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Grab this precious opportunity to explore Umbria and Tuscany, learn more about those two amazing regions, and learn everything about wine and local specialities. Enjoy great wine, combined with some great food. Meet passionate wine producers and chefs. You just need to come and Podere le Olle will prepare everything else for you. Indulge in an authentic Italy experience, enjoy Italy at its best!
During this holiday, you will be staying in Agriturismo Podere le Olle. The establishment consists of two old stone houses, which were sympathetically restored, preserving many of the original features. Organic farming is practiced there and this is reflected in the environmentally friendly methods and materials deployed in the running of the agriturismo.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the garden or, when the weather is not conducive for al fresco meals, on the ground floor of the main house. There, the former cattle stable has been restored and transformed into a large living space with vaulted ceilings and an open fireplace.
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, their 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. 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, and last but not least, the pool with views across the valleys is the ideal place to relax.
The farm offers mainly a bed and breakfast accommodation. The accommodation takes place in a stone house, both welcoming and comfortable. They host a total of nine rooms sharing a rather big garden, so even in full season, there is plenty of room for all the guests.
All rooms are spacious and bright, they are tastefully furnished with a great attention to details. Five rooms are based on the ground floor and have an independent entrance through the garden, while four are on the first floor offering a lovely view over the countryside.
Bed linen and bath towels are chosen in natural cotton. Beach towels can be provided with a small supplement. Each room is provided with private en-suite bathroom. All of the bathrooms have a shower and a hairdryer. Basic toiletries are provided, for further needs, do not hesitate to ask.
Furthermore, they have no air conditioning, as normally the night breeze and a fan are enough to enable a good sleep. Wi-Fi is offered free of charge at the reception or in the dining room, signal is also strong in the garden. In the bedrooms, there is no Wi-Fi connection and television. There is a wonderful pool with 180 degree views across the valley, making this the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in the Umbrian countryside.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred from Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG) or Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) to your accommodation. After checking in, you will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine (just to get into the mood). A special welcome dinner is served with a selection of excellent local wines.
After breakfast, you will visit the Lungarotti vineyard and the museum of wine. Today, you will enjoy lunch at a local trattoria. After lunch, you will visit an important cellar in Montefalco, where the best red wine of Umbria comes from, Sagrantino di Montefalco. It will be interesting to learn more about it and to get to taste it directly from one of the best producer. You will then return to the farm for another great dinner, and more wine, of course!
After breakfast, you will visit a nearby cellar well known for the production of super Umbrians. Today, you will enjoy your lunch and wine tasting at the winery. You will return to the farm in the afternoon to relax. You will also have an olive oil tasting today. A lovely dinner will be served with a selection of Umbrian wines.
After breakfast, you will drive to Montepulciano, famous for the production of Nobile di Montepulciano wine. There are some historical wineries right in town, and you will be visiting one of the best. After lunch, you will carry on to Montalcino, and visit one of its famous cellars where Brunello di Montalcino is produced.
It will be an interesting experience to compare those two excellent wines and try to understand what they have in common. You will go back to the farm for dinner, which will end with Pecorino cheese tasting and vin santo.
After breakfast, you will drive to Orvieto to explore this beautiful and famous area. It has been well knows for a long time for the production of Orvieto classico white wine. You will visit one of the top cellars there, and you will enjoy your lunch there as well. There will more time for you to explore this lovely town and its amazing cathedral after lunch. You will then return to the farm for your last memorable dinner and a great selection of wine.
After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the railway station.
Throughout this holiday, you will be able to visit various famous wineries, wine cellars, and wine museum in Umbria and Tuscany.
This holiday will be held in an old farmstead in the beautiful Umbrian hills that sweep towards Tuscany. The farm is situated halfway between Florence and Rome and within easy reach of the motorway.
It is ideally placed for outings to Orvieto and Città della 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 agriturismo’s garden.
During this holiday, you will be served three daily meals. In summertime, breakfast is served in the garden overlooking the swimming pool, whereas at other times of year, the cozy dining room in the main house is the venue. Their breakfast features either homemade and local organic products. Whatever cannot be found locally is bought supporting fair trade market.
They offer fresh seasonal fruit, natural yogurt, 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. It is enriched by local cheese and cured meat, and free range eggs cooked to order. Special gluten-free breakfasts are available if booked ahead.
In this holiday, you can also enjoy dinner served with a selection of excellent local wines. There will also be one dinner which will end with Pecorino cheese tasting and Vin Santo. Additionally, you will also have all day access to a self service bar and to tea and coffee facilities.
Holidays are about chilling out and relaxing, and there are many places near Podere le Olle where you can do so. 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. They would be delighted to advise on a variety of routes off the beaten track.
The woods on the edge of their property are ideal for walking and their dog would be delighted to be your guide. The stables "Centro Equestre Wild Horse" at Monteleone d'Orvieto can arrange outings on horseback, also for the less experienced riders. This is also a very special way of exploring our region.
The nearby Terme di Chianciano and San Casciano ai Bagni welcome lovers of spas, fitness centers, and beauty farms. The Lamborghini Golf Club is about 40 kilometers from the agriturismo, at Panicale near Perugia. Meanwhile, the Cooperativa Terra di Montegiove arranges for walks and rambling tours of different levels of difficulty.
La Scarzuola, also known as the City of Buzziana is only 10 kilometers away, but visiting times are limited and visits have to be pre-booked and are suitable for small groups only. If you are interested, Podere le Olle can find out dates and times of tours. You can also try an olive oil tasting session. Podere le Olle will be happy to show you how to taste and appreciate an extra virgin olive oil.
Essentially, any cuisine is representative of a culture, it provides the opportunity to be sociable and to express one’s creativity. It is also a way of getting to know the traditions of the place or the region you are visiting. Those who would like to embark on a journey exploring the flavors typical of Umbrian cuisine, and not only this, are invited to join our cooking classes.
The classes are designed to help the students 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 the 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.
There are different programs available for those who wish to take part in their classes, depending on how much energy and time you are willing to dedicate to this aim. A single cooking class session is also available, it also works as an experiment to test your feelings and can really make a difference in your holiday. They can personalize their programs as well, so if you have any special requests, do not hesitate to contact them and you will work something out together.
At an additional cost, you can pamper yourself at the spa facilities located in the nearby Terme di Chianciano and San Casciano ai Bagni.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG) or Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO). Transfer from any of these airports is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. Departure transfers to any of these airports may be arranged at extra costs.
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