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Zsuzsanna in her beautiful and cosy clothes shop

The clothes and accessorizes one can find in this little shop in Budapest are all hand made in Hungary. Also the design is Hungarian and Zsuzsanna is the best shop assistant one can find: nice, helpful and very kind.

Country : Hungary
Rozmaryna in Prague, district 5

Nice shop in a nice area of Prague with organic and fair trade products: many of them are local such as the Hostetin apple juice.

Country : Czech Republic
The green bar
Type of place: Café & catering

The Green Bar is a vegetarian’s best friend at lunchtime in Olomouc. An inexpensive meat free, smoke free canteen, it offers plenty of variety in the food (always including a couple of options for vegans) and is self –serve, so presents no language barrier, even if you’ve not yet learnt your first word of Czech. here one pays by weight: all the food is 160Kč/Kilogram, which makes a typical large plate (500g) cost 80Kč.

Country: Czech Republic
Cafè Restaurant Betanie
Type of place: Café & catering

Betanie is a cosy Cafè Restaurant which is financing the activities of the NGO Caritas and where disabled people are employed. The atmosphere is really nice and the food is nice. It is ideal place for meeting friends or reading a book.

Country: Czech Republic
the shop

Unfortunately, the website is only in Czech. However, what you find in Wurmova 5, at Olomouc, is - on the basement - a classical (on the British model) charity which is financing the activities of the NGO Caritas. This is involved in projects finalised to help disabled and homeless people: here you therefore can find handicrafted objects (candles, cards, bags. towels..) and a fair trade section.

Country : Czech Republic
The café
Type of place: Café & catering

Měsíc ve dne is a cozy place for people who love well-being, literature and art, for people loving café discussions and everyone enjoying lonely reading of newspapers. Literary café is a meeting place for students, writers, painters and all culture lovers. Guests can choose from a wide offer of various types of coffee and tea. There is a variety of newspapers, magazines and books. There are chess and other board games. The café offers many interesting cultural programs every month – author's readings, concerts, lectures, minor theatrical performances, author's fashion shows. The walls in the café constitute a regular display for young artists and photographers. A three-days' poetry festival with nonstop reading is organized every year. Kavárna Na půl cesty is a pleasant no smoking café with gallery. Here you will be served by disabled people, which in this way have a chance to work.

Country: Czech Republic
The Dum Ochrancu Prirody managed by Veronica Centre

Right in the centre of Brno, Veronica Centre - independent eco-counselling - manage the Dum Ochrancu Prirody. It is a place where people come to buy fair trade or organic products such as chocolate, or juices and syrups, especially the ones made in Hostetin Veronica Center. However, this is also where people come and look for information concerning ecological facilities for the house, recycling system, renewable energies, books, leaflets or anything related to environmental issues. The staff is kind and ready to help you.

Country : Czech Republic
The team of La Bouchée Restaurant
Type of place: Café & catering

It is a realxing environment where it is possible to taste fair trade coffee from Mexico or Perù. There is a wide choice or vegetarian and organic meals. Meat is organic and local because it is coming from White Carpathians.

Country: Czech Republic
Vegetable Market in Brno

In Zelny Trh, very close to the train and bus station, during the good seaons, one can find local food organically and not grown by local farmers.

Country : Czech Republic
Stare Mesto

ProBio is the first Czech manufacturer of food based in Stare Mesto, a picturesque region under Králický Sněžníkem. ProBio was founded in the summer of 1992. Its founder and current director Ing. Hutař Martin was one of the first organic farmers in the Czech Republic. In 1990 he became a co-founder of the ProBio. From humble beginning, they have grown to a company with 80 employees, its own mill, packer, warehouse, office building and a sample shop. Today we deal with the processing and production of organic food of plant origin, the wholesale sale and distribution of organic products in the whole country, export / import and trade of organic seeds.

Country : Czech Republic
leaflet

A new specialized shop, BioObchod. Here there is a wide range of organic products from fruit and vegetables over bread, cheese, yogurt and soy products. Further food for various diets, such as diabetic or gluten-free diet.

Country : Czech Republic
the square
Type of place: Café & catering

Zeleninovy Bar is a place in which you can taste unusual dishes that are not only healthy but also delicious. Friendly and willing service. Food is prepared trying not to deteriorate its quality, especially to maintain valuable minerals and vitamins. Here you can taste organic food, coffee and beer.

Country: Czech Republic
Drinking water in Piazza Gualfredotto da Milano
Type of place: Drinking fountain

Another little fountain in Gavinana area, South of Florence.

Country: Italy
Bandino Villa
Type of place: Drinking fountain

Another fountain in Gavinana area which was mainly built during the first years of '900. The name Gavinana is coming from an area - within the Pistoia mountains - where Francesco Ferrucci, leading the Florentine army, has been killed fighting against the Carlo V Emperor's army which was besieging Florence in 1529-1530. During the WWII, Gavinana became a recruitment center for partisans within the Brigata d'Assalto Garibaldi Sinigaglia, born in June 1944. On the 20th June '44, this brigate has been intercepted in Pian dell'Albero by the German soldiers. Twenty people died and 21 prisoners were executed.

Country: Italy
Scottish landscape
Type of place: Commune & co-housing

Culdees Eco-village aims at creating a caring community, at one with the natural environment – where life’s challenges are seen as opportunities for growth.

It also aims at being central in ecological Pilot schemes: people grow their vegetables, fruit, fish and meat locally, the village generates its own energy through solar/wind/water/biomass, all buildings - made from materials quarried and grown locally - meet high ecological standards (during the build as much as possible material is recycled/re-used/reclaimed) and all organic waste is composted.

Here people work where they live and create their jobs at home. The emphasis is also on restoring the Human Values. Children learn to take responsibility and make things for themselves and technical skills will be taught from an early age on regardless of gender. There is a co-operative nature/forest school based on home-schooling.

Scottish culture and Celtic language play an important part. Music making – dance – arts – drama – sports are part of daily life and there are often training courses and Seminars.

Country: United Kingdom
Logo
Type of place: Guide - Guided tour

It is a really interesting service which this organisation provides, especially in a city such as Paris which is often trivialized by mass tourism's hordes.

Country: France
Working fields

A very popular website for people wanting to explore the territories through a work in a organic farm. One of the main organizing centres is the small charity, Wwoof UK.

Country: United Kingdom
Commune
Type of place: Commune & co-housing

Commune born in 1979. Its aim is to share human and economic resources and to experience group living based on the principles of reciprocal respect and comprehension,collaboration and equality. The farm has been completely organic since 1990. It consists of woods, vineyards, olive groves,cereal crops and vegetable gardens. There are cows, pigs and chickens andbees. Produce is largely used for selfconsumption, but we also for neighbours and friends. One can come here and work voluntarily.

Country: Italy
free range hens
Type of place: Farm

Abatis in an certified organic farm, situated in the village Zvole u Prahy. Currently, it farms about 300 hectars of agricultural land. The predominant activity is the production of cereals and free range organic eggs.

Abatis also produces wheat, buckwheat, oats, beets and artichokes which one can order by the Internet.

Country: Czech Republic
SymBIOsa
Type of place: Café & catering

SymBiosa is deeply engaged in spreading a healthy model of life, therefore SymBIOsa prefers organic food, fresh and well prepared and we can guarantee lightness and good digestibility of our food. They also avoid genetically modified foods, heavy souces and fat foods.

Country: Czech Republic

Tulcvur Dvur is a beautiful building where many sustainable activities are based. It is the head office of Biospotrebitel - www.biospotrebitel.cz - which is a point of reference in Czech Republic concerning organic farmers and shops. It is the head office of Brontosaurus - www.brontosaurus.cz - which is an organization promoting environmental awareness among people throught events and volunteering projects. Furthermore, Toulcův Dvůr is also an hostel, a kindergarden, an educational farm, a coffee restaurant and many other things. It is a public structure and adresses its activites especially to local people and families. It is a really good practice.

The building itself of Toulcův Dvůr is really interesting and fascinating as well: it is built over the rest built already in the 13th century when this position was representing a strategic point for passage for trades towards Moravia. During the Communist times, all the complex became a state farm which has been renovated only after the end of the Communist era. Among the most attended annual events, there are the Day of the earth, the Day of the trees and the Day of Czech traditions. In September there is also a Bio Market, with 60 farmers, which receive about 5000 visitors.

To get here: tram 26 until na Grosi, then bus 177 or 175. the bus top is called Toulcův Dvůr

Country: Czech Republic
organic shop in József krt.

Nice shop with organic products, even fresh fruit and vegetables.

Country : Hungary
one of the many campaings of Fauna Society

Fauna Society has been cooperating with the other leading animal protection groups from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia since 2006 when all together jointly lobbied their own governments to support the EU's Animal Welfare Action Plan and offered their help in its implementation. They are now working together as part of a project titled “Cooperation of Animal Welfare NGOs in Visegrad”. The aims of the project are to increase the availability of food produced to higher standards of animal welfare, especially eggs produced in the alternative barn, free range and organic systems and to increase the demand of consumers for such products.
In the Visegrad countries, the great majority of egg laying hens are kept in cramped cages. The fauna society is concerned that - despite growing consumer demand for eggs produced in non-cage production systems (barn, free range and organic suystems) - there are few welfare friendly alternatives available in supermarkets. Supermarkets have an enormous influence over the animal welfare standards involved in the production of food, having the power to impose requirements on how food is produced and the ability to promote one product over another. That is why the Fauna Society has contacted the main supermarket chains in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia asking them whether eggs from non-cage production systems are available in their shops, and if not, whether they plan to introduce these products in the near future.

Country: Hungary
Gyűrűfű ökofalu
Type of place: Accommodation

Gyûrûfû Foundation www.gyurufu.hu is an independent environmental organisation focusing its activity on the local watershed situated in the southern hills of Zselic. The foundation was registered in 1991, and has no affiliation to any of the political parties or business enterprises except those established by the eco-villagers. The mission of the organisation is to develop a well-founded, realistic and feasible small scale model of human subsistence with an emphasis on environmental and ecological considerations, taking rural areas, hamlets, villages and agricultural farms as the first priority.

The foundation also makes and attempt to care for and tend to social, human and community values, and while trying to retain its holistic and interdisciplinary approach, it does not ignore or neglect natural beauty and values, cultural, social heritage and landscape features of the small scale local region.

The accommodations are 7 and 3 people apartments. Externally and internally, natural materials have been used. The rooms are treated with wax strip, the brick floor is treated with wax in kitchens. In the houses, there are wood-burning stoves and furnaces. Both apartments are with equipped kitchen, fridge, cooking facilities (microwave not included). The solar panels provide hot water in summertime.

Country: Hungary
Helesfa-Gyurufu Pf.3, Gyurufu H-7683 » Map
Gömörszőlős
Type of place: Accommodation

The eco-village in Gömörszőlős, close to the Hungarian-Slovak border, is a little town currently populated by about 100 people. The village development program "Gömörszőlős of a sustainable village" begun in 1993, thanks to Miskolc-based Foundation for Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development. Since then, villagers made efforts to meet the Ecological Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation's objectives. Many old buildings were reconstructed in order to encourage the maintenance of folk crafts and folk art traditions, to promote tourism and to organize workshops and trainings.

The village is also able to welcome tourists as tourist accommodations (about 40 places) are in the local government, in the Ecological Institute and in ural family accommodations. Although there are no many services (no bank or post office for instance), Gömörszőlős represents an ideal place where to find peace, relax and contact with nature. in the village there is even a permanent photo exhibition and a collection of ethnographic objects in the vicinity. A Fine Arts Camp is usually organised in the summertime.

Gömörszőlős is not a museum, but a living sustainable village where visitors become active participants in the exercise of sustainability. Of course there are many devices using the sun or other inexhaustible and environmentally friendly source of energy: for example there is a rainwater's collector, there are solar panels producing hot water, individual sewage treatment, compost-toilet and wind pump. To preserve fruit, it is still used one of the oldest methods to dring them, which is a fully preservative-free process. Great attention is given education for nature: lectures concerning the interpretation of sustainable development are free for visitors.

Country: Hungary
Kassai út 22, 3728 Gömörszőlős » Map
Toulcův Dvůr
Type of place: Accommodation

Tulcvur Dvur is a beautiful building where many sustainable activities are based. Toulcův Dvůr is the head office of Biospotrebitel - www.biospotrebitel.cz - which is a point of reference in Czech Republic concerning organic farmers and shops. It is the head office of Brontosaurus - www.brontosaurus.cz - which is an organization promoting environmental awareness among people throught events and volunteering projects. Furthermore, Toulcův Dvůr is also an hostel, with accommodations is all year long (for groups there is also catering serveices), a kindergarden, an educational farm, a coffee restaurant and many other things. It is a public structure and adresses its activites especially to local people and families. It is a really good practice.

The building itself of Toulcův Dvůr is really interesting and fascinating environmental education center: it is built over the rest built already in the 13th century when this position was representing a strategic point for passage for trades towards Moravia. During the Communist times, all the complex became a state farm which has been renovated only after the end of the Communist era. Among the most attended annual events, there are the Day of the earth, the Day of the trees and the Day of Czech traditions. In September there is also a Bio Market, with 60 farmers, which receive about 5000 visitors.

Country: Czech Republic
Kubatova 1 - 32, Praha 10 » Map
One of the houses of the eco village
Type of place: Accommodation

Galgaheviz is a village with about 2600 inhabitants. It is just 1 hour by train far from Budapest and it hides a big treasure. Since decades, something special is going on here. Galgaheviz is an organic farm as it produces organic milk, cheese, butter, meat and preserves, but Galgaheviz is also an eco-village. This is already partially built, in an area few kms far from the train station. Actually, there are apartments yet available for people wanting to buy the house and maybe to cultivate the common lands. Furthermore, this is also a place where schools children come for environmental projects: children can stay in the village's hotel. Otherwise, another option is to stay into families houses. Totally, at the moment, especially in the summer time when it is possible to camp outside, Galgaveviz can host up to 170 people.

Country: Hungary
Fo utca 83, Galgaheviz » Map
Here it is where the appleas are processed to get a delicious organic juice
Type of place: Accommodation

The Veronica Center in Hostětín is a wonderful example of best practice in sustainable development. It is the first public building in the Czech Republic constructed in a passive standard, i.e. with minimum consumption of energy. It is located in Hostetin, which is a little village inhabitated by less than 300 people. Here Veronica Center has built a complex including an apple juice plant, a beautiful building which is an accommodation as well as a meeting center. Hostetin is in the White Carpathians, it is an ideal place where to come with school classes, but it is perfect also for people loving nature and calm and peaceful places. The accommodation consists in 10 comfortably furnished rooms, with own bathrooms. Total accommodation capacity is 25 beds. During the year, there are always many visitors: almost 5000 people in 2009. For groups of visitors, Centre Veronica provides food, preferentially organic and local. In this center many people come to see how passive house, biomass heating and solar collectors work.

Country: Czech Republic
86 Bojkovice, Hostětín » Map
grape harvest
Type of place: Farm

Libera Terra is an agency for the promotion of the cooperation and legality. It was born on the 27th of May 2006, promoted by cooperatives and associations members of Legacoop.
Libera Terra wants to support the cooperatives operating and managing the lands confiscated to criminal organisations where pasta, tomatoes, wine and many other goods are produced. One can find the label "Libera Terra" in fair trade shops, but also in several supermarkets. It is possible also to purchse on the agency's website www.liberaterra.it where there is also a section dedicated to tourism, "agriturismi e strutture ricettive": 3 accommodations in the Palermo discrict, located in the confiscated lands.

Country: Italy
Pausa Café
Type of place: Café & catering

Pausa Café is a really good place managed by a social cooperative based in Torino. It promotes process of social development and fair, sustainable and partecipated economical development. Pausa Café is present also in Guatemala where it cooperates with local coffee prooducers and in Messico and Costa Rica where it helps cocoa producers. In Italy, Pausa Café is involved in projects aimed at facilitate the work inclusion of people which spent or are still spending a punishment in the jail "Lorusso e Cotugno" in Torino and "Rodolfo Morandi" in Saluzzo.

Strangely, Pausa Café menas also beer. The cooperatives in fact produces also beer, to be precise 6 types of beer among which Tosta, inspired by the traditional English Barley Wine and T.I.P.A., an Indian Pale Ale.

Country: Italy
Chestnut beer made by Beltaine

The brewery Beltaine is managed by the Social Cooperative Campeggio Monghidoro, www.cooperativasocialemonghidoro.com. One of the peculiarities of this brewery is the use of a local fruit such as the chestnut which, once dried, is added in the first phase of the cook. Chestnuts come from a didactic chestnut wood realised by Carisbo foundation in cooperation with Bologna, Firenze and Milano University. Other peculiar beers are the one made with smoked chestnuts and juniper and the one made with spelt.

Country : Italy
Addio Pizzo's logo
Type of place: Guide - Guided tour

The association Addio Pizzo is based in Palermo. In its website everyone can download a very useful map of businesses which decided not to pay any protection money to criminal organizations. To choose these bakaries, building companies, supermarkets or jewellery stores is a political choice and a strong support to these businesses.

Country: Italy
Villa Giardino: holiday house of Mondo Nuovo
Type of place: Accommodation

“Villa giardino" is an the holiday-house managed by the NGO Mondo Nuovo which aims at facilitating and improving the quality of life of disabled people. However, Villa Giardino is also a farm-house and a workshop-house: it is a beautiful building, located within a monumental eighteenth-century garden, rich of Holm oaks. Here you have the opportunity to attend artistic workshops or to cultivate, as a volunteer, within the “L’orto del Lolli”: a real full immersion in nature and social agriculture!!

Country: Italy
Località San Girolamo, Volterra » Map
Podere la Greppia
Type of place: Accommodation

Farm cultivating organically, certified by Suolo e Salute, http://new.suoloesalute.it/

Country: Italy
Via Vecchi Pontederese 17, 56034 Chianni, Pisa » Map
Celebrating the grape harvest
Type of place: Accommodation

This co-operative was born over 30 years ago when 3 young men from local farming families got together to discuss the future of farming in this area. Deeply attached to the work, they wanted to find new ways of using traditional methods. To begin with, they merged their vineyards and built stalls for farm animals so they could use organic manure to fertilise their fields and vines. The old ways were combined with a very modern belief in organic farming as the way of the future, as part of the wider project known as 'contraction', involving reducing our human impact on the natural environment.

Currently, Valli Unite - www.valliunite.com - produces wine; it can host guests in 3 apartments (also in B&B formula) or agri-camping, but Valli Unite also means restaurant with own produced food, supplemented as necessary by other organic or fair trade product

Valli Unite is members of the big family of WWOOF - www.wwoof.org - , offering places to 1 to 2 wwoofers at any one time throughout the year. Wwoofers give a hand in various sorts of work. They can work in the vineyards during the harvest, in the milk shed or in making cheese, in the kitchen and dining room, in the butcher's shop, the cellar, in woodcutting, feeding the cattle and pigs, fruit picking, jam-making and in many other little jobs that turn up from day to day. Spoken languages by at least some members of the co-coperative are Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian and Dutch.

Country: Italy
Cascina Montesoro 15050 Costa Vescovato (AL) » Map
Upcchi eco-village
Type of place: Commune & co-housing

The Upacchi eco-village has 52 permanent residents. The project started in 1990 when the Cooperativa Agricola Upacchi Villaggio Ecologico bought the abandoned hamlets Upacchi and Poggiolo. There were 18 houses, all in ruins, 20 Ha of agricultural land and 50 ha of woodland. The houses have been renovated mostly using ecological building techniques. Infrastrucuture were created such as a water supply sistem and a reed-beds for waste water depuration. The agriculture is assigned to the single families living in the village: it is an important economical base to be able to live in the eco-village. After 1998, it was decided to dissolve the Cooperative and privatize everything except common infrastructure. Right now there are 13 families living permanently in the village of whom 5 are German, or German/Italian. The other families come from other cities in Italy like Naples, Lecce, Bologna, Como. Two families live from agriculture and agricultural turism, others are artisans (clay-building, ecological electricity), therapists, or work outside the village. Social activities are women's meetings, sweat-lodges, occasional common meditations and rituals, volleyball, and a big summer party in which participate also the people from the sourroundings. Guests are welcome, they can stay in caravans or holiday-flats, or work as volunteers with one of the farming families. Visitors Received are also Non-Working Guests, Volunteers and it is also possible the Work Exchange.

Country: Italy
Biocasa
Type of place: Accommodation

Biocasa is a stone-house in the village of Upacchi, rebuilt follwing the bio-architecture principles. Guests may stay here enjoying the nature and the peaceful atmosphere. The area surrounding Upacchi is not touristic although it is really beautiful: amazing landscapes, mountains, monasteries and peasants' villages. Biocasa is open all year long: it offers 8 beds (4 a the rooms and 4 in a caravan). German and English are both spoken. Biocasa may provide you with free bikes or suggest you interesting trekking path in the area.

Country: Italy
Località Upacchi 57 - Anghiari (AREZZO) » Map
People at the eco-village
Type of place: Commune & co-housing

Corricelli is today the core of a very ambitious project: to realise a second eco-village to become a land education center. Basilico is an association born in 2002 aiming at the promotion of the physical and mental wellbeing and the realisation of eco-villages where to share an eco-sustainable way of life. Basilico has contatcs with Il Forteto and the Bagnaia commune and of course agriculture is the center of the activities.

Country: Italy
Casa colonica casa Eden
Type of place: Accommodation

In Podere Zollaio in Vinci, www.poderezollaio.co.uk , you can decide either to rent 1 of the 4 original apartments or to stay in the farm house Eden. In both cases, you will find a really nice atmosphere in a very privileged position, surroundedby the hills, close to Vinci and not far from the most beautiful Tuscan cities.

Country: Italy
Podere Zollaio, Via Pistoiese 25, 50059 Vinci, Firenze » Map
Buena Vista
Type of place: Accommodation

BuenaVista www.agriturismobuenavista.it is a cozy farm, located in the silence of olive groves, in the Tuscan hills. Built in 18th century, the villa overlooks a beautiful valley. The farm has always been cultivated according to organic principals. There are 9 hectares of beautiful land – 5 hectares covered with olive trees and the rest is a spectacular forest with century-old oaks and a wide variety of unique plants and flowers. A spring from the top of the mountains provides the farm with crystal clear water. A swim in the pool, a hike in the forest, a nap under the shady cherry-tree - these are the precious moments you may enjoy in Buena Vista!
For the guests Buena Vista also offers a great variety of things to do: guided tours to the historical places such as Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, Italian language classes, music lessons for beginners, Etruscan ceramic classes (colombino), Early morning fitness (yoga and stretching, hiking in the forest and mountains and diving in the cave.

Country: Italy
Via Campora, 24 - Stazione Masotti - 51030 Serravalle Pistoiese (PT) » Map
Malaspina School at a market in Città dell'utopia

La Città dell’Utopia is housed in the Casale Garibaldi, a historical building surrounded by old pine trees, located in a densely populated residental area not far from St Paul’s Basilica. The Casale dates back to the end of the 18th century and the legend wants that Giuseppe Garibaldi stayed in the Casale for 1 night. Città dell’Utopia is meant to be a social and cultural laboratory working for a new model of local and global development: balanced, sustainable and fair. The main aim of this project is to make the most of the experiences and potentialities of local associations, groups, schools, cooperatives etc., offering the citizens opportunities to take part in the environmental and social development of the district, and at the same time creating a network for socialisation and solidarity initiatives. The project focuses on active citizenship, individual and collective participation. One of the key elements of La Città dell’Utopia lies in the connections it creates between the local and the international levels, with regard in particular to the international voluntary work projects organised by SCI - www.workcamps.info/ : these aim at strengthening international solidarity and intercultural understanding as a basis for non-violent conflict resolution, breaking down cultural barriers which, together with the fear of difference, are at the root of intolerant and racist behaviours. Thus, the main values promoted by the project are multiculturalism, international solidarity and connection between local and global issues. The activities in La Città dell’Utopia will in fact be hold by the presence of long-term international volunteers, cultural exchanges, workcamps and opportunities to explore the links between local reality and global trend. La Città dell’Utopia is open to the neighbourhood and the city for activities relating to the main themes of the project: peace, international solidarity, sustainable development, multiculturalism and social inclusion.

Country: Italy
One of the bedrooms
Type of place: Accommodation

The agriturismo Agrimagia www.agrimagia.it is dipped into the green of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Mountains, among secular woods and water sources. in Agrimagia there are 12 rooms with services. The restaurant is a warm and pleasant environment. It is working in the weekend and only through reservation. Here meals are simple and prepared only with business products: organic beef "in all the sauces" and proposal in different alternatives according to the seasonality, organic spelt in soup, salad, bread and pasta.

Country: Italy
Via Albergo 75, loc. Bruscoli - Firenzuola (FI) » Map
Il Fattoio
Type of place: Accommodation

Situated between the Valley of Chianti and the Upper Valdarno, 3 Km away from the small town of Figline Valdarno, the Podere Il Fattoio www.ilfattoio.firenze.it/ is a typical 18th-century cottage offering its guests relaxing holidays amongst hills covered of woods, olive groves and vineyards. Il Fattoio offers the possibility to spend some time in comfortable 2-roomed flats made up of a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, equipped with modern electrical household appliances and balcony.

Country: Italy
via Poggio alla Croce 31, Figline Valdarno (FI) » Map
The dining room in Dulcamara
Type of place: Accommodation

Dulcamara www.coopdulcamara.it is a small cooperative ruinning several activities linked to sustainability. Dulcamara runs an organic agritourism, integrating agriculture with other complementary activities such as gardening and landscape recovery, biodiversity conservation, local commercialization of the farm products, social and cultural activities, environmental education, bio-vegetarian restaurant, holidays and visits on the farm. All is run in deep respect of the environment and of people.
Hospitality on Dulcamara farm is informal and simple, favouring a more direct and open relation, however always respectful with visitors. We are part of a bio-ecological agritorurism network certified by ICEA and A.I.T.R. (the Italian Association for a Responsible Tourism) www.aitr.org/site/index.php , whose main principles are to foster a sustainable fruition of local social, cultural and natural resources. The main building, where our guests are accommodated, has been restructured using natural materials. We have also adopted ecological solutions for furniture, energy and recycling. The farm house has 7 bedrooms (2-4 beds each) and 2 halls for working groups. Close to the house and under the shade of the trees there is a small camping site for 4-5 tents. Being inside a Regional Park we are surrounded by woods and cultivated fields and it is possible to visit the surroundings walking along footpaths, cycling, or horse-riding. In Dulcamara there is also a Bio-vegetarian restaurant which has more than 10 years experience in vegetarian cuisine and uses 100% organic products, paying great attention to freshness, seasons and specializing in recipes with wild and cultivated herbs. The restaurant is open from March to November (Friday to Sunday), from December to February (only Sundays) and on new year’s eve.

Country: Italy
Via Tolara di Sopra 78, 40064 Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO) » Map

Dulcamara www.coopdulcamara.it is a cooperative of people wishing to live in a a natural way: creating autonomously the work, eating healthy food, seeking satisfaction in what it is done as individuals and as a group, experimenting sustainable life-styles, respectful of the environment and of people. Organic agriculture is integrated with other complementary activities such as gardening and landscape recovery, biodiversity conservation, local commercialization of the farm products, social and cultural activities, environmental education, bio-vegetarian restaurant, holidays and visits on the farm. Dulacamara also offers hospitality. The social sector is a small but important activity in Dulcamara. Working and relating with disabled persons is a great opportunity: therefore, Dulcamara offers a friendly working environment to people with physical or mental disabilities or simply with communication problems. Having to do with crops, animals, nature and manual activities is good for the mind and is potentially therapeutic for anyone. It loosens stress and improves health. Among the social activites, there is of course also the educational farm: a green laboratory for schools to understand nature, principles of ecology, organic farming and the connection between production and consumption of food. Learning by doing is the method applied. The educational activities are programmed with and sponsored by the regional Park Gessi Bolognesi and Calanchi dell’Abbadessa.

Country: Italy
Bardinaio Farm
Type of place: Accommodation

Bardinaio is an organic farm certified AIAB www.bioagriturismi.it and www.aiab.it , producing olive oil, Chianti wine, vegetables and honey. However, Bardinaio is also a holiday accommodation: it offers 2 apartments and a studio in a building which dates back to the XIV century. The building also hosts a little but interesting collection of farm tools. Bardinaio is located in an ideal position: not far from the seaside and close to the Appennini mountains. Very close there is also a riding school.

Country: Italy
via Samminiatese, 7 - 50050 Montaione (FIRENZE) » Map
Il Pino Bioagricoltura
Type of place: Accommodation

Il Pino www.ilpino.com is located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Arezzo, in an enclave of organic farming, amongst rows of Malvasia vines, organic strawberry plantations, meadows of medicinal herbs and olive groves. The estate accommodates guests in a top farm holiday resort with modern comforts including internet as well as antique furnitures. Il Pino is certified by AIAB, www.bioagriturismi.it , ICEA, www.icea.info/ and WWF, www.fattoriedelpanda.net .

Country: Italy
Castiglion Ubertini 78, 52028 Terranuova Bracciolini (AR) » Map
Wood stove
Type of place: Accommodation

Agriturismo Capra Matilda offers you a nice accommodation immersed into the nature. It is ideal for families and also for school' programs and excursions. Capra Matilda is also a didactical (organic) farm with a little museum where ancient tools are collected. Located close to Monte Amiata, to several medieval villages and to WWF oasis. Actually, Capara Matilda is in the network of the Panda farm, www.fattoriedelpanda.net and Arca net www.arca-net.info which is a network of institutions that keep endangered livestock breeds or rare cultivated plants, making them known to the public. The accommodation consists into a house of 5 rooms with independent services, entrances and outside terraces.

Country: Italy
Podere Cancellone, Roccalbegna (Grosseto) » Map
Arnaione
Type of place: Accommodation

Situated by the gentle hills of Maremma, the Farmhouse Arnaione www.arnaione.it is the ideal place for people looking for a simple, relaxing and healthy holiday or for everyone who likes art and culture: only a few kilometres far from Arnaione, guests could find villages and towns full of art, culture, folklore, and all the most famous seaside resorts, with various entertainments. In the Farmhouse Arnaione there is also a restaurant of Arnaione Farm: a family business, offering typical Maremma meat dishes, cooked respecting the Tuscan tradition. The menu is a daily menu, and it is normally decided by the kitchen staff; that is because only seasonal (and most of all certified with ICEA organic certification www.icea.info) products are cultivated in the farm itself.

Country: Italy
Arnaione - 58030 Sticciano Scalo - Roccastrada (Grosseto) » Map
The splendid view of Agrimonia over the valley
Type of place: Accommodation

Agrimonia offers 2 apartments, both with a splendid view over the valley: a bigger one, which may guest up to 5 or 6 people, and a studio, ideal for couples, maybe with a small child. Both are refurbished in Tuscan style with stone walls and red terracotta tiled flooring. In Agrimonia cultivations are organic. Everything is grown without any artificial or chemicals pesticides. Olives are still picked by hand, combed from the branches and then collected onto the nets spread beneath the trees. Agrimonia also commits itself in preserving biodiversity. This farm in fact is one of the few still cultivating two rare varieties of globe artichokes - Volterra and San Miniato. Italian courses of language & culture are available. Agrimonia is part of a network called LE STREGHE www.lestreghe.eu . Le Streghe unites several Valdera and Valdicecina farms which cultivate organically and aims at promoting the network's organic products.

Country: Italy
Podere Orzanese 45, Volterra » Map
In Le Fornaci land
Type of place: Farm

Podere Le Fornaci was born in 2000. It is located 2 km far from Greve in Chianti, close to Florence. Since the beginning Podere Le Fornaci practices organic agriculture and breeding, specifically a species originally from the Alps. Currently, they are 75. In the structure, there is also a little organic cheese factory as the animales are even cured only with homeopathic medicins. You can buy these products directly at the Podere's structure, in other organic shops or in organic markets all around Tuscany, for instance:

1° month's Sunday - Arezzo
2° month's Saturday - Montevarchi AR
3° month's Sunday - Piazza Santo Spirito, Firenze
4° month's Saturday - Piazza della Berlina, Pisa
4° month's Sunday - Greve in Chianti

Country: Italy
Arianna's thread
Type of place: Farm

Poggio Antico's hamlet was established at the beginning of the XIII century. In 1983, a group of people with different backgrounds and with different work experiences joined their forces to purchase over 100 hectares of land situated in Florence's Province, over the Chianti Hills. This land is covered by vineyards, olive trees, cereals, aromatic plants, pastures and forests. Cultivations are certified as organic and also biodynamic www.demeter.it . Poggio Antico is therefore a co-operative, actually one of the pillars of organic and biodynamic agriculture in Tuscany with clear guiding principles related to self-sufficiency, full and efficient use of all resources, sharing profits, avoiding waste and harmony with natural life cycles in order to oppose every form of exploitation and mistreatment.

Country: Italy
Il Tondo
Type of place: Accommodation

“Il Tondo” www.ecotondo.org/ is a rural holiday house located in the Florentine mountain, near the wonderful Forest Park of Foreste Casentinesi, 35 km far from Florence. Il Tondo” is managed by “Ecotondo”, a n NGO, a social cooperative born in 2005 oriented towards nature and social tourism. In this structure, one can breath a family atmosphere, meet people and producers of the Montagna Fiorentina area (specifically, wine, olive oil, cheese and medicinal plants), taste traditional Tuscan cuisine. The area is ideal for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking. Local lakes and torrents offer a unique opportunity for relaxing and fishing. The total capacity of “Il Tondo” is 11 places distributed in 4 bedrooms: 1 double/triple - en suite; 1 single/double - shared bathroom; 2 double/triple - shared bathroom. Moreover, there is a kitchen, a common room, self-catering available for guests, 3 fireplaces, central heating and wood-fuelled cooking stove. B&B and full board available. “Ecotondo” proposes a variety of mainly Tuscan dishes. Main ingredients are seasonal and purchased locally or from stores of the fair trade network. Ecotondo is part of the Le Mat network www.lemat.it/ . Le Mat is a small specialized agency for the development of sustainable tourism and social inclusive entrepreneurship on local level. It is also a European registered Trademark for quality hospitality and sustainable and community tourism. Le Mat stake- and shareholders are social co-operatives working in the field of tourism, social hoteliers and some development agencies for social enterprise and local sustainable development.

Country: Italy
Località Il Tondo, 50060 Londa (Fi) » Map
One of the Inghirami's bedrooms
Type of place: Accommodation

Villa di Scornello is part of a large National Reserve www.fattorieinghirami.com/ . This is why our guests can enjoy the maximum tranquillity and make use of the many hiking trails and mountain bike excursions. Situated on the ominous hill between Volterra and Pomarance, the solitary Scornello Farm covers an area of about 300 hectars. A part of the farm is destined to the production of cereals utilized directly to feed the livestock. Another part is maintained by a olive orchard for the production of extra virgin olive oil. Finally the remaining area is fenced in for housing a herd of Red spotted and Chianina cattle raised in the wild. It makes a sort of a circle within the farm of a thick Mediterranean woods. Here you can find accommodation in 4 comfortable apartments. Le Fattorie Inghirami is part of a network called LE STREGHE www.lestreghe.eu . Le Streghe unites several Valdera and Valdicecina farms which cultivate organically and aims at promoting the network's organic products.

Country: Italy
Loc. Scornello Via Vicinale della Zambra 56048 Volterra - Pisa » Map
I Moricci
Type of place: Accommodation

I Moricci is located on the soft hills of the Alta Val d' Era. This farm-house was built in 1846 by the noble family of Pisa Rosselmini - Ricciardi. Nowadays it is divided into 4 apartments recently restored. I Moricci is a farm surrounded by about 15 hectares of olive-tree and vineyards which are managed in accordance with organic cultivation methods. All around, a wide wood of Mediterranean species (holms-oaks, acacias, pines and under wood's typical plants) offers the occasion for suggestive walks. I Moricci is part of a network called LE STREGHE www.lestreghe.eu . Le Streghe unites several Valdera and Valdicecina farms which cultivate organically and aims at promoting the network's organic products.

Country: Italy
via di Ripassaia, 57 - Fabbrica di Peccioli, Pisa » Map
The entrance
Type of place: Accommodation

Podere Borgaruccio www.podereborgaruccio.it/ is a farm situated along the panoramic Route of Wine. Borgaruccio was known as early as the beginning of 19th century. The farm was most likely built by some friars who initiated the cultivation of the homonymous vineyards in Peccioli. Some of those vineyards are still being cultivated in the farm. Borgaruccio is a tiny village gently nestled on the crest of a hill which overlooks the Valdera valley and dominates the river Era with its suggestive lagoon landscape, its luxuriant flora and rich fauna. The 2 houses, according to the tradition of their architecture, show off roofs with beams and rafters, brick tiles and old stone and brick walls. The farm consists of 4 bedrooms with bathrooms and showers, an apartment with a cooking place, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, a suite on the last two floors of the ancient tower. Abundant breakfast with all the products of the farm, daily fresh eggs, several sorts of cheese, fresh fruit, home-made cakes, home-made jam. Podere Borgaruccio is part of a network called LE STREGHE www.lestreghe.eu . Le Streghe unites several Valdera and Valdicecina farms which cultivate organically and aims at promoting the network's organic products.

Country: Italy
Via del Molino 122, Peccioli » Map
La Bonosa
Type of place: Accommodation

This is a farm situated in Val di Bisenzio, immersed in fields of olive trees and chestnuts, at an altitude of 350 m. The structure is a rural complex made with the local stone, recently renovated and provided of many comforts. The are 2 apartements and 1 of them is accessible to disabled people. La Bonosa is family managed and its extension is about 21 hectares. Here there is the production of extra vergin olive oil, chestnuts’ flour and honey. However, there are also pigs and sheep breading. More information at the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Località La Bonosa 93 Sasseta 59024 Vernio » Map
Corboli agriturismo
Type of place: Accommodation

The Corboli farmstead - www.agriturismocorboli.it - is situated just above the village of San Quirico di Vernio, in the foothills of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenines. Corboli is an agritourism with pleasant and welcoming rooms (5 apartments, 2 rooms and 20 beds); the service as well is warm and familiar. Once in Corboli, one can either decide to follow the activities of the farm or organise his/her own activities. However, it is always possible to buy directly in the farm. If required, Corboli's staff prepares meals. The offered food is locally grown, either on the farm itself or nearby. It is cooked in the local style and served around large tables. Delicacies include salamis and roasts prepared with our own Sienese Belted pigs, various cuts of Calvana beef, wild boar, chestnut flour tagliatelle, potato cakes, Prato style celery, bread soup, Tuscan pecorino cheese (made with sheep’s milk) with chestnut honey, plus home-grown vegetables. The served wine is the Carmignano table wine. Other information at the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
via Celle-Corboli, 62 59024 Vernio » Map
Ginestreto
Type of place: Accommodation

Situated in an area called Salette, Ginestreto is a farm at about 420 m. of altitude, surrounded not only by chestnut trees, but also by many fruits trees such as plums, cherries, walnuts and local sort of apple trees, called Mannacchine. All over there are several water sources. Moreover, from May until July, you will find the area covered by flourished brooms which in Italian is ginestra, from which the name Ginestreto is coming from. In the farm there are horses and bees’ hive where honey is extracted from. The staff is always happy to give the guests suggestions concerning possible excursions to realize such as in Calvana, Bilancino lake, Natural park of Acquerino or cities like Florence, Pisa and Siena. Ginestreto is composed by 2 apartments with 8 beds. More information at the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Via Gavazzoli 13 B, Saletto 59024 Vernio » Map
Agriturismo Castiglioncello
Type of place: Accommodation

The agritourism Castiglioncello - www.agriturismocastiglioncello.it/ - is in the Bisenzio valley, in the district of Prato, which lies a few km from Florence. This antique medieval manor house has recently been refurbished and restored: actually there are 2 apartments and 2 rooms for a total of 13 beds. The fruits, vegetables, olives, olive oil, jams, honey and herbs used in the agritourism are all produced organically. The dining room often serves freshly grilled meats accompanied by a good local wine. Near the agritourism there are short walking trails, or more difficult guided courses. Deep in the unpolluted nature of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines it's easy to see a variety of birds and animals (wild boar, deer, porcupines). Also agriturismo Castiglioncello is member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Via di Castiglioncello 21, Migliana 59025 Cantagallo (Prato) » Map
Javello Farm
Type of place: Accommodation

In the heart of the Monteferrato protected Nature area, among the rolling hills of Prato, 30 km from Florence, the Javello farm offers hospitality in the La Casaccia, the XVI century farmhouse, recently renovated and divided into 4 spacious apartments (with 25 beds), all with fireplaces, self-contained central heating and fully equipped kitchen. The Javello farmhouse - www.fattoriajavello.it - is the monumental hub of the estate. Its main body has a medieval tower, a chapel with frescoes dating from XVI and XVII centuries, and an entrance courtyard adorned with beautiful lemon and rose bushes. From the garden, with barbeque and pool (7 m x 15 m) one can enjoy the view over the lake and surrounding fields and woodlands, with Florence, Prato and Pistoia in the distance. Within the vast estate of 350 hectares, predominantly woodland, the farm Reticaia cultivates 5000 olive trees producing extra-virgin olive oil Fattoria di Javello. Also Fattoria di Javello is member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
via Javello 52, 59013 Montemurlo (Prato) » Map
Accommodation in Il Ponticello
Type of place: Accommodation

In the small rural village of Fabio, there is the farmhouse Il Ponticello, www.agrifabio.com : it is in a sunny position, surrounded by the greenery of the woods, and overlooking the olive groves and the meadows. The Fabio agricultural company has been owned by the Cipriani-Romei family for more than 4 generations. The company actually focuses principally on breeding animals with 2 breeds of rare animals in danger of extinction: the Calvana cows and the Cinta toscana pigs, along with other small animals and wild horses. The farm adoptes the guidelines of integrated agriculture, avoiding the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides . The 2000 olive trees on the farm provide olives for the production of top-quality extra-virgin oil. Bees produce acacia and mille fleur honey. The farm organises many courses - as il Ponticello is also a didactical farm - among which guests can choose from the following list of courses: the olive, the woods, our friend the bee, the vegetable garden, bread, the art of weaving and many other. Visits are organised for groups of a minimum of 10 people up to a maximum of 25. Il Ponticello is also member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Via di Fabio - 59021 Vaiano (PRATO) » Map
The entrance of San Giorgio agriturismo
Type of place: Accommodation

Located on the Montemurlo's hills, between Prato and Pistoia, in the Monteferrato park, San Giorgio www.agrisangiorgio.it extends for 30 hectares of woods, olive groves and meadows. Guests can stay in an antique farmhouse (4 rooms and 8 beds) and taste typical Tuscan dishes. In a peaceful position, San Giorgio is perfect for anybody loving nature and art, as Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca and Pisa are all not too far. San Giorgio agriturismo is also member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Via Baronese, 9 - 59013 Montemurlo (Prato) » Map
la Borriana
Type of place: Accommodation

Tenuta la Borriana - www.agriturismolaborriana.it - is the ideal place where to rest for holidays, leisure and outdoor life. Placed on hills, it is just 10 km far from Prato and 18 km from Florence. Tenuta la Borriana is immersed in the countryside of Tuscany and lies on 30 hectares. The 7 holiday apartments (50 beds in total) are surrounded by a wide park where flowers, with olive trees and wine yards that produce a wide and good selection of oil and wine. In the farm one can buy there our products such as: wine, vinsanto, grappa, olive oil, honey, honey wine and jams. La Borriana is also member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Via Varghetana per Le Ginestre, Loc. Il Casino di Caccia 59015 Carmignano (PRATO) » Map
San Biagio
Type of place: Accommodation

The farm Colline San Biagio www.collinesanbiagio.it/ offers an opportunity to stay in an exclusive set carefully furnished with elegance and surrounded by the wonderful landscape of Tuscan hills. The productscultivated are the IGP extra virgin olive oil, the wine and the natural jams. The accommodation is composed by 7 rooms and 14 beds. Colline San Biagio is also member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Località Bacchereto - Via San Biagio 6/8 - 59015 - Carmignano (PO) » Map
Le Ginestre in Carmignano
Type of place: Accommodation

Le Ginestre www.fattorialeginestre.it welcomes its guest in 5 double rooms, all with private toilet in 3 independent apartments, at only 4 km from the centre of Carmignano, not far from Florence and Prato. This is an area of production of D.O.C.G. wine and extra virgin olive oil. Le Ginestre is an historical farm. Until 1738, it has been a property of Medici Florentine family; then it became a Lorena property. In 1861, with the unity of Italy and the annexation of Tuscany within the Italian kingdom, the Lorena family has been exiliated and its properties given to the Savoia family. The Savoia sold Le Ginestre to other family and on 1870 this structure became a property of Landini family, still owners of the farm. The traditional production of the farm, until these times, are: wines, oil, dried figues and jams. Le Ginestre is also member of the Associazione Agriturismo Apice, www.tuscanfarmholidays.com

Country: Italy
Via Delle Ginestre n° 18 - 59015 Carmignano (Prato) » Map
Bioagriturismo Ca'faggio
Type of place: Accommodation

In Ca' faggio www.cafaggio.it , guests may stay in 1 of the 5 apartments . The country house of Reggello is a piece of real estate in local stone, recently restore. It consists in 4 apartments with a private swimming pool. The organic farm Ca'faggio is certified ICEA www.icea.info ; it produces cereals, check peas, wine, olive oil, vegetables and chestnuts. Ca'faggio offers its guests many activities: chartering mountain-bike, lessons of horse riding, sportfishing no-kill in our small lake and a course on organic agriculture. Ca' faggio is also in the AIAB network of www.bioagriturismi.it

Country: Italy
Loc. Toppole - Anghiari - Arezzo » Map
Podere la Casellina
Type of place: Accommodation

With the joviality and the warmth of peasant culture, Podere la Casellina www.poderelacasellina.it offers you hospitality with care and discretion. All the guests may enjoy the slow rhythm of the country. The hayloft and the stables have been transformed into 3 comfortable bedrooms with bathrooms, while the staff still live in the two hundred years old farmhouse where guests can enjoy a full breakfast, with fresh eggs, homemade jams and cakes. The food is typical Tuscan and goes according to the seasons. For those who would not join the staff with working the fields, there is always the possibility to go for walks through the farm or simply to walk through the wonderful wood paths, picking chestnuts and precious wild mushrooms. The area is also ideal for trekking, biking and horse riding. In La Casellina, olive oil and good wine are produced. Moreover, la Casellina is member of the network www.itsagreengreenworld.com

 
Country: Italy
Via Poggio alla Croce n. 60 - 50063 - Figline Valdarno - Firenze » Map
At Fonte dei Serri
Type of place: Accommodation

Fonte dei Serri www.carne-biologica.it/ offers an organic self catering ideal for 4 people. However, Fonte dei Serri is also an educational farm, available for schools and groups. One of the main activities of this farm is the cows', pigs' and lambs' breeding whose meat is certified organic. Fonte dei Serri is certified AIAB and included in www.bioagriturismi.it.

Country: Italy
Località Fonte dei Serri, Poppi (Arezzo) » Map
Podere Frantoio in Tenuta San Vito
Type of place: Accommodation

Tenuta San Vito www.san-vito.com is an organic certified farm producing olive oil and Chianti wine. Tenuta San Vito is certified AIAB and it is included in www.bioagriturismi.it. San Vito also offers hospitality in nice apartments which have mantained the characteristic rural and Tuscan aspect. San Vito is composed by 4 astonishing farm houses.

Country: Italy
Via San Vito, 59 - 50056 Montelupo Fiorentino - Firenze » Map
La Conca Agriturismo
Type of place: Accommodation

In La Conca Agriturismo www.laconca.it you can choose to reserve a bedroom, an independent apartment or one of the 4 beautiful farm-houses in 4 different locations, all with a wide living room with fire place, kitchen equipped also for groups and each with its own swimming-pool. La Conca, located in Sansepolcro, an area full of cultural, historical and artistic traditions, is also an organic farm which covers approximately 300 hectares of woods and pastures, inhabited by deers, moufflons, roe deer and horses. Guests at La Conca are free to enjoy the large private natural park and may spend their free time in activities such as horse riding, archery, bocce (a traditional Italian game similar to bowling), guided rambles on foot, horseback or on mountain bikes, nature watching and photography from observation posts. The traditional agricultural activities practiced on the farm - with AIAB certification www.aiab.it - are forestry, the production of fodder for horses, and the organic production of cereals, olives, fruit and vegetables for the use of the family and the guests. The wood from the forests is processed in the internal saw-mill. La Conca agriturismo is also included in www.bioagriturismi.it .

Country: Italy
Località Paradiso, 16 - 52037 Sansepolcro (AREZZO) » Map
Podere Bello
Type of place: Accommodation

Podere Bello www.agriturismopoderebello.com/ is a farm holiday provided with a swimming pool. The main organic - certified ICEA - productions are grape-vine, olive and wheat. Podere Bello is totally sustained by renewable solar thermal sources, ideal for people travelling with pets: the enclosures of the Farm house insure against possible escapes.

Country: Italy
Località Pantano Alto, Pitigliano (Grosseto) » Map
Products made in the La Selva Farm
Type of place: Accommodation

La Selva has stood for Tuscan specialities since 1980, produced and processed to the highest organic standards in which La Selva was a pioneer. In La Selva there is also an organic grape production, with local varieties. La Selva is certified AIAB and included in www.bioagriturismi.it . La Selva's website itself www.laselva-bio.eu is quite interesting: it shows how the environment and the nature are important for its staff. The good thing is that here you can also spend your holiday: in one of its 2 guest houses, only 3 km from the sea in Southern Tuscany on the Gulf of Talamone - a pinetree lined coast with sandy beaches. All rooms and apartments have a rustic style, are comfortable and functionally equipped with their own bathroom. Well equipped communal kitchens offer the possibility to cook. The ingredients for a small Italian breakfast are included in the price and mineral water is also provided. Priority is given to bookings for stays running from Saturday to Saturday in summer.

Country: Italy
Loc. San Donato 58010 Orbetello (GROSSETO) » Map
Le Festival International de la soupe, at Lille
Type of place: Music & entertainment

The Soup international festival is a comic and symbolic competition created by the organisation Attacafa, based in Lille: the soup is at the center of this festival because it is a meal present in every continent. The network S.O.U.P.E (Symbole d'Ouverture et d'Union des Peuples Européens - Symbol of openess and union of European people -) is supported by the EU and many other cities host this festival, among which Rennes, Sète, Barcelona, Bologna, Bruxelles, Berlin, Rome, within La città dell'Utopia, and others. In Lille, the winner of the competition will receive the prestigious Gold Dipper (Louche d'Or). This Festival happens every 1st of May since 2001 in the Lille department called Wazemmes. During this day, there are about 600 artists, 150 soup's makers and 50 000 "observers". Therefore, more than a festival, this is a social project. You can watch a video at http://attacafa.com/post/2009/05/25/Vid%C3%A9o-Festival-de-la-Soupe-2008

Country: France
La Corte degli Ulivi Agriturismo
Type of place: Accommodation

Corte degli Ulivi www.cortedegliulivi.net is a farmhouse immersed in the nature. It is certified AIAB and included in www.bioagriturismi.it . It offers 5 apartments for its guests as well as guided excursions in the Maremma. Marruchetone is the name of the organic farm extended over 250 hectars surrounded by olive trees. In the restaurant the guests may also find the local own produced products.

Country: Italy
Via dello Sbirro, 58040 Roselle, Grosseto » Map
Granaglione's water

Granaglione' water, a village with a little more than 2000 inhabitants on the Bologna Appennino, is particular because it comes out from a mountain composed by a stone containing quartz. Therefore this quartz' sand is naturally filtering and cleaning the water which is also implied in the production of the local chestnut beer. Nine years ago Granaglione refused to let a private company, Hera Spa, to manage the public water system. The council and a citizens' committee have fought to be able to keep on managing the water, a too important and essential resource to be left in the hands of privates. It has been a hard battle, but the public interest won. This good example of civic battle has been the object of a recent programm by Riccardo Iacona, called Presa diretta, www.presadiretta.rai.it

However, the decree 135 (recently converted ina a Parliamentary law) forces by 2015 the city councils to leave the management of their water in the hands of privates chosen through a call for tenders.

Country: Italy
Terra Mia's façade
Type of place: Accommodation

Terra Mia is a B&B located between Pistoia and Lucca. From this location, you can enjoy a beutiful landscape: the Montecatini and Monsummano hills. Terra Mia is an organic farm producing preserves, jams, wine without additives, extra virgin olive oil and cultivating fruits and vegetables. Terra Mia offers hospitality in a building which has been renovated respecting the traditions and even using the old material. In the Terra Mia restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner (if you previously book), you will have the occasion to taste the products of the farm itself. The same during the breakfast when the staff of Terra Mia will offer you pies, biscuits, jam and fruits.

Country: Italy
Via Lipe 7, Serravalle Pistoiese (PISTOIA) » Map
Findhorn village in Scotland
Type of place: Accommodation

The Holiday Park http://findhornbayholidaypark.com/index.php overlooks the beautiful Findhorn Bay, a short walk from the Moray Firth. This area is one of the loveliest parts of the Moray coast with unspoilt golden sandy beaches, pine forests and pretty coves and is a popular centre for both wildlife and a variety of water sports. One of the unique features of the Holiday Park is that it is next door to the world famous Findhorn Foundation and Community www.findhorn.org , with its award winning shop offering organic food, gifts and books, a cafe serving delicious organic food, and the Universal Hall, which is a 350 seat theatre. The Park at Findhorn has been awarded a Gold Star by the Visit Scotland"s Green Tourism business scheme, www.green-business.co.uk . The Holiday Oark offers Eco-chalets and Holiday Caravans. For people loving to camp, the site also provides an area for tents, touring caravans and campervans with electric hook-ups (plus all the necessary facilities & comforts).

Country: United Kingdom
Forres, Moray, IV36 3TY , Scotland » Map
the hostel
Type of place: Accommodation

A very special place, easily accessible with public transports, is waiting for you in Prague. This hostel www.sirtobys.com/ is a very nice accommodation, with nice furnitures and, more important, with a nice and welcoming staff, plenty of ideas, starting from the food! Food is vegetarian and organic. When possible, food is directly coming from the local farmers market. During the evenings, Sir Toby s Hostel organizes concerts of local bands, movies or documentaries views and even debates on human rights, critical consumption or other issues. These events also involve local community.... The cellar hosting all these activities is called U Knira and you can also find follow the activites on facebook.

In U Knira there brick walls and archways provide a cozy atmosphere for the local bands playing regularly and travelling musicians passing through. There are over sized chairs and comfortable couches, which serve as a great place to relax, meet other travellers, and exchange stories. In Sir Toby's Hostel the food waste is composted, only saving energy lamps are used and sheets are changed only when necessary. This hostel also provides different bins to separate the rubbish and then recycle it. A room in the hostel is fully accessible and there is also an elevator. The company car is working with fried oils!! Amazing!

Country: Czech Republic
Delnicka street, 24 Prague » Map
Claire Lillith collecting spinach

Earthshare is organic, local and seasonal. People working in it grow and supply seasonal vegetables and soft fruit in the form of a weekly box all year round. All the crops are grown by organic methods and the main site - The Field, near Rafford - is certified organic by the Soil Association. That is how the box you can purchase from Earthshare is always packed with our own home-grown wholesome, healthy produce! Subscribers can become more involved in the growing of their food in exchange of a discount. For sure, subscribers make a commitment to EarthShare for a year at a time. During that year they receive an equal share of everything that is harvested. For instance, if one particular crop fails, one will receive less of that crop than planned. It is all about becoming more connected with your food and sharing the ups and downs of farming life. This concept is known as Community Supported Agriculture which consists in a partnership between farmers and consumers where the responsibilities and rewards of farming are shared. Earthshare started in 1994 and was one of the first CSA farms in the UK, but this concept is growing ever more popular as the years go by. Earthshare's subscribers collect their boxes every week from one of our four pick-up points, in Forres, Findhorn and Elgin. Boxes are ready from 3pm on Fridays, and can be collected any time up to Sunday evening. Many of the subscribers, especially those further afield, have a shared collection rota to save time and fuel.

Country : United Kingdom
The shop in High Street, Forres

A charity going to fund the British Red Cross. Ideal to purchase clothes, but also books, music and useful object for the kitchen and the house in general.

Country : United Kingdom
The watering can
Type of place: Café & catering

The Watering Can Coffee Shop is located within the Mackenzie & Cruickshank Department Store. With over 40 seats, it has established itself for fine daytime cuisine, waitress service and all in unique surroundings. It is where one can find the most amazing scones and jam ever! Most of products are locally sourced.

Country: United Kingdom
Crown & Anchor Inn
Type of place: Café & catering

Nice pub, one of the only 2 present in town, with warm atmosphere (fire place and wood) which sometimes offers homemade organic cakes: delicious the carrot cake! It is specialised in traditional Scottish cooking using fresh local produce.

Country: United Kingdom
The garden at Newton Dee

Newton Dee is a Camphill sustainable community outside Aberdeen. It offers a home and meaningful work along with opportunities for personal development to adults with learning disabilities and other special needs. Some 200 people live and work within the Newton Dee community and around half of them have special needs. The others are mainly co-workers and their families, students employees or volunteers. On of the principles of this community is that everyone brings to the community different abilities, which are used for the benefit of everybody. The community is therefore bound together by the support and every member of the community is respected and appreciated as an individual.
There are over 20 households in Newton Dee’s wooded grounds, which extend to a total of 180 acres, of which 120 acres are dedicated to biodynamic farms. People work the land, raise animals and grow flowers, fruits and veggies. They've got a bakery and a small cafe, as well as a general store that sells all sorts of (mostly organic, fair trade & healthy) foods, spices and other products.

Country: United Kingdom
Market in Belmont Street

The last Saturday of each month, in Belmont street one can find the stalls of the Aberdeen farmers and and cattle farmers. Here one can buy local fruit and vegetables, baking, confectionary, Scottish whisky, tasty cheeses and handmade crafts, but of course also the famous Aberdeen Angus beef, fish landed at Aberdeen and Peterhead Harbours and even delicious hot fishsoup for only 1 pound! It is a real interesting market located in the heart of Aberdeen, one of the largest markets in Scotland and it provides local farmers and crafters the opportunity to showcase their quality home-grown and handcrafted products.

Country : United Kingdom
Findhorn bay
Type of place: Guide - Guided tour

If you are interested in eco-tourism in the county of Moray, Wild at Heart is a small, environmentally friendly activity and holiday company. It is run by Deborah Benham, a marine biologist and ecotourism expert who is working with local experts and activity providers to deliver the perfect holiday you are looking for. For example, with Wild at Heart, in cooperation with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, you can go for whale and dolphins watching, only one of the many options that Wild at Heart may offer you. Just to have an idea of the complete offer, please consult www.wildatheart-ecoholidays.com and don't forget to have a look at the PHOTO GALLERY!! The common principles of each type of holiday Wild at Heart can propose you are: a deep committment to protecting the environment, local sourcing and possibly organic produce, recylcling and composting, employment of local people, donations and support of charities.

Country: United Kingdom
The Aberdeen shop

This organisation is involved in many issues which may concern children: from drug misuse to disability, youth crime to mental health, sexual abuse to domestic violence, poverty to homelessness. Barnardo’s run 415 projects across the UK and, in particular, Barnardo’s Scotland provides more than 60 community-based services throughout the country working with over 10,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families. This shop in Castle street is not the only one in Aberdeen: you can find other 2 in 34, St Andrew Street and 200, Union Street. In these shops, you usually may find second hand clothes, books, music and kitchen tools.

Country : United Kingdom
The barrel houses
Type of place: Commune & co-housing

Findhorn eco-village is one of the most ancient experiment of alternative way of life. It is an extremely open community, but it is much more than that: it is an educational center, educational partner of UNESCO and UN Best practice Designation, an internationally recognised eco-village with 55 ecological buildings, 4 wind turbines, a biological Living Machine sewage treatment system. Findhorn is part of the glocal village network, where about 300 people already live. it is UK's oldest and largest community-supported agriculture system. It is definitely a special place where people grow and learn through daily life, living in community. There are several way to visit this community and tey are all well explained in the website of the Foundation.

Country: United Kingdom
Scones at Wild Strawberry
Type of place: Café & catering

A beautiful coffee place offering Fair Trade coffee and tea, local jams and preserves.. The interesting thing is that when you order Scones & Jam, the little portion of jam (Wilkin & sons, from Tiptree - Colchester, Essex) is coming in a little glass jar container instead of plastic one!

Food is delicious, the atmosphere is extremely nice and colorful and the staff is kind!

Country: United Kingdom
Cumbria House
Type of place: Accommodation

Ideally situated, Cumbria House offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation in clean and comfortable surroundings. Breakfast is its speciality as Cumbria House use local or fair trade produce. Packed lunches can be arranged for our walking guests. This accommodation is walkers, cyclists, Para gliders and families-friendly. Cumbria House also welcomes dogs with well behaved owners. In 2007 Cumbria House achieved the Silver Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, www.green-business.co.uk .

In www.cumbriahouse.co.uk you can get mor information and read an interesting section about ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION.

Country: United Kingdom
1 Derwentwater Place - Ambleside Road - Keswick » Map
The Springs farm
Type of place: Accommodation

Springs Farm provides Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Keswick, Cumbria. Its website is www.springsfarmcumbria.co.uk. It offers comfortable accommodation in a large 19th century farmhouse, situated at the foot of Walla Crag, in the heart of the Lake District, the ideal base for the outdoor enthusiast. Springs Farm has been home to the Hutton family since 1924 and remains an entirely family operated business to this day. Springs farm is a member of the network www.farmstay.co.uk/. Beside that, as a member of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) the Hutton family conscientiously care for the surrounding environment and are proud custodians of our surrounding landscape and its inhabitants. To read more about it, please visit www.leafuk.org. All the cattle and sheep are managed with maximum attention to animal welfare and dairy herd produces high quality milk without being intensively farmed. A secure storage area for bicycles is available as well as laundry facilities. Other facilities include a small farm shop and stair lift for disabled access .

Breakfast is full English using locally produced foods. Vegetarian breakfast can also be provided on request at point of booking. All food is home cooked on the Aga within the premises. Some Fair Trade products are also used.

In "Walk Britain. Great Views" written by Mark Horton and published by the Ramblers, on pag. 54 there is an interesting walk which also touches the Springs farm, throught Walla Crag, the Ashness Bridge, the Calfclose Bay, and the Friar's Cragg (3 hours for less than 16 km with an elevation of less than 400 m).

Country: United Kingdom
Springs Road, Keswick, Cumbria » Map
Carlisle's center

Held in the pedestrian friendly centre of Carlisle every 1st Friday of the month, from 9.30am until 3.30pm, this award winning Farmers market combines an excellent choice of local produce with the modern facilities of the Great Border City. Organised by Made in Cumbria (http://www.madeincumbria.co.uk/index.html) providing practical business services and sales opportunities for Cumbrian craft, giftware and food producers.

Country : United Kingdom
The dining room
Type of place: Accommodation

The eco-friendly Glenora Guest House is situated in the city centre of Edinburgh, at Haymarket. The rooms are furnished and decorated thoughtfully and luxuriously. This guest house offers a wide selection of locally sourced and organic produce in our dining room. This accommodation has the Bronze Green Tourism Business Scheme (www.green-business.co.uk), the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK providing excellent value for money to a wide range of tourism firms with first class environmental advice and auditing.

Country: United Kingdom
14 Rosebery Crescent, Edinburgh » Map
Mosedale End Farm
Type of place: Accommodation

Mosedale End Farm www.mosedaleendfarm.co.uk is a traditional white Lake District farmhouse, surrounded by stunning views and peaceful surroundings located on the edge of the delightful tiny hamlet of Mosedale, set in the heart of the Northern Fells, with open fields all around. On arrival guests are often greeted by the delightful smell of JoAnne's home baking, and they don't have to wait long to savour the delights of welcoming drink, and some of her delicious home made cake! All the food here is locally sourced (Cumbrian produce). JoAnne makes fresh bread daily, and homemade cakes and biscuits for the hospitality trays in the rooms or packed lunches. Guests can collect fresh eggs for their breakfast from Mosedale End Farm free range hens. Walkers and mountain bike riders have easy access onto the Cumbrian fells. The town of Keswick and the historic city of Carlisle are close by, with many local attractions for guests to visit.

Country: United Kingdom
Mosedale, Cumbria » Map
Flat B at Primrose hill
Type of place: Accommodation

The Primrose Hill Apartments are just the best value for anyone coming to London. The attention to detail and environment is exceptional: only eco-paints have been used, insulated with Welsh wool, in the kitchen there are organic drinks, fruit, and snacks and mattresses and bed linen are organic as well as soaps and shower shampoos. The main apartment is really luxurious. This is a totally self contained apartment with a really pleasant outlook down Primrose Hill village from the sitting room. The other 2 apartments are smaller but the price reflects this and they work really well for families who want to stay together. Last aspect is that the ownsers subscribed to ‘Good Energy’, the only UK supplier of 100% renewable electricity.

These apartements are in the network of www.organicholidays.co.uk/ .

Country: United Kingdom
192 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, London » Map
Wendy and Anne
Type of place: Farm

Vital Veg is born in 2005. It provides organic vegetables, certified by the Soil Association, to those who need it, but don’t have enough time to cultivate them by themsleves. One of the peculiar aspect of Vital Veg is that Vanessa, Anne and Wendy deliver their sumptuous organic veg straight to your door! Therefore, the only thing you need to do is to decide which box is the best for you! You have several seasonal options and you can have a look at the website.

Another special feature of Vital Veg is its involvement in interesting projects. First of all, Vital Veg set up a scheme with the Cyrenians (a charity for homeless people, see www.aberdeen-cyrenians.org ) so that Vital Veg's regular customers can choose to give their veg boxes away when they are on holiday. The veg in these “holiday” boxes is prepared and cooked by the Cyrenian chefs for the people who have no cooking facilities of their own. Secondly, Vital Veg is member of Henry Doubleday Research Association - www.gardenorganic.org.uk - for organic growing and has "adopted" a range of heritage vegetable varieties kept by the HDRA to help preserve the gene pool. Other memberships are the Organic Growers Alliance, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the National Trust for Scotland.

Country: United Kingdom
The garden
Type of place: Accommodation

The Low Luckens farm is an Organic Resourse Center offering the general public and special interest groups the opportunity to understand and experience sustainability in farming, food, wildlife conservation and waste management. Educational visits to the farm are available for children of all ages, from nursery to secondary, for groups of children or adults with special needs or social disadvantage, and for any interested group of adults. Moreover the Centre - which can also be used as a venue for meetings - stays open as a place which any individual or family can use for information, shelter, a cup of tea, when they visit the farm informally. In addition there are also simple self-catering accommodation for holidays on the farm. It provides simple, clean and inexpensive self-catering accommodation for groups, families and individuals who enjoy the countryside. The Centre is on two levels, the ground floor holds information and displays, plus a small kitchen area, shower, toilet, drying room and single/disabled sleeping accommodation. The first floor has two bedrooms each containing four single beds. One of these rooms has en-suite shower and toilet. To consult the extremely competitive prices, please see www.lowluckensfarm.co.uk/

Country: United Kingdom
Roweltown, Carlisle » Map
Low Luckens Organic Resource
Type of place: Farm

The Organic Resource Centre is housed at Low Luckens farm, in a traditional farm building which opened to the public in 2000. This Centre aims to offer the general public and special interest groups, the opportunity to understand and experience sustainability in farming, food, wildlife conservation and waste management. Therefore, the Centre is equipped with information, displays and residential facilities. Day or residential visitors can use the Centre as a base to both enjoy and learn from the farm's 220 acres of organically managed farmland, ancient woodland and river habitats. In this way, Low Luckens aims to promote sustainable farming, local healthy food and countryside, to provide opportunities for learning on the land to people of all ages and abilities, to run a successful and financially sustainable social enterprise.

Educational visits to the farm are available for children of all ages, from nursery to secondary, for groups of children or adults with special needs or social disadvantage, and for any interested group of adults. Beside that, there is also an annual programme of events/workshops. Moreover the Centre (open 7 days) stays open as a place which any individual or family can use for information, shelter, a cup of tea, when they visit the farm informally. The Centre can also be used as a venue for meetings. In addition there are also simple self-catering accommodation for holidays on the farm or for people who want to come and help with conservation or farm work.

The better understand all the activities run by this farm and all their sustainable activities and "facilities", it is absolutely essential to have a look at the website!

Country: United Kingdom
The shop in Hampstead

The Octavia Foundation is a charity which aims to improve the lives of individuals and communities where it operates. This happens with the strong idea in mind that developing better places to live is about more than buildings. The Foundation provides a comprehensive range of community services that cater to 5 key strands: engaging with young people, supporting and caring for the elderly, helping with jobs and training, advising on money and debt and involving the community

In order to support the work of the Foundation and provide funding for housing and community projects in Central and West London, the Octavia Foundation runs over 20 charity shops. Therefore, the Foundation exists also thanks to the generosity of local people who donate their goods and the regular customers of these shops.

The website is interesting and offers the possibility to receive a part of its information in BRAILLE alphabet, on CD or translated in one of the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujerati, Hindi, Polich, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Turkish and Urdu.

Country : United Kingdom
One of the "samples"

Mantel clocks are relatively small house clocks traditionally placed on the shelf, or mantel, above the fireplace. They were very common in UK, but nowadays some people prefere to get rid of them simply because they do not work: it means they no longer give you the time!!

At the end of 2009, Marcel Grosch - originally from Magdeburg, but currently living in Glasgow with his nice family - bought one of these mantel clocks in a charity: of course, it was not working, but he started to study its functionings, to understand its wheels. He absolutely wanted to find the way to repair it. And that is exactly what it has happened!! Therefore, after this first success, he bought other clocks and a first practical manual. Today this has becomed his passion and his work: he repairs old clocks most of them with a chime, often the Westminster one, exactly like the Big Ben in London! Marcel does not have a shop yet, but you can contact him by mail if you want to know more.

For sure, this is an interesting activity which allow to save these clocks from the dust of utility rooms, cellars or - even worst - garbage, especially because many of these clocks are really precious. They are in fact handmade in the 1930s, often with cherry wood, by craftsmen in laboratories (British or German) no longer existing.

Country : United Kingdom
Hazenveld Farm
Type of place: Accommodation

The Hazenveld Farm - www.holidayathazenveldfarm.nl/ - offers you a comfortable mini-camping or a charming B&B, cosily decorated. The Hazenveld Farm is a dairy farm between Utrecht and Amsterdam, surrounded by fields so that from your tent or your caravan you can look out over the fields where the cows are grazing. Here you can walk, cycle, relax and easily reach the cityside if you prefere. The staff is always ready to suggest you te best places to visit and it can also offer you multiple-day packages with original workshops such as the cow-milking workshop. Delicious local products are used for breakfast. Of course, the farm offers you the possibility to rent bikes if you need! Have a look at the website to see the directions of the farm and consider that the staff is ready to pick you up from the closest train station, Vleuten, if you are travelling by public transports!

Country: Netherlands
Laag Nieuwkoop 36, Kockengen » Map
The dining room
Type of place: Accommodation

The Podere Santa Croce www.poderesantacroce.it/ has been reconstructed in accordance with the Tuscany architectural characteristics and with the surrounding environment. Today the stone farmhouse reconciles the ancient flavour with all the modern comforts. It has been conceived as an ideal place to run away from the noisy daily life, the Podere in fact gives the opportunity to go for a ride in order to discover a nearly uncontaminated nature. On the way back from the excursions to the medieval villages set in the neighbourhood, the relax of the guests goes on in front of the fireplace in the reading room or in the comfortable cafè room. The Podere Santa Croce is certified organic by ICEA www.icea.info and AIAB www.aiab.it. In its restaurant you have the opportunity to taste the original Tuscan cuisine and from May until September you can benefit of the swimming pool.

Country: Italy
Loc. Pianetti - Montemerano / Saturnia - Grosseto » Map
Poggio Foco
Type of place: Accommodation

Poggio Foco www.poggiofoco.com is an organic farm of 550 hectares, ideally situated high on the Maremma hills. It is certified ecological and organic by ICEA, www.icea.info . Poggio Foco offers spacious apartments in stone buildings, a swimming pool and a restaurant offering meals of traditional maremma cuisine prepared with many of the Farm’s organic products.

Country: Italy
Loc. Poggio Fuoco, Manciano, Grosseto » Map
Il Casale courtyard
Type of place: Accommodation

The heart of Podere Casale www.ilcasale.ch is agriculture with its 60 hectares of land organically cultivated with cereals, hay, vineyards, olive trees, vegetable garden, orchards and woods. Podere Il Casale is also a farmhouse, which has expanded in the last years to accomodate guests. At a glance, the hills of Podere Il Casale is certified AIAB, www.aiab.it .

Country: Italy
Podere Il Casale, Pienza, Siena » Map
The big hall from the third floor
Type of place: Accommodation

Le Ciarus www.ciarus.com is a really nice hostel not far from the main train station in Strasbourg. It has all the possible comforts, a restaurant and an a coffee place inside, but also a laundry room, a passenger drop-off service, the rent-a-bicycle serive and even the wake-up call service!! To become more open towards others, to exchange views and gain a better understanding of oneself, Ciarus has designed turnkey programmes around some powerful themes: racism, Europe, culture... For each theme, and depending on the constraints and objectives of each group, Ciarus works out the most appropriate programme and takes charge of all the technical and logistical issues!! A place anyway to visit .... and the prices (a little bit up the average of hostels' prices) is worthy! After all, this aspect is balanced by the good prices you find at the restaurant self-service Le Plateau!!!

Country: France
7 rue Finkmatt, Strasbourg » Map
One of the owner (Dario) with two Spanish tourists

This is a very special newspaper kiosk. It sells books and publications otherwise hardly findable: these can be related to issues such as responsible tourism, critical consumption, environment, civil partecipation, democracy, anti-mafia and solidarity. Furthermore, he one can also find several fair trade products, t-shirts and even beautiful pieces of jewellery (realised in the close Uroburo laboratory).

Country : Italy
Poêles de carottes
Type of place: Café & catering

This 100% vegetarian restaurant is located in the heart of the beautiful part of Strasbourg called Petite France. Premises are really nice and original and the big terrace in summer contributes to make it the perfect setting for small and large appetites.

Ingredients are as much as possible from organic farming and for sure fresh and seasonal. Poêles de carottes offers throughout the year various activities, for children and adults such as stage of pastry or enology.

Country: France
Bakery Lenhardt

This bakery is one of the best in Strasbourg. Its products are still realised with a traditional procedure, but also with originality. Offers is wide as here you find several types of bread (for example, with cumin or wholenuts), and cakes. It is not by change that Bakery Lenhardt has received several prix! This bakery also offers you organic products, especially drinks.

To have an idea, you can consult GOUTER LE MONDE in its page http://gouterlemonde.blogspot.com/2009/05/design-et-boulangerie.html

Country : France
An example of SEL

Le système d'échange local is a local exchange system integrated since January 2006 in association entre4roues. The systems of local exchange or local exchange services are groups of people who practice the multilateral exchange of goods, services, and knowledge. It may regard mathematic or ironing lessons, creative workshops or pet-sitting, on the basis of a virtual currency that is the principle of SEL, the local exchange systems.

This system is actually the symbol of a more inclusive economy, a parallel economy and the SEL also would like to form a national network wide. The local exchange system publishes 6 times a year a newspaper which is a sorto of report anch which includes coverage of meetings and past/future actions and any action in connection with the SEL, entrances and exits of members etc..

To better understand the functioning of this system, it is necessary to consult the website which is only in French. The main website - reference for all the French territory - is www.sel-selistes-internautes.fr/

Maybe all the system looks a bit complicated, but it is worthy to go into more depth because the basic principles are really interesting! By the way, if you are interested in this experiment, you can find the following book "Le Guide des S.E.L et du J.E.U : Systèmes d'Echange Local et Jardin d'Echange Universel", a JMG Editions.

Country: France
Endive at the market in Grenoble

This popular market in Grenoble is really nice. All along the Vizille Avenue there are stalls covered by vegetables, meat, bread, cheese, meat, fish, tasty olives and even delicatessen ready to be eaten. Most of producers are local and very often products are not only local, but also organic, although not always certified. The sellers are extremely nice and communicative. They will often let you try the food they are selling and they will kindly talk with you, maybe starting with a common question in France (if you speak French) about where you accent is coming from, "Mais ça vient d'où ce petit accent?".

This market is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6 am until 1 pm.

Other interesting markets in town are: the Market in Place Sainte-Claire and the Market Saint Bruno in Place Saint-Bruno, both also open on Friday afternoon, from 15 to 20 pm

Country : France
By night
Type of place: Drinking fountain

Gavinana is an area mainly residential. This fountain is located in Largo Pietro Paolo Boscoli which is not far from the river Arno and a nice cycling path.

Country: Italy
The little fountain is on this side
Type of place: Drinking fountain

That is one of the few little fountains that one can find in the center of Florence. Piazza della Repubblica is not far from the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and it is actually a good point of reference in the city: not far from this square there is a post office, a nice bookshop with a pleasant coffee inside, a music store and even a market!

Just bee careful about the prices of the bars within the square: sometimes, tourists do not expect them to be so expensive!

Country: Italy
The facade of il Romito
Type of place: Accommodation

In the hearth of a hill of forests, orchards (fruits and olives), Il Romito www.agriturismoromito.it you in a middle age building, close to the path of the Great Excursions of Apennins and the Francigene Path. If you like nature, with the Il Romito's horses you can make excursions until the mountain dew of Portafranca, close to Orsigna Pistoiese, where you can spend the night in a tent. For families with children, it can be useful to know that the Collodi (author of the book Pinocchio) Park is not far from this guesthouse which - moreover - is certified AIAB www.bioagriturismi.it

Country: Italy
Via di Luparello 26, Pistoia » Map
The Ulivecchio holiday-farm from the top pf the hill
Type of place: Accommodation

Ulivecchio is a relatively small piece of land located on a hill between Valdinievole and Pistoia. Ulivecchio is run by a middle-age couple which is dedicating most of its time to their olives' (more than 600). The fruit of these efforts is a delicious organic olive oil. A part of the restant land is however destinated to a garden with seasonal vegetables and some fruits orchard (figues and oranges included) for the family and for the guests. Ulivecchio has available 2 apartments for its guests with 4 bedrooms in total. The reception in this structure is simple, but warm and pleasant so that most of travelers come a second or third (and more) times. During your holidays in Uivecchio, you can either 100% relax in the peaceful surroundings or go in the close Tuscan cities such as Florence, Siena, Pisa, Arezzo etc. For travelers moving by bike, Ulivecchio offers lifts from/to airport/ train station and similar services.

Country: Italy
Via Vallone 13, 51030 Casalguidi (Pistoia) » Map
Dolls realised within the Project "La poesia delle bambole" (Pantagruel)

La poesia delle bambole (Poetry of Dolls) is a project undertaken by the NGO Associazione Pantagruel of Florence, www.informacarcere.it . The project started in 2001 with a training course within the women’s section of the Sollicciano prison as an opportunity to develop creativity and also as an answer to the economical and therapeutical needs of the participants. In this context, people were in fact taught how to make dolls as created in the Waldorf schools, a Steiner school, and this creation is therapeutical to the makers. Today the “Poetry of Dolls” involves about 20 people at Sollicciano plus 4 women who have set up an outside workshop by taking advantage of alternative detention measures (under custody of the social services).

If you want to know more, please consult the website!

Country: Italy
Hotel restaurant Da Verrazzano
Type of place: Accommodation

The Hotel Restaurant "Giovanni da Verrazzano" is located in the main square of the town Greve in Chianti, the heart of Chianti Classico. In 2008 this hotel has reached the ECOLABEL certification. It obtained this brand by entirely changing the waste recycling policy eliminating packages and throwaway objects, separating waste, reducing power consuming with low cost bulbs and reducing water consumption. For instance, the hotel adopted facilities to purify water from the tap eliminating the need of plastic bottles. Since then, things have changed also in the restaurant (80 places inside and other 50 in the terrace) as now the Giovanni da Varrazzano uses only local fresh seasonal products reducing freight and air pollution with a zero miles policy.

Concerning the accommodation, the Hotel Restaurant Giovanni da Verrazzano - last renovated in 2007 - has 10 rooms, all offering either a view over the magnificent square or the use of the terrace or a view over the surrounding countryside. Last remark: if - after dinner - you are enthusiast and curious, you can treat yourself to a marvellous experience at the Tuscan Cookery school in the heart of Chianti, side by side with the Chef!!

Country: Italy
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 28, Greve in Chianti » Map
Il Duchesco
Type of place: Accommodation

The agriturismo Il Duchesco, www.ilduchesco.it is not far from the city of Grosseto, in the Tuscan Natural Park of Maremma. Il Duchesco produces organically certified - www.icea.info - wine, extra virgin olive oil, grappa, seasonal fruits and vegetables, honey, but also various home produced sauces and specialities. Its comfortable rooms have spectacular views. Moreover, Il Duchesco is an ECOLABEL certified www.ecolabel.it structure. The Ecolabel is an instrument of voluntary assess which is given to those products and services that have a reduced environmental standards and established unsettlements in compare to the European level. The achievement of the label is a certificate of excellence which is granted only to those products and services that have a reduced environmental impact.

Country: Italy
via Aurelia Vecchia 31/a, 58010 Alberese (GR) » Map
The kitchen at Biancospino
Type of place: Accommodation

The Biancospino www.agriturismobiancospino.it is a farm holiday located in a beautiful 19th century rural home, renovated in 1992 in a full Tuscan style. The Farmhouse is equipped with a private swimming pool for relaxing baths, veranda and garden. The farmhouse is run directly by the owners. The farm Biancospino then produces extra virgin olive oil, organic honey (acacia, chestnut and millefiori) and wine. All these products in fact are cultivated with organic farming in the respect of the nature and quality.

Country: Italy
Via Pio la Torre 55, Lamporecchio (PT) » Map
Corzano organic farm
Type of place: Accommodation

Corzano www.agriturismocorzano.com/ can offer you 3 en suite double rooms (La Querce, I Cipressi, Il Mandorlo) and a large shared kitchen with a fireplace. The rooms can be reserved individually as bed and breakfast accommodation, or as a self catering unit. The rustic furniture is for the most part original, in the Florentine country style of the Fifties. To plunge even deeper into the past, guests are welcome to visit the Stanza dei Ricordi (Memory Room), an amateur museum of rural life with farming tools and artefacts.

Farming at Corzano respects and values the agricultural tradition of the Mugello valley and whatever the time of the year, during their stay guests have the opportunity to taste and buy genuine produce typical of the area: extra virgin olive oil, excellent saffron, fresh and dried figs, chestnuts, as well as officinal herbs such as lavender, fennel and equisetum (suitable for herbal teas, infusions and as natural flavourings). Agriturismo Corzano produces as a member of the Comitato Produttori delle Colline Fiorentine, the Society of Growers of Florentine Hills Saffron (www.zafferanodifirenze.it). The farm spreads over 50 hectares of land, 20 of which for the pasture of beef cattle of the Limousine breed, originating from France but particularly well suited to the Mugello climate.
It is AIAB (Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica) www.aiab.it that certifies Corzano as an organic farm.

Country: Italy
Via Bolognese 26/c (o Via di Maniera 4) Barberino di Mugello (FI) » Map
One of the bedrooms at San Vitale
Type of place: Accommodation

Agriturismo Sanvitale www.agriturismosanvitale.it in Mugello is part of the Podere Macerata estate at 380 metres above sea level. It is surrounded by meadows, fields, woods of chestnut and oak trees in a cool, quiet little valley at the foot of the Apennine mountains, it offers 14 beds in 8 rooms (6 double and 2 single bedrooms) and one holiday apartment. The farm buildings have recently converted to guest accommodation using natural building material such as wood, terracotta tiles and the local grey sandstone. The bedrooms all have private bathrooms and central heating.

Sanvitale is always happy to recommend the finest attractions, loveliest walks and most rewarding views. The farmhouse kitchen is the natural home of good, wholesome organic food: start the day with an excellent breakfast, freshly cooked from local or home-grown produce, and round it up with a dinner of delicious traditional dishes. The farm is certified by the CCPB Consortium from Bologna (www.ccpb.it).

Country: Italy
Via Campagna, 20 - 50030 Luco di Mugello - Firenze » Map
Oasis Baugiano
Type of place: Accommodation

Baugiano is one of the many Italian "Holiday Farms of the Panda", www.fattoriedelpanda.net . This is a project in which - since 2003 - Federparchi, WWF Italy and Anagritur (union of the national farm holiday associations Terranostra, Agriturist and Turimo Verde) are cooperating together (already a great success in France - "Gite Panda" - where it involves 300 private enterprises). This project aims at slowing down the loss of biodiversity on our planet and then also in Italy where WWF international has individuated 2 ecoregions - the Alps and the Mediterranean - as global priority areas for conservation of biodiversity.

Baugiano, with the other farms of the network, is then the ideal starting point for the exploration of the natural reserve in all senses (nature/history/culture/food and wine). The holiday farm manager offers to his guests the technical equipment (guides, maps, books, videos, field glasses, nature trails, etc.) and his own professional competence. A further target of the project "Holiday Farms of the Panda" is to promote the understanding of biodiversity and the landscape and the realization of activities for the protection and the upgrading of both. Organic agriculture, environmental education, social agriculture, solar energy production, small wind power plants, biomass power plants, hedges and rows of trees, regeneration and maintenance of wetlands characterize a multifunctional farm management in which the farmer is the guardian of biodiversity and the landscape.

Therefore, Baugiano offers its hospitality to groups of children, teenagers, but also families and people simply loving nature. Accommodations are either 3 rooms in a XIX century building or 5 rooms in the XVII century pincipal house. Baugiano offers lunches and dinners mainly during the week ends.

Country: Italy
Via delle Ginestre 25-29, Buriano - Quarrata - (PT) » Map
Orgiaglia Olive Oil
Type of place: Accommodation

The Orgiaglia www.orgiaglia.it holiday house is surrounded by olive trees and sunflowers, between Siena and Volterra. The old farm has been founded around the XVII century. The Estate is around 100 hectares, cultivated according to the criteria of organic farming, certified AIAB www.aiab.it and it is immersed in a faunal reserve of pheasants, hares, wild boars, foxes and even deers.

Concerning the accommodation, one can choose among rooms with 2, 3 and 4 beds, each room having a private bathroom with a shower and bar fridge. Otherwise there are also apartments for between 2 and 6 people. The chef Franco at Orgiaglia's restaurant offers a different menu each evening with specialties prepared with local seasonal ingredients and ingredients from the farm. On request, it is also possible to book for lunch.

Among the activities, Orgiaglia offers you horse riding (for beginners or experts), walks on the estate and to the Luppiano Castle, trekking in the Natural Park, mountain bike trips (as bikes are available on hire), educational tour “From the olive tree to oil” with visit to the organic oil mill of the farm, tastings and lunches, courses in natural cooking and even gathering of olives (naturally only from October to December!).

Country: Italy
Loc. Ponsano, Volterra » Map
Apartments at Pane & Olio
Type of place: Accommodation

The organic farm holiday Pane & Olio www.agriturismopaneolio.it is located in the heart of a wood (Bosco di Villa) where it is possible to enjoy total peace and relaxation with a splendid panoramic view of Garfagnana, Tuscan Emilian Apennines and the peaks of the Apuane Alps. At the Pane & Olio there are 4 main buildings: the owners' house, the Hansel apartment (4+3 persons), the Gretel apartment (4+4 persons) and the old Metato, which once was used to dry chestnuts and has become a reception area. In the old external farmyard it is possible to eat in summer. The accommodation, which has also been designed to suit disabled persons, has been furnished with special care and excellent taste. Near the holiday farm (500 m. approximately) there is a lake with pic-nic spaces and where fishing and swimming are possible.
In the farm there is a chicken farming and a raising of goats "Camosciate delle Alpi" whose milk is implied for the production of very good cheese.

Country: Italy
Località il Camino 1, Villa Collemandina (LU) » Map
Casa delle Querce at Farnetino
Type of place: Accommodation

Farnetino Eco-Farm is situated 1 km from the railway station (and is therefore perfect for people travelling by train) and the center of Vicchio, the birthplace of Giotto and Beato Angelico, in the heart of the green valley of Mugello. The Agritourism has recently been renovated caring for detail, quality and Tuscan tradition. On the ground floor of the Farnetino there is a spacious dining-room with beautiful fire-place. The room faces and opens to the swimming-pool, surrounded by beautiful oak-trees (Querce Farnia). On the first floor there are 4 double bedrooms. Two have a double bed and the others have 2 single beds that can be joined to make double beds. Otherwise one can even rent the Casa delle Querce, a separated apartment. There are 2 bathrooms with showers. The farm produces pasta with organic flour certified ICEA www.icea.info and AIAB www.aiab.it , organic chick peas, pears and apples. The Farnetino also offers special Italian lunch or special Italian dinner at theme only on booking for groups of minimum 15 people.

Country: Italy
Via Pilarciano 53, Vicchio » Map
The kitchen of Il Podere del Leone
Type of place: Accommodation

The farm Podere del Leone www.poderedelleone.it belongs to my family of Claudia and her sister Alessandra since the beginning of the XXth century. Their grand-parents lived in the farm and now Claudia and Alessandra work in this land producing organic extravergine olive oil and organic red wine. They restored 2 old farm-houses to rent during Spring and Summer time when you can also enjoy the presence of the privite swimming pool.

Country: Italy
via dell'Arrigo, 28 - 50018 Scandicci » Map
The restaurant "I Ragazzi di Sipario"
Type of place: Café & catering

That is a really good quality restaurant where most of workers are phisically or mentally disabled. It is open for luch from Monday to Friday (prices go from 6 to 10 euros). For dinner, it is necessary to book in advance. Otherwise, one can monitor the evening initiatives on the restaurant's website.

Country: Italy
The plan of the Anconella's park
Type of place: Drinking fountain

In the South of Florence there is the Parco dell' Anconella which is where many local inhabitants (especially grandpartents, especially when it is good weather) go to spend time with their children. People are often queuing to get the water from this park because it is the closest to the Granular Active Carbon Filtration System, the one which is making drinkable water for the Firenze-Prato-Pistoia metropolitan area.

High quality drinking fountains, such as the one in the Anconella Parc in the District 3 of Florence, are: in the District 1, in via dell´Agnolo within the Chelazzi garden; in the District 4 within the Villa Vogel Parc in via Canova; in the District 5 in via della Sala (zona Piagge); in the District 2, in via Aretina, in the new Varlungo Square; in the District 5, in via della Sala (in the garden of centro Giovani) and also in via delle Panche, in the new Piazza del Sodo. Very soon there will also be high quality drinking fountains in Oltrarno, Campo di Marte and Isolotto.

Please, read also http://sportelloecoequo.comune.firenze.it/pages/faq.htm at the question Dove sono collocati i fontanelli con acqua di alta qualità? (unfortunately, only in Italian)

Country: Italy
Eco equo at Florence

The so called sportello eco equo is an office in Florence which collects information and initiatives linked to sustainability: from the reduction of waste to the energetic saving, from the critical consumption to the water saving systems, from food to sustainable mobility. Naturally, one of the main aim of this office is to promote new styles of life, in order to reduce the wastefulness and to use the planet's resources with more responsability and consciousness. The website of this office gives a clear idea of the services it does. There is in fact a section on ethical finance, on fair trade, responsible tourism, enviromental and legality education, cooperation and independet information's channels... The adherent subjects are of course Firenze Municipality, the fair trade store Il Villaggio dei Popoli www.villaggiodeipopoli.org, Equoland www.equoland.it, the G.A.S. Firenze Nord www.retegas.org, the association Mani Tese www.manitese.it, the ARCI www.arcifirenze.it, Legambiente www.legambientetoscana.it and many other (see http://sportelloecoequo.comune.firenze.it/pages/soggetti.htm).

Country: Italy
The coat of arms of Villa Graziani
Type of place: Accommodation

Country House Graziani, inside the antique farm holding "Il Pino" (the pine), produces oil, wine and fruit biologically (certificate AIAB www.aiab.it ) and sells them directly to its guests. In its beautiful accommodation, few rooms have been left untouched with original furnitures. All around the beautiful house, there is a large park full of natural lighting and shadows, gives you the sensation of a pleasant isolation. Villa Graziani offers you the possibility to ride horses thanks to its large riding school with qualified instructors always ready to give lessons or to guide you in horse riding trips.


Country: Italy
Via per Rosignano 14, Vada (LI) » Map
jazz session in La Cité
Type of place: Café & catering

One of the few European-style coffees in Florence: here you can sit and have a pleasant coffee during the day or drink a beer listening to nice live music during the night (jazz, tango etc). Otherwise, you can have a look at the original collection of books that you can also buy!!

Country: Italy
The main hall
Type of place: Accommodation

This is a hostel located in the center of Florence, more precisely in San Frediano district. It can host travellers only from April until October because, the rest of the year, the hostel is a shelter for homeless people. Definitely a nice place where to stay in a still genuine part of Florence! In the hostel there is a wide common hall where there is also a fair trade shop and bookshelves. The Ospitale, which is the center of many different activities in connection with several cultural and social Florentine and national entities, described very original itineraries that travelers can enjoy!

Organic catering - by Borgo Alegre www.zenzerocooperativa.it - is available on request for groups.

Country: Italy
Complesso del Carmine, Piazza Piattellina 1, Florence » Map
Saffron's basket
Type of place: Accommodation

Il Poggio www.tuscansunset.com is where one can find tranquillity and calm. It is located deep in the country and yet within an hour's drive far from some beautiful city like Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca or San Gimignano, San Miniato, Certaldo, Volterra and the Tirrenic coast. Originally Il Poggio is a farm house, dating back to the Middle Age, typically Tuscan in style and restored to its former splendour using many of the original building methods and tools.Now the old farmhouse, and its outbuildings, have been converted into seventeen, self-contained apartments, which house between 2 and 6 people each. Since 1979, all this complex has been run by a local farming family. Il Poggio is still a working farm and produces a variety of organic produce, most of which is sold locally. Its main produce is wine, most of it sold locally! However, amongst Il Poggio's produce there are excellent barley and saffron. Il Poggio also produces a few thousand liters of olive oil each year. The Olives are hand-picked in the Autumn by the villagers, and the harvest is taken to a local cooperatively-owned mill. Depending on the season one can also partake of a wide range of vegetables which, as with everything from Il Poggio, is produced without the use of artificial fertiliser or pesticides. If you get a chance ask to try the local pecorini (a goats cheese).

Country: Italy
Via Sughera, Montaione » Map
The restaurant hall at Grossola
Type of place: Accommodation

Agriturismo Grossola is situated between the Amiata mountain and the Montalcino village in the Artistic and Natural Park of Val d'Orcia. A guest here can choose 2 options: either B&B or half board. In total there are 26 beds and facilities also for disabled. The farm produces olive oil, wine and jam, all certified AIAB, the Italian Association for Organic Agriculture www.aiab.it . Naturally these products are also implied in the Grossola's restaurant, which has 35 places and serves typical dishes such as mushroom soup with pici, rabbit or wild boar cooked with Brunello wine, but also vegetarian options. In the big hall, guests may attend painting, music or yoga workshops.

Country: Italy
Case sparse Grossola, Castiglione D'orcia (Siena) » Map
Products of IL CERRETO
Type of place: Accommodation

The holiday farm Il Cerreto www.bioagriturismoilcerreto.it , near Pisa, is a relaxing organic homeodynamic - biodynamic holiday farm. Its main structure is the 18th tower surrounded by 2 groups of farm houses, offering a total of 7 apartments, 5 of which are located in the main building near the tower. Two apartments are instead in the old school house. in both cases, furniture and beds are in naturally treated wood. The 19th century farm house, the heart of the farmstead, offers ecologically renovated rooms, a T.V. lounge and a seminar and workshop room. Another interesting aspect of Il Cerreto is that this farmhouse is almost self-sustainable as 60% of the electricity is supplied by solar panels. The restaurant that also offers vegetarian dishes created with the organic produce certified AIAB www.aiab.it grown on the farm. Il Cerreto is also in the network of www.bioagriturismi.it .

Il Cerreto also has a swimming pool, but not a traditional one! It is in fact a bio-lake (an integrated ecosystem with local plants and animals), whose area of about 100 sq. metres is composed of a bathing part, an area with purifying water plants and a separate small filter-pool. To read more details about the functioning of the lake, consult the website or contact Paola and Carlo Boni Brivio, the owners of the farm.

Country: Italy
Loc. "Il Cerreto" - 56045 - Pomarance (Pisa) » Map
La Busattina
Type of place: Farm

The Busattina is located at 460 m of altitude, between Amiata Mountain and Argentario. Wine production (grapes' cultivation is strictly biodynamic with Demeter certification www.demeter.it ) is the one of the main activities of Emilio Falcione, together with the production of olive oil, cereals, and breeding of varieties of ancient cattle breed now endangered. This is why the Busattina is in the network of www.arca-net.info . one can get more info in http://labusattina.blogspot.com/

Country: Italy
The entrance of Le Plateau
Type of place: Café & catering

Le Plateau is the self-service restaurant located inside the hostel Ciarus. It offers a model, balanced diet: delicious, varied food which follows health and ethical principles. Open to all, it would like to be a meeting place for men and women, families and associations… At Le Plateau, the products are natural, sometimes from organic farming. The soup is home-made, the bread is made using traditional methods. You can eat as many vegetables as you like. At lunchtime, the salad is free. Coffee is from fair trade sources and stale bread is given to the organisation “Pain contre la Faim”. Fish is on the menu 5 times a week.. In the dining room, Le Plateau decorated the walls with funny and interesting posters, such as the one "le plateau est en plastique, mais le poulet roti, fermier" or "cigarette interdite, mais légumes à volonté" and also "le vieux pain n'est pas perdu, il est donné aux chevaux de Laura"... Please, just consult the opening hours on the website!!

Le Plateau also organises some events, very interesting the one proposed on the 27th of March and called DîNER DANS LE NOIR (dinner in the dark) in order to share the experience of blind.

Country: France
Brévardière farm
Type of place: Café & catering

Brévardière farm offers mountains homely cooking. Céline's recepies are deliciously local and from the warm dining hall, with its fireplace, one can admire the surrounding moutains tops: Chamechaude, le Grand Som, le Charmant Som .... The location is beautiful and the farm offers sevral other otpions to enjoy the nature around, for istance the pic-nic!! Another activity is trekking as Brévardière farm has its own mountain guide - Philippe - organising beautiful randonnées in summer as well as springtime. Watch the photos gallery in the website to have an idea of the beautiful landscape you may enjoy here!

, the location itself would be a good and sufficient reason to come here: from It is necessary to book before at 0033 0476 88 60 49.

Country: France
From the window
Type of place: Accommodation

This biological farmhouse www.fattoriasantapollinare.it is situated in a small Byzantine village. People can practise horse-riding and taking part in guided trips. In the restaurant, visitors can savour the typical dishes of the place such as home made pasta, mushrooms and truffles. Being so close to the National Parc of the Casentinesi Forests, it is also in the network of www.fattoriedelpanda.net

Country: Italy
Loc. Sant'Apollinare, Pieve Santo Stefano (AR) » Map
Zenzero organising a luch at Ospitale delle Rifiorenze

Borgo Alegre is a shop selling ecologic and organic products, but also fair trade food, clothes and accessorizes. Borgo Alegre is also the "head office" of a group of young friends who founded a cooperative called Zenzero in 2006. Zenzero is a catering cooperative which prepares luches, dinners and buffet to your parties, celebrations and meetings. The most particular aspect is that Zenzero uses just organic and fair trade ingredients. The magazine Terra Nuova www.terranuovaedizioni.it (unfortunately, only in Italian) has dedicated to Zenzero the article "Biocatering" that you can read in its issue of February 2010.

Country : Italy
The entrance
Type of place: Café & catering

Circolo Aurora offers Breakfast, Luch, Aperitivo, Dinner and Afterhour. Meals are prepared with organic and fair trade products, in season fruits and vegetables coming from local little farms (less than 50 km far), vegetarian meals, meat coming from local organic breeding etc.

Country: Italy
Sardinian breed in Sant'Anna
Type of place: Farm

The Sant'Anna farm was funded in 1967. Since 1986 Sant'Anna 1986 is making sheep cheese and since 1999 ita has been practising organic agriculture. The farm is certified ICEA (Institute for the ethical and environmental certification, www.icea.info ) is the inspection body of the farm. Forages and cereals for animals' nutrition are produced in the farm's fields (around 160 ha) themselves.

At the farm shop you can purchase cheese (fresh and aged pecorino, pecorino with truffle, raw milk pecorino, ricotta and ravaggiolo) or other products other Tuscan organic farms (pork dried meat, cinta senese salami, extra virgin olive oil, wine, pasta and tomato sauce), visit the places where it is made or meet shepherds and cheesemakers

Finally, in the Farm school throught booking, farm tours are organized for students about several topics such as plants (cereals and forages), animals, pasturage and feeding, animal welfare, milk production, wool, cheese making and others. Lessons include farm tours visits, observations and - it case of cheese making tours - also cheese tasting (visual, olfactory and taste inspection).

Country: Italy
The Benefizio building
Type of place: Accommodation

Podere Benefizio www.agriturismobenefizio.com/ is a little farm located between Sinalunga and the middleage village Trequanda, close to Val d’Orcia. Its position is ideal for excursions (on foot, with horses or mountain bike) and also for visiting the close artistic sites, such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Cortona, Montalcino etc. The main activities of Benefizio are grapes' and olives' cultivation and wine's and olive oil's production, cereals and vegetables' cultivation and horses and sheep's breeding. Concenrning the accommodation, Benefizio offers 2 quite wide and comfortable apartements. Finally, if you like to swim, the public swimming pool it is only 1 km far from the Benefizio property. Certified ICEA www.icea.info , Podere Benefizio is also in the network of www.bioagriturismi.it .

 
Country: Italy
Rigaiolo - Località Vallina, 124 - 53048 SINALUNGA (SIENA) - » Map
Horses excursions at San Marco
Type of place: Accommodation

San Marco www.agriturismosanmarco.it offers you hospitality in bedrooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds, placed all on the second floor of the main buildin and in the nearby annex (dependance).The farm is about 28 hectares wide. In the garden there is a swimming pool. San Marco produces cereals, fruit and vegetables, all organic and certified ICEA www.icea.info . Beside these activities, San Marco farm breed horses, calves, pigs, lambs, poultry and rabbits. Among the activities that the farm can offer you there are excursions on foot, by bike or by horse: one can reach the seaside and visit a different beach each day!! Concerning the horse centre, there are every kind of services and facilities: a covered manége, a jumping field, stables, paddocks with huts, saddle rooms, washing services, a smithy and an infirmary.

Country: Italy
Loc. San Marco, 100 - Rosignano M.mo (LI) » Map
Organic market at Pistoia

Zucca Barucca is an association organising an organic and ecological market. It is present every fourth Sunday every month, a part from January, July and August.

Country : Italy
Olive's flowers at Mazzana
Type of place: Accommodation

Podere Mazzana www.poderemazzana.it is a tipical tuscan farm, family managed, cultivating grapes (sangiovese and trebbiano) and olives (mignola and madremignola) and the wood in the hilly part while, on the valley, there are the fields dedicated to vegetables' growing. Cultivations will be soon converting to organic, under the control of ICEA www.icea.info . Bees give a delicious honey, harvesting on a multitude of spontaneous blooming. Guests can partecipate to the field works during the whole year:
the pruning of the olives between October and December, the sowing in the kitchen garden and in the fields at springtime, the harvest of honey at summer and the grape harvesting in Autumn. Moreover, each season offers its spontaneous products: asparagus, muchsrooms, blackberry or herbs.

Podere Mazzana offers sober and friendly hospitality in the restructured hayloft whose structure is surrounded by nature, sightseeing on Valdarno. The farm's owners live in the near farm house, in an indipendent construction. The guests' accommodation is splitted in two floors. The dining room has a kitchen, a bathroom accessible to disabled and a large living room with a fireplace and 2 chairbeds. The flat’s total surface is about 80 sm and the terrace is about 20 sm.

Country: Italy
via Mazzana 32 - Marti, Montopoli in Valdarno » Map
At Il Castagnolino
Type of place: Accommodation

The Farmhouse Il Castagnolino www.agriturismoilcastagnolino.com is located at only 2 Km far from San Gimignano, on the ancient way called Via Francigena. The rural building, surrounded by olive trees, offers a unique view over the Towers of San Gimignano and the Valdelsa valley. This farm was built using environment-friendly techniques and materials: heating and hot water are provided by renewable energy, walls are painted with natural earth colors. Il Castagnolino produces extra-virgin olive oil, organic saffron, aromatic plants, fruits and vegetables and the Certaldo Onion, a Slow Food Presidium. For its guests, Il Castagnolino arranges 6 comfortable rooms (1 wheelchair accessible), with wooden beams roof and tiled floors, with private bathroom and independent entrance on the garden. In the restaurant, one can enjoy delicious breakfast and dinners with seasonal fresh home grown products.
Among the activities, there are excursions on mountain-bike with English speaking guide, short walk along the botanic route, plus holistic treatments to find well-being or simply to be cuddle for a bit.

Country: Italy
Localita' Pancole, Castagnolino 34, San Gimignano (SI) » Map
MondoMangione, Siena

MondoMangione is a social cooperative focused on fair trade which is a fair and sustainable way to make trade. The ccoperative also promotes a sober and aware life style, respectful of environment, workers and local communities. MondoMangione offers courses and workshops inside the schools in order to give information, but also make children aware about alternative trade and life styles. Equally, MondoMangione offers workshops about responsible tourism (it is in fact partner of Viaggi & Miraggi www.viaggiemiraggi.org) and organic agriculture. Concerning the organic agriculture, in the store MondoMangione you can choose everyday organic local products, but on Tuesday and on Thursday, through booking, you will even find a box of seasonal products from local sourci!! Not only vegetables, but also bread, eggs, chicken and cheese...to get more information, consult the website at www.mondomangione.it/verdurebio.asp!

Country : Italy
Irma Laurence Shwegler

Traditional natural fabrics such as cooked wool, casentino, orbace, loden, tweed for winter; linen, cotton percalle, silk, jute for summer, these are the material used in this taylor's shop in Gavinana, Southern area of Florence. And this is a creation of Irma Schwegler, swisse dressmaker living in Italy since 1991. Irma - through technology and research - created fabrics out of nettle and juniper (very soon). Each product is hand-made and wool is 100% from Tuscany: sheep are breeded and fleeced in Maremma, the wool is washed in Prato and finally spinned in the laboratory in Via Gran Bretagna, according to the client's needs. Nettle instead is cultivated in Sesto Fiorentino! Irma also organises sewing workshops.

Country : Italy
Fresh vegetables at La Fonte
Type of place: Café & catering

La Fonte is a vegan restaurant located in an ancient farm, surrounded by olives and grapes. Food is not only vegan, but also organic. Naturally, the menù is "following the seasons": ingredients are local, organic and seasonal. La Fonte prepares seitan, bread, cakes and it is able to satisfy people with food intolerance. In order to book, you can consult the website where there is an application you can fill.

Country: Italy
Restaurant La Vecchia Lira
Type of place: Café & catering

La Vecchia Lira is a catering situated in the main street in Volterra. It offers buffet at lunchtime, but it is a restaurant in the evening. From 11.30 am la Vecchia Lira offers a vast choices of local recipes presented as a buffet. From 19.00, la Vecchia Lira is becoming a classic restaurant with both, fine or traditional Tuscan dishes. It is a familiar environment managed by 2 brothers, Lamberto and Massimo, and a fabulous cooker, Patrizia. The scenario itself is the result of a cooperation among an old friend of the owners, Danilo Vanni, who has experienced 6 years of work in Cinematographic studios in Berlin and a cousin, Sandro Bruchi, who is also a eclectic artist based in Volterra. La Vecchia Lira is ideal for celiac (only with reservation). For more information, AIC Alimentazione Fuori Casa www.celiachia.it/afcristoratori/. The philosophy of “La vecchia lira” is inspired to the use of local food, local dishes and good quality products. Vegetable are directly coming for the L'Orto del Lolli which is a garden cultivated by disabled people within the Villa-Giardino, managed by Nuovo Mondo. In this way, La Vecchia Lira supports Nuovo Mondo in helping disabled people to be included in the work field.

Country: Italy
The lake at Bulichella
Type of place: Accommodation

Farm holidays at Bulichella www.bulichella.it is immersed in a landscape framed by vineyards, olive and fruit trees with a very close beautiful lake where one can fish. Guests will be housed in comfortable rooms and lodgings. At Bulichella, guests can also appreciate typical dishes made with genuine and local ingredients, sometimes just picked from the garden and then organic as Bulichella got the ICEA certification www.icea.info . Among the offered activities, Italian language courses, wines' tasting and the possibility to go for excursions. The products made in Bulichella are extra vergine olive oil, spelt, jam, marmalade, honey and “Settegusti”, a vegetable concentrate used to flavour meat dishes, soups and sauces. In its shop there are also refined gift boxes, a selection of miniature marmalade, scented oils and small cruets of aromatic olive oil ideal for cooking.

Country: Italy
Località Bulichella 131, Suvereto (LI) » Map
La Farnia
Type of place: Accommodation

Il Fienile della Farnia www.ilfieniledellafarnia.it offers for its guests 3 studio flats with bathroom and kitchenette in a XIV century farmhouse. Il Fienile della Farnia is only 4.3 km from the Pistoia train station. The house is surrounded by fields of vineyard and fruit trees. Il Fienile della Farnia growns vegetables organically and - as tradition wants - at Autumn organises the collection of grapes with relative and friends!!

Country: Italy
Via di Gora e Barbatole 321, Pistoia » Map
Pereto's products
Type of place: Farm

Podere Pereto is an organic farm, certified by the Ethic and Environmental Certification ICEA, www.icea.info . This farm, constitued by 70 hectars of land, is a traditional farm run by the Bordoni family. The main cultivations are olives, cereals, legumes and vegetables. It is in the farm itself thath all these farm produce are "transformed" in delicious pickles, jams, pasta and even a spelt beer!! Podere Pereto, always sensitive about the sustainable development, has been recently installed a photovoltaic system finalised to the production of renewable energy.

The farm offer also hospitality in 3 apartments as you can see direclty in the website and it is also a didactic farm.

Country: Italy
The Villa di Maiano, Fiesole
Type of place: Accommodation

Fattoria di Maiano www.fattoriadimaiano.com origins back to the XV century. It is situated between Fiesole and Firenze. It covers an area of nearly 300 hectares mainly used for growing olives. It is a completely organic agricultural estate which also breeds cows.
Accommodations are offered in apartments, located within the estate, which originally were ancient rustic homesteads. During summer, guests can enjoy the swimming pool, located in the gardens of Fattoria. There is also a rich programme of activities such as cooking classes, art and restoration classes, Villa di Maiano and Olive Mill guided tours, tastings and discovery tours of Tuscany.
For cinema lovers, Villa di Maiano has been the set for numerous films including Tea with Mussolini by Franco Zeffirelli and A Room with a View by James Ivory. It has all the private residence features: magnificent rooms such as tapestries room, old dining room and billiard room with original decor and furnishings, a large terrace overlooking Florence and the Italian style garden.

Country: Italy
via Benedetto da Maiano, 11 Fiesole » Map
The Huntstile Organic farm
Type of place: Accommodation

Lizzie Myers & John Ridout run the Huntstile organic farm www.huntstileorganicfarm.co.uk . They do it in a real nice area (with a lake and woods to explore) with hills and panoramic views across the county. Lizzie and John grow a variety of vegetables, soft fruit, herbs, flowers and combinable crops like wheat, barley, oats and peas on over 250 hectares of organic land. They also have a small herd of British White Cattles producing very good beef & a flock of organic chickens that lay delicious free-range eggs. John's father began farming at Huntstile in the '50s. John himself was born in this farmhouse whose parts date back to Henry VIII. This farm is licensed by the Soil Association www.soilassociation.org .

Country: United Kingdom
Goathurst, Bridgwater TA5 2DQ » Map
Circolo Arci Lunanuova
Type of place: Café & catering

Alimentare la vita con sicurezza per restare in salute e rispettare l'ambiente. Questa l'aspirazione del circolo. Le proposte sono: cucina vegetariana - biologica; bar naturista con una vasta scelta di tè, infusi e tisane insieme a genuine birre biologiche.
Oltre a ciò il circolo organizza serate musicali e iniziative culturali particolarmente legate ai temi della solidarietà: si ricorda che nel circolo vengono serviti quasi esclusivamente prodotti biologici. L'orario di apertura è quello di pranzo e cena.

Specialità della casa: Zucchine e pomodori ripieni, farro ed orzo, cous cous, riso integrale.

Country: Italy
Il Giuggiolo vegetables
Type of place: Accommodation

Since 2005 Il Giuggiolo www.ilgiuggiolo.it is one of the activities included in the circle of the Parco Regionale della Maremma. This initiative would like to make aware the companies and their clients about the issue of the energetic saving. It is not therefore by chance that Il Giuggiolo is also in the network of Legambiente, one of the biggest Italian charities committed with the environment.

Il Giuggiolo offers to its guests apartments for their holidays. In the farm many vegetables are grown: cantaloupes, chillies, courgettes, tomatoes and eggplants, but also honey, saffron and even saffron biscuits severely home made. In the farm there are also several animals.

Country: Italy
Strada della Trappolaccia n° 31 Loc. Trappola, Marina di Grosseto » Map
Mercatale Campagna Aperta

Mercatale Campagna Aperta is an open market realised by the organic farmers of Arezzo and surroundings. It is organised by Legambiente and its Circle Laura Conti, in Via Guido Monaco, 1. Every first Saturday of the month, from 9 to 19, the market's stalls are occupying via Roma and Piazzetta Sopra i Ponti, in the city of Arezzo. Mercatale means not only organic food, but also folk shows, meetings, workshops and other venues that one can find at www.legambientearezzo.it .

Country : Italy
Prureaux Castle

Le Créneau is a youth organisation and one of its principle is the popular education, an alternative to official and vertical education. This is in fact based on reciprocal exchange among people (with the exception of technical knowledge). Le Créneau welcomes volunteers from all the world: they will experience external and internal "workshops", community life and internationality. In this context, the castle of Prureaux is an open place which gives the chance to everybody to participate and learn how to live/work together despite of linguistic, socio-cultural, socio-economic differences or despite any prejudice. The main working activities are the renovation and maintenance of the site, such as internal and external masonry, painting, woodwork or traditional artisanal activities: basketry, bread baking, animal breeding, gardening, etc. These workcamps contribute also to the social, economic and cultural development of the region: there are in fact several project with the close communities involving people with social or psycological issues, for example people with difficulties - for several reasons - into finding a job and living only thanks to minimal social assistance! In this way, volunteers will have the great chance to understand the local culture, to meet local people, to speak French, to learn handmade techniques such as pottery or bakery.. One of the most recent project, called Parrainages, is for instance involving local farmers or craftsmen with the chance for the volunteer to go and live inside a local family for a week-end.

Country: France
The shop in Florence

This is one of the best places where one can find fair trade products in Florence: food, clothes, toys for children, books and even cosmetics. The atmosphere is always friendly and the products are really various and good. After Christmas or Easter there are always interesting bargains. This shop is also the organizing center for many initiatives around critical consumption.

Country : Italy
Olives at Il Civettaio
Type of place: Farm

Il Civettaio was born in 1998. It is an estate of 30 hectares where there are vineyards, olive trees and woodland. Since the very beginning, the cultivation method has been organic – certified ICEA, www.icea.info . Il Civettaio is also a guesthouse.

Country: Italy
L'Alberese in Maremma
Type of place: Accommodation

L’Alberese www.alberese.it is a regional large-scale farm located in Maremma. It is one of the biggest farm in Italy with its 4600 hectares, whose 700 are covered by pinewood and about 2000 by wood. Its main production is wine and olive oil and one of the main activities is the cows' breeding. The cultivation is organic: not only wine and olive oil, but also barley and tomatoes sauces! The shop is in via dell'Artigliere, 4 58100 Alberese (GR). L'Alberese covers territory which has also a cultural and artistic value as includes Villa Granducale, San Rabano Abbey, Collelungo tower and the Magazzini Lorenesi di Spergolaia. Beside that, this farm contributes in keeping old traditions and professions, such as that of buttero, the Maremma cow boy.

Concerning the hospitality, L'Alberese offers beautiful apartments with the possibility to enjoy good oragnic and local food in the restaurant of the farm.

Country: Italy
loc. Spergolaia, Alberese (GR) » Map
Le Macchie Alte
Type of place: Accommodation

Le Macchie Alte www.lemacchiealte.it is an organic farm covering 420 hectares. Olives, cereals and forage are cultivated according to the organic principles, certified by ICEA, www.icea.info and AIAB, www.aiab.it as well as the Maremman Cattle, the Cinta Senese pigs and the poultry. Le Macchie Alte offers accommodations in its 3 stone farmhouses and relax in its private swimming pool. It is possible to explore the surroundings of this estate on foot, on horseback or on mountain bike. In Le Macchie Alte, you have the chance to taste the traditional Maremman recepies, all realised with organic and local ingredients. In the website, one can have a lokk at the several delicatessen realised in the farm, such as sauces, paté, jams etc..

Le Macchie Alte has recently created a new and functional space by refurbishing the former stables which have been now transformed in a large indoor area (120 square meters) quiet and welcoming, especially designed to host meetings or seminars. The place's unique atmosphere makes it also suitable for artistic activities such as creative writing, tango classes, afrojazz and painting.

Country: Italy
Poderi di Montemerano, Manciano (Grosseto) » Map
Surroundings of Riparbella
Type of place: Accommodation

Riparbella www.riparbella.com is in Maremma, South of Tuscany, not far from the historic town of Massa Marittima. The view is really beautiful, for instance, in absence of clouds, one can see the Elba's mountains and Corsica and even a point of the Follonica bay.
Riparbella cultivates according to organic guidelines: artichokes, vegetable, forest fruit, grapes, sage and mint varieties. In the converted guest-house, built according to ecological standards, there are 11 rooms with shower/WC, a covered terrace, the restaurant and lounge, as well as a bar. The closest conservation area is Parco dell’Uccellina, but also the “Giardino dei Tarocchi” created by Niki de Saint Phalle is not too far (www.nikidesaintphalle.com), as well as the park on an artistic theme at Seggiano (near Arcidosso), realised by the Swiss-born Daniel Spoerri (www.danielspoerri.org).

Riparbella is run by Veronica, with many years of experience in hotels, and Christian, an architect who used to renovate homes and hotel accommodations, passioned in theory of winegrowing and enology, always active in culture and politics...

Country: Italy
Loc. Sopra Pian di Mucini, Massa Marittima (Grosseto) » Map
Mr. Giuseppe
Type of place: Farm

The products of the farm of Mr Trotta are delicious and fresh, especially salads!! Sometimes this farm sells its products in an area called Galluzzo, which is easily reachable by bus (Numbers 37 and 68 as you can doublecheck at www.ataf-linea.it which fortunately is also in English).

Country: Italy
Il Cantiere delle Alternative

Cantiere delle Alternative is a store in Scandicci. Since 2003 it is also the head office of the NGO Manitese and the cooperative Riciclaggio e Solidarietà (recycling and solidarity), engaged in the collection & selection of second hand material (clothes, furnitures, books etc) which is then re-used. The building itself has been realised through bio-architecture techniques and following energies' saving principles. The profit of this "business" is going to finance development projects that Manitese runs in several developing countries.

Country : Italy
Organic products at La Ginestra
Type of place: Accommodation

La Ginestra www.laginestra.toscana.it/ is an organic farm and a farm holiday. It was founded in 1978 by a group of enthusiastic young men and women who formed a Cooperative, with the goal of preserving and renewing the traditions of the Tuscan countryside. Today the farm stretches across 128 hectares, divided between fields, pastures, woods, and olive groves. The choice of organic farming was a natural one: since 1989 cultivation, breeding,and processing without the use of chemical substances guarantees safe, genuine products that you can also taste at the farm's restaurant (open for dinner). The products are certified by CCPB, www.ccpb.it/ . The offered accommodations - just a short drive from Florence or Siena - are located into a 2 centuries-old farmhouses, carefully renovated, in a panoramic setting with plenty of space for seminars, conferences, courses… One can decide to rent an apartments, a rooms or go for the B&B option.
La Ginestra offers you Cooking classes with dinner included (for about 50 euros) and, on request, it organises trekking, mountain-bike tours and horseback riding.
The wesbite is very rich of useful information and links.

Country: Italy
Via Pergolato 3, S. Pancrazio, San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI) » Map
Molinello
Type of place: Accommodation

Molinello www.molinello.com offers an 4 apartments for 2 people: these are constituted by a double bedroom and in some case a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom with shower. The there are 4 apartments for 4 people and a huge one which can host up to 8 people. In Molinello, you can take breakfast that Elisa is preparing: bread and cakes are homemade using organic flours coming from farms such as Crete, Il Pereto, Sporeta, eggs come from the farm and are organic too, chicken is from Valdarno (Slow Food protection, www.slowfoodtoscana.it ) and from Livorno. Jams are oorganic as well as honey coming from organic farms in Asciano and Rapolano. Furthermore, there is local organic fresh fruit, biodynamic juices from the farm Terra d’Arcoiris, cheese comes from local farms (Vergelle and La Fonte).

Concernning the activities, Molinello organises truffle hunting - from January to end of March - together with a professional as well as guided cycle tours, wine tasting courses and FREE guided visits of Siena from June to October.

Country: Italy
Loc. Molinello - 53041 Asciano (SIENA) » Map
Tutto da rifare is where you can find similar initiatives

“Cose in … Comune” means "things in common", but it is mainly a play on words because "comune" in Italian has 2 meanings: "common" and "municipalities".
This is an exchange and meeting area born in 2005. In this space, one can find many typology of objects - toys, furnitures, tools etc. - which have been thrown out, but are still perfectly working. These objects are just waiting for a new owner. This project is extremely important becasue it decreases the quantity of waste and it benefits people with little money: the clients of "Cose in ... Comune" can in fact either take the object for free or - according to his/her possibilities - leave a symbolic amount of money, a sort of donation!!
Time table is Tuesday from 8:30 to 12 and from 15:30 to 18:30 and Saturday from 8:30 to 12.

If you want to find similar initiatives in all Italy, "Tutto da Rifare" is a TERRE DI MEZZO's publication. Consult http://libri.terre.it !!

Country: Italy
Golem at Avane, Empoli

The GOLEM is a LUG, a Linux User Group, located in Avane, Empoli. Like others LUG, also the Golem has been a volunteer group for many years. Since 2004 the Golem is an Association for Social Services. Members and friends use to meet every Tuesday evening, at 9.30 p.m. in the Officina Informatica, a kind of Computer science Workshop. During these meetings, you have the occasion to visit the IO (that is "Officina Informatica") and find suggestions about Linux and other information. All members, volunteers and friends usually keep in touch by a mailing lists service. Among its activities, GOLEM recycles old computers. What you can do, it is to donate your old computer (still working!) which will be repaired and then donated. This activity is called TRASHWARE and it has a great success !!! Computers - until now - have been donated to Legambiente www.legambiente.eu , to parishes, to schools in Italy as well as in Sahara, Pakistan, Benin, Congo etc.

Country: Italy
Ristorante Molino di Berto
Type of place: Café & catering

piccolo ristorante a conduzione famìiliare dove vengono proposti cibi locali fatti con farina di castagne, funghi, frutti di bosco, marmellate, miele formaggi e ortaggi tutti di produzione locale. Acqua rigorosamente in brocca e niente bottiglie di plastica! Accanto al ristorante c'è un percorso didattico sulla castagna con vecchio seccatoio e molino ad acqua tuttora funzionante

Country: Italy
treehugger dan's bookstore cafe

fair trade organic products at 3 locations in Budapest, huge selection of secondhand English books

Treehugger Dan’s Bookstore Cafe
“THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE WITH A GLOBAL CONSCIENCE”

Wide selection of quality second-hand English paperbacks at reasonable prices

• Thousands and thousands of secondhand English books at 3 great locations
• WiFi
• Enjoy a cup of Fair Trade organic coffee, tea, iced tea, iced coffee, or hot chocolate
• Extensive travel guide selection
• Conveniently located
• Trade in your used books for a fair price
• Regular environmental, social justice, literary, cultural and political events
• Free English language magazine exchange (1 for 1)
• Knowledgeable, helpful and multi-lingual staff
• Relaxed and comfortable smoke-free atmosphere

Fiction, travel guides, environment, poetry, history, politics, Eastern European authors in translation, classics, thriller, mystery, biography, children, young adult, science, anthropology and sociology, art, sport, gay fiction, religion and philosophy...and much, much more!

NOW AT THREE GREAT LOCATIONS!
(Please note that we only buy-back books at the Csengery u. and Vienna locations)

Treehugger Dan’s Bookstore & Café
Open: M-F: 10-19, Sat: 10-17
1067 Budapest, Csengery u. 48
(first door down on the corner of Andrassy Ut.) VI. District, Budapest
Tel: 061-322-0774, info@treehugger.hu , http://www.treehugger.hu

Treehugger Dan's Bookstore & Lounge/Discover Hungary
Summer hours every day from 9:30-20:00
Winter hours M-F: 09:30-18:30 Sat and Sun: 10:00-16:00
Lázár u. 16. VI. District, Tel/Fax: 269-3843
at the back end of the Opera House on M1 (Yellow Metro Line) off of Andrássy Ut
or a short walk up from Bajzsy Zs. Ut on Lázár utca.

Treehugger Dan's Bookstore/Yellow Zebra
V. District, Sütö u.2
(in the courtyard next to tourist info at Deak ter)
Tel: (1) 266-8777
Summer open every day 09:00-20:00
Winter open every day 10:00-18:00

Country : Hungary
Museo della Vite e del Vino di Rufina
Type of place: Guide - Guided tour

Nel museo si ripercorre la storia della viti-vinicoltura, evidenziando tutte le varie fasi della coltivazione della vite e della lavorazione del vino, grazie anche ad una preziosa collezione di pezzi. Rufina è città del Vino. La zona è famosa per le DOC, CHIANTI RUFINA e POMINO.
Per i piccoli, scuole, centri estivi e gruppi in genere è possibile prenotare giochi e laboratori o deguistazioni nella bella enoteca della villa Poggio Reale.

Country: Italy
Agriturismo La Colombaia
Type of place: Accommodation

Agriturismo immerso nella campagna di Vicchio del Mugello, parte integrante dell'azienda agricola Biologica gestita a livello familiare.
nell'azienda vengono coltivati con metodo biologico grano, farro, orzo, mais,avena, patate,ceci, fagioli..
viene fatta la farina, macinando i cereali con un mulino a pietra..
e la pasta semi-integrale di grano duro,di farro e di Grano duro del faraone (Kamut).
tutti i prodotti vengono venduti direttamente in azienda o ai mercatini a km zero della zona.
vengono allevati vitelli di razza chianina (IGP), pecore razza appenninica,maiali cinta senese..
poi cavalli,asini,polli,anatre,pecore zwartbles, mucche Higland dalle maestose corna e dal mantello peloso ed infine 2 simpatici lama..
Gli animali vivono nel benessere dei verdi pascoli dell'azienda e caratterizzano il paesaggio della piccola frazione in un cui vivono..
ed è un piacere sopratutto per i bambini,poterli avvicinare.
l'agriturismo offre disponibilità in 4 spaziosi appartamenti terra-tetto (80-100 mq),,
con camere, 2 bagni, sala, cucina e giardino.

www.agriturismocolombaia.com
www.reteimprese.it/lacolombaia

Country: Italy

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