Wednesday, October 11, 2006

TRUFFLE AND OLIVE OIL COOKERY COURSE AND EUROCHOCOLATE 2006 La Preghiera, Città di Castello, Perugia, Umbria


For ten days every October, the Umbrian capital of Perugia celebrates a full-scale love affair with chocolate. And for a long weekend every November, nearby Città di Castello gets festive in honour of the Italian delicacy of truffles. And when you stay at nearby La Preghiera, you can tuck-in to a traditional slice of Umbria whilst enjoying the luxuries of a restored 12th Century monastery oozing with style, comfort and period character.

Truffles and chocolate – two key ingredients of Italian cuisine. So where better to bite into the real Italy than in the gourmet region of Umbria? Home to the truffle and with a goumet reputation that has surpassed that of neighbouring regions, Umbria is the destination for serious foodies, truffle hunters and anyone who wants to step into Mama Italia’s kitchen. Discover your nose for truffle hunting, enjoy smooth indulgence at the chocolate festival, let loose your inner chef on an Italian cookery course, source the best local produce in vibrant markets, and feast in authentic trattorias.

Situated in the heart of Italy, La Preghiera, originally a 12th Century Monastery and now privately owned, has been beautifully converted to a charming and unique, luxury bijou country house, available for exclusive holidays. La Preghiera retains many original features that have been fused with creature comforts, modern amenities and stylish décor, to create five-star country house accommodation and is surrounded by several acres of landscaped gardens, with a private chapel and eco friendly swimming pool, all encompassed by lush countryside and the foothills of the Apenines.

For a delicious treat to coincide with the truffle festival, La Preghiera is running one of its frequent Italian Cookery Courses. Arrrive on Thursday 2 November to settle in to your luxury accommodation in the green heart of Italy and meet your Italian cooks. In addition to a hands-on experience making ravioli and tagliatelle, antipasto and desserts, you will visit an oil mill to see how Olive Oil is pressed, take a trip to the truffle fair, and visit the thriving local markets where you can savour the atmosphere, the smells and stock up on fresh local ingredients. The final cookery lesson takes place on Sunday morning but you are welcome to stay on and enjoy more of the treasures La Preghiera has to offer.
For the Chocoholics, the Perugia Chocolate Festival is held from 14-22 October 2006 ( Perugia is home to the biggest chocolate festival, with chocolate sculptures, chocolate cocktails, chocolate head-wear, chocolate-themed discos and this year a chocolate building site is being set up. Stay nearby at La Preghiera and join-in this extraordinary meeting of a million chocoholics.
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