Welcome back! Remember our delicious introduction to the hospitality of Podere Spedalone (see the last post if you missed out on meeting our host, Alessandro)?
Well, after sweet dreams of the pasta and chocolate cake from our meal the night before, my husband and I woke up to a quiet view of the Tuscan countryside out our bedroom window.
Though we could’ve probably stayed and looked at that picture all day, we ventured out instead to enjoy a walk amongst the rows of olive trees, taking time to look out on the rolling hills of cultivated ground, the valleys filled with lush trees, and the dark blue horizon that threatened an afternoon rain shower.
Much to our surprise, we ran into one of the farm hands and discovered that we had actually made it up early enough to watch the chickens and pigs being fed grain and the leftover bread from our dinner the night before.
“After we eat, anything that is left is not thrown away but given to the animals or used to fertilize our vegetable gardens.”
As caretaker of Podere Spedalone, not only has Alessandro made the agritourism an incredibly enjoyable safe haven for guests, but at the same time he has sought to make it as friendly towards the environment as possible.
“To produce hot water we use the wood from our forest, we use water very carefully and none goes to waste, we also pride ourselves on the fact that before we buy anything out we always use our own products.”
Thus, the guests feast on breakfasts that include pomegranates picked from the tree right outside and farm fresh eggs made to order, and (as we had already experienced) they enjoy dinners that use lettuce and squash from the garden and hours-old freshly pressed olive oil… *sigh*
That means a lot of work for the staff of Podere Spedalone, but while Alessandro mentioned that running the agritourism can be tiresome, it was obvious that welcoming in and getting to know his guests made it all worth it.
“The relationship that is created with our guests is the most wonderful reward for all of us. My goal is to have friends of friends of past guests, that my guests will be all referrals. I adore and love my guests I really do.”
And it shows.
From the moment we arrived to the moment we (reluctantly) left, Alessandro showed us he was indeed serious about his invitation to join him for a good bottle of wine and a relaxing stay at Podere Spedalone.
And the invitation is open to you as well!
Friends, if you are searching for a dreamy, eco-friendly location to explore for your next vacation, there is no need to look any further! Take it from one who has tried the food, head to the Tuscan countryside and give agritourism a try at Podere Spedalone.
I just might sneak in your luggage and come along too.
Want to stay connected with Podere Spedalone? Check out their website, send Alessandro an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or even better…go visit them in person!
Thanks so much to Alessandro of Podere Spedalone for hosting us!
(photo credit for several of these shots goes to Benjamin Heller!)