Hire a Chef
A Rocca di Benano rental includes a family-style welcome dinner that Simona serves on the day a group checks into the villa. This fresh taste can just leave people wanting more, and many guests hire her to return later in the week, choosing from a completely different menu of regional specialties and classic dishes.
Experience Small-Town Italy
Every year, many Italians leave their city homes and return to their family’s villages for a traditional festival or sagra. A sagra is a quaint, homey celebration of a town’s favored crop or dish. During sagra season (basically the warmer months), keen-eyed guests will spy posters in the small towns and villages that announce various sagras — gnocchi, asparagus, potatoes, pasta with wild boar sauce, chestnuts, truffles, olive oil, etc. A sagra visit is a very accessible way to experience small-town Italy at its best. On Rocca di Benano’s Pinterest site, under the “special events” boards, you’ll find a sample of the sagras in our area.
Custom Walking Tours Overview
Make the most of special sites in the area
Our favorite tour guide, Emanuela, is a public school teacher who speaks perfect English. When she’s not in the classroom, she leads walking tours of the most special sites in our area. She takes groups on tours of sites all over our region, such as:
- Orvieto, including its spectacular cathedral (Duomo), the ancient city’s vast warren of underground caves, its wells, a newly opened, thoroughly excavated labyrinth, and lots of shops featuring beautiful handmade items
- The Renaissance gardens at Villa Lante, Palazzo Farnese, and Bomarzo
- Off-the-beaten path gems like Civita di Bagnoregio, Narni (which has its own unique underground), Montefalco (which features Sagrantino wine), and Bevagna
- Etruscan sites that dot the region
Artisanal Cheeses Overview
Everything Tastes Better in Italy, Especially Cheese
Our region is filled with places to buy wonderful homemade cheeses, especially those made with sheep’s milk, like fresh or aged Tuscan pecorino and ricotta, including one of our favorites, the salty ricotta salata. With a little advance planning, the proprietors will show you how their cheeses are made. Most will seal their cheese for you on the spot so that you can bring it home and get it through customs. We will gladly steer you to the best cheese shops and cheese-making tours in the area around Benano and, if you prefer, guides who can take you there.
Winery visits and tours Overview
Explore Some of the Best Wine and most Beutiful Wineries in the World
It’s easy to include a stop at any number of beautiful wineries in Tuscany and Umbria. The highly acclaimed Palazzone Winery is just 10 minutes from Benano, and 10 minutes farther, you can visit Cantina Neri and get a gorgeous view of Benano. There are plenty of well-known wineries in Tuscany such as Banfi that welcome drop-ins. True wine connoisseurs will delight in finding lesser-known wineries and perhaps tasting new-to-them varieties. We can point you to guides who can help you pursue your particular interest.