Olive Picking Olive Harvest
the adventure holiday in Umbria, Italy, to the border of Tuscany
Picking Olives in Italy for your own olive oil
Come to La Rogaia to pick olives for your own olive oil - guaranteed extravergine and organic. Learn about ancient agricultural traditions and enjoy a relaxing vacation. Take home extra virgin olive oil from Umbria, which is considered among the best of Italian olive oils.
Participate in the harvest
You can participate in the harvest as much or as little as you want. We start picking olives on Sunday morning and continue until Thursday evening or Friday noon. The olives are picked in teams of 3 – 5 persons per tree. Please consider that picking olives can be physically exhausting. Often it is necessary to climb up ladders to reach the upper branches. Hence we do not expect you to pick large quantities but hope that you will enjoy this way of intense contact with nature. We pick our olives only manually, not with machines. It takes longer to harvest a certain quantity of olives but thus the trees and the ears and nerves of the pickers are not damaged.
On the last day (Friday) the olives are pressed and the “fluid gold” is embottled to be taken home. Half of the olives you pick are yours and you can take home the oil pressed from them. Depending on the year, the weather during the week and how much time you spend picking this can be between 2 and 15 litres olive oil per person per week. For the pressing of the oil the oil mill will charge about EUR 1.80 per lt. oil.
During the oilve harvest we do not offer food but the group of pickers often prepares meals together in a common kitchen. Our apartments are well equipped for selfcatering, the next possibilities for shopping and restaurants are at the village of Castel Rigone at 4 km distance from La Rogaia. On the last evening we will invite the group of pickers for the traditional “rinfresco”, an informal dinner.
Max. number of participants: 15 persons
- EUR 240 per person per week with lodging in double room (shared bathroom for 3 - 4 persons)
- EUR 360 per person per week with lodging in single room (shared bathroom for 3 - 4 persons).
- EUR 340 per person per week with lodging in private apartment “La Pipo”, "La Grapo" or “I Cuccioli” with bathroom, kitchenette and private terrace (double occupancy).
- EUR 600 per person per week with lodging in private apartment "La Pipo", “La Grapo” or "I Cuccioli" with bathroom, kitchenette and private terrace (single occupancy).
Additional costs: For the pressing of the oil the oil mill will charge about EUR 1.80 per lt. oil.
Would you like to know more about the healing qualities of olive oil? Read Cal Orey's book at: www.calorey.com
Photos on this page by Peter von Felbert: www.felbert.de