Villa is an 18th-century Italian villa in the heart of Tuscany, which we rent out for events and groups. Check out our website. We sit 40 hectares of land including forest, vineyard and olive groves. The land we share with our cows, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, peacocks, rabbits, cats and whatever creatures wander in from the forest. My family and I bought the property in 2012 after it was uninhabited for 17 years and restored it ever since. We would love help getting our little piece of Tuscany as beautiful as possible.
DIY and building projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
As we are in the middle of Tuscany it is an ideal place to learn about Italian culture. Siena, Florence and Pisa are all only an hour away and the famous towns of Volterra and San Gimignano are only twenty minutes by car. My family is German, we lived in London for twenty years and are now well integrated into our Italian community. The decoration of the villa reflects our strong interest in art and history (I studied history of the art and have painted several murals in the house) and we love to have creative input and inspiration from our guests. We are a family passionate about cooking, particularly Italian but also Vietnamese, German and other cuisines. We grow as much as possible of our own fruit and vegetables, we also produce wine and olive oil. Our house is always filled with international guests and friends, so everyone is welcome to bring their perspective to the discussion at the dinner table. We love our life in the Tuscan countryside and we hope you would too!
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Primarily we are looking for people to help us clear and maintain the 40 hectares of woods and the abandoned vineyard, maintain the olive trees, help build enclosures for the animals and some other bits of gardening. Previous experience using an excavator and/or a chainsaw is greatly appreciated. Depending on the season we would also love help with the wine and olive harvest. There are also some other projects around the villa that include painting and light carpentry. However, we are always excited to hear about any other skills you may have!
We have our private house where we a have a few guests rooms available with double beds and several large shared bathrooms on the same corridor. We have bedrooms on the same corridor with a large kitchen/living space below and laundry room. If we have no paying guests at the time of the stay, volunteers are welcome to use our pool and otherwise there is always the pond at the end of the property. We usually eat and cook meals together, obviously depending on everyones tasks and schedules. Everyone is always welcome to help themselves in between.
The village of Montaione is within walking distance and our closest train station is Castelfiorentino. Italy is very easy and mostly quite cheap to navigate by train. We also have bikes you could borrow.
We are proud to have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere here and hope you will contribute.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
Because we have many animals, your animal has to be very tame.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week