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6 Days Cooking and Walking Trip in Umbria, Italy

Podere le Olle, Via Vocabolo Olle, 18, Montegabbione 05010, Terni, Umbria, Italy

Cooking and Trekking in Umbria

Have fun in a hands-on cooking class, learn about Umbrians wine and olive oil with tasting, make a real pizza. Enjoy trekking around Umbria and Tuscany, with a guide. Enjoy some free time to relax. Embark on a journey exploring Umbria, here at "Agriturismo Podere le Olle". Our place is an old farmstead in the beautiful Umbrian hills that sweep towards Tuscany. It consists of two sympathetically restored stone buildings, both welcoming and comfortable. You will stay in bright and spacious rooms, each with independent access and its own private bathroom.

Highlights

  • Go on a trekking trip
  • A cooking class with Gianluca
  • Enjoy an informative olive oil tasting
  • Welcome aperitif and dinners with wines
  • Visit to a wine cellar with wine tasting
  • 5 dinners, 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Beach towel

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2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this holiday, you will stay at Agriturismo Podere le Olle.

Main building

Accommodation takes place in a restored stone house hosting a total of nine rooms sharing a rather big garden, so even in full season, there is plenty of room for all their guests. Five rooms are based on the ground floor and have an independent entrance through the garden, four are on the first floor offering a lovely view over the countryside.

Dining and living area

Breakfast and dinner (the latter is provided on special request), are served in the garden or, when the weather is not conducive to meals al fresco, on the ground floor of the main house. Here, the former cattle stable has been restored and transformed into a large living space with vaulted ceilings and an open fireplace.

Kitchen and shop

Connected to the dining room, the spacious and well-equipped kitchen has a large open hearth and provides the venue for classes in traditional Umbrian cuisine. In the room next door, the farm's own olive oil and a selection of local products are for sale. An old oven, now once again fully functional, is next to the farmhouse.

Outdoor

Furthermore, at the back of the house, there are two old stone baths, once used for hand-washing linen. A track winds through the fields of the property, ideal for a brisk morning walk. There is a wonderful pool with 180 views across the valley, making this the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in the Umbrian countryside.

Guest rooms and amenities

All rooms are spacious and bright, they are tastefully furnished with a great attention to details. Bed linen and bath towels are chosen in natural cotton. Each room is provided with private en-suite bathroom. Bathrooms all have a shower, and a hairdryer. Basic toiletries are provided, for further needs, do not hesitate to ask.

The house has no air conditioning, normally the night breeze and a fan are enough to enable good sleep. Wi-Fi is offered free of charge at the reception or in the dining room, signal is also strong in the garden. There is no Wi-Fi connection in the rooms, and no television.

Amenities include daily maid service, organic homemade breakfast, use of open air swimming-pool, Wi-Fi in common areas and in the garden, parking, use of the house's large professional kitchen. Guests have all day access to a self service bar and to tea and coffee facilities.

Program

Podere le Olle culinary holiday

Podere le Olle cooking classes are designed to help the student to first form ideas about one or more menus and then actually create the meals that were envisaged, putting ideas into practice in a convivial and pleasant atmosphere. Combining the chosen ingredients and foods with the appropriate wines is an essential part of their courses.

In time, you will become confident in your knowledge of basic culinary principles, which will enable you to chose ingredients and spread your culinary wings when it comes to creating your recipes. Podere le Olle's cuisine is based on simplicity and on what is essential, all the elements that are indispensable for the creation of the simplest of dishes as well as the most refined menus. All of this is enhanced by the good quality of the ingredients they use.

Podere le Olle walking trips

Hikers are welcome every day and every season. At Podere le Olle, they love walking, and they will arrange some great walks for you. Walking is the best way to explore the region and admire its beautiful nature. The landscape is simply unforgettable.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

  • Meet at the airport or at the railway station
  • After check in, enjoy a complimentary aperitif
  • Dinner

Day 2: Half-day walk, free afternoon, and dinner

  • Breakfast
  • Enjoy a good walk to explore the surroundings then have a picnic, the rest of the afternoon is free to relax
  • Dinner is served

Day 3: Easy walk, lunch, cooking class, and dinner

  • Breakfast
  • Enjoy an easier and relaxed walk in the nearby wood
  • Lunch
  • Cooking class with Gianluca
  • Dinner based on efforts

Day 4: Long walk, picnic, olive oil tasting, and dinner

  • Breakfast
  • Have a great long walk along an ancient pilgrim's way
  • Come back late afternoon to relax
  • Have an informative olive oil tasting before dinner
  • Another delicious meal is served

Day 5: Walk to the winery, wine tasting, lunch at the winery, pizza demonstration, and dinner

  • Breakfast
  • Walk to a beautiful winery
  • Taste their excellent wines and have lunch there
  • Come back to learn how pizza is made
  • Pizza dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and check out

  • Breakfast
  • Check out

Included excursions

  • Visit to a winery with wine tasting
  • Explore some beautiful paths in Umbria

Location

The Farm Holidays "Podere le Olle" is situated halfway between Florence and Rome and within easy reach of the motorway. It is ideally placed for outings to Orvieto and Cittadella Pieve, Lake Trasimene, and Perugia, as well as the gorgeous Val d'Orcia, which not only provides the ideal starting point for excursions to Tuscany, but is also home to food-and-wine-lovers tours. A gravel road leading through olive groves takes you up to a car park on the edge of the Agriturismos garden.

Montegabbione is picturesquely situated on a hill at 594 meters above sea level, along the Etruscan-roman wine route; according to finds this is probably the period of its origin, but the town itself with its solid Medieval wall was built in XI century. The system of settling which developed is still visible in the surrounding castles of Montegiove and Casteldeifiori and is due to the strategic position of the town right halfway between Rome and Siena, Orvieto and Perugia, Bolsena, and Trasimeno Lake.

Leaving behind the beautiful hills around Montegabbione, one can shortly reach some of the most interesting and fascinating places of the region. Orvieto is 30 kilometers away on a very panoramic road extending through cultivated vineyards and olive groves, close to it is the medieval jewel of Todi approached passing by the Corbara Lake.

Cittadella Pieve, known as the town where the famous painter Pietro Vannucci (Il Perugino) was born, is only a fifteen minutes drive away, from there one has easy access to the classical sites of Umbria: Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Gubbio, Bevagna, Montefalco, Trevi, Norcia, Cascia, and Spoleto.

Podere le Olle's location also invites visitors to explore the nearby Tuscany: the world-famous towns of Florence and Siena are little more than an hour away. Even closer are the historical wine-cellars of Montepulciano and Montalcino, and the enchanting Renaissance town of Pienza.

The Etruscan Chiusi and San Casciano dei Bagni with its hot springs are just 15 kilometers away, and so are Certona and Sarteano, delicious little towns off the beaten tracks not to be missed. Beautiful Lake Bolsena and Civita di Bagnoregio also represents the ideal destination for a daily outing of great interest.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

The deal includes daily breakfast. Breakfast is served from 08:30 to 10:00 in the garden overlooking the swimming pool, or in the colder season the beautiful dining room in the main house is used. Early or late breakfast may be served with a small extra charge. From 2014, gluten-free breakfast is also offered if booked in advance.

The breakfast features either homemade and local organic products. Whatever cannot be found locally is bought supporting fair trade market. Podere le Olle offer fresh seasonal fruit, natural yoghurt, fresh bread, a variety of homemade jams and organic honey, homemade cakes and biscuits, local cheese and salami, and free range eggs cooked to order.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • 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)

City tour

La Scarzuola, also known as the City of Buzziana is only 10 kilometers away (visiting times are limited and visits have to be pre-booked and are suitable for small groups only). If you are interested, your host will find out dates and times of tours.

Cooking classes

Learn preparation of a full menu including fresh pasta, which will be enjoyed afterwards in an informal and convivial atmosphere. Partners not attending the class can join for lunch (20 EUR per person). Drinks are always included, different wines will be tried in combination with dishes.

Cycling

Anyone who likes cycling and does not mind the odd climb will love exploring the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the quiet little roads and paths. Podere le Olle would be delighted to advise on a variety of routes off the beaten track, check out their cycling holiday special.

Fitness, spa, and golf

The nearby Terme di Chianciano and San Casciano ai Bagni welcome lovers of spas, fitness centers, and beauty farms. The nearest golf club is about 40 kilometers from the agriturismo, at Panicale near Perugia. It is the Lamborghini Golf Club.

Horse riding

The stables "Centro Equestre Wild Horse" at Monteleone d'Orvieto can arrange for outings on horseback, also for the less experienced rider. This is also a very special way of exploring the region.

Walking and trekking

The woods on the edge of the agriturismo's property are ideal for walking and their dog would be delighted to be your guide. If you like to explore, the Cooperativa Terra di Montegiove arranges for walks and rambling tours of different levels of difficulty.

Wine and olive oil tour

Podere le Olle can organise wine tours followed by wine tastings in some nearby cellars. Some offer special treats to their customers. Your host will be happy to show you how to taste and appreciate an extra virgin olive oil.

What's included

  • 1 cellar visit with wine tasting
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • 1 trekking trip
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Beach towel
  • Welcome aperitif

How to get there

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Driving directions

  • Drive six kilometers from the Fabro toll station on the Autostrada Del Sole (A1), about halfway between Florence and Rome.
  • At the toll station, follow signs to Montegabbione on the left until you reach the sign "Faiolo".
  • Just past this, there is a tall cypress tree and an arrow pointing right, where you turn right.
  • The agriturismo is at the end of the gravel road (about 500 meters).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG). Check Ryanair flights to Perugia, as they often have good deals.

Arrival by train

You may take the train to arrive at either Fabro railway station or Chiusi railway station. Transfer from Chiusi railway station may be arranged at the cost of 15 EUR each way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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