We live in the hills, the Colli Bolognesi, a wine area, about 30 minutes drive south-west of Bologna, northern Italy. We live in a completely rebuilt house, part of a former now disappeared farm complex, with amazing views towards the nearby Apennines to the south and over the hills and Po plains towards the north where on a clear day we see the Alps at about 180 km distance!
Lucia, Italian was born near Genova and grew up there, in Florence and Tolmezzo (Carnia). She spent most of her career on opening markets and exporting Italian luxury abroad, while in spare time developing her culinary skills.
Peter, Dutch-Swiss, was born in Leiden and grew up in the Netherlands and France. He spent most of his career in development cooperation across the globe and moved places over 18 times. His two grown-up daughters enjoy life in Amsterdam.
In 2002 Lucia and Peter decided to spend life together, initially in Milano and later in Zola Predosa, just outside Bologna. In 2014 we started to rebuild part of the old farm complex, about 15 km into the hills in Monte San Pietro. End 2016 while gradually moving into retirement, we decided to to start up social eating events and a bit later operate also as a rental property.
The house is almost finished, the 1,5 hectare of land around still need a lot of work.
We are looking for nature lovers that are healthy and strong, willing to work in nature with soil, rocks, shrubs, trees and more... Peter will guide and train where needed and is open to learn and share. Lucia will take care of your culinary well being and discovery of Italian and other cuisines, wild herbs and more.
We will show you around, encourage you to walk and cycle (road and MTB), and assist you in finding appropriate ways of regularly visiting Bologna and other nearby cultural treasures.
Of course you will remain in touch with the world through high-speed Wifi connection :-)
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There is lots and lots to learn, from us, from neighbors and others. We are fluent in Italian, English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish and have roamed large parts of the world. We love to hear and learn from other cultures and practices. We have a huge library and music collection, including various instruments, such as African drums, pianoforte, Spanish guitar and more. Our place is right on the recently restored old Roman / medieval trade route between Emilia and Tuscany, the Piccola Cassia.
We primarily, but not only, look for healthy, dynamic and yes, strong, people that can help clear up the shrubby neglected land and prepare it for simple gardening, vegetable growing, fruit and other trees, a green pool and more.
Peter can train you in the use of available tools including motor-saw, grass-cutters and more.
We can host 1-2 persons in one bedroom and in exceptional cases 2-4 people (say for up to a full week) in the guest bedroom and Peter's studio.
Italian, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish
We offer a luxury double bed guestroom with its own spacey bathroom. Both with great views across the hills and over the Po plains. Peter's studio may optionally serve as a second bedroom with one full fledged bed and one sturdy camp bed with real mattress. The house and our land around are spacious and allow for quite corners when needed.
All meals will be typically prepared and shared by us. Breakfast at your own pace is possible. Lunch can be arranged as a lunch pack to take outside or away. You will have tea facilities in the room and if required some own space in the fridges of the house.
We think that occasional flexibility can be agreed on.
Depending on the duration of your stay and your interest of discovering the surroundings better, you may have to consider arranging with us your own transport. Public bus transport to station, airport and Bologna exists and is nearby but frequency is limited. So you could think about a good bicycle (MTB); a small motorbike or better scooter; occasionally rent a car or come to an agreement about our VW Polo.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week