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Full immersion culinary week in Umbria and Tuscany

Treat yourself with excellent Italian food. Discover how to conjure easy-to-cook dishes that will impress your family and friends.
Treat yourself with excellent Italian food. Discover how to conjure easy-to-cook dishes that will impress your family and friends.

Enjoy Italian food and wine in Italy !

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Tuscany and Umbria are famous for their culinary treasures and their exquisite cuisine but also for their wealth of culture.

Of course you can try to find all these hidden treasures on your own.

But wouldn ’t it be much easier if someone helps you, takes you by the hand and shows you places the average tourist hardly ever will find?

With our help you have the unique chance to really get to know land and  people and the secrets of authentic Tuscan and Umbrian cooking.

You will experience the fun of authentic hands-on cooking classes as well as guided sightseeing and shopping tours and meals in celebrated restaurants.

We know where to go and thus will be your reliable guides on your quest for excellent food and the feeling of real Italian Dolce Vita.

But don’ t take just our word for it. See what our guests say!

Guest comment

My stay at La Rogaia was a wonderful experience in every way.  Ornella and the cooking classes were enjoyable and educational.  Our tours of Cortona, Perugia, Sienna and Assissi including tasting the excellent local food and wine were made so interesting by sharing your knowledge of the history and culture of the area.  I would most definitely return and have recommended La Rogaia to friends and family.
Connie Dattilo, Pittsburgh

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By the way, you can give away a culinary holiday as a present. If you wish we will provide a nicely crafted gift voucher for free.

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Upcoming courses:

2017-11-04 – 2017-11-11
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) 1890
Price single room: 1) 2090
Hint: Lodging with halfboard for 7 days, 3 cooking classes, guided tours every day
2018-04-21 – 2018-04-28
Trainer: Ornella Carletti
Price double room: 1) 1890
Price single room: 1) 2090
Hint: Lodging with halfboard for 7 days, 3 cooking classes, guided tours every day

Programme of our culinary weeks

Le Crete
Le Crete

Day 1 (day of arrival): We will start the culinary week with a dinner at a typical Umbrian restaurant where we will get to know each other and Mamma Ornella during a lush meal with local wine. You will get a first impression of the culinary delicacies and the Italian "Dolce Vita" awaiting you during the week to come.

Day 2: Enjoy a full day guided tour to Southern Tuscany. We will drive through the famous "Crete" landscape and the pittoresque Val d’Orcia, where we will visit Bagno Vignoni and Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to bring your camera because here we are in the famous postcard part of Tuscany’s countryside.
We will have lunch and dinner in typical Tuscan restaurants. So bring also lots of appetite!

Day 3: In the morning you will discover the beauty of Lake Trasimeno, the biggest Italian lake south of the alps and an important European natural park. We will visit a renowned winery at Magione and let us treat with a rustic lunch or picnic.
2016: In the afternoon you will have your first cooking class with Mamma Ornella.
2017: In the afternoon we will enjoy a sensory wine tasting with the wine expert Esther Mercedes Jürgens, VinoVistas. She will come to La Rogaia with quite a few bottles of Montalcino wines and introduce our palates to the world of wine tasting, to be followed by a dinner at La Rogaia.

Day 4: Fortified by a hearty and healthy breakfast we will explore Assisi Umbria’ s spiritual capital enjoying the special atmosphere of the home town of Saint Francis.
We have the possibility to visit the hermitage of Saint Francis nestled to the slopes of mount Subasio overlooking the town, a truly magical place.

Day 5: This day will see us off for a full day trip to the Upper Tiber Valley, one of Italy’s most important truffle regions. In the morning we will accompany a truffle hunter and his dog to join them for a truffle hunt. After the truffle hunt we’re in for a real treat, a truffle tasting lunch. In the afternoon we will see some of the finest works of art in Città di Castello and its surroundings. In the evening on the way back to Villa La Rogaia we will have dinner at a restaurant to recover from the “toils” of the day.

Day 6: In the morning we will go to Perugia, Umbria’s capital, for a relaxed shopping tour. Be prepared for some pleasant surprises! In the afternoon Mamma Ornella will surprise us with more of her delicious recipes.

Day 7: In the spring culinary week we will go for a little walk around La Rogaia to find herbs, wild vegetables and asparagus. We will learn how to use them in the kitchen, the way people in the Italian countryside have done for centuries…
In the autumn culinary week we will participate in the olive harvest and an olive oil tasting. - We are also happy to tailor this last morning according to the group's wishes and organize an activity accordingly. - In the afternoon we will have our last cooking lesson with Mamma Ornella.

Day 8 (day of departure): After breakfast it is time to say good-bye...but we hope that this not the end of the story. Honestly we believe that you are bound to impress your family and friends at home with your newly acquired skills and knowledge and we would love to hear about it.

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Sample menu for an autumn cookery class

Cookery class with "Bella Ornella"
Cookery class with "Bella Ornella"

Menu 1

Carpaccio funghi e rucola (fresh edible boletus mushroom and rocchette carpaccio)
“How to make pasta”: Mezzalune con ricotta e spinaci (Mezzalune with ricotta and spinach)
Tagliatelle al sugo di porro e noci (Tagliatelle with leek and walnuts)
Arista con patate arroste (Roast porc with baked rosemary potatoes)
Frutta cotta (Baked fruits)

Menu 2

Antipasto Umbro con Torta di Formaggio (Mixed Umbrian appetizers)
Lenticchie in umido con mazzafegati (Lentil soup with Umbrian sausages)
Cinghiale agli aromi (Wild boar with herbs)
Carote cipolle in agrodolce (Carots and onions sweet and sour)
Tiramisu

Menu 3

Omelette al tartufo (truffle omelette)
Penne alla Norcina (Penne pasta with fresh edible boletus and sausage meat)
Coniglio di buonricordo (Roast rabbit)
Sformato di Gobbo (Baked chards)
Torcolo con Vin santo (Umbrian cake and sweet wine)

Menu 4

Tegamaccio (Trasimeno Lake fish soup)
Persico su letto di finocchi (Trasimeno Lake perch on bed of fennel)
Regina in porchetta (Trasimeno Lake carp porchetta style)
Verdure gratinate (baked vegetables)
Insalata pere e noci (Salad with pears and walnuts)
Sorbetto al limone (Lemon sorbet)

Rates for 8 days / 7 nights "Full immersion culinary week":

Full immersion culinary week

Basic rate: EUR 1.890 per person per week with lodging in double room (shared bathroom)

The price includes

  • Accommodation for 7 days in double room (with shared bathroom for 3 to 4 persons) for 7 nights at Villa La Rogaia
  • Breakfast "al buffet" every morning of your stay (7 days)
  • Three cooking classes with Ornella Carletti, including all cooking ingredients and selected wines from Umbria and Tuscany and one wine tasting seminar with VinoVistas
  • Your personal cookbook with all recipes from the cooking class and a "La Rogaia" apron
  • Translation into English
  • 1 dinner at La Rogaia and 3 dinners in selected restaurants on the nights without cookery class, beverages included (Wine of the house, water, coffee)
  • Lunch on 6 days, beverages included (Wine of the house, water, coffee)
  • 1 Guided full day tour including truffle hunt, truffle tasting, Vin Santo tasting and sightseeing in the Upper Tiber Valley
  • 1 Guided full day sightseeing and culinary tasting tour to Southern Tuscany
  • 1 Guided half day sightseeing and culinary tasting tour to Assisi
  • 1 Guided half day sightseeing and culinary tasting tour around Lake Trasimeno
  • 1 Guided half day shopping tour in Perugia area with "Umbriafashionartour"
  • 1 Guided half day participation in the olive harvest with olive oil tasting (during olive harvest time in autumn) or 1 guided tour about herbs and wild vegetables in spring
  • Pickup transfer from Passignano sul Trasimeno train station

Not included in the price:

  • Extra charge for lodging in single room with shared bathroom bathroom: EUR 200 per person and week
  • Extra charge for lodging in apartment for 2 persons with private bathroom and kitchenette: depending on the size of the apartment from EUR 100 to EUR 300  per person per week (double occupancy)
  • Extra charge for lodging in apartment for 1 person with private bathroom and kitchenette: depending on the size of the apartment from EUR 300 to EUR 600  per person per week (single occupancy)
  • Travel arrangement to and from La Rogaia. A detailled map and description how to get to La Rogaia and futher information about trains and flights you can find at how to get there.
  • Transfer from and to Perugia airport or from any other train stations than Passignano sul Trasimeno. Transfer can be booked in advance at the following rates: Pickup transfer from Perugia airport to La Rogaia and back and pick up transfer from train station Perugia or train station Terontola-Cortona to La Rogaia and back. Rates upon request.
  • Transfers  for the above mentioned tours - we arrange for private free car sharing in mini van
  • Extra special beverages at the lunches and dinners
  • Personal extras
  • Travel insurance

Prices for Non-participants:

If your partner or travel companion is not interested in participating in the cookery classes but wants to join you at the culinary and sightseeing tours and of course at the dinners you have prepared in the cooking classes:
Price per person as above minus EUR 320.

Contact us about more details of the accomodation available and for more information about everything included in the price.

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To make your mouth water we will give you some examples of Ornella’s recepies on our page Culinary Umbria an in our blog . You will also find our personal recommendations for the best restaurants, wine producers and delikatessen stores in our vicinity. Please also read our story about a cookery class at La Rogaia.

The cooking classes of the Full immersion culinary week take place at Villa La Rogaia, an outstanding old Umbrian country house surrounded by a big garden decorated with sculptures, olive orchards and lavender fields.

Villa La Rogaia is also the starting point for all culinary, sightseeing and shopping tours.

Villa La Rogaia is situated near Lake Trasimeno between Rome and Florence. You will stay in individually crafted double or single rooms or in holiday apartments (for two persons).

The number of participants of the Full immersion culinary week is limited to 12 persons. Language of instruction is Italian with English translation.

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Or contact us via email
info@rogaia.de or phone 0039 075 845457 to receive further information