My wife and I did the Christmas Vacation program on our honeymoon and had a fantastic time with Raffaella and Stefania. We had our private apartment that included a kitchen/living room with cookware, plates, television, etc.; a separate bedroom; and a bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower stall. Heating provided by radiators in each room. The kitchen included a basket with bread, jam, salami, sweets, milk, etc. for our breakfasts. We had a fantastic view out our window.
Cooking classes were conducted in the mornings in Raffaella's home which is next to the apartments. The house was warm and inviting with a nice fire on the cold December mornings and her dog and cats lying around. Both Raffaella and Stefania are fluent in English, so the classes were easy to understand. Each day we cooked traditional Italian food that Umbrians enjoy around Christmas, working hand-in-hand with Stefania to make each meal from scratch. This included everything from hand-making pastas to making sauces and cooking meats on the stove. Each meal consisted of an appetizer, a first course, a second course, and a dessert, and each day after cooking we got to sit and enjoy the fruits of our labors in a private dining room.
In the afternoons we went on private guided tours of surrounding cities, including Corciano, Assisi, and Gubio. We were taken by private bus with the driver Fabio and tours were conducted by a professional guide named Jana. We learned about the history and culture of each city and generally spent about 3-3.5 hours on each tour. Afterward Fabio gave us the option of being dropped off in Perugia (taxi back to the farm) or being taken back to the farm, with an optional stop at a grocery store if we wanted to cook dinner in the apartment.
All in all we had a fantastic time and would love to go back for a different program if we had the opportunity. We have already made several of the recipes we learned here at home and the instructions were good enough that our versions were just as good. Thanks Raffaella and Stefania for helping make such a memorable visit as part of our honeymoon! :D
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