My husband and I are back from our Great European Adventure of 2015, currently adjusting back to our time zone and daily routine with extra cups of coffee in hand.
If you followed along on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter while we were away, you won’t be surprised to hear that I’m already having withdrawals from the friendly people, historic sites, delicious food, and beautiful scenery we experienced during our time abroad…BUT, now that we’re back, I am so very excited to share some of those experiences with you too!
Starting with Il Brucaolivo.
During the second week of our stay, my mom and dad came over from Kansas to join us for a whirlwind tour of Italy, beginning with two nights near Monterosso al Mare, one of the brightly colored coastal towns of Cinque Terre.
We arrived at our stay late in the evening after a long travel day and as one of our hosts, Leonardo, met us to guide us down the steep, tightly twisting driveway leading to Il Brucaolivo, we had no idea what we were getting into.
The next morning (waking to the sounds of chirping birds and a running stream) one look out our window at the lush, green hills outside let us know that we were in for a beautifully memorable experience.
But let’s rewind a bit.
Several months before our trip, I took my own advice while searching for eco-friendly accommodations and looked into agritourism in Italy. That’s when I happened upon Il Brucaolivo and it’s caretakers, Leonardo and Costanza.
After having visited Cinque Terre once before, I expected to be amazed by the beauty of the scenery, but I did not expect to be so charmed by our incredible hosts. It didn’t take long for us to realize that they weren’t just welcoming us to a place to stay for the night, they were actually welcoming us in to the fulfillment of their lifelong dream:
“We decided to start Il Brucaolivo because we wanted to change our lives, we wanted a life in contact with nature, away from the city, the traffic, the pollution.”
In our correspondence before arriving at Il Brucaolivo, Costanza told me that they had moved away from one of the busiest streets of Florence to the quiet countryside near Cinque Terre to begin the hard work of turning an overgrown, run-down property into a well-tended farm, complete with olive groves, fruit trees, a vineyard, and vegetable gardens.
Now, with their welcoming friendliness, their passion for the earth, their incredible hospitality, and their faithful dog Angy, they offer their “agriturismo” as an eco-friendly haven for travelers like us and…
…well, you’re just going to have to join me next Tuesday to hear more about it! And yes, that’s supposed to be a tease.
Many thanks to Leonardo and Costanza of Il Brucaolivo for hosting us on our adventure!