Week #2 Our Basic Itinerary - we will be suggesting and adding things as time draws near. Lisa's husband is from Gubbio - his grandfather was born there. So we have great connections!
Arrive Mon Sept 11, 2023 after 3:00pm—wine & welcome snacks
Tue – Class with Lisa, lunch*, class resumes - group dinner
Wed – Flea Market and Train tour in Gubbio
Thur – Class with Lisa , lunch*, class resumes – evening free
Fri – Tour to Florence -- to be determined
Sat – Class with Lisa , lunch*, class resumes - evening free
Sun – Cooking Class – group dinner
Mon – depart
Week #1 Our Basic Itinerary - we will be suggesting and adding things as time draws near. Lisa's husband is from Gubbio - his grandfather was born there. So we have great connections!
Arrive Sun Sept 3, 2023 after 3:00pm—wine & welcome snacks
Mon – Class with Lisa, lunch*, class resumes - group dinner
Tue – Flea Market and Train tour in Gubbio
Wed – Class with Lisa , lunch*, class resumes – evening free
Thur – Tour to Assisi
Fri – Class with Lisa , lunch*, class resumes - evening free
Sat – Cooking Class – group dinner
Sun – depart
*After lunches, we will offer options of various tours:
Take a sky lift to the top of Mt Ingino where we can visit the small oratory where the preserved Saint Ubaldo is located
Tour 7 medieval churches to gather materials for our journals
Visit the museum
Paint with Lisa in the farmlands
Below is a clickable video of a guided tour of Gubbio created by an American who did a walking tour of the town. He points out interesting aspects and cool historical points that are only found in Gubbio. He does show some (stairs) steps that may look steep but those are not the essential paths to the town.
We will visit the beautiful town of Assisi on Thursday.
If you love truffles, Gubbio has them - the mountains behind the hotel are a huge source. Therefore, Gubbio smells delicious.
The flea market on Tuesday is when Gastone and Lisa buy cheeses, meats, breads, veggies etc. but they also sell clothes, trinkets, handmade goods to sell to locals - they are not priced for tourists because tourism isn't their huge trade.
Gastone can do bartering for us!!
Hiking path: there is a 4.9-mile loop trail that originates behind our hotel. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 50 min to complete.
A pleasant walk full of wonderful landscapes waterfalls, little chapels and mountain drinking water. At the top is the Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo where the 1300 c. saint is on display in a glass case.
If you are not into hiking/walking there is a cablecar you can take to the top. Or drive up.
Unique to Gubbio. Prehistory site!!
There is an accessible prehistoric site (near the hotel) that shows the K/Pg Boundary; which is a clay like seam (containing outer space material "iridium" only found in outer space material) that separates where the Cretaceous ends and Paleogene begin. In other words, the very spot where geologists found evidence of a one violent extraterrestrial impact (giant meteorite) causing the extinction of dinosaurs. It's visible. You can see the seam between reddish limestone and white limestone. You can even put your hand in it. I have. The large fossils of dinosaurs are found in white limestone and and only small crustaceans swimmers are found in the red limestone.
So much to offer in this historic village in Umbria.
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.