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May 12, 2024 - May 26, 2024

Umbria Food and Wine Tour with Jerry Pellegrino

Umbria Food and Wine Tour with Jerry Pellegrino

Workshop Dates:
May 12, 2024 - May 26, 2024
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About the Workshop

Jerry Pellegrino leads this extraordinary retreat and cultural/culinary immersion and centered in in the region of Umbria, in central Italy. The retreat offers an opportunity to experience some of the most famous culinary and wine traditions of Italy. We will travel to where the most famous foods and wines are produced, while centered in a 16th c. villa in the hills outside of the beautiful and serene village of Monte Castello di Vibio.  In this idyllic environment, guests will prepare dishes with the master chef that will be accompanied by his choice from some of the finest wines in the world.

The interplay between food and wine fascinates Chef Pellegrino, and Italy is the ideal environment in which to explore this relationship. His own cuisine is simple and surprising, pairing unexpected ingredients that work together with wine lists at all his restaurants. Participants will be swept up in Chef Pellegrino's passion for food and wine while immersed in a landscape of farms, fields, and vineyards that produce some of the finest ingredients in the world.

Pellegrino’s understanding of this interplay begins at a molecular level and is a direct result of his Doctoral work in molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University. This background, makes him the perfect guide to the foods and wines of Italy, offering insights into the chemical processes that occur in traditional preparations, honed over generations and yielding the world-renowned flavors of Italian breads, cheeses, cured meats, and wines.

The retreat is accommodated at Villa le tre Grazie, built in the 16th century. The Villa sits on 2.1 hectares of privacy that includes an olive orchard, a fruit orchard, and gardens with a 12x6m swimming pool and bath house. WiFi available in house and garden.

The villa itself occupies 1000 sq m with 26 rooms which include 9 bedrooms, each with its own distinctive view, and 6.5 baths. It is furnished for comfort without sacrificing style. The two grand salons, formal dining room and billiard room feature high frescoed ceilings and large stone fireplaces. The villa was recently renovated with modern conveniences while retaining its traditional composition to offer you an authentic experience without sacrificing comfort. The private frescoed chapel offer opportunities for quiet contemplation.

A fully equipped professional kitchen and outdoor brick oven will facilitate class activities as well as dining al fresco during the day and on warm evenings.

While in Umbria, the group will tour vineyards, olive orchards, cheese making facilities, and a wide range of producers of traditional charcuterie. In addition, the group will visit a number of cultural sites in Umbria, including the church of San Francesco in Assisi, one of the most renowned cathedrals in Italy, as well as natural sites, such as Marmore Falls, called by British poet, Lord Byron, “the most beautiful waterfall in Europe.”

Additionally, the group will visit the neighboring region of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna in order to sample and explore the production of the famous traditional products: Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico di Modena, as well as the great wines of the Chianti zone in Tuscany and those of Montepulciano and Montalcino, including Brunello, one of the “kings of Italian wine.”

About the Instructor

Jerry Pellegrino is former currently owner of Strickland Hollow Farm,  a cider apple farm, distillery and event space in Meridale, New York, tucked into the Catskill Mountains. He is the former co-owner of Schola, a private cooking school, located in the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon district. He and his partner, Chef Amy von Lange, taught hands-on classes to a variety of students covering a vast curriculum. For 15 years, Chef Pellegrino has served as the Vice Chancellor Culinaire of the Baltimore Bailliage of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and often featured in cooking segments on local television. He is the co-host of the long running radio show on NPR 88.1FM, WYPR’s “Radio Kitchen”. He has been nominated various years as Chef of the Year, awarded by Baltimore’s Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality and was named One of Maryland’s 50 Most Influential People in 2017.  For a full list of awards and honors, head to

Included Amenities

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  • Airport transfer from and to the Leonardo da Vinci Rome/Fiumicino Airport (FCO) aboard our private bus (on scheduled dates only). Bus departs the airport promptly at 12PM.
  • Airport welcome service and assistance with baggage
  • 24/7 bi-lingual support with manager on site at all times
  • All ground transport aboard private buses or our ICA van, unless otherwise specified. Licensed and insured professional driver and ICA guide accompany all excursions. Orientation at each destination is provided as is departure coordination (guide service is available upon request — unless specified — for an additional fee)
  • Complimentary bottle of local wine provided in rooms on arrival day and complimentary locally made soap
  • Village orientation and complimentary drinks provided on arrival day
  • Private access to our 5-storey tower at our Palazzo Persiane (on sign-up basis) for spectacular morning and evening views
  • Access to our art materials shop (during posted hours)
  • Thorough orientation lecture and maps provided the evening before departure
  • Return transport to the Rome/Fiumicino Airport (departs 5:30AM) with rest stop
  • Departure service/airport assistance at airport
  • Double occupancy accommodation in the suites at the Villa le tre Grazie and double accommodations hotel in Parma are included in the price
  • Cleaning service with change of linens every 5 days
  • Courtesy bathrobe for all guests
  • Welcome bottle of local wine and gift for the ladies in the room upon arrival at the Villa.
  • Towels and pool service available.
  • Pool, gardens and billiard table
  • Three meals per day with wine at lunch and dinner unless otherwise noted
  • Advanced reservations and ticket purchases for groups and individuals
  • Concierge services provided upon request at an hourly rate
  • Restaurant reservations (provided under Concierge services)
  • Car rental
  • Critique series with visiting visual artists
  • Artist materials workshops
  • Drawing and painting sessions from the figure
  • Cooking classes
  • Cheesemaking workshop
  • Pizza-making workshop
  • Kids cooking classes
  • Wine appreciation and Sommelier Courses
  • Wine and olive oil tastings
  • Vineyard tours
  • Truffle hunting
  • Ballroom dance classes
  • Weekend excursions to flea markets and natural sites
  • Shopping excursions to cashmere and leather outlets, to Deruta famous for fine painted traditional ceramics, and antique stores
  • Overnight excursions to the sea and day-trips to Rome beaches
  • Hot air balloon tours
  • Hot springs excursions
  • Lake Trasimeno tours
  • Umbria abandoned castle and fortress tour
  • Sustainable farming tour 
  • Babysitting services
  • Soccer, archery, and horseback riding camps for kids
  • Motorized mountain bike rentals
  • Electric car rental 
  • Golf-cart tours of Rome and Florence
  • Hiking/naturalist guides to national/regional parks - mountain hiking available
  • Fishing/Hunting Excursions

Payment Options

  • Payment in full (€500 non-refundable deposit is included. No refunds will be issued within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. See refund policy for more details).
  • Non-refundable €500 deposit (Balance due must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to workshop).
  • Balance payment (after €500 deposit).

Required Forms

All ICA participants; whether coming independently, with a group or through a college / university, must provide the following completed forms and information to at least 2 weeks prior to attending their program. 
Emergency Contact & Medical Information »Liability Waiver »
Proof of Insurance / Travel Insurance
Itinerary and Passport
For detailed information and to download the required forms, please visit our Guides and Forms page.


Day 1 (Thursday May 11th)

  • Arrival at the Rome/Fiumicino, Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO).  Flights should arrive no later than 11:00 AM. Private bus operated by Provenzani departs FCO at 12:30 PM.
  • Anticipated arrival in Cordigliano at the Villa le tre Grazie, is at 2:30.  Accommodation in the suites included in the price.
  • A late lunch will be served upon arrival, followed by an overview of the facilities.
  • Dinner on Day 1is provided.

Day 2 (Friday May 12th)

  • Breakfast in the villa always included by the property.
  • After breakfast departure for Monte Castello di Vibio, an ancient medieval village of 1200.  Tour of the village, followed by a private truffle hunt.
  • Lunch at the ICARTS headquarters. Return to the villa in the afternoon.
  • Dinner will be prepared by Jerry, in context of a class.

Day 3 (Saturday May 13th)

  • 5:30: Early coffee and pastry at villa.
  • Departure at 6 AM towards Assisi for a ride in a hot air balloon ( Flight is approximately 1 hour. On the return, an aperitif will be provided by the Campovolo company with local products and prosecco.
  • Tour of Tenuto Lunelli vineyard ( Brilliant wines and brilliant architecture make this one of the most memorable cantina visits in Umbria!
  • Return to the villa in the afternoon.
  • Dinner in context of cooking class with Jerry.

Day 4 (Sunday May 14th)

  • Breakfast
  • Morning dedicated to the collection and knowledge of asparagus and, depending on the weather, also of summer mushrooms.
  • In the afternoon tasting at the Il Passo della Palomba oil mill of fine oils of its own production. duration of the experience 3 and a half hours. Return to the villa in the evening and free dinner.
  • Lunch and Dinner will be prepared by Jerry, in context of a class.

Day 5 (Monday May 15th)

  • Breakfast
  • As a surprise for guests, arrival in the morning, a pickup truck arrives at home for the choice of fish to cook in the villa.
  • 10.30 am tasting and tour at the Conti Faina Winery in Collelungo. In the afternoon visit to the Nulli majolica in Deruta and tour + tasting in Montefalco at the Arnaldo Caprai Winery.
  • Lunch and Dinner will be prepared by Jerry, in context of a class.

Day 6 (Tuesday May 16th)

  • 7:00 AM Depart for Parma, en route stop at Autogrill for breakfast (not included). Arrival in the city, hotel accommodation (currently 7 double rooms are available at NH Parma and 2 Junior suites with Novotel Parma Centro Hotel as an overflow; recommend: Ibis Styles Parma Toscanini for bus drivers), relaxation.  12:30 stroll to cathedral for a tour and an overview of the city.
  • Independent lunch and dinner, not included.

Day 7 (Wednesday May 17th)

  • Breakfast at hotel, departure for Modena, visit Acetaia Giusti (50 minutes) with tour of the company, the complex and tasting.
  • At 11.30 departure for Acetaia Sereni (a small family business in the Parma area but with a limited edition production of vinegars and oils). Lunch on site included. In the afternoon it is possible to visit the Ferrari museum in Maranello which is not far away.
  • Return to Parma in the evening. Independent dinner not included.

Day 8 (Thursday May 18th

  • Breakfast at hotel. Departure at 8:45 am for the Borgo del Gazzano dairy, 2 and a half hour guided tour of the stables, free farms and the production of PDO and PGI Parmigiano Reggiano, at the end tasting of the products and visit of the free internal shop.
  • 12 PM departure for Antica Corte Pallavicina with a tour of the castle and the company. Lunch included with typical local products and family recipes accompanied by wine pairing.
  • Return to Parma in the afternoon. Free time to visit the city.  Independent dinner not included.

Day 9 (Friday May 19th)

  • Breakfast at hotel.  Departure at 10 AM for Panzano in Chianti (Tuscany) for lunch in “Officina della Bistecca”, a famous restaurant of Dario Cecchini. Departure for Umbria in the afternoon.
  • Dinner provided at villa at 8:00.

Day 10 (Saturday May 20th)

  • Breakfast
  • Wine tasting by the Passo della Palomba winery at 11am accompanied by a selection of local products. the tasting lasts about 3 hours and includes 3 whites and 3 reds.
  • Lunch and Dinner will be prepared by Jerry, in context of a class.

Day 11 (Sunday May 21st)

  • Breakfast
  • After breakfast departure for the flea market of Città di Castello, visit of the village.  Lunch in Citta d’Castello is not included.
  • Return to the villa
  • Dinner will be prepared by Jerry, in context of a class.

Day 12 (Monday May 22nd)

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Assisi. Tour of Church of Santa Ciara whose crypt features some of the most beautiful carved marble in the world. Walking tour of Assisi, followed by a visit to the extraordinary cathedral of San Francesco, one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Italy.
  • Wine tasting at Bibenda Assisi ( After a flight wine tasting, you will receive a Certificate of Connoisseur of Umbrian (Italian) Wine, from the Worldwide Sommelier Association. Lunch in Assisi at Nonni Nini ( included.

Day 13 (Tuesday May 23rd)

  • Free at the villa.

Day 14 (Wednesday May 24th)

  • After breakfast, departure for Cascade of Marmore, the highest in Europe. Picnic  return in the evening and 4-course illustrated tasting dinner with traditional Umbrian dishes.

Day 15 (Thrusday May 25th Departure)

  • Bus departs villa at 5:30 AM.  Breakfast (not included) at Autogrill, en route. Flights must depart no earlier than 11:00 AM.
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