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Epitourean Italy Culinary Tour

Seven-Day Italy Culinary Vacation with 4-Star Accommodations and Meals from Epitourean

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Hands-On Culinary Tour of Italy’s Scenic Umbria Region

This trip includes:

  • Seven-day deluxe lodging at 4-star Relais Il Canalicchio
  • Round-trip transfers from Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Umbria
  • All meals
  • Four hands-on cooking classes
  • One market tour with chef
  • One wine and olive mill tour
  • Two private spa sessions
  • One quad bike excursion through valleys, vineyards and orchards<p>

On this seven-day culinary tour in central Italy, you’ll explore the hills of Umbria and use the region’s fresh, seasonal ingredients during hands-on cooking classes. Each night, you’ll stay at the 4-star Relais Il Canalicchio, a castle-like structure set atop a hill. In between excursions and cooking classes, there will be plenty of time for relaxing by the pool or hiking through the surrounding mountains. While on this Italian vacation, you can adopt the regional mantra, “Chi mangia bene, mangia Italiano,” which translates to, “Those who eat well, eat Italian.”

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Trip Highlights<p>

  • Marsciano market tour: Head to a local, bazaar-like market off the tourist path to stock up on Italian goods, including cheese, wine, clothes, and shoes. <p>

  • Hands-on cooking classes: Throughout the seven-day stay, a chef will teach you how to craft antipasti dishes, pizza dough from scratch, chocolate salami, gnocchi, peaked meringues, Norcina sauce, and tiramisu. All meals are also included.<p>

  • Quad bike excursion: Zoom through the Umbrian countryside on the back of a four-wheeler during this two-hour guided tour, which wends past nearby vineyards and orchards. <p>

  • Olive oil and winery tour: The group stops by the medieval-era Hamlet of Montecastello, home to some of the world’s most-renowned varieties of olive oils. You’ll watch the step-by-step process of converting olives into olive oil before touring the vineyard and sampling wine and cheese.<p>

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Seven-day/six-night Italy culinary vacation, valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay a $500 fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • $1,776 per person for seven-day/six-night Italy culinary vacation (up to a $3,276 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/30/13

Travel between: 5/12/13–5/25/14

Solo Traveler Fee: $2,276 total ($1,776 + $500 fee)


  • Blackout dates: No blackout dates.
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $75 fee. 22-day cancellation notice required or up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included.
  • Additional fees: Airfare not included.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/30/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 5/12/13-5/25/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit.Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $75 fee
  • 22-day cancellation notice required or up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 10% tax not included
  • Airfare not included
  • $500 fee to travel solo

Other Details

Hotel Policies

  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: customers will want to purchase a flight to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO); transfers from FCO to Umbria are included in all deal options

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
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