We walk at an unhurried pace in tune with nature along paths lined with cypresses in a beautiful patchwork-quilt landscape. We visit medieval hill-towns, frescoed churches and monasteries and stroll through local markets with bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and cheeses displayed in an appetizing array. There is no better place to end a walk than in the kitchen, holding a glass of wine with delicious smells and flavors all around. So to compliment our walking we organize hands-on culinary afternoons in our professional demonstration kitchen where you can learn the secrets of traditional local recipes with our chef, using seasonal ingredients to create authentic dishes. Enjoy wine selected appropriately to go with all the delicious food.
A visit to a Tuscan Winery
We meet at 11.00 at Cortona station and head to the vineyards of one of the finest producers of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in Tuscany. The guided tour of the winery gives a fascinating insight into the making and ageing of wine and is followed by a delicious luncheon served with wines chosen to enhance the tasting experience. Return to Cortona to relax and settle in before joining us for a welcome drink.
We start our walk at the spiritual and tranquil setting of Le Celle, 12th Century Franciscan hermitage, continue through oak forests & olive groves and pass luxurious villas to arrive at the Etruscan tombs. After a guided tour we enter Cortona through one of the ancient city gates and explore its medieval streets and monuments. You may wish to indulge in a gelato, but don't spoil your appetite for a tasty picnic in the shady tree-lined park. Free time in the afternoon before returning to Cortona to visit the Etruscan museum and sit with a cappuccino in an outdoor cafe.
Hannibal’s trail & Culinary afternoon
A half day walk directly from our farmhouse leads to Hannibal's Point and the exquisite Romanesque church of Sepoltagli. We are rewarded with a picnic lunch under the shade of umbrella pines with stunning views of Lake Trasimeno at the scene of the 2nd Century BC battle between the Carthaginians and Romans. In the afternoon a chef guides you through