The villa is built of Arctic pine using modern environmentally friendly building techniques. It is immersed in an organic olive grove. It has balconies at the front and back to enjoy the beautiful mountain (full Appennini range) and countryside views. Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof provide electricity and a burning stove keeps the ambient temperature up during the cooler months. The villa is virtually free from magnetic fields. Besides, you can opt for the fun Italian and hands-on 'Abruzzese' cooking sessions offered on-site. This will greatly enhance your holiday experience helping you interact and become familiar with the language and culinary richness of this region. Staying at the villa, you will have a relaxing and holiday with plenty of places to explore nearby. The grounds around the house can be explored and the back garden area there are table and chairs to eat alfresco. Hammocks hang in the trees around the house to take a siesta in the nature.
Relax and enjoy: Villa Fiorano will make an ideal base from where you can plan anything from a relaxing break on a sun-drenched beach to an exciting winter skiing holiday. Escape a stressful urban lifestyle, and unwind at any time of the year. Summer-time activities are abundant and popular. There are many village 'Sagre' (folk festivals) to be entertained and delighted by the rich cultural and historical heritage e.g. Festa Medievale in Penne with middle-ages costumes and jesting.
The house is on an organic olive grove that can be explored by guests, including picking fresh fruit from the trees surrounding the villa. The back garden area has hammocks, a table and chairs and an umbrella, to eat alfresco. To experience a typical abruzzese meal, barbecue for 'arrosticini' (local lamb kebabs) is provided.
Eating: The kitchen is fully equipped. You can eat in the house or in the garden, al fresco. However, for those who want to taste real Abruzzese cuisine, you have the opportunity to learn the art of making local specialities, including, of course, your own pasta. (See below for details).
Eating out - If you prefer to eat out, there is a very large selection of places in the area. On the opposite hill to the house (15 min walk) there's a family run restaurant (Il Casolare). There are also many 'agriturismo' to taste Abruzzese cuisine. You can find international cuisine in Pescara (including an Irish pub if you get desperate for a Guinness).
Cooking & Italian lessons: Cookery lessons. For the cookery lessons, Maria will be your personal Abruzzese cooking teacher, for a 'hands on' experience. Using seasonal, locally produced ingredients (including organic produce from the land around the house, hand picked by you) you are bound to have fun making regional specialities such as 'spaghetti alla chitarra', 'pizza con patate', 'frittata', etc. Fees to be negotiated depending on the number of sessions and the food requested.
Italian language lessons. The Italian language lessons are informal, friendly and tailored to your needs, tastes, language level, and schedule. Your teacher is a native speaker and she will negotiate all aspects of the course with you. Usually, beginners having lessons for 1 week will learn: greetings, basic exchanges, interacting at the bar and at the restaurant, shopping for food and for clothes. Lesson fees: assuming 5 people having 2 hour lessons for 5 days (10 hours in total): €50 each.
The log villa is in the hilly countryside of Abruzzo, nearby the towns of Loreto and Penne. The villa is situated on an organic single-estate olive grove offering beautiful views of the Appennini range. Enjoy sunset views of the Gran Sasso and Majella. Here's just a tiny sample of the things you can do in Abruzzo:
- Walk to Loreto (half an hour at a gentle stroll). You have the old town, the two museums (one dedicated to olive oil making), the weekly market and seasonal events.
- Visit other surrounding historical towns such as Penne (10 min drive).
- Go to the sandy Adriatic beaches, only 30 min drive away.
- Explore the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo (nature reserve), only 30 min drive.
- Visit the lake and the WWF oasis in Penne (10 min drive).
- Go shopping to Pescara, a paradise for shopaholics of all tastes and budgets(!), which is a 30 min drive.
- Visit Scanno (see the women in traditional black costumes) and its lake (1 hour drive).
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autumn low season
Nov 3 2013 - Dec 14 2013
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.