" all I want to do is to be in the kitchen, bake a cake, have people here, to share, laugh and show them my world"
Your host and travel consultant in Umbria
Festa Tours is owned by Letizia Mattiacci, cookbook author and owner of Alla Madonna del Piatto Agriturismo and Cooking School which is located near Assisi, in Umbria, Central Italy.
Letizia is culinary professional and has been teaching about home food, rural traditions, food quality and sustainability for over 16 years. She is a passionate home cook and has chosen to leave her academic career in biology to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about all aspects of Umbria’s rural culture, food and ways of life. Her cooking classes have deserved press mentions on the Seattle Times, The New York Times, National Geographic, Food and Wine magazine.
Because of her expertise, she has been invited to talk about the Umbrian rural culture and cuisine at UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology, at Dante Alighieri Society in Boston, at NOIAW in Providence RI, at AIS Philadelphia and a number of Italophile Societies all over the United States. Letizia has also appeared on BBC television in her role of local gastronome.
Letizia runs Alla Madonna del Piatto with her husband Ruurd, also a biologist, her daughter Tea who loves arts and Asian languages, dog Google and tuxedo cat Betty. Letizia and her family spend considerable time traveling around Umbria to discover people with interesting stories, artisans of food, wine and crafts, special places to visit.
Festa Tours itineraries are crafted based on Letizia's wanderings and are designed to blend a variety of experiences of local life such as cooking classes, private visits to farms and workshops, spectacular sightseeing, tastings of regional specialties and of course, fabulous meals.