Truffle hunting, sipping Vin Santo, trying Pecorino and Ricotta cheese, wine tasting and cooking classes are all part of the gourmet experience of a holiday in Umbria. Bring your walking shoes and follow an experienced guide hiking through the beautiful countryside of Umbria or hire a mountain bike and let the guide take you on an unforgettable cycling holiday in Umbria.
Truffle Hunting Excursion (www.tartufibianconi.it)
Afternoon excursion truffle hunting near Cittá di Castello including tasting different truffles, explanation of their use in Italian cooking and preparation of various dishes, followed by a dinner based on truffles at the Fattoria, returning to La Preghiera afterwards. Includes private car transfer to and from Cittá di Castello.
Pecorino Cheese Farm Visit - Monday or Thursday
Walking trip (15 minutes), to see how Pecorino cheese is made at a local farm. Follow the process from sheep grazing in the fields, through to milking down to the farm where you can watch Pecorino and Ricotta cheeses being made. Tasting afterwards with chance to purchase the cheese direct from the farm.
Vin Santo tasting and museum visit (www.vinsantolasoffitta.it)
Experience a typical rustic house on the borders of Umbria, which still uses ancient traditions to cultivate and produce honey, marmalades and the delicious Vin Santo. Learn the process of drying the grapes to make this special fortified wine, visit the museum and sample homemade cakes, jams and Vin Santo in the kitchens of the house. A true step back in time…
Hiking or Cycling Tours
Discover the incredible countryside of Umbria: flowers, trees, wildlife and geology with a hiking or cycling tour. Accompanied by professional English speaking guides who love to share their expert knowledge of the history, traditions, art, nature and food of this area of Umbria.
Or we can arrange bicycle hire together with a detailed itinerary for guests wishing to explore for themselves.
There are several itineraries along the valley bottom or up the hills, to suit all ages and levels of fitness, with a chance to stop for a beer or a cappuccino!
Horseriding in Umbria
Go trekking through the surrounding countryside (always accompanied by a guide).
Lessons are always available at the Equestrian centre 10 minutes away from La Preghiera in San Pietro a Monte.
The eco-friendly swimming pool at La Preghiera is available for guests use throughout the day...
Croquet can be set up on the lawn at La Preghiera and guests are welcome to use this as much as they like.
There is a billiard room available for guests to use on the first floor of La Preghiera.
Library and board games
Also in the billiard room is a mezzanine library with a wide selection of books and board games for guests to enjoy.
Guests are welcome to take one of our vintage bicycles for a gentle ride through the valley...