FAQ & Travel Tips

What will I learn during the Let’s Cook in Umbria cooking lesson?

At our cooking class you will learn how use the traditional italian ingredients and how to combine them to make delicious recipes. You will prepare a four course meal: starter, first course, main course and dessert. We teach to cook authentic Italian/Mediterranean dishes in an informal and friendly environment, where people learn the passion of the Italian kitchen and have fun doing it. In the cooking classes pasta, pizza, gnocchi are homemade. Recipes vary according to the seasons, utilizing only the freshest and quality ingredients available. In the farm we produce vegetables, fruits, eggs, jams, wine and extra-virgin olive oil: the same local ingredients that are used to prepare the food during our cooking lessons.

 

What have  I to bring with me to cookery class?

Only  your enthusiasm and love for italian food. We will provide you with all ingredients and cooking materials you will need, including aprons and cookery utensils.

 

Do you have to be an experienced cook to participate in the courses?

Most participants are amateur cook lovers who enjoy cooking together and enjoy what they have made in good company.  The level of expertise is not that important, We welcome everyone to enjoy an exciting experience of Italian cooking.

 

Is there an age limit for participants?

No, there is no minimum age limit for participants. You can also inquire with our staff about classes for families and groups. Children are welcome! We generally have groups that vary in age from 25 to 65.

 

What if I have special dietary requirements?

We organize the cooking lesson according with your dietary requests: organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. If you have any special dietary needs or food allergies, please inform us beforehand so we can plan the menu for the class accordingly.

 

How many students are there usually in a class?

Groups are kept small, and vary between two and eight participants, in order to assure a better enjoyment of each other’s company and get as much attention as possible from your hosts.

 

Do you accept bigger group in the cooking class?

We accept group up to 15/20people if they are from the same family or are group of students

 

How can I register for classes?

To register online or for more information, please contact us at: info@cookinumbria.it, or call us +39 075 5899951 – mobile +39 3406461480

 

How do I get there?

If you are in an hotel in Perugia you can arrive in my  farm by taxi ( address: Agriturismo la volpe e l’uva, strada comunale San Marino 25 Perugia). If you have a car you will find indication in the page https://www.cookinumbria.it//contact/

We can arrange for participants to be picked up from Rome and Florence airport and brought to the farmhouse.

 

Are the cooking classes taught in English?

Yes. All of our cooking classes are taught in English.

 

What if my traveling partner doesn’t want to learn to cook?

Non-cooking guests are welcome to join us for all non-cooking activities, including all trips, meals and wine-tastings. There is a wealth of activities to enjoy while the rest of us cook, including walking, massages, or just lazing by the pool

 

If I am a single traveler have I to pay supplement?

If you are a solo traveler you can reserve our Cooking  Vacations ( accommodation and cooking classes) without  single supplement.

If you want to reserve a 1 day cooking class and cooking packages including accommodation cooking classes and half day excursions  you can check in the page https://www.cookinumbria.it//solo-travelers/ the date available to join in confirmed programs. Also in this case you don’t pay supplement!

 

If I a, a solo traveler have I to share the accommodation?

No,  you will  have an apartment of your own at no extra cost.

 

What are your payment terms?

30% not refundable deposit by credit card is requested to secure the booking. The balance cash or with credit card  at your arrive.

 

What is your cancellation policies

The deposit is not refundable. However, if you cannot come,  I will transform it in a gif voucher and it will be valid for 1 year from date its payment!

From 48 from the check-in date, and in case of no-show, cancellation penalty is 100% of total price.

 

Is your class a hands-on cooking class?

Absolutely!  Only in the very few instances, for numerous group,  we propose cooking demonstrations.

 

I am interested in a pasta making class.

In All our classes we include fresh pasta making. In the multi-day classes you will learn how to make different varieties of pasta.  You can  also choose to do a Pasta Cooking class during which you will prepare 3 different types of Pasta.

 

The program in which I am most interested is offered for 6 nights, but I have only 3 or 4 nights. Can I take a shorter version?
In all cases we can offer a shorter version of the program and the price would be adjusted.

 

Are your trips all inclusive, or are there hidden costs that we discover once there?
In our trips are not included the dinners, But you will have accommodation in an apartment with well equipped kitchen and you can prepare personally your dinner, or you can go in the city center restaurant.

If you don’t have car and you reserved program with half day tours in the afternoon, the driver after the tour
–  will bring you in a supermarket to buy food for your dinner or
– will bring you in the Perugia city centre when you can dine in a restaurant, the driver will come to pick up you when you want to bring you back in the farmhouse.

 

Do we eat what we cook?
You certainly do! You will enjoy it with our wine at the end of the lesson

If there are any problems during the trip, what would I do?
I live in the farm with my family and I can help you for any problems

 

Where is the closest airport?

The closest international airports are Rome and Florence , both 150km farm from Perugia. From the airport you can arrive in Perugia by train, For train schedules have a look at the following website – very handy.  http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

 

Should you rent a car?

If you reserve one of our cooking vacations ( accommodation and cooking classes in the morning) you will have free afternoons. In this case we recommend car hire.  You are more flexible if you have a car as you have plenty of free time to explore the area and the villas are both quite remote.  We recommend either Avis or Europcar as they both have offices in Perugia train station.

 

Where do I find train schedules?

For train schedules have a look at the following website – very handy.  http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html

 

When is the best time to visit?

If you would like to enjoy the pool and eating al fresco, we would recommend any time from May till mid September.  It also depends on your personal preferences regarding the weather. 

In each period of the year there are events that can be interesting for your holiday: our Seasonal  tours are exclusive tours itineraries coincident with special events and folklorist traditions of the Umbria region and allow you to live an unique and wonderful experience in Italy: Easter, Palio of the Archers, Corpus Domini and Infiorata, Medieval Market, Olive harvest, Christmas cooking classes and new Year Eve. Please check our seasonal programs  https://www.cookinumbria.it//seasonal-tour/

 

Do we have laundry facilities?

You can use my washing machine ( 5 euro) .

 

Are pets allowed?

Yes, they are welcome!

 

What are the GPS co-ordinates to find the Farm?

Longitude: E 012.38991°
Latitude: N 43.13905°

 

How should I pack? Will I need clothes that are not casual?

Please just keep it comfortable and casual. Pack layers that will work for many temperatures.

 

Will you permit your guest to use your WiFi?

Let’s Cook in Umbria  offers free WiFi to all guests.

 

What items are provided in the apartments?

In the farm there are only 5 apartments recently restored.

The apartments are sunny, panoramic and comfortable: we want our guests, even for a stay of few days, feel them in a cozy house!
Each apartment has a living room with a well equipped kitchenette and a double sofa bed, a double or twin room and a bathroom. All apartments are equipped with central heating, TV and Internet wi-fi.
In front of each apartment there is a large communal garden which hosts an area equipped with table and chairs to have lunch or dinner al fresco.
This is self-catering accommodation (similar to a holiday rental) so there is no daily maid service for your apartments, although there will always be people on hand should you need something.

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