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Percorsi con Gusto: our own cooking school in beautiful Umbria

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Cooking classes are definitely the core of our family business.

Before opening the restaurant Vino e Cucina, and before launching A Tasteful Journey as a travel company specialized in Food&Wine itineraries, our main focus was our Italian Cooking School Percorsi con Gusto. 


Started in 2009 by our mother, Chef Lorena Autuori, it soon became the highlight for international visitors coming to central Italy. Most of them say that the classes at our house have been the highlight of their trip - our professionality, the quality of the ingredients, and the warm, familiar atmosphere that Lorena is able to create around her table. 

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JanetB5125, Jul 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa


<<We found a true gem of an Italian cooking school. Chef Lorena and her gorgeous daughter Leslie offer a cooking course in their home in San Gemini. Lorena is organized, and full off great information about Italian food. We made a pasta dish, a main and a pudding and ate everything we had cooked in Lorena's garden. A delightful experience on every front. Will definitely return to do another course. Thanks so much Lorena and Lesley>>


Kate L, Jan 2020

Washington DC, District of Columbia


<<We knew we would spend some time in a charming Estruscan village with picturesque landscapes. We knew the food would be incredible. We knew it would be a private class, just the two of us and the instructor. What we had no idea about was all of the added touches and wonderful moments that would make this the hands-down best thing we did on our two-week honeymoon in Italy >>

Classes happen in our home, a 16th Century private residence in the medieval village of San Gemini  - included in the permanent list of I Borghi piu' belli d' Italia (the most beautiful Italian villages). 


The home is just as you can imagine it, with a large fireplace, wooden ceiling and terracotta floors. We also have a beautiful garden where you can enjoy your meal if you wish :)

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Each class will be arranged in advanced based on your desires. You will be contacted directly by Chef Lorena Autuori, who will agree with you the menu of the day. You can chose to learn how to prepare a 3-course meal, a 5-course meal  or to focus on a specific topic, such as hand-made pasta or desserts. Here a sample menu with 5 courses:

Sheep cheese pie with truffle

Gnocchi with Umbrian pesto

Stuffed lamb leg

Cauliflower salad with olives and anchovies

Panna cotta with wild berries

Length: 4 hours 

Each participates will have its working station and will actively participate in the preparation of every meal!

At the end the preparations, guests are invited to seat at our table for a sit down dinner paired with DOC wines from the area.

You can chose to dine inside or in our beautiful garden.

If you have already planned your trip to Italy, you're welcome to booking our Cooking Classes as single activities. If you still haven't made any arrangements, we will be happy to help arrange your stay and all the other activities you can do in the area (transfers, visit to wineries, to cheese producers, to olive mills, etc.). Send us a message and let us know how can we help you :)

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