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Hi everyone's, my name is Nicola and I'm 37 y.o.
I'm living and working in the Italian countryside together with my beloved two female dogs named Nina and Sarah.
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 called "Apennines" 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.
The location is remarkable and still kind of wild so it's an ideal place for who's into nature and environmental sciences; there are also some important historical sites around but, honestly, not much more.
The house is isolated and I'm trying to use the car less I can so for reach the little village you'll often need my bike or your feet; the plaza's village is 4km so keep that fact in count before applying.
I was volunteering mainly across Europe for almost 8 years and that helps me to discover how to live my life and relationships.
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.
You're probably gonna love or hate me, usually there aren't middle way dealing with me.
I try my best to take care about the stunning environment that surround me with using energy in a rational way, saving money taking care of tools and things and make my duties with attention and empathy.
I pay attention too many little details that to the majority can look just unimportant things but to me are not; I'm convinced that a real ecological way of living is more related to trying to reduce our impact changing mind approach and be focused on everyday little actions.
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 selling 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.
Nico, Nina, Sarah
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 exigence about how I want the job to be be done; follow my indications and if you have some suggestions tell me before; I will be pleased to hear them and, eventually, 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 often an hard job.
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 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 and insects).
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 (bus 25+24 ADRIABUS).
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.
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.
That's one of my addiction together wit red wine, dark chocolate and pure oxygen.
I prefer to host NOT SMOKERS; so be totally honest and tell me if you are, whatever is the amount of the substances will you smoke.
Thanks for your attention.
Peace and prosperity.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week