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Help with renovation projects and farming in beautiful Trullo in Apulia, Italy

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    My name is Milo and I'm in the middle of my new adventure.

    I'm building a small self-sustainable farm in the Itria Valley (Apulia), very close to Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica (four of the beautiful "white towns" that surround the valley).

    After several years in London, I work now between Milan and Rome. I'm a former university teacher and currently work as a consultant in the media industry. I have two daughters (20 and 23yo). They are often here helping me with my project.

    Around five years ago, I found a great inspiration in the idea of simpler life and decided to follow my passion far away from the urban life and the digital environment.

    I need some help in the field and in the house (painting the wall, fixing stuff, organizing the house, etc.). I'm also creating an organic vegetable garden, a greenhouse, a natural pond. I'm also refurbishing an old stone house, building a wooden cabin etc. So I need some help for all these tasks. The land that surrounds the Trullo is almost two hectares and there is always something to do: picking up fruit, olive harvesting, plowing, pruning the trees, etc.

    *** If you decide that you want to join my project, please consider that all the activities require manual and physical help. Gardening in a field of almost two hectares is not the same of gardening in the backyard. It's not about specific skills of physical strenght but it's about inclination towards manual / physical labour.

    You will have your own room but please consider that sometimes you will share your room with another workawayer. I will be happy to share my experience and knowledge in Italian culture and cuisine with you. I speak Italian, English, Spanish and a little bit of French.

    The place is wonderful and if you like the "real" Mediterranean countryside this is a place where you can enjoy the Apulian culture.

    But please keep in mind that the house is very simple, yet rustic. The bathroom is outside, just a few meters from the house and has been created in the former donkey's stable...

    Please before you apply consider the following:

    - during the winter months (December to March) temperature can be very low because the house is around 400 meters above the sea level;

    - during the autumn / winter we have breakfast at 6:30 / 7:00 AM and we start working at 7:30 / 8:00AM;

    - during the summer, temperatures can easily reach above 32°C degrees and for this reason we start working at 6:00 AM.

    You can also use our mountain bikes to ride around and to visit some of the closest towns (Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Locorotondo, Ostuni ) that are the five "white villages" of the Itria valley. There is also a bus service that connects 3 times per day our trulo to Martina Franca and Ostuni. If I go by car to Martina Franca or Ostuni or to other places, I will be very happy to give you a ride.

    The house is located at a walking distance from the well known "Ciclovia dell'Acquedotto Pugliese ", a stunning 500 km wild trail built on top of the Apulian Acqueduct that connects Campania (Avellino) to Apulia. It is also a very beautiful bike trail for a few hours ride. From our house, in less than two hours, you can reach by bike Ceglie Messapica (going South on the Ciclovia) or Locorotondo (North). Going to Cisternino is around one hour bike ride.

    A local shop / grocery shop / coffee shop and bakery with free WiFi is at a 10 minutes walking distance. You can buy almost everything there and have some delicious coffee and the greatest local food in the area. Their focaccia and panzerotti are something not to be missed.

    Please consider that I have several cats, goats and chickens and prefer not to host dogs.

    You will help 5 days per week (5 hours per day) and after that you will have 2 days off. Consider also that the minimum stay is 7 days / nights but I'm always happy if the workawayers want to stay several weeks because after the first week they are more independent.

    Please consider also that often I host 2, 3 or 4 workawayers at the same time. It is very important for me that the workawayers start their helping week (5 days of help) all together so they can also have the 2 days off all together. When we agree about a date / time of your arrival please do not make unilateral changes and respect our agreement. Again, please consider that this is very important for me because when you arrive I need two / three hours to show you the house and the field and it's impossible for me to do this twice in one day.

    After you / we decide about your stay I will give more information about how to reach my place, about your arrival etc.

    *** Please do not apply if you just need a "place to stay" for a week or two and if you are not really interested in sustainable farming and the real country life.

    *** Please consider also that I cannot help you if you are looking for an Italian address or residence, citizenship, or any other official "status" in the country.

    About Internet. If you have your mobile Sim, please use your data package to access the Internet. I also use my own mobile Sim and mobile data package.

    Please note that it is important for me to know in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements, or some allergies or other health issue that is important for me to know when I host you.

    Please bring suitable shoes, flip flap, working shoes, clothing and towels, soap, shampoo and shower gel. Please bring also a frontal torch and gardening gloves. I will provide you bed sheet.

    I strongly suggest you to have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) Vaccine before you come to my place.

    Many many thanks for considering my project.


    Madeleine de Proust

    One hundred years ago, in June 1921, my grandpa Giuseppe started his retail business in a small village in Apulia.

    After twenty years of service («con fedeltà e onore») as a King’s Carabiniere, he left the army and finally opened his own shop.

    The shop was one of the first in the village. He had everything on the shelves, from beans to nails, from gardening tools to kitchenware. The shop was the village emporium.

    The entire family used to live on the premises: my grandpa, my grandma, my father, his two brothers and his sister.
    Everybody slept in the backroom, and had lunch and dinner in the living room, which actually was the shop. Sometimes customers were invited for lunch. My grandma used to say, this is not a shop: this is a trattoria.

    Early in the 1960s, that shop was my nursery. I remember the big raffia bales arriving from Africa. Metal buckets. Hammers, scissors and grafting knives. Do not touch the knives! Goods from everywhere in the world, modern and ancient. I remember the carbide lamps for night fishing. That smell. It was a marvellous world of objects to be discovered every day.

    We also owned some land, no more than a couple of hectares. We had everything we needed: grapes, figs, pomegranates, pears, artichokes, apricots, and almonds. We never had to buy fruits or vegetables.

    Sometimes at sunset, my grandma used to take me with her to the field to collect dandelions. Cut them awfully close to the root.

    I remember those mysterious and calm snails after the September storms.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I prepare my sourdough bread, focaccia, pasta, yogurt, cheese and use wild herbs and other vegetables that I grow in the field. If we have time, I will be very happy to teach you something about Apulian and Italian cusine. But please consider that in general I don't allow workawayers to use the kitchen without me.

  • Help


    Gardening, help in the house, painting, general maintenance, building, manual help, help with the animals.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    The volunteer will have his / her room in our house. The bathroom is outside just a few meters from the house. In some periods of the years the volunteers will share a room with another workawayer.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 651274312968

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