Alla Madonna Del Piatto

Top choice in Umbria

Waking up to views of meadows and olive groves sweeping up to Assisi is bound to put a spring in your step at this ecofriendly agriturismo (farm stay accommodation), less than 15 minutes' drive from the basilica. Each of the six rooms has been designed with care, love and character, with wrought-iron beds, antique furnishings and intricate handmade fabrics.

If you can tear yourself away from the vine-draped terrace, hook onto one of the intimate cooking classes, which Letizia runs (in Italian or English) twice a week (she has published an excellent cultural cookbook, A Kitchen with a View in 2015). Start the day in local markets and finish it off with a feast of your own creation. Half-day classes cost €120 per person. There's a minimum two-night stay.

It's 8km north of Assisi – take the SS444 and turn left when you see the sign for Petrata.