Come and help on our small family farm and learn about Italian cuisine in Tuscany, Italy

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Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    Our home is a beautiful Tuscan house, located in the amazing valley of Casentino.
    Mom Carla, dad Pippo, uncle Carlo and Noce (the dog) are living in this traditional house. Carmelo is my older brother, that is living in Bologna and I’m Agnese. I just come back from a long trip around the world with my boyfriend Michele (1year and a half), we had so many Workaway experiences and that is why it all started!
    The farm, where we want to start our new life, includes an apple orchard, a vineyard, some chickens, a pig, and a small vegetable garden.

    Mostly we are looking for helpers during the picking season (apple & grapes) between September and November, but there is a lot more to do during the rest of the year. Carla is an amazing cook and she is willing to teach you some amazing traditional recipes. Pippo and us always need help around the farm.

    The house is in the heart of the Casentino Valley, not far from Arezzo and Firenze. Public transportations are available to reach both cities. By the way, Casentino has a lot to offer: beautiful hikes, amazing rivers, delicious food, and stunning monastery are located nearby.

    Volunteers will spend most of the time at the farm together with Pippo and Michele, who is taking care of the farm and the house.

    It is a truly warm place, there are always people around for a visit or a homemade stone oven cooked pizza. You will definitely find yourself part of a big family. We are not new to Workaway, as volunteers, while it is a pretty new experience as hosts. Our aim is to make your experience in our house so unique.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn a lot about Italian cuisine and preserving food, from jam to sausages. Carla has done many Italian courses for foreign people, so she is a big resource for learning a new language. Pippo has been a farmer for more than 15 years, so he has a lot to share. Agnese & Michele just came back from a long trip around the world so they can share so many info and travel tips.

  • Help

    Help

    We need help mostly during the picking season, mid September for the grapes and November for the apples.
    But living in a farm requires a lot of tasks to be done: making fire wood is always a task, feeding animals is part of the daily routine and help in the house is more than welcome. Would be great to start over the vegetable garden and do some maintenance to the road... Some specific project will be listed when scheduled.
    Helpers are not required to have any specific skill, just willing to learn and have fun.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian, English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have your own private room with queen size bed and a share toilet next door.
    The room is located in the main house, so all the other spaces are shared with the family.
    Meals are always shared with the family. The diet is a perfect Tuscan (Carla) and Sicilian (Pippo) mix. Very varied! Meat is a solid component of it, mostly organic (from our pig and chickens). We can always find a compromise for specific food restrictions.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is located in the heart of the Casentino valley. Bibbiena and Poppi are very close and easily accessible by public transportation. Arezzo is 25km far, but the train station is less than a km far from the house. Firenze too is close enough to be visited in a day trip, you can reach it by bus or train. It may take a couple of hours to get there, perfect for your days off.
    We are very flexible and we can give you a lift to town or the closest train/bus station.
    Stunning Monasteries are located in the valley (La Verna, Camaldoli, Romena) and beautiful hikes are nearby.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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