A rustic nature retreat in the Etruscan hills of Tuscany's coastal Maremma region, Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    *** May Update: We are open for guests and volunteers alike starting on the 18th.**

    Welcome to our little slice of heaven - a rustic retreat in the green hills of Maremma, Toscana's wild and unexplored coastal region. We are located on the outskirts of a small Etruscan hill town that offer endless views and an authentic cultural immersion.

    We enjoy welcoming volunteers from across the globe who share our love of nature, who want to live sustainably, and who are enthusiastic about what life has to offer.

    We are looking for someone (or a couple) who likes to clean, who is good at making guests feel welcome, and who has in interest in cooking. We are looking for people interested in a longer stay - at least 2-3 months.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Improve your Italian, learn to cook local Maremmana specialities, immerse yourself into Italian way of life - and interact with our guests from across the globe who appreciate the "refugio speciale" we created.

    Our agriturismo is nestled into an olive and oak grove on the outskirts of an authentic Tuscan hill town with amenities (alimentari, café bar, restaurant, post office and Etruscan museum) & limited public transport into neighboring towns or to the coast.

  • Help

    Help

    Ciao, from Andrea and Chandra and our team! Come help us develop our nature retreat, a labor of love project founded in 2012 on a steep piece of land with endless nature views.

    We initially restored two ancient stone structures, rustic sheep shelters nestled into our vast tree grove, turning each small structure into a minimalist guest accommodation for our slowly growing agriturismo. Over time, we added three more structures to the agriturismo, building/restoring each cottage ourselves, using locally sourced, sustainable materials. We now host guests in five self catering cottages.

    We feel fortunate to share this special place with people from all over the world who appreciate its natural beauty and embrace its rustic simplicity.

    During the guest season (April to October) we welcome help around the agriturismo and during the winter months we are grateful for helping hands around the upkeep of the property, from repair/restoration/building projects to landscaping and construction.

    In exchange we offer a private accommodation on the property with bathroom and kitchenette, along with all meals and an authentic cultural immersion into family life in a Tuscan hill town.

    Andrea’s 85 year old mother in law - Rita - is the reigning queen of the agriturismo, an engaging signora with dementia who, while slow on her feet, enjoys the attention of our multi cultural agriturismo guests ~ and especially our WorkAwayers.

    4 (outdoor) cats - La Mama, Grigia, Cuoricino, and Mouse - live in the grove and love up our guests. Gina and Stella are our resident mom and daughter donkeys who roam the property and are adored by all guests. Our sheep, Billy and Alba are our newest family members. And George, our rooster, keeps his brood of chickens and chicks in order, and they in turn keep us in eggs!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Private accommodation with bathroom, kitchenette, heating and endless Maremma views from the garden

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On your days off you can explore the Maremma, Toscana's wild coastal area, with untouched natural parks, coastal preserves and enchanted hill towns.

    Castiglione della Pescaia is the closest seaside town, a charming port town 20 minutes away with historical center and access to beautiful beaches.

    Massa Marittima is the region’s capital, a beautiful medieval city with a striking piazza and beautiful duomo, but without the tourist crowds of other Tuscan towns.

    Siena is just an hour away - and Rome, Pisa and Florence make for great day/overnight trips.

  • 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 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The view from your cottage (with small kitchen and private bathroom)
Our small Tuscan hill town
Vetulonia from the distance
Setting the table for dinner with our guests
View from one of the cottages
Interior of one of the casette
Weekday lunch on our terrace
Our communal area & Andrea's alfresco kitchen
View from the agriturismo to "uptown" Vetulonia with a small alimentari, bar and museum
The endless views from our property (with Castiglione della Pescaia and beaches in the distance)
Andrea as a younger (fisher)man

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