Food and Wine
Meals, prepared according to traditional Umbrian recipes, include the following local farm products: truffle, saffron, sheep ricotta, local cheese, homemade pasta, Pianciano estate meat, wild or garden picked vegetables, wild asparagus, free-range chicken, homemade ice creams and cakes.
Wine tasting selection of white, red and sparkling wines from Umbria and Marche wineries.
Homemade pizza dinner, cooked in the traditional Villa Paradiso and Borgo wood ovens
a variety of sourdough pizzas, cooked in a medieval wood oven.
Cooking lessons with local cooks
Traditional Umbrian cuisine including homemade pasta (tagliatelle, lasagne, gnocchi), truffle dishes, wild game, stuffed pigeons, typical Umbrian cakes, ice creams, tiramisu.
assorted Valnerina cheeses with selection of Umbrian wines.
visits to the best wineries in Montefalco (20 km) with wine tastings.
Hunting for black truffle (summer, winter, “scorzone”) with expert hunter and truffle dogs (1/3 hrs). On request: cooking lessons with traditional truffle recipes.
Hunting for wild asparagus and edible wild plants
2/3 hrs excursions with wild plant expert hunting for wild asparagus, mushrooms and a variety of plants (chicory, raponzoli). On request: cooking lessons with wild plants.
Discover Umbria’s extraordinary cultural heritage within its marvellous art towns, museums and galleries, tracking unique paintings in remote churches, enjoying fairy tale atmospheres and exploring its 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
“The Longobards and Their Places of Power” (568-774 A.D.)
- Spoleto, Basilica S.Salvatore
- Campello, Tempietto del Clitunno
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1318 (both 10 min from Pianciano)
“Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works”
- Cascata delle Marmore e Valnerina, https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/2031/ (30 min from Pianciano)
“The Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites”
https:/ /whc.unesco.org/en/list/990 (30 min from Pianciano)
Day trips to magnificent art towns with expert guides
Distances from Pianciano :
- 15 min: Spoleto, Trevi, Fonti del Clitunno
- 30 min: Assisi, Foligno, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Valnerina
- 1 hr: Todi, Viterbo, Norcia, Cascia, Lago Trasimeno, Perugia
- 1 hr 30 min: Roma, Orvieto, Arezzo, San Sepolcro,
- 2 hrs: Firenze, Siena, San Gimignano, Camerino, Ascoli Piceno, Civita di Bagnoregio.
Assistance with reservations to cultural events in Umbria: Festival of the Two Worlds www.festivaldispoleto.it (Spoleto), Umbria Jazz (Perugia), Lirico Sperimentale (Spoleto), Festa Medievale delle Gaite (Bevagna), Giostra della Quintana (Foligno), Festa dei Ceri (Gubbio), Todi Festival (Todi). Ticket reservations, transfers, wining & dining.
The Pianciano estate is located within an unspoiled nature area, enlisted as a Community Importance Site (SIC). The area is suitable for easy walks, challenging hikes and mountain bike excursions. In every season, along the Spina Valley and the parallel Valnerina, it is possible to choose different trails and to discover un unscathed Umbrian landscape, rich in ancient trails, medieval ruins, small abandoned churches. It is easy to meet squirrels, hares, wild boars, porcupines, birds of prey, deer; sometimes wolves, wild cats, badgers.
National and Regional Parks
• Parco dei Monti Sibillini . Monte Vettore 2800 m. www.sibillini.net
• Parco di Colfiorito
• Parco del Nera e Cascate delle Marmore www.umbriaexperience.it
• Parco del Lago Trasimeno
• Parco del Monte Subasio
• Parco del Monte Cucco
Rafting and Canoe- Kayak
Along the charming Corno and Nera rivers, and in the Marmore Falls (30 min from Pianciano)
Horse riding, lessons, ponies. (30 min)
courts 15 min away
Available at Villa Paradiso and at the Borgo
Variety of jogging trails within the estate
Relax and Treatments
Massages and face-body treatments using farm olive oil, lavender and rosemary.
Bagni di Triponzo (20 mins), imposing and newly renovated thermal baths with ancient origins on the river Nera www.bagnitriponzo.it
Nun Assisi Spa Museum (30 mins), a modern luxury spa built above ancient Roman ruins www.nunassisi.com
XIX dance lessons
Waltz, polka, mazurka, quadrilles (min 8 people) dance lessons with qualified teacher. Tea dance event in historical palace, with original costumes. Traditional Italian dance lessons also available.
Classical music concerts, Italian opera singers.
Flower decoration lessons, with qualified teacher.
Organised shopping excursions for Italian cashmere/ceramics/Umbrian handwoven fabrics with personal shopper