Another two weeks lost to the Italian Vetriceto countryside in WWOOFing with Pierangelo, Cristina and Mattia. There’s difficulty in suffering through the early to bed and late to rise lifestyle.
Come 7 AM, it’s up and get ready for a light filling with breakfast at 7:30 AM till 8:00 AM or so. Afterward, it’s time to work off those calories through picking raspberries, chili peppers, grapes, figs and blackberries that easily builds up the lunch appetite.
Lunch is another packing of freshly cooked pasta, rice, locally grown vegetables and produced cheeses over an hour of simple enjoyment for the life around the kitchen table. In finishing the meal there’s now scratching the dog’s ears, feeding grape skins to the donkeys and going for walks in the hills around the farm to burn calories and encourage the evening appetite.
About 7:30 PM you’ll find wine and the first pasta dish being ready. Dinner is very much like lunch, but with more courses, more cheer and simply, more enjoyment of life. By 9:30 PM you can barely keep your eyes open.
WWOOFing with Pierangelo and Cristina is a wonderful experience. Unlike past farms dealing in wine, olive oil and other typical Italian sundries; they deal in producing fruit and chili jellies, fruit juices, and gelatin made with beer and wine. All of these things really do making it past the kitchen hard, yet bearable for there’s more to try at the next meal.
Their farm is located outside of San Godenzo, about 50 kilometers northeast of Firenze. There’s near hourly trains to Dicomano and from there, take the bus to San Godenzo. You can walk the 3 kilometers uphill or call for a ride.