Hi everyone's, my name is Nicola and I'm 36 y.o.
I'm living and working in the Italian countryside together with my beloved female dog named Nina.
I'm the owner of a yellow house surrounded by woods and some rare fields on the slope of a mountain chain at 550m above the sea level.
The place is gifted of a fertile soil, springs of drinkable water and mature woods.
Come with me, let's go a bit deeper in what could you expect from your next adventure:
The property is located in a small village that belongs to the municipality of "Cagli" (61043 - PU); it's located 4Km far from the centre of the tiny little village of "Pianello di Cagli".
It counts just 350 people but you can find some shops, bars and a pharmacy.
The bigger town closer is "Cagli" that counts 9000 inhabitants and where you will find all the main facilities; it's 15Km far.
The area is a typical example of the internal mountains chain that divide Italy from West to the East coast; you can easily find it on the web typing "Pianello (Cagli)"; you will find images and a Wikypedia's page in Italian language.
I was volunteering mainly across Europe for almost 8 years and that helps me to discover how to live my life and relationships.
Who thinks to know me well think that I am funny, clever and genuine.
I can just recognize myself in the last definition; I'm straight and direct about my feelings and opinion and that can result rude for you but, at least, it won't be difficult for you to understand what I'm feeling about.
I try my best to take care about the stunning environment that surround me with using energy in a rational way, saving money and make things with attention and empathy.
My food style is pretty simple and, probably, not that various; I'll buy just some basic ingredients and trying to combine them in a tasty way.
I'm not a smoker and I'm omnivorous.
My job is mainly the collecting of wild plants and mushrooms in the wood and the selling of the products from my land.
I would like to improve the activities with some hospitalities during spring and summer.
I'm interested in reaching a decent way of self sustainable life but I am not too radical in that; I honestly prefer to use what I can get in a more rational way.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
The village of Pianello, where I live exactly, is a good example of a quiet and simple country life.
You can find that boring or charming but, at least, it will maybe be a change of perspective.
You'll learn practical things but, what's more valuable, also how to breath deeper and follow the rithym of the nature.
We will try to organise a semi-fixed schedule together.
The amount of time will be approx. 25h/week; I would say approx just because of the weather conditions, moon phases and seasons.
An example of what kind of help will you (us!) expect are log the wood, pruning in the orchard (if you really know how to do it properly), collect mushrooms and wild plants, help in the vegetable garden, cleaning and eventually cooking, make the paths and the surrounded areas accessible, house renovation, pet sitting and more...
We could collaborate with other hosts and farmers.
I am pretty particular about how I want the job to be be done; follow my indications and if you have some suggestions I am pleased to hear them and, maybe, knew more helpful things.
If you don't want to do certain kind of jobs tell me before and keep in mind that working in a farm is an hard job sometimes (often, I would honestly say).
Please respect my house, tools, habits and don't overestimate your abilities: be honest and tell me what you can do and at what level.
italian (native), english, german, spanish and french (all basic).
There are two bedrooms (a double and a single bed) or you can put a tent in the wood (a romantic idea but the weather can quickly change and you will be pleased by the company of wild pigs, wolves, snakes, insects and some crazy hunter with a rifle ready to shoot to everything is moving).
The house is old and not insulated but there are all the amenities we need and wood stoves to warm the house.
You can take a swim in the little river that flow here near, hike mountains and go underground visiting caves, go cycling, horse riding, visit the historical sites that started from the bronze age through the Romans and the middle age and take part of the festivals that are often organized in the area, especially in the summer.
In Cagli you can take the bus to reach the Adriatic Sea, take a visit to Rome (240Km) or reach the northern part of this region that's well known for the area called Montefeltro and the city of Urbino with its university ; keep in mind you will be so close to Umbria (Gubbio, Assisi, Spello, Perugia, Trasimeno Lake, etc...) that is so charming.
INTERNET AND OTHER FACILITIES:
I have a limited amount of GB for months and I can give you a limited connection too.
We can decide together how you'll deal with that.
There's hot water, a radio and a wash machine. No television.
You can get easier to my place through ROMA, MILANO or BOLOGNA.
From ROMA TIBURTINA's train station there's a direct bus to CAGLI; you can find all the scehdule on the website of the bus company called ADRIABUS.
From MILANO, BOLOGNA or other cities you have to reach FANO's train station and take a bus to CAGLI.
From the little village of PIANELLO were the property is located there is a bus that goes 3 times a day to CAGLI.
Don't underestimate the distances here and have faith in my suggestions about your trip trying to make things easier for both.
Keep in mind that when you ask for coming and we got the deal I probably gave a negative answer to someone else so be sure as you can and try to respect your purpose.
It's not a great party place at all and not so often connected by the local transportations.
I would prefer who choose to stay at least two weeks.
I can't (and I don't want) to cook without using garlic, onion, hot chilly and I often use anchovy paste and sometimes butter. That's one of my addiction together wit red wine, dark chocolate and pure oxygen.
I prefer to host NOT SMOKERS; so, if you're, tell me exactly if and how can you manage that.
Thanks for your attention.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week