Tuesday, 24 July 2012

WWOOFing at Il Troscione, Italy

Il Troscione is an 'agriturismo' business (basically a B&B) set in an organic vineyard & olive grove in the Maremma in southern Tuscany.  There is a lovely house with all the usual mod cons

in a beautiful setting

Looking to the south-west you can see Giglio Island and if your eye sight is really good you can see the wreck of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that crashed into the coastline a few months back

The wwoofers help out in the 'orto', the vegie patch

the results of which end up on the dinner table.  Some of the results look a bit disappointing to me - there's a bad case of 'blossom end rot' in most of the tomatoes, capsicums and some of the egg plants

The closest village is called Pancole and it really is no more than a dot on the map.  It has one bar and a bus stop on either side of the road from which you can catch the bus to Grosseto (in both directions).  This is Pancole's beating heart

and from the bars over the door you would think it was the wild west.  The rest of Pancole looks like this

so I'm not feeling too worried.  And really it's not all old crumbly houses.  There is a new development where they are building 'la casa dei sogni' (yes, a dream house) for that very special person who dreams of living on the main road in a village in the middle of nowhere

Not far from here I came across my own particular dream house which I thought had all the makings of another 'Under the Tuscan Sun' adventure

until I saw it from another angle and realised the neighbours would be almost as close as my neighbours in Melbourne

I also liked this place, a real renovator's delight

which, if this sign is to be believed, has some lovely wildlife nearby

not to mention some very pretty horses just a bit further down the road

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