Last weekend I had the outmost pleasure of joining the amazing YesTribe for a long weekend in Umbria near Perugia in Italy and boy! did I love it!
Tribewanted in Monestevole is a 40 hectare working farm working towards becoming as self-sustained as possible. It is run as an alternative destination for holiday makers looking to try something a little bit different.
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 1950s when it was abandoned for 50 years until a young couple from Umbertide purchased the ruins in 1996 and restructured them over the course of the next 4 years. Tribewanted Monestevole purchased the property in 2012 and opened its doors to the tribe on March 21st 2013, 6-7 people live and work in Monestevole, another 4-5 locals live nearby and work with them
They have a (non-heated) outdoor swimming pool, pigs, horses, goats, tiramisu and a vineyard – what’s not to like?
I spent three nights at the retreat and had such a great time there enjoying the spectacular Umbrian countryside, the local produced wine, the freshly cooked pasta and not least the amazing hospitality from Tribewanted. Both myself and my travel companions enjoyed every part of it and I know that some of them are already talking about a quick return to this little Italian paradise