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Truffle hunting and cookery class in Umbria

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

Stay at this beautifully restored castle and explore its vast private estate by hunting for truffles with specially trained truffle dogs. Take a masterclass in how to make mouthwatering fresh pasta with the hotel chef and to cap it all off enjoy an excellent truffle-based 3 course meal. This is a great weekend retreat for couples or small groups of friends

Highlights

  • Experience hunting for truffles with dogs - see how many you find!
  • Learn how to make authentic pasta with an Italian chef
  • Enjoy a fantastic 3 course truffle-based dinner

Included

  • 3 nights in a double superior room at Castello di Baccaresca
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 2 truffle hunting excursions with dogs around the estate looking for white and black truffles - approx 5 hours each
  • 1 three hour cookery class with the hotel chef learning how to make fresh pasta
  • 1 truffle based 3 course dinner

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Entry to the hotel spa (€ 25 per person)
  • Meals and beverages unless stated above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Itinerary

While not as prized (read: expensive) as the white truffles from the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, truffles from Umbria are nonetheless very sought after and widely used in local cuisine. No dainty shavings over a plate of pasta, they are used quite liberally in a variety of dishes, from pasta sauces to cured meats. The most common variety, 'scorzone' can be found from May to December, while 'black winter' and 'moscato' varieties can be found over the winter.

Truffle hunting is still widely practised around Umbria, though you do need a license, and a specially trained dog to sniff them out. The dogs are very friendly and quite used to being around people (and getting lots of attention!); they sniff out the truffles so their owner can carefully dig them out of the ground.

Umbria is the only region in Italy with no coastline or international border. Instead it offers beautiful rolling hills, ancient hilltop towns and excellent cuisine and wines; all in all much like Tuscany but without the crowds.

The region's capital is Perugia, which like most Italian cities boasts a beautiful historic centre, as well as a lively cultural scene and nightlife thanks to the big university there. There is a packed calendar of music, art and food festivals throughout the year.

The nearest small town to the Castello di Baccaresca is Gubbio, a pretty medieval village 20 minutes drive away. If you can tear yourself away from the estate you could spend an hour or two there, or head into livelier Perugia.

Castello di Baccaresca

This romantic hotel is nestled in a 250-hectare estate in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. The castle dates back to the 12th century, when it enjoyed great strategic and military importance. Now thanks to careful restoration work you can still admire the original frescoes and fireplaces.

The 19 rooms and suites come complete with air conditioning, safe, minibar, private bathroom, hairdryer, TV and free WiFi.
The hotel spa offers a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi; massages and beauty treatments are also available.

A generous hot and cold buffet breakfast is provided in the morning and there is an excellent a la carte restaurant on site offering strictly locally sourced food, from the meat from nearby farms, to the vegetables from the hotel’s own garden.
Gluten-free and vegan diets are also catered for.

On site parking is available free of charge.

Nearest Airport: Perugia (approx. 30 mins)

Other airports: Ancona airport (1 h), Florence Airport (2 h 20 mins), Rome Ciampino (2 h 30 mins)

By Car

From Perugia leave the airport and head along Via Antonio Castrucci. Follow signs towards Cesana/Ravenna, then Valfabbrica/Ancona. Continue for 28 km then exit at Branca. At the roundabout take the 1st exit, then after 2km turn left onto Via Corraduccio, then right onto Via della Cascata. Follow signs to Castello di Baccaresca.

By Public Transport

No direct public transport links, we recommend hiring a car or taking a taxi.

By Private Transfer

Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

Overview

Stay at this beautifully restored castle and explore its vast private estate by hunting for truffles with specially trained truffle dogs. Take a masterclass in how to make mouthwatering fresh pasta with the hotel chef and to cap it all off enjoy an excellent truffle-based 3 course meal. This is a great weekend retreat for couples or small groups of friends

Highlights

  • Experience hunting for truffles with dogs - see how many you find!
  • Learn how to make authentic pasta with an Italian chef
  • Enjoy a fantastic 3 course truffle-based dinner

Included

  • 3 nights in a double superior room at Castello di Baccaresca
  • Breakfast each morning
  • 2 truffle hunting excursions with dogs around the estate looking for white and black truffles - approx 5 hours each
  • 1 three hour cookery class with the hotel chef learning how to make fresh pasta
  • 1 truffle based 3 course dinner

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Entry to the hotel spa (€ 25 per person)
  • Meals and beverages unless stated above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned above
Location

Location

Umbria is the only region in Italy with no coastline or international border. Instead it offers beautiful rolling hills, ancient hilltop towns and excellent cuisine and wines; all in all much like Tuscany but without the crowds.

The region's capital is Perugia, which like most Italian cities boasts a beautiful historic centre, as well as a lively cultural scene and nightlife thanks to the big university there. There is a packed calendar of music, art and food festivals throughout the year.

The nearest small town to the Castello di Baccaresca is Gubbio, a pretty medieval village 20 minutes drive away. If you can tear yourself away from the estate you could spend an hour or two there, or head into livelier Perugia.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Castello di Baccaresca

This romantic hotel is nestled in a 250-hectare estate in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. The castle dates back to the 12th century, when it enjoyed great strategic and military importance. Now thanks to careful restoration work you can still admire the original frescoes and fireplaces.

The 19 rooms and suites come complete with air conditioning, safe, minibar, private bathroom, hairdryer, TV and free WiFi.
The hotel spa offers a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi; massages and beauty treatments are also available.

A generous hot and cold buffet breakfast is provided in the morning and there is an excellent a la carte restaurant on site offering strictly locally sourced food, from the meat from nearby farms, to the vegetables from the hotel’s own garden.
Gluten-free and vegan diets are also catered for.

On site parking is available free of charge.

Getting There

Getting There

Nearest Airport: Perugia (approx. 30 mins)

Other airports: Ancona airport (1 h), Florence Airport (2 h 20 mins), Rome Ciampino (2 h 30 mins)

By Car

From Perugia leave the airport and head along Via Antonio Castrucci. Follow signs towards Cesana/Ravenna, then Valfabbrica/Ancona. Continue for 28 km then exit at Branca. At the roundabout take the 1st exit, then after 2km turn left onto Via Corraduccio, then right onto Via della Cascata. Follow signs to Castello di Baccaresca.

By Public Transport

No direct public transport links, we recommend hiring a car or taking a taxi.

By Private Transfer

Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

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