Feeling burnt out by our fast-paced, always-on hyper-connected world? Time to unplug and get back to the land. And there’s no better place to do that than Umbria, the green heartland of Italy, tucked away just south of Tuscany. On this eight-day slice of rural life, you’ll hang out on the grounds of a converted farmhouse, soaking in the pleasures of a simpler time like helping out around the farm, feeding the livestock, and making pasta. But don’t worry; you’re not just living on the farm – you can hike into the hills, go for a swim, explore the nearby towns of Gubbio and Assisi, or do absolutely nothing at all. Work: optional. Fun: mandatory.
Experience life on a farm, Assist with pasta-making, Enjoy a day trip to the medieval town of Gubbio, Visit the Basilica of St Francis, Experience local Umbrian dishes.
Days : 8
Price : From AED 6,656*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 3 - Average
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Travel by private van to the converted farmhouse, located in scenic Umbria. Travel the rolling hills to reach the working sustainable farm and settle in. Included Activities: Property Orientation Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 200km)
Each morning, check the board for the list of activities available. From feeding the animals to picking fruits and veggies from the farm to assisting with the pasta-making, there's never a dull moment. Opt to take part in the yoga or pilates class, or settle in with a good book by the pool. During the week, our hosts can help organize group activities like hikes to a lake for swimming or to the top of the mountain nearby for a bit of a work out.
Head out to nearby Assisi to visit the Basilica of St Francis and its famous frescos. Enjoy exploring the town and searching out a local place for lunch before travelling back to the farmhouse for another evening in paradise. Included Activities: Basilica of St Francis of Assisi Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 50km) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 50km)
Spend a day exploring on the farm and helping out as desired. Opt to stretch your legs on a hike or read by the pool.
Head out to the nearby medieval town of Gubbio for a day trip. Venture off into this tiny town on your own and opt to visit some of the sights like the Roman theatre, and Duomo. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 30km) Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 30km)
Enjoy your final day on the farm, before indulging in a final dinner prepared with fresh ingredients prepared by the farmhouse’s cook, Daniela. We don’t want to spill all the secrets, but be sure to bring your appetite.
We highly recommend booking post-tour accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Narni Town Visit Departure Day Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 200km)
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We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
For the duration of the tour we stay at a restored, self-sustaining farmhouse surrounded by 40 hectares of forest and olive groves. Originally built in the 15th century as a watch-tower for a nearby Monestevole castle, this property developed into a home that housed farmer's families over the coming centuries. Today, the grounds have been beautifully restored but maintains its rustic authenticity, making it the ideal home base for those looking to explore Umbria. Guests are invited to enjoy the benefits of an eco-friendly living, and plant a tree onsite to offset their carbon footprint. Located about a 40 minute drive from the charming neighbouring town of Umbertide, the farmhouse is situated on a hill top, boasting incredible views of the rolling green hills the region is known for. With a nearby lake for swimming, there are various walks and hikes available from the property. This 40 hectare farm works to be as self-sufficient as possible by growing their own organic produce, and running the farm on renewable energy sources. Natural tooth paste and shampoo produced on the farm will be available for use. Umbria is the greenest region of Italy. Local crops include olive oil, wine, sunflowers, and spelt. The region is famous for its truffles, pork meat and wild boar. During your stay you will have the pleasure to eat traditional meals made with seasonal ingredients, family style. Meals will incorporate a variety of products made on the farm, such as oil, wine, meats, pasta, milk, cheese, and organic produce. The hosts of the property have created a space for you to feel at home in. Participation in activities around the farm such as feeding the animals, lending a hand in the garden, and assisting with meal preparation are not obligatory, but are highly recommended to help immerse you in the laid back lifestyle of a local Umbrian. Travellers are asked to assist with dish washing after meals, and use the laundry facilities on site for personal laundry. With an aim to conserve as much as possible, bed sheets will not be changed during your stay. PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to share a room with your travelling companion, please make sure you book together. If you are unable to book at the same time as your travelling companion, please contact us directly as soon as possible so that we can check availability and, if possible, assign you to the correct room type.
In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
During your stay you will have the pleasure to eat traditional meals made with seasonal ingredients, family style. Meals will incorporate a variety of products made on the farm, such as oil, wine, meats, pasta, milk, cheese, and organic produce.
Transport on this trip will mostly be by private vehicle, and by local bus.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights