Around & About

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“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck”

One of the main advantages of the Antica Olivaia is its perfect location, which can serve as the perfect base to use for all of your excursions in Umbria, Latium and Tuscany. A multitude of activities and sightseeing itineraries are within close reach; in fact, within 15-60 minutes you can visit an endless choice of enchanting medieval towns and participate in various sporting activities. Daniela will be happy to organize full day and half day trips for you with maps, highlights, tips and restaurants all in English or when possible organize group trips to special sites, events and food festivals.

For those who love sightseeing and learning about Umbria’s rich culture and long history, here is a list of places to see while staying here:

  • Orvieto and its magnificent Duomo, underground Etruscan cave tour and St. Patrick’s Well,
  • Orvieto’s farmers’ market on Thursdays and Saturdays,
  • Civita di Bagnoregio – “the dying city,”
  • Bolsena and its lake, the largest & cleanest volcanic lake in Europe,
  • Parco di Bomarzo – Renaissance villa & gardens filled with monster sculptures,
  • La Scarzuola – St. Francis’ hermitage with a modern twist,
  • La Foce – Iris Origo’s Tuscan villa with English gardens,
  • Tuscania and the church of San Pietro,
  • Tarquinia’s Etruscan necropolis and museum,
  • Pitigliano, Sovana and Saturnia’s thermal springs
  • Marmore waterfalls, the tallest manmade in Europe
  • Amelia and Narni,
  • Viterbo and Villa Lante in Bagnaia;
  • Spoleto and Norcia,
  • Dunarobba’s fossilized forest,
  • Carsulae, an ancient Roman military site,
  • Città della Pieve and Panicale,
  • Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno,
  • Todi & Civitella del Lago,
  • Deruta and Ficulle (great for ceramics),
  • Montefalco, Bevagna and the Sagrantino wine estates,
  • Perugia, Assisi & Spello,
  • Montepulciano and Pienza.

Other activities include:

  • Olive mill tour with olive oil tasting (November only),
  • Goat farm visit with goat cheese lunch and wine pairings,
  • Thermal baths in Saturnia, Chianciano, S. Casciano dei Bagni and Bagni San Filippo,
  • Mountain (MTB) bikes or regular street bikes can be rented nearby with paths/roads around the house or around Lake Bolsena;
  • Wine tasting suggestions in Orvieto & Montefalco,
  • Special visit with an archeologist under the Church of Sant’Andrea in Orvieto,
  • Truffle hunting with a professional truffle hunter and his dogs in the woods around the Valley (depends on the season and hunter’s availability),
  • WWF Alviano’s bird oasis – great for bird-watching and trekking.