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4 Day Olive Harvest and Cooking Vacation near Assisi in Umbria, Province of Perugia

Agriturismo Alla Madonna del Piatto Via Petrata 37, Pieve San Nicolo’ 06081 Assisi, Umbria, Italy

Olive Harvest and Culinary Vacation Italy

The Italian region of Umbria is known as the Green Heart of Italy for so many reasons. The area boasts of peace and harmony with nature and autumn brings one of the most magical of its charms. The olive harvest is the highlight of the Umbrian year and, this year, Alla Madonna del Piatto invites you to share the joy as Letizia opens the doors of her beautiful bed and breakfast for a short break of enjoyment and celebration.

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  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • Olive farm and mill tour with tasting
  • Vineyard tour with wine tasting and light lunch
  • Visit medieval Bevagna and Montefalco in the Sagrantino region
  • Visit medieval Assisi, Unesco World heritage site
  • Historic printing workshop tour
  • 3 nights accommodation


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 2-10 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Tour assistance

Alla Madonna del Piatto is a small eco-friendly bed and breakfast near Assisi, Italy. All rooms of the centuries-old farmhouse have magnificent views of the Umbrian green hills and of Assisi’s St. Francis basilica. Each of the six rooms of the historic bed and breakfast is tastefully decorated with wrought-iron beds, antique cabinets, and handmade fabrics.

Alla Madonna del Piatto has renovated the home with great attention to details and plenty of character. The two rooms on the ground floor are in the oldest part of the farmhouse and feature impressive stonewalls and beamed ceilings.

The first-floor rooms are bright and colorful with large windows. All rooms are equally comfortable and all offer breathtaking views of Assisi’s valley blanketed with meadows, forests, and olive groves. The vine-covered patio and terrace are perfect spots for al fresco picnics on summer evenings.

You will enjoy breakfast in the large sala that has been decorated with colorful local pottery. Alla Madonna del Piatto has a lounge area with an open fireplace and a comprehensive collection of pictures and guidebooks to help you plan your vacation.


This year’s olive harvest tour will find you fully immersed in the rural life of Umbria, enjoying one of the most pristine and off-the-beaten-path regions of Italy. Participating in one of Letizia’s celebrated cooking classes, you will refine culinary skills and taste the velvety wines of the Sagrantino di Montefalco region.

In the town of Assisi, you will meet a local artisan in the family historic printing workshop. You will also wander through quaint village alleys and visit the world famous Basilica of Saint Francis a spiritual and artistic site of immense importance. You will also have time to shop, to browse, and to appreciate the timeless atmosphere

You will learn all about olive oil, the area’s liquid gold, from picking to pressing and selling at a family run farm in the beautiful countryside near Bevagna.


Day 1

  • Arrival and check in at Alla Madonna del Piatto Agriturismo.
  • Welcome aperitif with local snacks on the panoramic terrace.
  • Walk in the olive grove surrounding the property.
  • Bring picnic food or opt for dinner on your own at a local trattoria.

Day 2

  • Cooking class followed by a generous 4-course lunch on the terrace with a spectacular view.
  • Explore Assisi, a marvelous medieval town and Unesco world heritage. Visit a 150-year old printing workshop.
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 3

  • Take a walk in the beautiful Franciscan Woodlands and appreciate the 3rd Paradise trail, the special flora and a unique and very symbolic art installation made with olive trees.
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting at a Montefalco winery with light lunch.
  • Visit an olive farm during harvest and taste the green gold in the farm beautiful garden.
  • Visit picture perfect Bevagna and stay for dinner on your own at one of the cute local trattoria.

Day 4

  • Breakfast and departure

Bring warm clothes during this holiday as evenings are cold in Umbria in the fall, including warm clothes for indoor tastings like the wineries, mills etc. Buildings in this area are heated but not overheated.

Included excursions

You'll enjoy a tour of Assisi including an historic print shop, olive farm, olive oil mill, and winery, and a visit of pretty Bevagna and Montefalco with your own transport. Be ready for a scenic drive! Private transport is available for an additional price, please request a quote.


Letizia Mattiacci


Alla Madonna del Piatto is conveniently located near Assisi to explore Umbria’s beautiful medieval hill towns. Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Norcia, Perugia, and the Sagrantino di Montefalco wine region are at easy reach. In addition, Tuscany’s splendid Renaissance towns, Siena and Cortona, as well as the marvelous Frasassi Caves and imposing Urbino in Le Marche are all within about an hour’s drive. If you enjoy hiking, the Subasio natural park, the Franciscan Trail of Peace, and the FAI Saint Francis Woodlands are only minutes away from the Agriturismo.


  • Assisi, 15-minute drive



  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request


  • Tour assistance


Meals included in the program are based on a fixed menu reflecting the food of the region. If you have specific dietary needs or allergies, please advise. Alla Madonna del Piatto cannot, however, make guarantees for changes or modifications to all meals to accommodate special food needs. As food is abundant and varied it is generally not a problem to avoid allergy-inducing foods or those you do not like. However, it is essential to let Alla Madonna del Piatto know about your specific needs at the time of booking.

Meals included on this holiday are:

  • 1 welcome drink with snacks
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners at a local trattoria
  • 1 cooking class lunch
  • 2 farm lunches
  • 1 guided wine tasting
  • 1 guided olive oil tasting

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Umbria offers a variety of activities and wonderful sites to visit to do and see. Assisi is centrally located; therefore it’s an ideal base to visit this region. Should you decide to prolong your stay, your hosts will advise on additional activities and experiences such as visits of historic artisan workshops, food and cashmere shopping, hiking and biking. Village festivals are always a favorite!

Spa treatments

Your hosts will be happy to book for you a spa treatment in a beautiful, local spa set inside a Roman amphitheater. You will be able to indulge in the circuit of four rooms with different temperatures and level of humidity or relax with a massage. A real treat!

What's included

  • 1 welcome drink with snacks
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 cooking class lunch
  • 1 guided wine tasting with light lunch
  • 1 guided olive oil tasting at olive farm and mill tour
  • Tour of a historic printing workshop
  • 3 nights B&B accommodation with ensuite private bathroom
  • A detailed guide with directions to all the sites you will be visiting, schedule and suggestions on sightseeing, photo and and shopping opportunities

What's not included

  • Transport
  • All activities not listed in the tour program
  • Personal expenses and food/drinks additional to included meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

Driving directions are needed only for guests who prefer to arrive here with their own car and leave it on the property during the tour.

Please ask your hosts for detailed driving directions even if you use a GPS. There are no signs to reach your accommodation.

  • From the north: A1 exit Valdichiana, SS E45, bypass Perugia and follow signs for Assisi on the SS75
  • From the south: A1 exit Orte, SS E45 (SS 3bis) follow direction Perugia, then SS75 direction-Assisi-Foligno
  • Exit at Santa Maria degli Angeli Nord. You will encounter a series of roundabouts that are numbered
  • At roundabout number 2 follow Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • In Santa Maria degli Angeli, drive along the huge church with a golden statue on the top of the facade
  • Drive straight on along the church, then take the underpass beneath the railway. Note the sign for Assisi almost in front of the MacDonald’s as soon as you emerge from the underpass
  • Continue following signs for Assisi until roundabout number 5 (approximately 3.5 kilometers or 2.1 miles from the Church)
  • Here turn left downhill, direction Perugia (SS 147), you will be soon driving on the Ponte San Vittorino (a bridge close to a bus and camper parking lot)
  • Just after the bridge, turn sharp right in Via San Vittorino along the parking lot (this is Parking area E)
  • Continue straight on for 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) without taking any turn until a T-junction where you have to turn left
  • You will see the sign of Via Petrata on your left as soon as you turn
  • Continue uphill for 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles)
  • Do not take Via Mosciole nor any turn into unpaved roads until you arrive at a large stone building with a metal gate, the Castello di Petrata
  • After the Castello, you will notice the house across the hill with solar panels on the roof
  • Continue past the Castello di Petrata for 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) until you see a long, low house of a white-cream color at number 35 - 37
  • The accommodation is at number 37. Note the ceramic plate depicting a medieval lady near the house number
  • The house has many doors, please ring at number 37 (which is indicated below the plate) and the staff will tell you where to park

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia Airport (PEG). You need to rent a car from the airport to get to the location. Private transport can be arranged upon request.

Other nearest airports include Rome Fiumicino International Airport Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO), Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei (PSA), and Aeroporto delle Marche (AOI).

Arrival by train

This tour includes private transport with group pickup at Foligno's train station and return to same station at the end of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants


Arrival: Thursday October 28, 2021
Departure: Sunday October 31, 2021

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Final payment is due in cash on arrival.

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