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 We want to enjoy your holiday at Olive Grove Farm .Here are some of the many activities available to you that will enhance your stay at Olive Grove Farm. Apart from the amenities at Olive Grove Farm (outside table tennis table, football machine, canoe, 3 bikes, darrs, badmington, board games, books library, extensive DVD library, hill walking....



Artist - Corridino Le Piane

Corridino is an extremely talented local artist (who comes to look after the house and pool for me) .  He has an MA in art. He is willing to paint a picture (any size) from a photograph you have taken. This can be something you have brought from home (i.e. your house) or a picture say of you during your stay at Olive Grove Farm. His prices are extremely reasonable (and a special discount for OGF guests) and you will not only have a good memory of your holiday but a good investment also. He prefers "landscapes" re "portraits"

Contact: Email:  corradinolepiane@yahoo.it  Tel: +39 338 4291612


Horse Riding – Giuseppe & Fiorella Pino

This a local riding school on a farm located at the back of IKEA – about 20 min. from OGF. The horses are safe, well trained and well cared for, and there are extensive grounds,  stunning scenery with many different paths to explore.  Ok to hire for the hour or longer, children or/and adults. Again discounts for OGF guests. Beautiful restaurant to relax while non riders wait

Contact:  pino@countryhouse-sanpaolo.com


Sailing – Giuseppe Pino

The 12metre sailing boat is moored at the beautiful harbour in Pescara.  Pino is a qualified sailor. Sailing can be for a morning, afternoon or ofcourse longer periods if required. Prices are very reasonable but of course will depend on number of people participating. For inexperienced sailors Pino is willing to give short sailing courses. An exciting experience – I know I have done it! Discount for OGF guests

Contact: pino@countryhouse-sanpaolo.com


Cooking School - Country House San Paolo

This is run by Pino’s wife ,  Fiorella  She is an excellent cook and holds one Day introduction courses in Italian cooking, ideal if you don’t fancy sailing and the rest of the family does!! They do hold residential 5 day courses from time to time and if you participate in the introduction this cost is a discount on the main course. Also discounts for OGF guests.

Contact: info@countryhouse-sanpaolo.com


Water Rafting –Abruzzo Rafting, Contrada Forconi, Frazione Ciclone 66010, Civitella Messer Raimondo(CH)

Abruzzo Rafting is a commercial business devoted to offering its customers high quality rafting trips, fun and safe, in a pristine and beautiful natural environment while enhancing the area and working in harmony with the local communities.

The excursion on an inflatable raft for our regular run lasts about 1.5 hours and is perfect for non-expert families even with young kids. We also have a longer rafting experience from the upper valley which lasts about 3 hours. You will go down an extremely natural and beautiful valley safely. For the more adventurous there is also some rapids which will give you a bit of adrenaline. We provide you with the full nautical equipment: wetsuit, life jacket, helmet and of course a raft, paddle and a guide who will take you down the river. You’ll need to bring a pair of sports shoes for walking in the river, a swimsuit and a towel.? We are on the river every day, and will be happy to accompany you.  Our website lists more information on other activities we offer such as Water Trekking, kayak rentals and lessons as well as various packages available if you would like to combine rafting with some other activity such as hiking or lunch. Our centre is equipped with a picnic area and BBQ pit free for use by our clients.

Contact: Tel: +39 327.2819191 Email: info@abruzzorafting.it Web: www.abruzzorafting.it


 Aqua Park – VastoIncoronata, 66054 Vasto, Italy

Located just over an hour’s drive from Serramonacesca, this is a wonderful Aquapark with fun for all the family. Over 3,000 square meters of swimming pools, over a kilometre of water slides, 50,000 square meters dedicated to green in a real natural paradise. Open every day in the summer Adults 22 € Seniors &Children 16 €

Contact:  Tel:   +39 0873 310130  Web: www.aqualandvasto.com


Golf – GOLFARCOBALENO Via Santa Maria del Carmine, 30 65020 Alanno PESCARA

Located just 20 min from OGF this area offers magnificent views overlooking the hills and olive groves of the Contrada S. Maria del Carmine, in the area of Alanno.

Contact:email:golfarcobaleno@tiscali.it cell:+39.346.9463298Segreteria: 085 8542907 Web: www.golfarcobaleno.it


Natural Health Spa – Carimanico, Popoli Located just 30 min over the mountains (glorious drive)

Carmanico Spas offer many luxuries and a most tranquil surrounding. Have several hot spas etc.  If you want to relax and be pampered – this is for you!

Contact:  http://santatiana.ru/terms_eng.html


Tour Guide – Franco D’ Orazio

Franco is a good friend, a retired music teacher who has extensive knowledge of the locality and even as far as Rome. He is a great character and speaks fluently English, German, French, Russian and ofcourse Italian.  He is willing to accompany you and introduce you to the" Italian Experience" something you may not get in being a simple tourist. He knows many local farmers and institutions he could introduce if interested. You will see the real Italy with him. He is also familiar with many local restaurants!! Primarily only available on Wednesdays

Contact:    Email : fradoraz@gmail.com   Cell: +39 (339) 629 75 75


Winery - Palmitesta       Francavilla al Mare, Abruzzo

This is a superb Winery concentrating only on quality wines.  Paulo,  the owner, is more than willing to show you around  the winery  - and of course you can sample the wines. The wines can be purchased for drinking while at OGF or Palmitesta  is willing to ship case(s) of wine to your home address if you do not have a car in Italy. The wines are NOT expensive and a MUCH better deal than purchased from a supermarket. The wine can be supplied in bottles or 5 litre boxes. If you supply your own container then the general wine is 1.20 Euros/litre!! It VERY good – I’ve tried it! Francovilla, in my opinion, is much nicer than Pescara so a day on the beach also. They are also prepared to cook a meal etc. If pre booked.

Contact: Paulo  Tel: +39 349 844 7069 Email: palmitestavini@libero.it


Mountaineering - Serramonacesca

Local friends of ours (who are English) run a local campsite (Kokepelli) and are keen mountaineers are willing to take experienced or inexperienced climbers on local climbs or mountain walks locally

Contact: Email: jacqui_dixon@hotmail.com