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Olive Picking Holidays - The 2012 Directory  


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Italy offers a wide range of possibilities for olive picking holidays from luxury to volunteer options.

Olives are grown throughout much of Italy but particularly in Umbria, sometimes known as the 'silver sea' due to the effect of all those olive trees moving in the breeze! If you like Italian food (and can there be anyone who doesn't) this makes a great choice.  Read more about olive picking holidays in Italy.

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Casa Marrucina

Here it is up to you, do as much or as little olive picking as you fancy. You will be staying in a beautifully restored guest house - so stylish it has featured in 'Italia!' magazine. Olives are harvested traditionally using rakes and nets and at the end of the day you can relax by the open fire.

Le Marche

Casal dei Fichi

A gourmet olive picking break which includes a cookery lesson and a visit to an award winning local vineyard. A fully vegetarian option is also available here.


Colle Cesoni

Self drive and walking in Sabina - a lovely area just an hour from Rome. A programme of visits to farms to watch the olive harvest and then to oil mills and the olive oil museum will be arranged for you.



Olive picking weekends take place throughout November. You get the chance to pick olives, enjoy a barbecue in the grove, visit the mill, cook pasta, explore the local area and there is a choice of individual or dormitory accommodation.


La Cuccagna

La Cuccagna is a traditionally built farmhouse retreat and throughout November guests are invited to join in the fun harvesting olives from our grove of 600 ancient trees.  Choose which days of your stay you would like to come picking (when an alfresco picnic lunch will be provided) and enjoy a visit to the local frantoio to see your hard earned pickings turned into delicious extra extra virgin oil.  You will also get to take some oil home with you to share with family and friends.


Casa Rosa

Fancy making your own olive oil like a real Umbrian farmer? Casa Rosa is a traditional Italian farmhouse set in beautiful countryside near Assisi with a choice of four lovely self catering apartments to stay in.


Casa Fontana

Here you can select a chauffeured option - where alongside olive picking you will be able to explore hilltop towns and stunning countryside without the need for you to drive. Self drive also available.


La Volpe e l'Uva

A package of olive picking, excursions and cookery lessons. You will stay in an apartment set around a beautifully restored old farmhouse surrounded by olives and fruit trees.


Villa Pianciani

A volunteering holiday organised by BTCV, you will be helping to restore an extensive old olive grove surrounding the magnificent villa. You can work here for between one and four weeks. The holiday is based just outside Spoleto in Umbria.

Albergo del Chianti lies 25km from Siena and Florence, in the main square of Greve in Chianti (Tuscany).  In November you are welcome to join in the olive harvest here.

Contact info@albergodelchianti.it

Casolare Alberelli invites you to share the traditions of the olive harvest and Tuscan cuisine. From our olive grove you can see the Mediterranean and the island of Elba.

Contact info@alberelli.com

Spirit of Italy is organising Harvest Italia 2011. This boutique tour has been designed to co-incide with the olive harvest in Tuscany and you will have to opportunity to pick olives by hand.

Contact vicky@spiritofitalytours.com

Taste Le Marche allows you to create your ideal gourmet break.  This can include olive picking, pressing, tasting, preparing and preserving.

Contact info@tastelemarche.com

Taste Italy offers activity holidays at Casa Pietra in Abruzzo: options include running, cycling, tennis and skiing, with olive picking available from late October.

Contact info@tasteitaly.org.uk

Culture Discovery Vacations offer all inclusive cooking, food and wine breaks in Tuscany and Umbria, including a 'Let's Harvest Olives' option in November which includes hands on cooking and a visit to a thermal spa!

Contact info@culturediscovery.com

Stay in a Trullo in Puglia set in 2 acres of olives and fruit trees, it's the perfect place to relax and explore. If you're there in the Autumn you can help with the olive harvest or use it to inspire your photos and paintings.

Contact trullocaterina@me.com

Pian del Colombaio is a lovingly restored traditional farmhouse in Southern Tuscany where for a while you can live La Dolce Vita. Mornings are spent harvesting and then after lunch it's up to you: explore, relax ... enjoy.

Contact info@piandelcolombaio.com

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The mist is rising from the valley as we walk down to the olive grove.  In the distance the sound of the church bells rings out.  We spread the nets around the tree - keeping them close to the trunk to make sure the olives don't fall through and get lost onto the ground below!


 Ripe Olives

Ripe olives just waiting to be picked ... 


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