Marche
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3 days
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Ita-Eng+
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2+
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Weekend in Recanati to discover saffron!

Come and spend a weekend in Recanati in the hills of Le Marche region to immerse yourself in the world of saffron. In Recanati, a village full of stories to tell. During this holiday in the Marche region, you will meet Andrea, a young and versatile farmer and discover with him the cultivation of saffron.

You will visit Recanati, which is not only the birthplace of poet Giacomo Leopardi, but has many other stories to tell.

Private Tour: 2 people – duration 3 days / 2 nights

Price per person: € 210

  Customise this tour directly with the local Expert who organises weekend in Recanati.

Where Recanati, Le Marche
When All year round
Tour itinerary includes Nature, Culture, Food & Wine, History, Unique encounters
Important information
  • From mid-October to mid-November you will take part in the saffron harvest.
  • At other times of the year, the saffron harvesting experience will be transformed into a sensory and culinary experience! A short cookery course where you will discover all the secrets of this amazing spice.
Not included Transport to and from the destination
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Day 1: Recanati

Arrival at the hotel in the early afternoon. After taking possession of your room and arranging your belongings, you set off without delay for the town of Recanati!

Your first afternoon in Recanati begins at the Orto de L’infinito, where you will meet Gaia, your guide. This is the place that inspired Giacomo Leopardi’s famous poem. The tour inside the garden is enriched by an evocative multimedia introduction that will immerse you in the atmosphere of the place, before going out into the open air, in the garden, and enjoying the panorama that opens up to the “Monti Azzurri”.

At the end of the visit, Gaia will take you through the town, telling you anecdotes and curiosities about the places and monuments encountered along the way to the Torre Civica.

The route continues to discover some of Leopardi’s places, but not before climbing to the top to enjoy a splendid view of the city from above!

The guided walk with Gaia ends in front of Casa Leopardi. Dinner on your own.

Visited: Recanati
Included: Guided tour of Recanati, entrance and visit to L’infinito Garden, accommodation in B&B with breakfast


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Day 2: Discovering saffron in the Marche region

The alarm clock goes off early this morning! After an excellent breakfast prepared by Edoardo and Beatrice, we set off for Andrea’s farm, a short distance from the B&B.

Here you will immerse yourself in the world of saffron, dedicating yourself to harvesting and skimming to extract the red gold! Here is your half-day to discover saffron:

1. It starts early in the morning!

Meeting at Andrea’s house early in the morning. After a greeting and a welcome coffee, everyone moves to the saffron field to discover the saffron plant and pick the flowers! Everyone will be assigned a row and, with Andrea’s explanations and under his watchful eye, the harvest begins!

2. The processing

Once the baskets have been filled, we move into the house to experiment with the activity of trimming, which involves extracting the red saffron stigmas from the flowers. This manual work becomes an opportunity to rediscover direct contact with nature and the local area, a moment of meeting and sharing.

Each person will be assigned a quantity of flowers and will proceed to collect the stigmas. Once all the red gold has been extracted from the flowers, it’s time to dry them!

3. It’s time for a little break… let’s eat!

While the stigmas are being dried in a tray, after so much activity, it’s time to enjoy a snack of saffron jam made at the farm. Your taste buds enjoy the moment and Mamma Mirella will talk to you about the culinary uses of saffron, offering advice and recipes from a real Expert!

After the meeting with Andrea, lunch is on your own.

In the mid-afternoon, to round off the day, we take you to visit the museum of emigration from the Marche region. An interactive museum that will immerse you in the phenomenon of emigration from the Marches, which is so closely linked to the history of rural civilisation in the recent past of our region and of Italy as a whole.

Beyond the harvest period

On the other hand, if you want to come and discover saffron far from the harvesting period (October and November), the morning will be dedicated to saffron uses in the kitchen!

Andrea and his mother Mirella will talk to you about the different ways of using saffron and you will try your hand at preparing some dishes from the famous risotto “al salto” rice and delicious sweets. The morning will end at the table with your own saffron lunch!

And the experience doesn’t end here: you’ll take a small booklet of recipes with you as a souvenir, so you can share those dishes with your friends and family!

Visited: Recanati
Included: Saffron harvesting experience (October and November) or cookery lesson and lunch (in different periods)


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Day 3: Goodbye in Le Marche

There is still time for some sightseeing around Recanati! Let yourself be inspired by our suggestions to organise visits on your own before returning home, or contact us to enrich your day with other activities!

Visited: Recanati
Included: Breakfast

 

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What’s included:
Accommodation facility (2 nights) with B&B treatment (breakfast included)
Guided tour of Recanati
Entrance to the “Orto de L’Infinito”
Saffron harvest & production experience or the cooking class (if your visit falls in a period when the harvesting of flowers is not going on)
Saffron jar (or a small book of saffron recipes if your visit falls in a period when the harvesting of flowers is not going on)
What’s not included: 
Transportation from and from the destination & transportation inside the destination
Unique ticket for all Recanati museums (9,5 € per person)
Anything not included under “what’s included” section of this weekend in Recanati

 

Price per person: € 210min. 2 people


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Payments: 100% at the time of booking

Cancellation policy: 

  • 30% fee if the cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to departure
  • 100% fee if the cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to departure

We recommend to subscribe an insurance policy that covers any penalties in case of cancellation of your weekend in Recanati. Read the Terms and Conditions of Italia Delight (art. 11).

What’s included:

  • Accommodation facility (2 nights) with B&B treatment – breakfast included
  • Guided tour of Recanati
  • Entrance to the “Orto de L’Infinito”
  • Saffron harvest & production experience or the cooking class (if your visit falls in a period when the harvesting of flowers is not going on)
  • Saffron jar or a small book of saffron recipes (if your visit falls in a period when the harvesting of flowers is not going on)

What’s not included:

  • Transportation from and from the destination & transportation inside the destination
  • Unique ticket for all Recanati museums (9,5 € per person)
  • Anything not included under “what’s included” section

Giorgio

We are Giorgio and Giovanni, born to help you discover the territory of the Marches starting from the element that most characterises each place, the land, and from the human activity that is most closely linked to and best describes each territory, agriculture.

We collaborate with farm holiday structures located in a rural context because we are convinced that this is the best point of view from which to discover these places.

Travelling or living an experience with us means being involved and moved by contact with an authentic land rich in flavours, knowledge, people and unique landscapes.

All our proposals are adaptable to your needs and we are here to plan YOUR trip to Le Marche.

Price per person: € 210 – min. 2 people

To send a trip enquiry, contact the local Expert who organises this trip.

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