TRUFFLES WINES AND CHOCOLATES OF UMBRIA

Day1 - ROME I GUBBIO
Upon arrival proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Gubbio, the oldest town in the Umbria region as shown by the Tables of Gubbio housed in the City Museum and the Roman Theatre's ruins. Rich in historical and artistic heritage as well as in ancient traditions that can be found intact in its folklore and products, Gubbio is a town of ochre colored houses, tiled roof tops, towers and narrow cobbled streets. Tonight enjoy a gourmet dinner at your hotel, a most beautifully restored 17th centur y monastery. (D)
Day2 - GUBBIO
In the morning you will join a truffle hunter and his dogs on his daily truffle hunt in the unspoiled Umbrian forests. Learn during this unique experience all there is to know about two main types of truffles (“t ar tufi” i n I talian) : the precious bl ack t r uffle - Tube r melan osporum, and the sum m er black truffle - Tuber ae sti vum. Af ternoon at leisure to relax or to enjoy your included 50 minutes body message at the hotel’s spa. (B)
Day3 - GUBBIO
Meet with your guide af ter breakfast. As you stroll through a maze of streets, alleys and staircases surrounded by fortified walls, you will meet local artisans in their studios who will teach you about the ancient art of pottery, wood engraving and iron works. Af ter a salumi and cheese tasting you will continue your tour with a visit of St. Francis church and San Martino neighborhood. You will then stop by the Bargello Fountain, also known as “Fontana dei Matti” (Fountain of the Madmen) as folklore has it that if you complete three laps around the fountain you officially become a lunatic. Continue to the impressive Piazza Grande home to Palazzo dei Consoli, a towering Gothic building of limestone lined with narrow arched windows. The tour will end with dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 4 - GUBBIO I PERUGIA I GUBBIO
This morning we head to Perugia, the region’s capital city. After a wine tasting session held at a charming estate dating back to the 13th century, you will enjoy a visit of the chocolate factory known for its production of the ”Baci Perugina”. The tour will end with a visit of Perugia. The town’s Etruscan past is present in the massive Etruscan walls, while the Medieval and Renaissance past is present in the elegant buildings that dot the city. Return to Gubbio in the late afternoon. (B)
Day5 - GUBBIO
Today learn the secrets of the Umbrian cuisine under the hotel chef’s guidance. After class, you will be invited to feast on the dishes you have prepared as you take your seat at the table for lunch. Rest of the af ternoon to relax at the hotel’s spa or to visit, on your own, the Sant'Ubaldo Monastery, a basilica perched upon the summit of Mount Ingino amid olive orchards, chestnut trees and wild flowers. For a unique experience, take the open air funicular that travels along a wire hanging over the rocky hill. (B,L)
Day 6 - GUBBIO
During the Renaissance, Gubbio's strategic position and the dominance of wealthy and politically important families greatly contributed to the development of arts and crafts. At that time, the fame of Gubbio potter y increased enormously thanks to Mastro Giorgio’s lustre plates which are among the most relevant pieces of Italian Renaissance ar t. Today, enjoy a pottery class and learn all there is to learn about this unique and traditional technique. Free afternoon to shop and to relax while enjoying your 25 minute facial at the hotel's spa. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Day7 - GUBBIO I ROME TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)