The whole experience was enjoyable from arriving and going on a wine tour, to 4 days cooking, then hiring a car and touring the area including Assisi, Gubbio and lake Trasimeno. Raffaella gave us lifts, organised the car hire and much more. She was as lovely a host as you could wish for and Stefania, our cookery teacher was great fun and very knowledgeable. We've already had one Italian dinner party and another tomorrow: gnocchi followed by Chicken alla "arrabbiata".
Touring the old towns of Tuscany and Umbria is fun, but our winter itinerary needed some variation and "Let's cook Umbria" provided the perfect diversion for our mixed-age group. We stayed 3 nights in the warm and cosy apartments. We had two cooking classes with Stefanie, who weaves professional chef knowledge into pragmatic homestyle lessons, carefully pointing out the essential steps from those that can be approximated. We learnt a lot, ate too much and will certainly try at home (especially the oh so simple but oh so yummy gnocchi). Rafaella was very helpful, organising for us at short notice truffle hunting and a horse-ride (well for our ability it was a horse-amble) so we really felt we got at taste of the Umbrian countryside. Definitely a highlight of our trip.
I had the best time imaginable. I learned and laughed and ate all with homemade wine. Doesn't get better than that.