***Special offer 11-18 September 2022***
One week Italian Cooking and Hiking in Tuscany at Torre del Tartufo
Cooking and hiking with Franco at Torre del Tartufo for 11-18 September 2022
Other than loving to cook, Franco’s biggest hobby is hiking and when he has a free day, he takes his wife Paola and his dog and goes hiking. As a result, he knows the area like the back of his hand.We have decided for the week of 11-18 September to invite you to join Franco to have fun cooking Italian with him as per the normal program but have added an additional two morning hike option at no extra charge. Franco will take you out on two of the mornings on a hike with him and Paola and his dog and you will end up having a picnic lunch in nature! He will adapt the hike depending on the group’s ability and the heat. So cool forests if it’s too hot and between 6 and 8 km or less depending on your stamina.
The hikes will leave from Torre del Tartufo and you will end up having a delicious Italian Picnic in a beautiful setting before heading back to the villa.
Tuscookany offers guided hikes for select weeks during the Italian cookery course at Casa Ombuto
For selected weeks at the Italian cookery course at Casa Ombuto we offer two morning hikes with a local guide in the Casentino valley
These hikes are given by professional english speaking guides and are E catergory hikes which means they are easy for persons who do some physical activity. The hikes are about 5 - 6 kilometers and its about 2 - 2.5 hours of walking each.
Casa Ombuto hikes
The first hike will be in the suroundings of Casa Ombuto from Quota to Raggiolo. This is on a pretty newly recovered trekking path discovering the two most beautiful villages on the Casentino side of Pratomagno between chestnuts, wild rivers and historical signs of the past human life on those mountains. In the summer the hike will take you to Camaldoli National Forest which was created by the monks 1000 years ago. It is truly an enchanted forest and you will also learn about the fauna and flora and edible treasures to be found in this spectacular and cool forest.
The second hike will be in the national park of Casentino www.parcoforestecasentinesi.it. It will take you on the Ring of La Verna sanctuary: around the most famous sacred San Francis forests of all the Apennines, preserved inside the Foreste Casentinesi national park (Unesco site) with centuries-old beeches, maples and stones.
Difficulty: Easy / Lenght: around 4km / Altitude gap: 120mt
- Cooking and hiking
- Profesional English speaking local guide
- We have hiking shoes available at villas - let us know your size!
- We have nordic walking sticks and rain ponchos available at the villas
More info about The National Park of Casentino
The landscape is characterised by sedimentary rock, predominantly sandstone intercalated with marl, which in Romagna frequently appears with characteristic stratified escarpments or with bare ridges. The structure of the South-East area of the park is different: here the distinctive feature of Mount La Verna rises up with its calcareous crags from a landscape of broad, rolling hills interrupted by badland erosions, revealing the presence of clay. From a naturalist viewpoint, the Park stands out as one of the most prized forest areas in Europe. At the heart of the park are the Foreste Demaniali Casentinesi [State Casentino forests], within which can be found the Riserva Naturale Integrale (Integral Nature Reserve) of Sasso Fratino, founded in 1959. The territory also has towns and villages rich in history and artistic and architectural heritage, which present themselves to the visitor in a wonderful natural frame, rich in flora and fauna, including the most important population of the Apennine wolf, as well as the exceptional presence of five species of ungulates (mammals with hooves): wild boar, roe deer, fallow deer, common deer, and mouflon (mountain sheep). Inside the park there are two points of great interest and spiritual importance: the Sanctuary of La Verna and the Hermitage of Camaldoli. This forest has also represented the only true wealth of this territory, since it provided wood of the best quality and thus gave the mountain people a means of living. The Park includes an area in which people have always lived and worked, and this is the reason for the presence of many ruins and abandoned villages within the park territory. As a result of the mass exodus that took place starting from the Second World War, the number of actual inhabitants of the Park has dwindled to about 1,500. The protected area can be visited by pleasant excursions on foot, mountain bike, horseback or, in winter, on cross-country skis along a path network of approximately 600 kilometres.