Umbria: hills, truffles and chocolate

Umbria: hills, truffles and chocolate


Locanda del Gallo

Frazione Santa Cristina

06024 Gubbio (Perugia)

In the heart of Umbria, on the hills surrounding Perugia, tradition lives side by side with nature.

Carmela Cipriani, the daughter of Arrigo Cipriani, son of Giuseppe the founder of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice and Cristina Bonduà, an expert in hospitality and table decoration, both venetians, will organize a fantastic week of kitchen and leisure at the Locanda del Gallo, a beautiful country house between Gubbio and Perugia in Umbria region.


Locanda del Gallo is set in 28 hectares of gloriously green gardens, complete with Jacuzzi, panoramic chlorine-free pool and even a small Moorish style spa which is equipped with a sauna, massage corner and tea room.




Accomodation in the rooms

Short trip to Perugia and little brunch in town (optional)

Back to Locanda



Breakfast at 9am

Cooking lesson starting at 10am:

Preparation of ingredients

Preparation of recipes

Useful cooking tips

Today we talk about pasta

We teach you how to make a good home made egg pasta

How to make a good sauce for pasta

Tomato and Pesto sauce

Lunch at 1 pm

Relax from 2 to 3.30 pm

At 3.30 pm departure by private minibus to visit the unique town of Perugia

A special visit to the chocolate factory of Luisa Spagnoli (her family invented the famous bacio Perugina) a unique place where even the beginners can find out the secrets and the most refined processing techniques of the PERUGINA KISS.

Back to the Locanda at 7 pm

Aperitif at 8 pm

A good drink …

We will teach you how to prepare

the famous Bellini invented by Cipriani

Dinner at 8.30 pm

Castello di Fonterutoli is perfectly located in the very heart of the enchanting Chianti


Breakfast at 8.30 am

At 9 am the minibus will take us to the little medieval town of Gubbio

We will go to the market and visit the main historical sites.

Lunch at 1.30 pm

Lesson will start at 3.30 pm: today we talk about rice and Parmesan cheese

We learn how to make a Venetian “risotto” Cipriani style

We talk about vegetables

And learn how to make a good “pure’”

And the chicken fried milanese style

Cake: talking about chocolate, how to make a good mousse


Breakfast at 8.30 am

Cooking lesson starting at 10 am

Today we talk about cereals in particular about Italian spelt and beans

We prepare a good salad with spelt, fresh tomatoes and some other fresh ingredients

Desserts: How to make a base for Tart pastry and a good strawberry or raspberry Tart

Lunch at 1 pm

Relax until 3 pm

At 3 the minibus will take us to Ceramiche Biagioli “La Mastro Giorgio”

La Mastro Giorgio is considered among the most ancient and prestigious majolica companies in Umbria.


Mr. Biagioli will explain all the techniques and secrets of this old handicraft tradition.


He will also give you the opportunity to decorate some objects chosen by us.


At 7 pm back to the Locanda

Dinner at 8.30 pm


Breakfast at 8.30 am

At 9.30 we will go to visit Assisi, the magic town of Umbria

We will be back by 1-1.30 pm in time for lunch

Relax until 3 pm

The lesson will begin around 3 pm

It will be dedicated to the Italian bread.

We will show you all different ways to make a good fresh bread.

We will also teach you how to make a special pizza

Flour and all different types

Talking about Olive oil (Italy and Umbria make the best olive oil; Olive oil is produced all over Italy)

Preparing a good tiramisu’ cake

At 8 p.m. before dinner we will enjoy:

A Tiziano drink (invented again by Giuseppe Cipriani)

Dinner at 9 pm


Breakfast at 8.30 am

Cooking lesson at 10 am

How to prepare Italian gnocchi.

Texture, size, ingredients and flavor of these little dumplings.

Gnocchi can be made from semolina or potatoes.

Vegetables: zucchini (fried, sautéed or simply boiled with vinaigrette)

Dessert: special Carmela Cipriani chocolate cake

Lunch at 1 pm

Relax until 3.30 pm

In the afternoon a famous frame decorator born in Perugia will teach you how to paint and decorate a hand-made frame

At the end everybody will take home his own one

A cocktail will be served at 8 pm with appetizers

Dinner at 9 pm


Breakfast at 8.30 am

At 9.30 am we will go shopping in Torgiano at a famous cachemere sweaters and pullover factory and after we will visit the town of Torgiano

Lunch at the Locanda at 1 pm

Relax until 3 pm

Lesson staring at 3 pm

Talking about the Harry’s bar famous sandwiches

Sauces: Harry’s Bar famous Carpaccio sauce and Carpaccio meat

Our Mayonnaise

Bechamel sauce

Tuna sauce


At 6.30 the minibus will take us to Torgiano to visit the famous museum of Lungarotti wine

A goodbye dinner will be served at the Restaurant “Le tre Vaselle”.


The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences conferred to the Restaurant Le tre Vaselle, the “Five Stars Diamond Award”.


We will be honored to offer You a farewell dinner with an incredible selection of wines.




The Truffle experience is a total immersion in the misterious world of truffle, an exclusive experience for wine and food lovers.

The goal is to offer an unorgettable emotion both in nature and at the table by tasting delicacies combined with selected wines of the area.


The program matches a cooking class by a professional chef and the truffle hunting.


The truffle hunt lasts about 1/1.5 hours.


In order to have a comfortable visit to the truffle grounds, we recommend wearing suitable shoes and long trousers.


We will have a nice walk in one of Umbria truffle grounds, where we will search for truffles accompanied by a specially trained, truffle-hunting Pointer.


Thanks to his good sense of smell, he will look for and spot the best truffles.


When the dog has identified the truffles, the truffle diggers will extract them, showing how a truffle hunter works.


After the visit we will head back to our locanda to start a cooking experience with truffles.


Partecipants will receive a truffle work kit (cap and apron) for sharing the work in the kitchen.


The lesson allows to learn how to use and employ both fresh and preserved truffle in a few classic dishes.


Our chef will teach the secrets for employing and enjoying the features of the different kinds of truffle: true protagonists of this experience and not only spectators.


Timing, activities, and itinerary during tour may vary according to unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions, availability, performance, or to enhance the trip experience.

Organizers reserves theright to substitute a service/good with one of equal or greater quality.


Included in tour:

• 7 nights accommodation in Location (villa/casale)

• Transportation from airport to destination and from destination to airport

• All meals during the 7 days experience

• All wines served at dinners and tastings

• Visits to wineries with wine tastings

• guides, drivers, and other staff

• Professional chefs

• Tastings and other gastronomic activities

• Cooking demo/class by Chef Orsa Pillon and local guest chef

• Cooking expertise of Carmela Cipriani

• Table decorations and setting by Cristina Bondua’

• Transportation and daily activities for (cooking classes,

visits to local artisans, visits to cultural and historical sights + more)

• Liability insurance toward third parties

• Tuscan recipes from cooking class packet

Not included in tour:

• Airfare to/from Italy (affiliate travel agent available upon request)

• Extras in hotels and along the tour

• Massages (available at an extra cost to be booked in advance)

• Tips for tour guides and bus drivers

• Travel insurance (travel insurance is highly recommended for each participant)

Pricing & Terms:

• euro 7700 based on double occupancy.

• Single occupancy rooms available at a supplemental cost of euro 700.

• euro 1500 deposit required to reserve spot

• Balance due by August 3 2019

• Minimum 6 participants maximum 10 participants

To reserve your spot: A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to secure your spot. Final payment of the remaining balance is due 60days prior to the tour start date. Payments can be made using US domestic checks, wire transfers, or credit cards (please note that a 3.5% transaction fee for payments via credit card is applicable).

If you have any questions or wish to reserve your spot for this tour, please use the contact form below.


Upon receipt of your inquiry, We will send you the necessary booking instructions, payment schedule, and terms & conditions.