Collazzone and Umbria
cultura viva Farm & Guesthouse is beautifully perched on a hill top, a few minutes from the village of Collazzone. Located in the green heart of Italy, it is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of this historic land. Enjoy sunrise over the breathtaking wooded Umbria Valley with the hill town of San Terenziano and the Apennine Mountains to the horizon. Enjoy sunset on the Tiber Valley and its illuminated villages that spread for miles amongst traditionally cultivated lands.
Collazzone is a picturesque, authentic, small Umbrian village that has kept the essential features of the ancient military architecture, with medieval walls and towers. Stroll its narrow cobblestoned alleys, sip an espresso coffee or a spritz at the Church square caffé, savor a wood-fired pizza or a delicious home-made pasta at its family-run Trattoria. In other words, enjoy la dolce vita at its best!
What to do ?
Reconnect with nature.
One of the best things to do when in Collazzone is to explore its natural wonders and enjoy a slow lifestyle, there is no rush here. You can enjoy forest bathing in our organic olive grove or practice yoga in the quiet of our garden. You can learn about wild plants and organic gardening or you can explore marked nature trails by foot, mountain bike or by horse. After years of visiting we still love to “get lost” in the countryside, to discover secluded villages, frozen in time, and to find a bar or an osteria straight out of an old Italian movie and enjoy a drink, a bruschetta or a gelato.
Admire art through the centuries.Collazzone is strategically located for unforgettable short road trips. Within 30 min drive, you can reach Perugia and Assisi, Montecastello di Vibio with its “smallest theater in the world”, Todi and Bevagna with magnificent Romanesque churches, Montefalco with its elegant square and palaces. You can be transported back in Roman time as you visit the archaeological site of the ancient city of Carsulea. In about an hour, you can reach Lake Trasimeno with Castiglione del Lago, Passignano and Cortona to the North. Driving South, you will discover Orvieto, Cività di Bagnoreggio, Orte, Bomarzo and Villa Lante in Bagnaia. Driving East you will reach Spello, Spoleto and Norcia.
A growing number of food-obsessed tourists visit the region for its incredible cuisine. Towns and villages like Norcia, Orvieto and Montefalco are renowned for producing some of Italy’s best foods and wines. Above all else, Umbria has a reputation for producing some incredible cured meats, made from pork and wild boar. Its forests are also home to an incredible number of truffles. Pecorino cheeses from sheep, lentils and pulses are also produced locally. Umbria only represents around two percent of Italy’s olive oil, but it is held in high regard. The climate means the olives grow slowly and producers, like cultura viva, who pick the olives when they just start to ripen, strive to make a premium extra virgin olive oil that is rich in flavors and in healthy anti-oxidants.