DAY 2 of 5 – Italy
Serre di Rapolano Montesperello di Magione – 66 km
A question strikes us the moment we wake up: did we explore every street in Serre di Rapolano last night? In the midst of so much beauty, we don’t want to miss a single sight. We decide to check and indeed we discover more squares, streets, and tiny wooden doors which we peek behind, eyes peeled for antique tools – which we just love.
We leave Serre di Rapolano in Tuscany and head to Montesperello di Magione, in the province of Perugia, Umbria.
In the middle of an area of untouched countryside, set in 42 hectars of land, 450 metres above sea level, we discover Cantico della Natura. An ecohotel and spa serving local organic food in its restaurant (referred to as an agriturismo in Italian), this romantic spot is the ideal place to bring your soulmate.
We meet Francesco, the manager and owner, who tells us that the stone farmhouse dates back to the 17th century. He had it carefully restored, maintaining a close harmony between the building and the pristine, centuries-old olive grove that encircles it.
It’s striking how the farmhouse is surrounded by nature, and we too are absorbed into its fold.
Once you get to Cantico della Natura, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing stay with your soul mate – there’s no need to leave for anything!
You can spend the day in the swimming pool enjoying the incredible views onto Lake Trasimeno, pamper yourself in the welcoming and private wellness centre, or take a stroll on one of the walking tracks laid out by Francesco. Find inner peace with a meditation class, take care of your spiritual wellness through classes in the woods, or look after your body with a fitness class – in the ancient olive grove.
Cantico della Natura is set in 42 hectars of land – all yours to explore as a guest. The grounds are carefully looked after and there are a host of activities to take part in.
There’s even a walking track where couples can plant a tree and affix a wooden plaque with a romantic message inscribed on it.
There’s no shortage of relaxation areas, filled with gazebos, hammocks and wooden benches.
Francesco says that this place has its own energy – and we are certainly feeling it.
After a delicious lunch in the beautifully furnished, stone-built restaurant, filled with interesting objects and antique books, we continue our explorations. We spot a precipitous looking stepladder which carves out a path between huge rosemary bushes. What a wonderful smell! We climb up and find ourselves in a small wood, where we find – to our surprise – a fresh water spring.
There are walking tracks everywhere we turn. Which way should we go?
Every so often we see what Francesco calls an ‘insect hotel’ on a tree. Small constructions made out of wood and straw, they make the perfect habitat for lots of different insects. We think it’s a great idea and a good way to teach children about how insects live.
The name Cantico della Natura (the melody of nature) is very fitting. Here, you don’t just see nature – you feel it, breathe it, and live it.
The farmhouse has 12 incredibly romantic guest rooms. Each one is furnished differently and with great care, and named after a different month of the year. There’s a different bathtub in every room – very interesting pieces of different shapes and sizes. In one room, there’s even a private restaurant. Could you imagine anything more romantic?
We’re staying in a suite that has been built in the heart of the ancient olive grove. Beautifully furnished with antique furnishings from the 19th century, the atmosphere is incredible.
The sun is setting, and there’s no better place to admire the sunset over Lake Trasimeno than from the top of a hill.
The path to the summit is clearly marked, and we make our way through several wooded groves to get there. The sun’s rays shine through the trees, creating a rather surreal effect. It’s almost like the light from a lighthouse shining through and illuminating the undergrowth.
It’s a 15 minute walk to the top of the hill. But from the summit we see mother nature in all her glory.
We sit down and watch the sun sinking behind the lake and the hills that lie beyond it.
We dine beneath the stars: truffle tortelli in a vegetable carbonara sauce, prime rib with truffles, millefeuille with Chantilly cream and forest fruits, and a cream tart with fruit.