Welcome to Monestevole
a home, a farm, a sustainable community
Our goal at Tribewanted Monestevole is to show that it is possible to live sustainably, not just in remote locations and developing countries, but also in our own back yard. We want to provide a replicable model for sustainable lifestyles where it is needed the most, to be an example of how our society can live in the years to come.
In Italy, we also aspire to preserve and enhance local artisanal skills and inspire the Italian youth to return to the countryside, whilst at the same time providing our guests with an accessible location to learn, get their hands dirty and bring the lessons home.
What we are
What we are not
We cook together eat together, and drink red wine together. Food is grown locally, deep in Umbrian traditions, rich in culinary knowledge.
The meats are grass fed from the Umbertide valley; the pork, eggs, wine, extra virgin olive oil, jams, tomato sauce and veggies are all from Monestevole’s permaculture gardens. We make bread and pasta, essences oils, home-made soaps, toothpaste and creams. We welcome vegetarians, vegans and omnivores, just let us know before arriving if you have any special food requirements.
We have horses, goats, a sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats and even an albino peacock at Monestevole. We are training Tribu’, our colt, and the kids can enjoy our pet pig Matilda.
Monestevole was originally built in the 15th century as a watch-tower for nearby Monestevole castle. Over the coming centuries, additional parts were added to the tower to develop it into the current borgo (hamlet) structure. Up to 12 farmer's families (over 50 people), lived in Monestevole until the 1960s when it was abandoned for 30 years until a young couple from Umbertide purchased the ruins and restructured it. Tribewanted Monestevole purchased the property in 2012 and opened its doors to the tribe on March 21st 2013. Six people live and work in Monestevole, another 8 locals live nearby and work with us.
The Green Heart of Italy
Umbria is the greenest region of Italy; full of woodlands, which have been sustainably harvested for the past 20 years. The laws here are such that you can only cut a hectare of woodland every 20 years, leaving spare trees on each hectare, so the amount of forests in Umbria have actually increased over this time period. Local crops include olive oil, wine, sunflowers, legumes an unfortunately, tobacco. The region is famous for its truffles, pork meat and wild boar. Local breads are made without salt due to an old feud with the Pope on salt tax!