Excursions & Activities
Hilly position of L’antico forziere favours pleasant walks all along the surrounding valley through woods, ancient farmhouses and fields of wheat and other products linked to Umbria’s tradiction. To spend beautiful open-air days our guests can hire mountain bikes. You can cover the most beautiful tracks of Umbria’s country or also visit panoramic views and the most famous historical monuments of our towns. On request is also possibile to have a guide for all excursions or ride a horse among the hills or in local maneges.
If you love strong emotions in Valnerina you can descend along the torrents running through our mountains with rafting boat or hydrospeed.
Not so far from Terni, S.Valentine’s town, the Falls of Marmore are the main attraction in a wonderful natural landscape. Trasimeno Lake, between Umbria and Toscany, is a touristic destination where you can spend pleasent days on its characteristic islands.
Wine & Food Tours
For lovers of food and wine tours L’Antico Forziere is situated in a strategic position. It is between Torgiano, very famous for Lungarotti’s wine prodution where you can visit also the wine and oil museum, and Montefalco, worldwide area of production of “Sagrantino di Montefalco”. High quality oil makes our region proud and well known in the world and it is produced in many mills on the road for Spoleto and Spello you can visit on reservation.
We reccomend the Roads of Flavors in Umbria (Wine roads & Oil Roads) to discover our products and to make the entire Umbria region like a food & wine museum.
For the greedies of sweet we organize visits to the historical museum of Perugina where you can taste the most famous ialian chocolate.
Norcia, famous for cold cuts, mushrooms and black truffle, Castelluccio for lentils and Colfiorito for typical red potatoes, complete a tastes and tradiction tour.
Production and processing of cashmere is another excellence in our region. Most famous and important producer is absolutely Brunello Cucinelli in Solomeo (Perugia). For lovers of quality cashmere along the umbrian roads you can discover also a lot of outlet and shops like Luxury Cashmere in Ripabianca (Deruta). There are also Lamberto Losani in Magione, Chimar in Taverne di Corciano, Fabiana Filippi in Giano dell’Umbria, Zanieri and Ima Cashmere in Torgiano. There’s also a very famous outlet of the Caprai group Cruciani Cashmere close to Spoleto.
For the Children
Otherwise in 15 minutes you can go to the “Città della Domenica”, park inspired to the fairy tales in the countryside or in 50 minutes you can spend your time at the Activo Park in Scheggino. Umbria Hotels
Deruta and the ceramic arts
First artistic installations in Deruta surely were favoured by an easy availability of argil, raw material in ceramic processing. It was on derutians hills, where still was extracted in the early decades of past century, and on the surroundings, included the alluvial deposits of river Tevere exploited up to fifty years ago.
There are documents about the existence, since 1296, of the toponym “land of earthenware”along Tevere’s banks on the close territory of Torgiano. It’s been recently pointed out how in a wide zone within the middle tiberina valley, between Perugia and Todi. It’s possible to track down testimonies of convincing productions of bricks and tiles and terracottas, in ancient times.
Later the appropriate geographic position of Deruta, could have helped potters’ development out and the expansion of their commerce. Especially because of the closeness to important of through and fluvial roads, was favoured the commerce and the barter. So the city became, especially among XV and XVI centuries, an extraordinary phenomenon of “mono-economy” based on production of ceramic. This was confirmed also during the past century.
During the second half of XV century Deruta has been in the interest of some phenomenons that had a decisive influence on the development of ceramic. Deruta, and its master potters, was the centre of intense artistic and commercial movement. It emerged in particular a considerable phenomenon of immigration of potters, coming from many italian towns.
At the end of ‘800 after a small abandonment in ceramic arts there was an artistic and industrial restarting. It was characterized by an exhibition, with prizes organized by the City of Deruta’s in 1872.
The exhibition of antique ceramics of Deruta was the background for the contest. Probably it gave the start to the idea of building a city museum, nowadays still visible within the medieval centre overlooking the Tevere’s valley.