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Make your Christmas holiday merrier by enjoying these specially-crafted days full of Italian delicacies amidst the beautiful Umbrian hills that sweep towards Tuscany. Learn to prepare Umbrian cuisines through hands-on cooking classes, relish the unique taste of Italian wines, and travel around the rural parts of Umbria. Agriturismo Podere le Olle hosts an old farmstead consists of two sympathetically restored stone buildings to ensure that you while away in comfort. Book now, and embark on a journey exploring rich flavors to finally discover the tradition of Italian nourishments.
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.
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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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