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Combine two great passions, yoga and cooking, in one unique holiday. Embark on a journey exploring the flavors of Umbrian cuisine, with a healthy twist, as you prepare delicious vegetarian dishes that will not only nourish your body but will help you detox. The yoga sessions will compliment the experience and will allow you to focus on your breathing and postures. Come enjoy the beautiful Umbrian countryside and create unforgettable memories!
The Farm Holidays Podere le Olle is situated halfway between Florence and Rome, within easy reach of the motorway. It is ideally placed for outings to Orvieto and Cittá della Pieve, Lake Trasimeno, 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.
Breakfast and dinner 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.
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 and beach towels can be provided with a small supplement. Each room is provided with private en-suite bathroom. All bathrooms have a shower and a hairdryer and basic toiletries are provided.
There is no air conditioning, television, or Wi-Fi in the rooms but, normally, the night breeze and a fan are enough to enable good sleep and Wi-Fi is offered free of charge at the reception or in the dining room; signal is also strong in the garden. Amenities include daily maid service, organic homemade breakfast, use of open air swimming-pool, parking, use of the large professional kitchen, and all day access to a self service bar and to tea and coffee facilities.
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, homemade olive oil and a selection of local products are for sale. An old oven, now once again fully functional, is next to the farmhouse.
The accommodation takes place in a restored stone house, which hosts a total of 9 rooms sharing a rather big garden so, even in full season, there is plenty of room for all the guests. Five rooms are based on the ground floor and have an independent entrance through the garden; the remaining four are on the first floor, offering a lovely view over the countryside.
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.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to Podere le Olle's farmhouse, where you will have some time to relax, while waiting for dinner.
After a healthy breakfast, you will meet your yoga teacher and you enjoy your first yoga session. During this two-hour class, you will learn Pranayama, which is the correct and deep breathing, and Asana, which are postures and movement of Hatha yoga in combination with the practice of Pranayama. Upon request, you can also add Dhyana (meditation), meaning of Yoga, history of Yoga, cleaning of nose for better Pranayama, or writing of prayers in Sanskrit for some kind of meditation. Your session will be followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch. Then, the afternoon is free for you to relax, explore the surroundings, or to take a walk to the woods. At night, you will enjoy a lovely dinner.
After breakfast, enjoy another yoga lesson followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you will go to the kitchen for your first hand-on cooking class. You will combine the best organic ingredients to create a unique dinner, which will be enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere.
After breakfast, enjoy another yoga lesson. For this session, you will be focusing on breathing and postures. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing, before lunch is served.
In the afternoon, you will visit the hot spring, where you can bathe any time of the year; the water temperature is around 42 degrees Celsius. Take a stroll in San Casciano ai Bagni, a lovely medieval village, with a great view over the valley. You will then head back to the farm for another delicious dinner.
You will start your day with a healthy breakfast. Then, another cooking class starts, where you will prepare a great lunch and a special treat for dinner. The afternoon is free for you to relax or, depending on what you choose, Podere le Olle can arrange another yoga class for you. You can also explore Orvieto or take a walk in the forest. At night, you will enjoy a pizza dinner.
After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred to the railway station.
This vacation will take place in Montegabbione, Umbria, Italy. Montegabbione is picturesquely situated on a hill, 594 meters above sea level, along the Etruscan-Roman wine route; according to findings, this is probably the period of its origin but the town itself, with its solid Medieval wall, was built in the 11th 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, and Bolsena and Trasimeno Lake.
Different important local families tried to establish their dominion over the area that became, around 1300, a stronghold of the Monaldeschi family of Orvieto, and at the end of the century, it came under the influence of Perugia. A long period of stability began with the annexation of the territory to the Church. Outside the walls, are the church of the Madonna delle Grazie, the ruins of the Acqualta abbey, and the Franciscan convent of La Scarzuola, of which the modern and metaphysical project of the architect Tommaso Buzzi is an original development.
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 though cultivated vineyards and olive groves; close to it, is the medieval jewel of Todi, approached passing by the Corbara Lake. Città della Pieve, known as the town where the famous painter Pietro Vannucci (Il Perugino) was born, is only fifteen minutes 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.
The house location also invites visitors to explore the nearby Tuscany. The world famous towns of Florence and Siena are little more than a 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 fifteen kilometers away, and so are Certona and Sarteano, delicious little towns not to be missed. Beautiful Lake Bolsena and Civita di Bagnoregio also represent the ideal destination for a daily outing of great interest.
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. During this holiday you will embark on a journey, exploring the flavors typical of Umbrian cuisine.
In time, and with the knowledge acquired during your cooking lessons, 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. Umbrian cuisine is based in all the elements that are indispensable for the creation of the simplest of dishes as well as the most refined menus. All of this, enhanced by the good quality of the ingredients you will use.
The breakfast features homemade and local organic products and, whatever cannot be found locally, is bought supporting fair trade market. Fresh seasonal fruit, natural yogurt, fresh bread, a variety of homemade jams, organic honey, homemade cakes and biscuits, local cheese and salami, and free range eggs cooked to order are offered.
Transfer from and to San Franceso d'Assisi Airport (PEG) is available upon request at the cost of 50 EUR each way.
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