5 Day Cooking Classes and Tours to see Easter Traditions in Italy from 29th March to 2nd April 2018
Umbria is known as the land of Saints and Easter represents one of the best periods to live this joyful and religious atmosphere.
Like all holidays in Italy, Easter, Pasqua has its share of rituals and traditions.
In Umbria Solemn religious processions are held in many towns on the Friday before Easter. Many churches have special statues of the Virgin and Jesus that play a big part in the processions. The statues may be paraded through the city or displayed in the main square. Parade participants are often dressed in traditional ancient costumes.
Since Easter is the end of the Lent season, food plays a big part in the celebrations.
Traditional Easter foods include lamb, artichokes, and special Easter breads that vary from region to region.
Details of the Easter 2018 Cooking Package
Trip Length: 5 Days ( 4 nights)
Departure Dates: From 29th March to 2nd April 2018
Destinations: Italy, Umbria (Perugia, Gubbio, Bevagna, Montefalco and Assisi)
Activities: Culinary, Cultural exploration
Day by Day Itinerary of the Tour
- Thursday 29th March- Arrive
Arrival at the country farm “La volpe e l’uva” (Perugia, Central Italy, Umbria, near Tuscany). Check-in your apartment at 4:00pm.
- Friday 30th March – Cooking + Good Friday procession in Gubbio
Morning. Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00 am. You will prepare a four course lunch with recipes typical of the Easter eve. For lunch you will eat your creations accompanied by our wines.
Afternoon. In Gubbio the Good Friday Procession has always been organized by the Santa Croce della Foce Brotherhood. The origin of the Procession dates back to the penitent lay society of the XIII century. The procession begins with men called “battistrangole” or drum beaters. These drum beaters are then followed by a hooded member of the Brotherhood carrying a skull, which represents the Golgotha, or the place of the crucifixion. Other symbols of the Passion are then carried by other members. The Procession moves slowly through the town accompanied by the antique lament “Miserere”. Two groups of singers alternate the verses while a wooden sculpture of the 16th century of the Crucified Christ is carried by those of the brotherhood clothed in white frocks and black hoods. Large bonfires are lit along the way of the procession, which symbolizes purification and a prayer asking God for the forgiveness of sins. The fires are lit in various parts of the city and stay lit until the city is dark. Professional guide in the tour.
- Holy Saturday 31th March – Cooking +Wine and Olive oil Tour
Morning. Hands-on cooking class starts around 9,30 pm. You will prepare a four course lunch with typical Easter recipes, that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by our wines.
Afternoon. You will have a wine tour in a winery that produces Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCGS. You will have a guided tour of the vineyard, cellars finishing up with a test of local Umbrian specialties and the wines. Our olive oil tour include visits to family-run organic oil mills in the most famous Umbrian oil regions with tasting of the local produce along with accompanying local food products.
- Easter Sunday 1st April- ASSISI Tour in the morning and Perugia exhibitions in the afternoon
Morning. You will spent your Easter day in Assisi, a beautiful medieval town based on Mount Subasio, overlooking a peaceful Umbrian landscape. Assisi is essentially known for the fact that it’s the place of birth of St. Francis in and that of Santa Chiara. You will visit the city and the famous churches like the St. Francis Church filled with spectacular frescoes by Giotto, and also the Eremo delle Carceri (a peacefully isolated church and monastery in the wooded slopes just outside Assisi’s walls, this was the first monastic home of St. Francis’ and his followers) and the St. Damiano church (A church and monastery outside the city walls is where the crucifix spoke to St. Francis, prompting him to repair it and begin his ministry. Later, St. Clare died here). Professional guide in the tour during the morning.
You will have the Easter lunch in a restaurant of the city center.
Afternoon. After lunch the driver will bring you in the Perugia city center where you will visit the Market exposition of typical Easter products of Perugia tradition in the ancient castle Rocca Paolina.
- Monday 2nd April- Departure
More about the COOKING CLASSES
Read what MEALS are included in the Cooking Program
More about your ACCOMMODATION in the farm
The prices are for single travelers (single occupancy) and for groups from 2 to 8 people ( double occupancy). If your group is composed by more than 8 people send me your request and we will send you the best price!
It is also possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the morning enjoying the surroundings, and could then join the group at lunchtime. Non-participating guests are welcome on the excursion and can use all the facilities at the farmhouse and join all the meals, just not the actual cooking classes.
Solo travelers Participating guest, single occupancy 1200 euro
Group of 2 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 1 apartment 1100 euro
Group from 3 to 4 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 2 apartments 860 euro
Group from 5 to 6 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 3 apartments 750 euro
Group from 7 to 8 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 3 apartments 700 euro
Non-participating guest, double occupancy 800 euro
If you are a group of people and you want to have single occupancy ( 1 person in 1 apartments) the single supplement is 100 euro.
- Accommodation in the apartment of the farmhouse “la volpe e l’uva” in Perugia (40mq, lounge with cooking area and double sofa bed double bedroom and bathroom), included bed linen, towels, final cleaning.
- breakfasts (in your apartment you will find coffee, milk, biscuits, jams, butter and sugar)
- 2 cooking classes of approximately 4 hours,
- 2 Four course meal from the cooking lesson;
- Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner/lunch;
- Certificate of participation;
- Folder with all the recipes;
- Apron of Let’s cook in Umbria.
- 3 Tours as indicated in the itinerary.
Extra: The Easter lunch in Assisi.