Villa Marae Olive Oil Harvest Experience
One of our absolute favourite times of the year is olive oil season! This is by far one of the most Tuscan experiences you can imagine! I personally love it. This is a time when staff, locals and guests come together to join in the harvest. Work in the shade of the majestic trees and join in lunches cooked in the grove and dinners prepared by local nonna’s and our chefs for a truly authentic Tuscan feast!
With plenty of time worked in to enjoy the pool and grounds, visit the local towns and a day for wine tasting, this could be the absolute best Tuscan experience available.
Take a break from the day with a wine tasting from a local vineyard or a cooking class with Nonna’s. Its not the main focus of the week, but you are on holiday as well after all! These are small breaks and are intertwined with the meals for the day which are all Tuscan. It’s a lot of fun and extremely rewarding, PLUS you can take the recipes home!
Perfect for Groups & Couples
Make new friends or book for a group. Up to 12 people may come in one group with a minimum of 8 people. For individual/couple bookings/up to 7, please use the enquiry form at the bottom of the page. For groups of 8 or more (or smaller private), please contact us directly here. GROUPS/PRIVATE
Do I/we need Experience?
Absolutely not! We provide all the instruction you need. Remember this is to give you an expereience to remember. This experience is Prosecco and Tuscan food fueled. All you need to bring is a willingness to learn and be part of our yearly tradition as the Tuscans do.
Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring some older clothes to use while in the grove. Sturdy foot wear with good anckle support is also advised. If you do not have any, we can order some for you. Everything else is included 🙂
Can I come alone?
Sure! Most people come as couples OR as a double (ie family or friends) however, you are more than welcome to come by yourself. You will make lots of friends and have a wonderful time. Just drop us an email to ask about pricing.
Will we have time to tour local towns?
Absolutely! In fact we include tours of two local towns in the week and you have a free afternoon to visit other places that we can help you plan.
Does this include transfers to/from Airport.
We provide transport from Pisa airport and back to pisa airport leaving at 3pm on arrival day, and departing the villa at 10:30am arriving at the airport about 11:15am. We can organise transport to you outside these times for an extra transfer fee.
Do we get to try the oil & take some home!
OF COURSE! Not only will you try the oil, you will be trying and dining with the oil we harvest that day, every day! We have our own press, so it will not get any fresher. Literally from tree, to press to plate….. the same day! And every person who come takes olive oil home with them.
What can you expect at the experience.
- A tour of the olive grove and Frantoio (olive processing to oil)
- Lessons on cultivation
- All meals included including drinks.
- Lunches with everyone in the grove
- All meals cooked/prepared by Nonne or private chefs
- Basic Italian lessons
- Cooking class with Nonne
- BBQ & firepit evenings for sampling the olive oil same day as pressed (NOTHING like it)
- Time to explore local towns
- Tour of Lucca (or Florence/Pisa/Volterra depending on group choice and weather)
- Hands on experience in the grove and olive oil to take with you home from the oil produced from olives you pick!
- First chance to come back the next year or the following.
This is an amazing week to be at the villa and we are making sure it is also a luxurious holiday. Time with old friends and new. Life changing and making, the pureness of the olive oil season in Tuscany.
See you in the grove!
2021 prices (October/November)
€1635 euro /person ($1950 USD / Person) based on double occupancy.
- 16th October to 23 October – Available
- 23 October to 30th October – Limited Availability
- 30th October to 6th November – Available
- 6th November to 13th November – 2 spaces
- 13th November to 20th November – For groups only