Holidays & Tours

Workshops and Tours from Olivaverde

Olivaverde as well as offering fine extra virgin olive oil and pasta from Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean region, now also offers olive oil and wine appreciation tours, cookery courses and culinary holidays in four very different regions of Italy.

As part of our love for fine olive oil and pasta we wished to offer our clients the opportunity of visiting our Italian friends in Italy who produce all these wonderful products. This would allow them to experience first hand the hospitality, knowledge and love of olive oils, wines and pasta that all the Italian artisans are famous for.

Based in Le Marche in eastern Italy we can offer a wide selection of olive oil and wine appreciation tours both in central Le Marche, mainly in the Senigallia area on the Adriatic coast and also in the southern provinces of Le Marche where we are based.

The other regions in which we offer holidays, courses and tours are Umbria, Sicily and Tuscany, where we can offer a wide selection of different holidays and tours ranging from a single day at a olive oil or wine producer to a week visiting producers and attending courses offered by both Italian and other talented cooks in wonderful surroundings.

All of Olivaverde’s partners in Italy have many years of experience in offering the outstanding and memorable tours and visits in their particular part of Italy and we are pleased to working closely in conjunction with them to offer these wonderful holidays to our clients.

For more details of our range of tours, holidays and courses please do contact us at Olivaverde in Italy or the UK at

Olive Oil and Wine Appreciation Tours in Le Marche

Olivaverde is based in the beautiful region of Le Marche in eastern Italy and in the southernmost province of Ascoli Piceno.

Over many years of working in Le Marche I have made many good friends and colleagues and now we offer both food, wine and olive oil appreciation tours and holidays of high quality in southern and central Le Marche.

The tours range from a one day in duration with lunch to up to a week in length visiting the two different areas of Le Marche we cover, and they are all organised and overseen by talented local Italians who are fluent in English. They are passionate about this beautiful region of Italy and have an in depth knowledge of the areas in which they live and work. They help bring alive both the produce and history of their particular area of Le Marche and enjoy sharing their knowledge with visitors and students who are from outside of the region.

The tours and holidays on offer by the Olivaverde team are mostly in and around the villages of Monterubbiano, Carassai and Campofilone in the south of the region and the resort of Senigallia and villages of Ronticelli and Corinaldo in central Le Marche.
Visits to small olive oil producers include visiting their olive groves as well as the mills where the oil is produced and tastings of the oils where they are pressed and made.
There is also the opportunity to attend tastings which will be run by professional olive oil tasters and where many of the local olive oils will be available to try.

Visits to producers of olive oil made by organic methods as well as biodynamic oils will be available in a select few of the tours and holidays, and we hope to increase the number available over the coming years.

In the case of the wine tours and tastings, both the local white and red wines will be available to sample as well as visits to the vineyards and the producers. The white wine of the Le Marche region which is most widely known is Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and these high quality white wines are produced around the area of Castelli di Jesi and Matelica. The wines are noted for light green appearance from which they derive their name and their high acidity and a characteristic almond flavour and are now widely available in the UK and Ireland.

But Le Marche is not known as a region of Italy which produces good red wine, but in fact there are many fine red wines available, including Rosso Conero, Rosso Piceno and the wonderful Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.

Visits to the producers of all these notable wines as well as many other fine wines produced in Le Marche are available on the tours offered by Olivaverde in Le Marche.

Tours and Accommodation in Umbria

Agricola Faena in Umbria

In Umbria Olivaverde can offer two wonderful venues for both olive oil, wine tours and accompanying appreciation holidays. Both venues are in central Umbria and located not too far from the beautiful cites of Perugia and Todi.

The first of these is a large estate producing both olive oil and wine, but also having several luxury apartments and rooms available for both holiday lettings and longer stays. There is a small restaurant area and also a large industrial kitchen area where cookery courses are held. Our olive oil appreciation classes are also held in the large canteen as well on the large terrace overlooking the Umbrian countryside.

Olivaverde can offer food, wine and olive oil appreciation holidays at this wonderful venue, deep in the beautiful green Umbrian countryside and are very pleased to be in cooperation with this world class estate.

Agricola Faena set in the beautiful Umbrian countryside has been since 1700 the property of the family of the Count Faina di Civitella dè Conti, it is currently managed by the brothers Sebastiano and Alessandro Faina, and covers an area in San Venanzo, Monte Castello di Vibio and Fratta Todina, in Umbria.

At the centre of the farm stands the historical Castello di Collelungo estate, this is also the property of the Faina Family. The farm is just over 400 hectares, 50 hectares of which are used for the finest quality olive oil production. The remainder of the land is given over to vines, walnut groves and some arable land.

Tenuta di Saragano in Umbria

Tenuta di Saragano is a wonderful estate located between Todi and Montefalco in Umbria.

The estate is in the heart of Umbria’s olive oil area and is also a great tourist region with the olive oil museum at the hilltop village of Trevi, the vineyards of Montefalco and the basilica of Assisi all within a 30 minute drive. This area of Umbria is renowned for producing wonderful sweet and fruity extra virgin olive oils and the oil produced at the Tenuta di Saragano is among the best available to the general public.

The Count Pongelli family have owned the estate since the 14th century and the production of first class olive oil has been maintained throughout that time. The olive groves are planted with the usual triumverate of Frantoio, Leccino and Moraiolo olive varieties found in Umbria and the Frantoio variety dominates in the extra virgin olive oil making up just over 50% of the blend. These varieties blended together give the olive oils from this part of Umbria their special distinct flavour and colour. The groves have been cultivated since the 14th century and have always been free of the use of chemicals and additives and that is still the case today.  Olives are harvested from end of October through to December and are processed with traditional millstones and a sinolea machine, which cuts the paste with 5,000 tiny stainless steel knives.  This process extracts 60% of the oil from the paste.  The oil is bottled unfiltered and the sediment is allow to drop out of the liquid naturally.

The magnificent villa offers guests 12 wonderful bedrooms with antique furniture, four poster beds and two suites with fireplace and provides the perfect romantic getaway, a wonderful venue to celebrate a special anniversary or family party, or a place to relax and unwind from the stresses of life in beautiful surroundings where nature and history are embraced. Not only that La Ghirlanda has been awarded the very prestigious title "Best Agriturismo in Italy 2010" in DOVE magazine, the number 1 Italian magazine for travelling and accommodation in Italy. Where else better to receive such acclaim, who knows Italy better than Italians! 

The lovely intimate restaurant produces typical Umbrian cuisine and rich breakfast buffet. The villa offers also mountain-bikes, horse riding, swimming-pool with panoramic view and an exquisite service that encourages relaxation and peace, allowing guests to discover the charm of a countryside life.