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Umbrian Wine and Culinary Adventures

April 12-20: Freshness of spring
July 1-8: Summer Flavors
October 19-27: Olive harvest

Come learn with Maria Luisa Scolastra of Villa Roncalli and other local chefs the secrets flavor of Umbrian cooking; visit an organic farm; cheese making demonstration; truffle hunt. (Private customized tours are available anytime mid-April–mid-Nov. Minimum 4 people.)  More info>

Knitting Tour: May 15-23, 2018

Join Shaina Bilow on this 7-day knitting and fiber adventure. Visit cashmere and alpaca farms, a jacquard weaving studio, and commercial processing, knitting, and weaving factories. Trip includes 4 workshops with Shaina.
2 places still available  More info

Treasure Hunts in Umbria Tour

Explore Umbria with art hunts in various towns, museums, and churches.  More info >

LGBT Welcome: Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca extends a warm welcome to the LGBT community where you can relax in a friendly environment.

Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca: The beautifully restored palazzo is quite flexible with private apartments and B&B rooms that can be combined to sleep up to 14.

Transportation available: Airport and train pick up/drop off available; guided tour packages include all transportation (except airfair).

Q&A with the Owner/Innkeeper

What to expect at Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca

Living here/Palazzo rules

All-inclusive tours for 2 to 14 people from April to November

NY Cooking Lessons 2018

25 people attended lessons with Maria Luisa Scolastra (of Villa Roncalli in Foligno) here in Blauvelt making it a huge success. Thank you Maria Luisa! For more info on tours featuring Maria Luisa write  info@aweekinumbria.com or check out our upcoming culinary tours.

2017 – Year in review!

Let aWeekinUmbria plan the perfect adventure for you

Small groups can be as few as 2 or as many as 14 people and can be one of our themed tours or a mixture of all of them (Best of Umbria Tour)

• Parliamo in Italia 2018

(In the planning stage now)

A 7-day tour package filled with opportunities to hone your Italian language skills. Including lessons by an experienced teacher. (Intermediate to Advanced Beginner level.)  More info 

Book Club tours

Read 3 selected books and then visit locations to discover the author’s Umbria. “Surpassed all our expectations” – guest review. (Available for 2 to 4 people)  More info>

Art tours

From our Etruscan roots to the High Renaissance, Umbria offers great art experiences. Discover the work of truly spectacular artists like Giotto, Perugino, Signorelli, Pinturicchio, Gozzoli, Lippi, and Lo Spagna. Tour great museums and churches, and out of the way places. (Available for 2 to 8 people)  More info >

• Discover the Sanctuary city of Bettona with a Best of Umbria tour

This year it’s more important than ever to know you have a place to which you can escape the madness of the United States. Let Bettona and Umbria work their magic on your soul. (Available for 2 to 8 people)  More info >

Discover the charming hill town of Bettona in the heart of Umbria

Accommodations in a beautifully restored 17th-century palazzo

Perfect location to explore Umbria

• Conveniently located in the center of Umbria with easy access to all of major roads

• Explore the fabled cities of Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, and Spoleto – to name but a few. Savor Umbrian cuisine and wine with a mixture of home cooked meals, visits to extraordinary local restaurants, and wine tastings. Discover intimate villages and hill towns or shop for world famous ceramics in Deruta, and you’ll enjoy breathtaking views all along the way.

Choose from a range of themed tours or customize your own. All-inclusive packages available April to November


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