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Wines of Montefalco & Truffle of Norcia

A 5-day wine & food tour
Montefalco - Norcia

Cookery courses, sampling appetizing wines and divine local food

Umbria is known for its beautiful nature, medieval villages, fine wines and delicious local cuisine. During this tour you will see two different parts of Umbria. Montefalco is situated in the Valle Umbra, a fertile valley with small medieval villages and famous for its high quality wines. Norcia, with in the background the Sibylline mountains, is a good place to taste the local truffle dishes such as pasta with truffles, the omelette with truffles, or truffle salad. It is also famous for its production of salamis and raw hams.

erb garden Norcia

The tour starts at the foot of the town of Montefalco, a hilltop town, famous for its Rosso di Montefalco and Sagrantino wines. You will stay in a Villa with a beautiful garden, swimming pool and an excellent restaurant. The villa boasts a special collection of porcelain soup bowls. The next morning, accompanied by a guide, you will make an easy walk through the vineyards of Montefalco and visit the city and its ancient medieval centre. The walk will end at a winery, where you will have an interesting explanation about winemaking and taste the Montefalco wines.  In the late afternoon, a cooking class in the villa together with cook Lorenza, followed by a dinner made with the dishes prepared during the course. 

You leave Montefalco and on the way to Norcia, you will have time to stop and visit Spoleto. The city is situated in the southern part of the Umbrian Valley. The medieval centre lies on a hill. There is a lot to see: the Cathedral with frescoes by Filippo Lippi and works by Pinturicchio, the fortress, which can be clearly seen from far away, the aqueduct or Ponte delle Torri, a Roman house, a Roman theatre, numerous churches and museums.  Spoleto is not only rich of things to visit, but is also a pleasant place for shopping, with numerous good restaurants.

view from hotel Norcia

Norcia is situated on the plateau of Santa Scolastica. The city is famous for its truffle, pecorino cheese, salami and raw ham (prosciutto). This Norcineria, like Fiaschette del prete (a finely ground salami), the gorgeous Norcia ham and the so-called mule’s testicles, is offered in many delicacy shops and restaurants.  The historic centre of the city has been damaged by the latest earthquake in 2016 (churches have been particularly damaged) but thanks to the energy and collaboration of the inhabitants of Norcia, the town is now largely being restored. You will stay in a Relais in the centre, a historic palace. The Relais has a restaurant awarded with one star Michelin, where you have dinner the evening of your arrival, and you could relax in the spa centre.  The next morning you go looking for truffles near Norcia and have a picnic. In the afternoon, there is a cooking class in the Restaurant Vespasia of the Relais.

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Wines from Montefalco &Truffle from Norcia

DIFFICULTY: 1

The walk in Montefalco and the truffle hunting walk are easy. Also the cooking classes are suitable for all.

Difficulty level 1   


DEPARTURES:
Self Guided: Daily all the year round, except Holidays and Italian festivities.


PARTICIPANTS:
2 or more people. 


Start / Finish: Montefalco / Norcia (or vice versa)


Code: G 009 UMB

Prices

From € 1.110,00

Daily program of

5-day gourmet tour

Day 1 | Arrival at your hotel in San Luca (Montefalco)

Individual arrival at your hotel at the foot of Montefalco.
In the evening you have dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.

Day 2 | Exploring the wines of Montefalco and a cooking class

At 9.30 a.m., meeting with your walking guide Cristiano at the Winery Cantina Romanelli.
The walking tour is 7 km long with an easy level. The walk passes through the historic centre of Montefalco and ends at the winery. First, you will have an explanation about winemaking and a visit of the winery, followed by a tasting of 4 wines: Grechetto Colli Martani Doc, Montefalco Rosso DOC, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG, and Montefalco Sagrantino Passito DOCG.
You will taste wines together with bruschette with extra virgin olive oil, local salami, cheese and homemade biscuits made with Sagrantino wine.
At 4.30 p.m. you will have a cooking class with cook Lorenza at Villa Zuccari. During the cooking class, which lasts about 3 hours, you will prepare different dishes that you will taste at the end of the lesson. Umbrian cuisine is incredibly rich, varied and tasty.
Recipes vary according to the season: you will use only local and fresh ingredients available at that time of the year.

Day 3 | Norcia

After breakfast, you leave Villa Zuccari and you will have time to visit other cities of the Umbrian Valley such as Assisi, Bevagna and Spoleto.
Overnight in the historic centre of Norcia, at Relais Palazzo Seneca.
Dinner with four courses at restaurant Vespasia, restaurant with one star Michelin.

Day 4 | Truffle hunting and cooking class

In the morning you have a cooking lesson with the Michelin star chef and his staff, who reveal the secrets of some typical Umbrian recipes. After the course, you taste what is prepared during the cooking class. In the afternoon, you go looking for truffles near Norcia. Truffles, the black diamonds of kitchen, are a rare delight and not an opportunity to be missed. You will walk with the truffle hunter and his cute dogs through the woods in search of truffles and have afterward a picnic. A pleasant extra in the program is the tasting of ricotta cheese while a cheesemaker is showing you how to make it. Free evening and dinner at your choice in Norcia.

Day 5 | End of tour after breakfast

End of this exquisite tour in search of the flavours of Umbria.

Rosone Meravigliosa Umbria Divider