Campo di Luna- Sarzana, Italy
An inspiring couple ( Pinuccia and Alberto) who devoted their time into building what is now the sustainable Campo Di Luna-a rustic-chic farmhouse perched on the rolling hill of Sarzana in the northwestern part of Italy (smack in the coastal region of Liguria, with Tuscany to the east) welcomes travelers and students (WWOOF Italia) from around the world who want to experience a sustainable traveling approach.
This farmhouse is engulfed by rolling hills overlooking the azure Le Cinque Terre sea-a sanctuary of peace and relaxation sealed away from the prying eyes. And it also comes with perks such as nearby attractions consisting of medieval villages carrying centuries of history, and natural parks, including The Cinque Terre National Park (within 25 km from the property). This means that staying here you don’t only get to experience the eco-tourism, and the cultural immersion, but you also get to discover the off-the-beaten-tracks by mountain biking or hiking.
Both Pinuccia and Alberto practice organic farming on their four hectares of land growing blackberries, raspberries, olives, apples, cherries, plums, artichokes, asparagus, you name it. This is why you will always find fresh ingredients in their kitchen. Other sustainable approaches that they have adopted are the use of renewable energy, and rainwater to irrigate.
Eco-Farmhouse Guestrooms – Sarzana, Italy
The immaculate bedroom has a wood floor, a double bed with a soft crisp sheet, wooden furniture, a large wardrobe, an ensuite marble bathroom with shower, and toiletries. A cozy place to down a cup of tea is definitely going to be at the large living room, which is set with grey upholstered armchairs (and a rustic piano as well) overlooking the verdant landscape. But if you wish to spend a relaxing and private moment surrounded by the enchanting nature, then the outside red hammock sounds like the kind of place to curl up with a good book (while you may also want to connect with the world via the free Wi-Fi access).
La Fattoria dell’Autosufficienza- Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Nestled on the green rolling foothills on the edge of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park in Emilia-Romagna northern Italy, La Fattoria dell’Autosufficienza offers conscious travelers a unique sojourning experience while they are visiting Italy. Its particularity is its luxuriantly green location, which forms part of the Mountain community of the Cesena Apennines. The area consists of a sprawling 68-hectare of land with fields of golden meadows, pastures, cultivations, and woods.
Originally founded by Macrolibrarsi and Angelo Francesco Rosso in 2009, today this ecological center offers staying experiences in parallel to eco and agri-tourism. Parts of their lands are predominantly used for cultivating vegetables, berries, aromatic herbs, cereals and fruits-all of which are organically grown. They also believe in the concept of boasting farm-to-table concept,where visitors staying at their guest rooms are offered the freshest produce (as possible).
About the Farmhouse Guestrooms:
It’s a stone-walled property with contrasting orange terracotta rooftops. The interior is decked out with a bucolic and contemporary touch-think wooden ceiling, rustic stone facade, hardwood floor, wooden chairs, and a cozy fireplace. Guests over here prefer to go barefoot while staying in their chic bedroom outfitted with a cozy bed (with crisp linens), and an en-suite bathroom which comes with eco-friendly toiletries. Some of the guestrooms offer a breathtaking view of Mount Comero. And the on-site restaurant offers buffet breakfast and Italian cuisine (with a vegetarian dish upon request). Other facilities include free Wi-Fi access, bicycles, horse riding, and outdoor tours can also be organized.