The Palio of the Archers in Italy: Gubbio – May

4 Days: Accommodation, cooking classes and Tours from 27th to 31th May  – The Palio of the Archers


The Palio of the Archers is an annual archery competition in which the cities of Gubbio and San Sepolcro compete in the main square. For this occasion, in the cities take on a suggestive atmosphere thanks to beautiful streets and squares in the center, adorned with the flags of the contenders.
In the last Sunday of May, Gubbio hosts the competition.

In the morning, a herald reads out the challenge proclamation to the visiting rivals. In the afternoon, there is a ceremony blessing the crossbows which is followed by a flag waving and throwing extravaganza – a continuous blur of color – by the brotherhood of flag bearers, dressed in medieval costume. Finally, at the end of the day comes the target shooting competition using crossbows of various size and style.

The earliest documented meeting between the two towns was 1619.



Details of the Palio of the Archers Cooking Package


Trip Length: 4 Days
Departure Dates: From 27th to 31th  May
Destinations: Italy, Umbria (Perugia, Gubbio, Deruta and Assisi)
Culinary,  Cultural exploration



Day by Day Itinerary of the Tour


  • Saturday 27th May – Arrive in Perugia
    Arrival at the country farm “La volpe e l’uva” (Perugia, Central Italy, Umbria, near Tuscany). Check-in your apartment at 4:00pm.


  • Sunday 28th May – Cooking + Palio of the Archers in Gubbio
    Hands-on cooking lesson starts around 10:00 am.
    You will prepare a four course lunch. For lunch you will eat your creations in your apartment accompanied by our wines.
    Afternoon. The excursion takes place from 14.00. You will visit Gubbio. Lying on the slopes of Monte Ingino, it is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past. You will participate to the Palio of the archers, which is heralded with the blast of trumpets and banner-waving in front of the magnificent medieval civic palace of Gubbio, as the famed Gubbio cross bowers prepare to compete.


  • Monday 29th May – Cooking + Assisi Tour
    Morning. Hands-on cooking class starts around 10.00 am. You will prepare a four course lunch that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by our wines.
    Afternoon. The excursion takes place from 15.00.  You will visit the mystical city of Assisi, a beautiful medieval town based on Mount Subasio, overlooking a peaceful Umbrian landscape. Assisi is essentially known for the fact that it’s the place of birth of St. Francis in and that of Santa Chiara.
    You will visit the city and the famous churches like the St. Francis Church filled with spectacular frescoes by Giotto, and also the Eremo delle Carceri (a peacefully isolated church and monastery in the wooded slopes just outside Assisi’s walls, this was the first monastic home of St. Francis’ and his followers) and the St. Damiano church (A church and monastery outside the city walls is where the crucifix spoke to St. Francis, prompting him to repair it and begin his ministry. Later, St. Clare died here).


  • Tuesday 30th May : Cooking + Deruta ceramic and Wine Tour
    Morning. Hands-on cooking class starts around 10:00 am. You will prepare a four course lunch that you will eat at the end of the class, accompanied by our wines.
    Afternoon. The tour take place from 15.00 to 19.00. You will visit a ceramic laboratory in Deruta where the majolicas are completely handmade. Their high quality products keeps the tradition alive and evokes the classic decorations of the various periods of Deruta. The production cycle is completely carried-out within the company and rigorously worked by hand in all its phases. Than you will have a wine tour in a Winemakers Company near Perugia. It is a vineyard under family management, which with special care from their very own vines, produces D.O.C. Colli Perugini and IGT dell’Umbria white, red and rosè wines.


  • Wednesday 31th May – Departure



More about the COOKING CLASSES
Read what MEALS are included in the Cooking Program
More about your ACCOMMODATION in the farm




Solo travelers Participating guest, single occupancy 1200 euro


Group of 2  people Participating guest, double  occupancy in 1 apartment  1100 euro

Group from 3 to 4  people Participating guest, double  occupancy in 2 apartments 860 euro

Group from 5 to 6 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 3 apartments 750 euro

Group from 7 to 8 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 3 apartments 700 euro

Non-participating guest, double occupancy 800 euro




  • Accommodation in the apartment of the farmhouse “la volpe e l’uva” in Perugia (40mq, lounge with cooking area and double sofa bed double bedroom and bathroom), included bed linen, towels, final cleaning.
  • 3 breakfasts (in your apartment you will find coffee, milk, biscuits, jams, butter and sugar)
  • 3 cooking classes of approximately 4 hours,
  • 3 Four course meal from the cooking lesson;
  • Umbrian wines during meals, liquors for after dinner/lunch;
  • Certificate of participation;
  • Folder with all the recipes;
  • Apron of Let’s cook in Umbria.
  • 3 Tours as indicated in the itinerary.


In the COOKING CALENDAR  you will find all the dates and availability of our Seasonal Tours

Group discount These trips are priced assuming up to six travelers. Special offers are available for bigger group. If your group is composed by more than 6 people send me your request and we will send you the best price!
No cooking guests. It is also possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the morning enjoying the surroundings, and could then join the group at lunchtime.

If you are interested in a culinary holidays without tours (only accommodation and cooking classes) please visit the page Cooking Vacations.

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