Tuscany vacation, cooking, walking, truffle-hunting tour

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Responsible tourism: Tuscany vacation, cooking, walking, truffle-hunting tour

Environment

We produce and serve organic food not because we have an official certification but because we do believe FOOD is one the most responsible sector of the actual environment disaster. It is time to reclaim our REAL food made with fresh local produced ingredients.
In our farming we try to improve the soil fertility and maintain biodiversity through the use of organic fertilizers and compost ,crops rotations and a lot of different local varieties of vegetables and fruits .
The old stone eco-friendly farmhouse - renovated in 2012 using certified green building materials - works with renewable energy produced by sun and wood . We aim to be self sufficient when it comes to energy trying to be completely independent from carbon using woods from our forests and solar panels. The soaps used are all certified organic , the water is from our well , rain is collected in 3 tanks and given to the garden.
The kitchen where the cooking classes take place is in a timber frame building designed and constructed under strict parameters that allow to minimize (and sometimes even eliminate) the energy it requires for warming/cooling. It is a near zero energy building: besides using methods and materials which minimize thermal dispersion, adopts appropriate solutions in order to optimize solar radiation, limiting it in the summer and exploiting it in the winter. Thanks to Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery , which employs a heat exchanger, it is possible to recover all of the thermal energy that otherwise would be dispersed.
The design of the kitchen is unique and is a perfect match of modern and rustic elements.

Community

We are part of a network of small producers organizing farmers markets in the nearest villages. On this occasion we promote the importance of buying fresh season produce and the threats of intensive agriculture. What we do not grow, we buy from the colleagues incrementing and encouraging small agriculture and neighboor farmers .
We also do our best to promote local foods, traditional gastronomy and self- production in our territory and with guests coming from all over the world.
At the farm, with the local association we organize workshops on arts and crafts like for example how to make soap with olive oil, how to make candles with bee wax , how to make bread etc... We are big promoters of Do It Yourself , most of the furniture and restoration of them were done by us. We also deal with didactic tours for children with local primary schools. We teach children how to saw , transplant and the importance of eating fresh season vegetables. We take them in the woods and let them listen to the sounds of nature.

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Reviewed on 04 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Meeting Italian people, truffle hunting, the making of pasta, tasting Italian home cooking.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book early!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - there is a clear link with the lifestyle and wellbeing of local Italian hosts as an integral part of their smallholding business.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The entire stay was perfect. The best part was the hospitality. Francesca, Francesco, and Stella really make guests feel at home. All the farm fresh food was amazing. It was wonderful to be able to share meals with them and the other guests.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Definitely get out and explore the area. Go on the truffle hunting trip. Take walks. Check out nearby towns that are a bit off the standard tourist path like Lucca.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Sure. Staying on a farm, eating fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, and honey benefited the local people almost as much as we benefited from partaking.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I absolutely loved this vacation! The best way to spend time in another country is to experience genuine life there; not be part of the mob of tourists. We have recommended this trip to all of our friends.

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We would struggle to pick out one outstanding moment from the whole vacation; not because there weren't any, but because they were too numerous to mention. From fantastic cookery lessons in authentic Italian cuisine and walking the Tuscan hills at night searching for wolves, to touring the local area in a classic Fiat Cinquecento and spending beautiful sunsets being pampered in the hot tub. This is a vacation full of exciting and memorable moments.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There is real flexibility on this vacation and there are many fantastic activity options that can be tried. The hosts are extremely friendly and accommodating, so you can really get the tour tailor-made to suit your tastes and interests.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The environmental credentials of the accommodation are impeccable. The hosts are active in the implementation of many traditional and environmentally friendly land-management techniques and they have strong links with many local producers and guides, who facilitate many of the activities. You will be immersed in authentic regional lifestyle and culture.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We cannot recommend this vacation highly enough. The ability of the hosts to create a bespoke itinerary which could be adjusted to suit all tastes, was combined with an enthusiastic and incredibly friendly welcome in the most beautiful location. What's not to like?

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