Although il Mulino is remote, you can never be alone or bored in "la bella Italia". Beautiful, atmospheric places to visit, festivals and feasts to savour, walks along the mountain ridges, day-trips to famous tourist spots. A car, however, is a must to reach the local attractions and to explore further afield...that is,if you can drag yourself away from the relaxing river.

Five minutes' drive up the mountain is Rofelle. In this hamlet you can have an amazing Sunday lunch at Il Castello, Piero and Manuela's award-winning restaurant. 15 courses of locally, historically sourced dishes, washed down with excellent wine chosen by Piero (a qualified sommelier) for €30. An experience everybody should try at least once in a lifetime!

Within walking distance is Il Casalone, where Maria Teresa will prepare a supper upon reservation. Why not try nettle gnocchi, blackcurrant risotto, dandelion fritters, carpaccio of zucchine and borage flowers? Mouths watering yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truffle hunts with her father, Professor Augusto Tocci,can also be organised in the woods opposite il Mulino.    

 

 

 Five minutes up the other side of the hill is Badia Tedalda with all necessary amenities: two grocery stores, two butchers, a bank, chemist, plenty of restaurants and pizzerie to select. There is a fascinating tourist office run by volunteers where you can borrow bikes and book mountain tours and in old Badia is the church of San Michele Arcangelo, with famous Della Robbia altarpieces dating from 1521. There are restaurants galore in the immediate area and the cost of eating out is so reasonable.

Cookery lessons can be arranged for you at a friend's restaurant. A half day lesson, including starters, home-made pasta, side dishes, main course, dessert PLUS the meal itself and wine is €50. A whole day's lesson with lunch and dinner is €85.This is highly recommended. 

 

 

  Down in the valley, 45 minutes' drive away, is Borgo San Sepolcro, the birth place of Piero della Francesca, where you can view some of his masterpieces at the Museum. Tuesday is market day and this splendid mediaeval city bustles with life. Sit in the main piazza with your cappuccino or aperitivo and watch life go by: your very own opera. In September you can watch the Palio - a vibrant archery tournament and pageant against Gubbio. At dusk, the two teams parade through the darkening city in their rich costumes and it is like stepping back into the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than an hour's drive will get you to other gems: Don't miss Monterchi and Piero della Francesca's "Madonna del Parto"; Anghiari with its maze of alleyways where flowers cascade down ancient fortifications and each corner you turn speaks to you of times past.  If you feel like a change from the river or the immediate area, then cities like Urbino, Siena, Arezzo, Gubbio with their wonderful art and architecture can be visited in less than a two hour journey. Florence, Bologna, Ravenna will take you just over two hours. Or why not take a train journey from Sansepolcro if you don't feel like driving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Apennines are woven with footpaths and wild-life lovers will not be disappointed. There is a "nature log" at il Mulino and guests have reported seeing Honey buzzards, Black Redstart,all 3 species of Shrike, Dippers along the river, Egrets, Silverwashed fritillary, Southern White Admiral, to name a few. Hoopoes have nested in the walls of the mill itself and there are porcupines, wild boar, deer all in the woods round about....                               

 

 

 There are maps in the mill and we can advise on itineraries for walks.It is possible to wander for kilometres without meeting anybody. The river is perfect for refreshing dips in the summer and very safe but there are also outdoor swimming pools within a short drive.But why climb into a hot,sticky car when you can hurl yourself into the river on your doorstep? All the above information and more is detailed in our Visitors' Book kept at il Mulino.