Special Programmes

This is a land that is particularly suited to viniculture and to the growing of olives. Its moderate climate and gentle rolling hills favour exposure to the sun and contribute to making such excellent Umbrian wines and oils, produced by the growers of the region since ancient times using methods that are both simple and natural.

All the programs can be organized over half a day or an entire day with lunch made up of produce tastings typical to the region, including wine, oil and cheese that is all thoroughly Umbrian! And with the assistance of “Umbria in Tour”

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Umbrian Cooking & tasting

The Umbrian kitchen is based on a traditional and robustly peasant practice, using authentic  ingredients and genuine tastes, including some dishes that are common within the region and many that are particular to smaller zones. Its well-earned reputation derives from the quality of the raw materials and from the great care taken in the processing. To make a list of typical products of the Umbria is difficult because it would indeed be very long, with every province boasting a particular variety. A series of known products does however exist that also crosses these regional borders.

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Umbrian appetizers are made distinctive by contrasting simple flavours. In particular are the cheeses and the “prosciutto” of Norcia charactersitically and skilfully cut by hand, the black truffle and the wheat grains of Valnerina. These are typically accompanied by the well-known “crostini”, made up with mushrooms, truffles or chiken livers.

Also typical in Umbrian cuisine are the first dishes or “primi piatti” of pasta and soups, made “in-house”. Particularly well-known are the ciriole (thick strands of pasta) flavored with a sauce made from minced tomato and garlic, the strangozzi of Spoleto (another version of a thicker spagetti) flavoured with trout and truffles and the umbrichelli (a shorter thicker type of spagetti) prepared with a sauce of goose or wild boar.

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When thinking of a second (or main) dish the much-loved Umbrian pork comes quickly to mind, and from there, the most acclaimed is the “porchetta” or roasted pig, but also not to be forgotten are the dishes made from the liver, heart and lungs together with herbs and the fronds of “finocchio” or wild fennel. Pig’s offal prepared in this most delicate of Umbrian traditions are a special treat and an absolute “must try.”

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Undoubtedly the most beautiful conclusion of any meal comes with the range of traditional Umbrian desserts. From the many are included, the “torcolo” or ring-shaped cake, “ciambella” or the small rounds of doughnut-shaped sweet breads with anise, candied fruits and sweet filling, “torciglione” with almonds, “maccheroni” with walnuts, “rocciata” from Assisi parcels with sweet fillings of walnuts, honey, figs, plums and cinnamon, the special “zuccherini” of Bettona and the “pannociato” or sweet buns of Todi.
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OUR COOKING COURSES:
  • IN FARM HOUSE lessons on homemade pasta and secret recipes of traditional Umbrian cuisine
  • FOR HOME COOKS who want to learn about the genuine, everyday dishes produced in Umbrian kitchens

Italian Language courses


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Orvieto & Umbria area tour and property search

COMBO  ORVIETO/ UMBRIA AREA TOUR AND PROPERTY SEARCH PACKAGE - A FUN TOUR FOR A WEEK WITH A USEFUL PURPOSE !

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Umbria In Tour, an Orvieto, Umbria based Tour Operator, and Red Oaks Partners, an Orvieto, Umbria based Country

Home Property Manager now offer a WEEK'S TOUR PACKAGE WHICH COMBINES A VISIT to beautiful, historic ORVIETO and its surroundings with a COUNTRY HOME EXPLORATORY PROPERTY SEARCH - a  DIFFERENT AND PERFECT CHOICE  for those who wish to have fun getting to know a uniquely intact area, while also taking the opportunity to assess the potential for purchase of vacation, retirement or rental property in the Orvieto area.

You will see that Orvieto not only has beautiful things  for visitors to see and to do, but can also be a wonderful place for second home,  vacation or retirement living, as well as to own rental income property.

In fact, the founder of Red Oaks Partners (www.redoakspartners.com), which collaborates on a regular basis with Umbria In Tour, is  an American, transplanted to Italy many years ago, who arrived by chance in Orvieto, and over time decided to live here.
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Here is the program we propose:

DAY 1

Pick up at Fiumicino airport by private car and driver

Transfer to Orvieto and settling into your Hotel (package includes double occupancy room with breakfast).

Welcome drink to meet the Umbria In Tour and Red Oaks Partners staff, and presentation of the program for your stay in Orvieto

Accompanied walk around Orvieto's historic center and visit of the underground caves

Dinner at a local trattoria in the center of Town

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

Pick up at the hotel by one of the Red Oaks Partners English speaking associates who will accompany you for the day on your meetings and property visits with selected Real Estate Agents.

Dinner - on your own, and not included in the tour package. We will be glad to make suggestions, and arrange reservations on request.

DAY 3 – FULL DAY VISIT TO BOLSENA LAKE AND CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

Transfer by private car accompanied by Umbria In Tour personnel to visit Bolsena

Transfer from Bolsena to the small town of Civita di Bagnoregio.

Lunch in a local small trattoria (not included in package). Accompanied Promenade around the town.  

Back to Orvieto mid afternoon

Dinner - on your own, and not included in the tour package. We will be glad to make suggestions, and arrange reservations on request.

DAY 4

Pick up at the hotel by your Red Oaks Partners English speaking representative, who will accompany you for the day on your meetings and property visits with selected Real Estate agents.

Dinner - on your own, and not included in the tour package. We will be glad to make suggestions, and arrange reservations on request.

DAY 5 – FULL DAY ASSISI

Transfer by private car with Umbria In Tour personnel to visit Assisi and its Basilica, Santa Maria degli Angeli with the Porziuncola

Drive on into Assisi ( stopping on the way at San Damiano).

Visit to Saint Claire church in Assisi

Lunch - not included in package.

Visit to the Lower and Upper basilica with the assistance of a Franciscan priest. 

Back to Orvieto late afternoon.

Dinner - on your own, and not included in the tour package. We will be glad to make suggestions, and arrange reservations on request.

DAY 6

Pick up at the hotel by your Red Oaks Partners English speaking representative, who will accompany you for the day on your meetings and property visits with selected Real Estate agents.

Farewell dinner with the Umbria In Tour and red Oaks Partners staff in a local restaurant

DAY 7

Transfer back to Fiumicino airport by private car and driver


WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU HERE IN ORVIETO !!


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Painting

This programme offers a complete guide to understanding painting as a form of artistic endeavour rather than a mechanical affixing of color to a design and unravels some of the more complex problems in the yield of colour, variations of tone, the study of light and shade, and illusions in natural spaces, along with a wealth of technique. In more ancient civilizations much of this did not exist or there was not the same stress on such issues even though there were creations offering great refinements in "coloured designs" (Egyptian art as an example). These issues began to be dealt with in Greek art from the 5th century A.C. developing through the 4th century A.C. which then entered the area of the Mediterranean and into European culture, with varying degrees.

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PAINTING/DRAWING CLASSES - ORVIETO & REGION (min 4 / max 6)

These painting classes are set in the gentle countryside close to Orvieto, with accommodation provided onsite in a beautifully laid out agriturismo that includes independent, self-catering apartments for individuals or couples, swimming pool, great walks through the vineyards, a commercial kitchen for optional cooking classes and a very fine tasting cellar.

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Victor Greenaway (www.victorgreenaway.com) is a very well know Australian painter and ceramic artist, now living in Orvieto. He brings a great mastery and many accomplishments to this program and is a sympathetic and intelligent teacher, for all comers, regardless of expertise or experience.
The series of painting sessions will cover a number of topics with each session having a particular focus that will encourage participants to learn and to achieve over the whole week.




Ceramics

These pre-set programmes have been devised for small groups (maximum of 10) sharing a common interest in drawing, ceramics, art history, good food, great wine, relaxed, companionable and informed travelling, with a special interest in Italian arts and culture. The programme encourages a personalized discovery of the uniquely Italian way of life by introducing the group to professional artists and individuals who are passionate about their life, culture, history and work and, of course, great food and wine.
    
In Search of Form: from the Founding of Rome to the Renaissance.
ROME/ORVIETO/FLORENCE (min 4 / max 7)

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Join well-known Australian artist, Victor Greenaway (www.victorgreenaway.com) in this wonderful program that has been devised for small groups sharing a common interest in drawing, ceramics, art history, good food, great wine, relaxed, companionable and informed travelling, with a special interest in Italian arts and culture.

The program encourages a personalized discovery of the uniquely Italian way of life by introducing you to professional artists and individuals who are passionate about their life, culture, history and work and, of course, great food and wine. They have been running each year now for 9 years and cover the development of form and ceramic art from the Etruscans through to the Renaissance with lots of great, additional distractions.   

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The program begins with hands-on drawing sessions in Rome (which continue in Orvieto) led by Victor Greenaway where you will be gently led through the process of “seeing through line and form”, helping you to create your own “Grand Tour” diary of drawings and sketches from life.

In Orvieto we have included hands-on maiolica painting classes led by Master Italian maiolica artist Marino Moretti where you will learn about the traditions &
development of Italian ceramic design and come away with your own amazing  creations under the expert and friendly direction of both Marino and Victor.

Please note: these “hands-on sessions” are for all comers, no previous experience is necessary.

From Orvieto, we go to Florence and our very special theme of: The World of Michelangelo and the rise of the Renaissance... These groups have been running each year now for 8 years.


Seniors

We are pleased to be able to offer some exciting, comprehensive programmes tailored specifically to the needs of senior travellers. We consider this to be a special market of mature, discerning travellers who would like to travel with every comfort and with every detail taken care of both before leaving Australia as well as during their travels. We understand how to customise programmes for ready-made groups as part of a society with special interests or simply as a group of friends travelling together, as well as individuals who might appreciate having an accompanying host or guide with them at all times.


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This programme shows you that there is no better way to discover this amazing city than by a guided walk through the medieval quarter, an area often missed by large group tours. What you will discover as you are guided through the streets of the modern day city is that you never lose touch with history. Also you will be taken off the rock for a gentle exploration into the surrounding landscape that rolls around the Paglia River valley and introduces you to the very special wines, oils and other local produce that play such a significant role in defining the characteristics of the Orvietani and the pride they take in their long heritage of viniculture and olive oil production. This is a land that is particularly suited to viniculture and to the growing of olives. Its moderate climate and gentle rolling hills favour exposure to the sun and contribute to making such excellent Umbrian wines and oils, produced by the growers of the region since ancient times using methods that are both simple and natural...

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