I can’t say enough good things about our cooking tour in Umbria last September with Suzanne Carreiro! Our week was packed full of exciting activities and adventures. There were 10 women in our group, and most of us had traveled together on other cooking tours in past years. We enjoyed the beautiful villa near Umbertide where we stayed for the week. The accommodations and pool were wonderful and the kitchen and dining areas were spacious and convenient. All but one of our cooking classes were held at the villa, and we had a nice variety of teachers and menus. Suzanne called on her many friends in Umbria to teach us how to make various local dishes.
We enjoyed our leisurely walks along the river to Umbertide, and the festival celebrating the town’s 150th anniversary was a highlight of the week! I loved the tours of Gubbio, Assisi, and Perugia led by our fantastic guide, Marco. Suzanne had arranged for us to have several lunches and dinners at outstanding restaurants in the area. The dishes and the wines were superb!
I liked the fact that the tour was all-inclusive and we didn’t have to worry about a thing, other than enjoying ourselves. Suzanne really went above and beyond to ensure that our week was filled with all of the things we wanted to experience in Umbria. I would highly recommend her cooking tour to others!
Thank you again for a dream trip to Umbria.
Last September I had the pleasure of joining a group of friends on a cooking/cultural tour of Umbria arranged by Suzanne Carreiro and we had a wonderful, meaningful trip to this beautiful area of Italy. Staying in a small village, shopping for food and cooking with local folks who have a lifelong attachment to the land and the food is very intimate way to see this historic land. And, when we were not cooking or eating our own food, we went to Suzanne’s favorite nearby restaurants and wineries – all suitable for foodies. We also had plenty of time to take in the legendary sights of the surrounding towns of Perugia, Assisi, and Gubbio. All in all we a great trip.
It was really wonderful to spend the entire week at the villa – a great property and perfect site in the country that was only a 10 minute walk to town. The kitchen facilities were great and it was perfect and so easy having them on site. It just like a warm, welcoming kitchen in a big family home. I guess it hit a soft spot as it was so reminiscent of special times spent in old family homes in Ireland and France. Your itinerary really enabled us to sink into Umbrian life and it was fun becoming ‘regulars’ at the café in town and running into familiar faces on our visits there. The Festa was a fantastic addition to the week and I hope you’ll be able to include it (or something similar) in subsequent trips. You really put together a very special week for us. Thank you!
I loved our week in Umbria with Suzanne. The people that she has access to there, many of them very good friends of hers, truly enrich the experience. On first arriving, I was really impressed with the villa and setting. It is a lovely property, sitting very close to the Tiber River (yes, the one that runs through Rome!), with a swimming pool in the center of the beautiful old buildings. The pool was a great place to congregate when there was time to relax between adventures. Another bonus of the location was that while we felt like we were out in the country (we were amidst fields of sunflowers), by taking the path along the Tiber we were in the village of Umbertide within 10 minutes for a cappuccino. | In addition to cooking at the villa and at a winery, the trips to nearby Umbrian towns with Marco (fab guide) were enriching, fun and beautiful. I absorbed history without trying, had some good walking and ate at quite varied and impressive restaurants. Choosing a favorite city or restaurant is difficult. If pressed, I would say Assisi with the Cathedral and the dramatic restaurant with Roman ruins on view through the transparent floor is tops, along with Gubbio for beauty, and the Castello di Monterone restaurant for cuisine and truly the best wine! | Cooking with Suzanne and with her Umbrian “family” really gave me a sense of what Umbrian cuisine is about – really good, rich flavors, and really unfussy. I think the sausage pasta (Penne alla Norcina) and the whole meal salads (the faro one and the arugula one with meat) were my top choices. It was a very difficult choice given the panna cotta, cookies and delicious chicken with mushrooms and truffles and the saltimbocca as well as salads with arugula, prosciutto, etc. Can you tell I loved it? | Also, Suzanne planned some great shopping at Deruta for pottery and at a historical weaving factory with wonderful linens. I love the tablecloth I bought there and the silk hand-painted scarf from Gubbio. Since coming home, I have also sought out some of the wines we had so my knowledge and appreciation for Italian wines has further developed. Did I mention that I also loved hearing Suzanne speak Italian? It sounds so elegant.