Our guests who love outdoor life will be able to enjoy nature walks along the many tracks that, departing from the property, go uphill in the woods behind the estate. Through these tracks it will be possible to reach amazing locations like the “Casale” La Valle, a magnificent example of farming architecture, or San Bartolomeo, a 13th Century abbey now in a derelict state, but still full of history and charm, the “Via Scura” (the Dark Road as it was called), named so for the thick vegetation that prevents the light from filtering in, that climbs to the top of the hills toward the “Casina della Caccia” (The Hunting Lodge) , and finally “Torre Francisci” (Francisci Tower) one of the many medieval towers surrounding Todi. It is also possible to reach the remains of an ancient Roman bridge.
We organize MINI tutorials on fundamental knowledge of extra virgin olive oil, how to read the labels, try to avoid misleading advertising and to know how to choose Italian quality products. The tutorial concludes with a tasting session during which we teach the main principles about how to appreciate the qualities of a good extra virgin olive oil.
Particularly enjoyable and suited to the more lazy people are the beautiful land rover walks through the streets of the forest by Jeep. There are very interesting destinations to reach from Casina della Caccia, where stop for barbecue is a must, and maybe stop in the evening to watch the sky in a dark unknown to us today.
THE DARK ROAD
During the walk up the hills you can stop at a viewing point, dominating the valley. This was considered in the past a strategic vantage point where in 1945 the farmers could observe the advancement of the allied troops. A comfortable bench will help you to admire the view of the valley and to breathe a thin oxygenated air. The better trained will be able to reach the Casina della Caccia and Torre Francisci one of the many towers around the Todi hills or the remains of an ancient Roman bridge! But for those who have nature as their sole aim….the woods in spring are a kaleidoscope of colours and scents, yellow of the brooms, pink of the wild roses, violet of the wild wood orchids that blend in with the intense green of the underwood. Creeks that flow downhill toward the river Tiber create at times a wonderfully scenic waterfall. The woods are full of tasty wild asparagus, red strawberry trees and, when in season, rich edible mushrooms.
OLIVES PICKING AND CROP HARVEST
During the month of October begins the olive harvest, one of the most anticipated events of the year. The collection is early to guarantee the maximum of aromas and the quality of the oil produced. Some thirty people take part in this event that within a very few days must have finished the job. At the end of the day the harvest goes to milling in the mill so that the quality of freshly picked olives do not alter. But these hard days work become of great celebration. In the evening we organize wonderful dinners together and you taste the oil just produced.
The young pig that has been cooking for most of the day in a wood-burning oven is exhibited and soon ended by hungry mouths and greedy. Every year in July if it is wheat or June if it is barley there is great excitement at the Passo della Palomba, where threshing in the past that operation involved dozens of people for several days and ended with the beautiful threshing Festival where they ate and they drank to celebrate the harvest and refresh themselves after the fatigues of the work. Today the work is completely mechanized but we thank God for the abundance of the harvest with the same party!