As part of our Italy food tour, I stayed at "La Volpe e L'uva" with a group of 8 of my dearest family and friends from July 25th to 29th. Raffaela was very helpful from the get go. Even when I was arranging this trip with her months before, she gave me plenty of advice on what to do and where to go during our stay. She was very patient with us because we changed the headcount multiple times. The group grew from 6 to 9 during planning. She has a fantastic website that's full of useful information. Not to mention all the recipes that gave us a preview of what's to come. Sure enough, our experience there was nothing short of extraordinary. It was a cute rustic farm house sitting on the hills outside of Perugia. Raffaela's family house is right next to the guest house, which has a number of apartments to accommodate multiple groups of visitors. The view from my apartment was fantastic. It looks out to the swimming pool down below, and the neat looking vineyards on the hills ahead. There was a fig tree right outside of our windows as well. All this was so refreshing considering we all came from big cities. During our stay, Raffaela brought in cooking instructor Stefania to teach us how to cook Umbrian dishes. We had 3 days of such cooking lessons. Each day we cooked a 4-course meal which typically consisted of some type of handmade pasta, a vegetable dish, a meat dish, and a dessert. All of it was so much fun to make. And on the first day, we ate on a picnic bench outside because the weather was so pleasant. We had some rain after the first day, so we ate inside the house. But the food was equally delicious. Raffaela gave us her table Cianti that her family made from their own vineyard. We ate, drank, and laughed so much during our stay. Everyone in my group is still talking about it with their friends and family today. Raffa, you're the best hostess and I'd recommend your place to anyone who wants to truly experience Italy, particularly Umbria. Grazie per tutto!!!!
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