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estate » staying » things to do THINGS TO DO Umbria and Tuscany epitomise the attractions of Italy: beautiful countryside reminiscent of landscapes in Renaissance paintings, medieval hill-top towns, wonderful art galleries, museums and architecture, not to mention delicious food and wine.

Within an hour's drive of the Estate are such towns as Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Gubbio, Perugia and Siena and many other smaller sights to explore. The two regions abound with open-air concerts and operas during the long summer season and each town has its own little festivals.

Reschio farmhouses are sanctuaries hidden from the outside world where it is possible to see no one and do nothing for week upon blissful week. But they are also part of a thriving, working estate with its stables, its winery, olive groves, clay pigeon shoots, tennis courts and private Osteria and Bottega.

Count Antonio's horses can be hired for a private riding lesson or a morning hack through the quiet hills. Our chefs can drive to the farmsteads for a one-to-one pasta-making lesson and one of our resident wine experts can host tastings in the Castello's winery. Days can be spent truffle and mushroom hunting or foraging for other delicacies such as wild asparagus. Tennis can be played on the estate courts while Florentine linen throws or fresh seasonal vegetables can be bought from the Bottega.

The estate office has an unrivalled local knowledge and can arrange anything from mountain biking, painting classes, art history excursions to private tours of Chianti vineyards or the many ancient hilltop towns of Umbria and Tuscany.