about the local flora and fauna further will be nourished by a picnic “on hoof” before trotting back to our residence for dinner. Free Time to relax, poolside if you like, until dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Sunday: Culinary Course Two – Perfecting the skills of the Cucina Italiana with carne and verdure

Our personal in-house Master Chef and Sommelier, Federico, meets us for our second of five cooking and culinary courses in Italian cuisine using only the freshest of local organic ingredients. You will learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes confidently both here on site at your own personal workstation and forever after in your own home kitchen following these experiences. Free Time following lunch to relax, poolside if you like, until dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Monday: Perugia – Cioccolato and Baci

Today we travel to nearby Perugia, the home of Italian chocolate and “kisses”. We’ll visit the world-famous chocolatier and factory Perugina in the morning. We’ll continue our discovery of central Italy’s most powerful medieval city and training ground for Italian Renaissance masters following lunch before returning to our residence in time for dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Tuesday: Culinary Course Three – The art of antipasti, contorni, and insalate

Our personal in-house Master Chef and Sommelier, Federico, meets us for our third of five cooking and culinary courses in Italian cuisine using only the freshest of local organic ingredients. You will learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes confidently both here on site at your own personal workstation and forever after in your own home kitchen following these experiences. We’ll visit the cavernous ancient Roman aqueducts of the “Umbrian Underground” and a courtroom of the Roman Catholic Church’s Office of the Inquisition in nearby Narni following lunch before returning to our residence in time for dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Wednesday: Assisi and Rasiglia

Assisi already was regarded as a formidably famous economic powerhouse during the Middle Ages. This morning we’ll retrace the footsteps and tomb of an unlikely wealthy nobleman that would render the city universally famous forever after, Saint Francis. We’ll visit a lesser known but equally idyllic medieval town, Rasiglia, following lunch before returning to our residence in time for dinner. Free Time following dinner to relax.

Thursday: Culinary Courses Four & Five – Dolci, Vino, and Formaggio and the art of complementing meals

Our personal in-house Master Chef and Sommelier, Federico, meets us for our final two of five cooking and culinary courses in Italian cuisine using only the freshest of local organic ingredients. You will learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes confidently both here on site at your own personal workstation and forever after in your own home kitchen following these experiences. We will visit the only catacombs in Umbria, which are located right beneath our feet, following lunch before returning to our residence. Free time following to relax, poolside if you like, until our farewell dinner. Remember to pack as this is the final night of our Journey!

Friday: Bentrovati ed Arrivederci a Roma!

We will accompany you via private car service following breakfast and check-out from our residence to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Termini Train Station. We will miss you and will be waiting here for your next Journey with us.

Dates and Prices:

This 13 days & 12 nights Paesano Umbria Journey begins with your arrival in Rome on Sunday morning and departure from Rome 13 days later on Friday morning. This Journey runs all year round based on booking availabilities for groups of 6-16 participants (PAX). Prices range from €6,400 to €7,900 per participant based on group numbers:

€7,900.00 per person (6-10 PAX)

€7,400.00 per person (12 PAX)

€6,900.00 per person (14 PAX)

€6,400.00 per person (16 PAX)