Olive Picking

“Picking olives on slopes flooded by warm autumn sunshine must be the perfect answer to escaping the dank miseries of a northern November. In small groups we surround each tree with nets, then comb through the silky leaves, enjoying the sound of plump olives dropping around us – happy chatter and laughter abound.”

2016 Dates & Prices



16-20 November


Come by yourself or with a group of friends. Fontana Serena Harvest Holidays run for 5+ days, from £460 (€575) per person, with all accommodation, meals and excursions included.


Please Note: The single supplement for the above holiday is €250.

The above prices are based upon double occupancy in a luxury double or twin room.

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The annual olive harvest is, without any shadow of doubt, the most important event in the Mediterranean agricultural calendar – and it has been for thousands and thousands of years. The fruit and its oil have been used not only for food and cooking, but also for lighting, ointments and even religious rituals.

It’s rewarding work, and the idea of a morning spent picking olives on gentle slopes flooded with warming autumn sunshine must be the perfect antidote to the dank miseries of a northern November. Then comes a tasty lunch with crisp local wines, while we enjoy the panoramic view of rolling countryside and hilltop villages. Afterwards, an afternoon delighting in local places of interest and spectacular scenery, learning about the special qualities of Umbrian olive oil. Finally, we are readyfor a delicious gourmet dinner with drinks.

Taking home a bottle of the oil completes your unforgettable, yet eminently repeatable Umbrian Olive Harvesting Experience!

An example 5-day all inclusive Holiday Schedule
Day 1 Arrive at Casa Fontana or La Serena & enjoy a welcome drink with your hosts. After an introduction to your holiday activities, relax with your group, ready for a traditional Italian 3-course dinner at La Serena, watching Chef Derek at work!
Day 2 Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast, followed by a short briefing on olive-picking techniques. After a morning of olive-picking, chatting & laughter, delight in a tasty rustic lunch alfresco. Take a scenic driving tour to Lake Trasimeno and its beautiful surroundings. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3

After breakfast, more fun harvesting olives. For lunch, enjoy a local cheese, meats & olive oil tasting, followed by a wine-tour to local cantine (wine cellars). A Light dinner at a local Trattoria or Pizzeria.

Day 4

After breakfast, back to the olives! After lunch, a visit to an Olive mill and/or an Olive Oil museum, plus other local sights! Dinner is a gourmet 3-course feast at La Serena.

Day 5

After a leisurely breakfast, say reluctant goodbyes and head for home. If you are continuing your holiday in Italy, your hosts will help you with ideas, transport and other information.


Please Note: Activities are subject to change according to the group's desires, availability and season.

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