E-Bike and Mountain Bike rentals give our guests the possibility of biking through the marvellous natural landscape surrounding Borgo Petroro; the nearby “Strada del Sagrantino” leads to the discovery of local wine, since there are a great many wine cellars along the way. The area is always crowded with tourists from every corner of the world. They mostly come for Todi, known as the “most livable town in the world”, and protected by three different surrounding walls (Etrurian, Roman and Medieval), to ensure the safety of its uncountable treasures. However, many visitors come here to walk along the pilgrims’ ways, stopping at all the churches they meet along the road. While others decide to visit Perugia and Orvieto, timeless and beautiful cities steeped in history.
The many trekkers and hikers can take a break in Borgo Petroro, and spend a few hours in the elegant wellness area where they can be tempted by a sauna, Turkish bath, emotional shower or a Jacuzzi to enjoy a day of relaxation and well-being. The town’s old stables also face on to the inner courtyard – an intimate and welcoming area dedicated to local cheese, cured meat and wine tasting sessions. The Country House offers an opportunity to take part in a cooking course, organized by chef Oliver Glowig, which concentrates on the making of bread and pasta, taking advantage of the public oven where the castle dwellers used to bake their bread. Furthermore, the doors of Porgo Petroro are open to anyone who wants to have an aperitifbehind the walls or take a break at the cafè, enjoying some pizza or a bite from our platters.
Lovers of history and culture should definitely visit Todi. The city is deep in the Tiber valley, which means there is the chance of taking a 30-mile-long river tour through the area around Todi and Orvieto. Founded between the end of the 8th and the beginning of the 7th century b.C. and protected by the remains of three defensive walls (which are testimony to its 2500 years of life), Todi is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Umbria. In the breath-taking Piazza del Popolo, which has been the town centre since Roman Times, theCathedral of Ss. Annunziata, also known as Todi’s Dome, can be admired in what is definitely one of the most charming medieval squares in Italy. Three important buildings, dating from between the 11th and 12th century, keep the cathedral company as symbols of communal life: Palazzo del Popolo and Palazzo del Capitano, which host the Town Hall and the Civic Museum respectively. The latter exhibits antiques and findings of Etrurian, Roman and Medieval origin, such as sculptures, pottery and coins, and also Anita Garibaldi’s saddle; not forgetting Palazzo dei Priori, which is today the Municipal Court.
Jacopone da Todi, one of the greatest medieval poets, was born here and buried in the Church of San Fortunato. Its belfry offers a wonderful view over the whole Tiber valley, all the way down to Perugia (just 30 miles away). Todi has an interesting underground too a 3-mile-long itinerary made up of culverts and tunnels to visit 30 cisterns from the Roman, pre-Roman and medieval age.