Join us for one of our special themed tours or let me plan an extraordinary vacation when you want.
2019 Themed tours:
Join Knitwear Designer and Instructor André de Castro on an exciting week-long fiber adventure. The week will include 5 Stranded Colorwork workshops. We will visit cashmere and alpaca farms, a jacquard weaving studio, and commercial processing, knitting, and weaving factories, and much more. More info >
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. $2750/$3000 per person. (Private customized tours are available anytime mid-April–mid-Nov. Minimum 4 people.) More info>
Participants will receive the 3 chosen books to read prior to your arrival in Italy. The second part of the book club will take place in Italy — yes Italy— where I will lead you on a 7-day tour to discover the places, experiences, and flavors you will have read about. More info>
Hands-on and demonstration lessons with the extraordinary Maria Luisa Scolastra in her kitchen at Villa Roncalli. In addition to taking part in the whole process from collecting olives to pressing into our incredible oil, you’ll enjoy hands on lessons with Maria Luisa Scolastra of Villa Roncalli. So much fun all around. More info>
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)
• Book Club tours More info>
• Discover Saint Francis and the Spirit of Umbria – More info >
• Spectacular Art Adventures: More info >
Stay in a 17th-Century Palazzo
Palazzo Fiumi, home to Bettona’s last count Fiumi, sat empty for 45 years until a crazy American (me) came along to save it. After three and a half years of restoration the palazzo was finished in 2008 and renamed Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca.
The palazzo offers accommodations with three apartments: the 2-bedroom Assisi sleeps 4 people and features views over the valley toward Assisi; the 2-bedroom Crispolto features a full size daybed sleeps up to 5 people; and the charming 1-bedroom Gufo sleeps 2 with a spiral staircase to the sleeping loft. Each apartment features a kitchen, dining area, and comfortable living room areas. There are also two B&B (Giallo and Azzuro) rooms on the main floor each furnished with beautiful antiques and a private bathroom.
Explore Umbria from a perfect location
• 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.
Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca extends a warm welcome to the LGBT community where you can relax in a gay friendly environment. Find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
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