About this listing
Price based on two sharing, includes all meals and house wine. Spacious private bedroom en suite with queen size bed, antique furniture and skylights, adjacent to open fire place living room, big kitchen and balcony. Single occupancy: 108 Euro.
Monestevole was originally built in the 15th century as a watch-tower for nearby Monestevole Castle. Today we are a 40 hectare farm working to become as self-sufficient as possible. Nature goes at its own pace, and we just started!
We offer an alternative, all-inclusive, Italian holiday experience. Our goal at Tribewanted is to show that it is possible to live sustainably, not just in remote locations and developing countries, but also in our own back yard. We hope to be an example for how we can all, hopefully, live 50 years from now.
Guests are welcome to participate as much or as little as they want in daily activities needed to run the farm and the home. These include feeding the animals, making bread and pasta and helping in our permaculture veggie garden, plus seasonal activities, such as grape and olive harvests.
We have different room types at Monestevole, ranging from private, two bedroom apartments to a shared dormitory space with four beds. All accommodations and common spaces have been lovingly restored, offering absolute comfort for rest and relaxation at the end of the day in our fields (or pool!)
Sustainable technologies are part of daily life here. Our showers are heated by solar panels, we recycle water to irrigate the fields and flush the toilets.
In the winter, our heating is powered by a wood-burning stove. We are constantly working to improve the structure with renewable energies, recycling, water treatment, compost, permaculture and green architecture.
At Monestevole we cook together, eat together, and drink wine together. Umbria is famous for olive oil, truffles, pork meat and wild boar. Food is grown locally, deep in Umbrian traditions. The meats are grass fed from the Umbertide valley; the pork, extra virgin olive oil, jams, tomato sauce and veggies are all from Monestevole’s organic permaculture gardens, and wine is from our vineyard.
We have horses, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats and even an albino peacock. We are training Tribu’, the newly born colt, and the kids can enjoy our pet pig Matilda and our pet goats Pablo and Tiramisu’.
5 people live and work in Monestevole, another 5 locals live nearby and work with us. We welcome guests from around the world, including families with children and single travellers. The house sleeps up to 22. No two weeks here are the same – our home is a community in constant flux.
Umbria is the greenest region of Italy; full of woodlands, which have been sustainably harvested for the past 20 years. At Monestevole, there are plenty of walks and bike rides for every level. Climb Monte Acuto or Migianella; walk to the water dam for a swim and picnic or visit the abandoned Monestevole Castle.
For those wanting to explore Umbria and Tuscany, Monestevole is ideally placed for excursions to nearby Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Montone, Spello, Norcia, Spoleto, Montefalco, Citta' di Castello, San Sepolcro, Anghiari/Caprese Michelangelo, Trasimeno lake, Citta' della Pieve, Orvieto, Cortona, Arezzo, Siena, Montalcino, Bagno Vignone and the Tevere springs.
Guests can participate in daily activities: gardens, animals, kitchen, soap-making, yoga, pilates.
Interaction with Guests
As much as you want. We all eat together in the common dining area.
About the Host, Tribewanted
Monestevole was originally built in the 15th century as a watch-tower for nearby Monestevole castle. Over the coming centuries, additional parts were added to the tower to develop it into the current borgo (hamlet) structure. It was used as a farmer’s borgo until the 1950’s when it was abandoned. In 1997 Alessio Giottoli and Valeria Cancian purchased the ruin and restored it for the next three years, to launch Agriturismo Monestevole, equipped with a music recording studio. The property sits at 600 meters on top of a hill surrounded by 47 hectares of olive groves, oak forests and a vineyard. It is near the town of Umbertide, 40 minutes away from Perugia, and 2 hours from Florence and Rome. Tribewanted has partnered with Alessio and Valeria to re-launch Monestevole as a sustainable community in the green heart of Italia.