The Italians parlano le mani (speak with the hands) and there was a lot of that when I was a Tuscan farmer.
And you can be one too with the nature-immersive wilderness Oasyhotel in San Marcello Piteglio.
If it had passed you by, my Italian farming background, let me refresh your memories.
When I tilled the land… at sea.
Farm to fork
Le Petit Chef is the conceptual experience where the diner sees their meal made from farm to fork in a film played out on your mat.
And ecco, there’s your Italian before you ready to eat.
OK I didn’t get my hands dirty but here in Oasyhotel you can become a farmer for a day on the Oasi Dynamo Farm.
The farm is home to all God’s agricultural creatures as well as a wide variety of fruits, grains, and vegetables.
You’ll get an interactive farm tour and even learn how to make your own cheese for lunch.
Mangiamo (let’s eat)
In both of its restaurants (Le Felci and Casa Luigi), the team aim to provide the freshest and healthiest local Tuscan produce.
With the majority of ingredients being grown on the Oasi Dynamo farm itself.
Or otherwise being sourced within one kilometre from its doors.
Room at the lodge
Oasyhotel offers 16 lodges on within the WWF-protected Oasi Dynamo reserve.
The 1,000+ hectares of land consists of undisturbed forest, farmland, lakes and rivers.
Nestled between Lucca, Pistoia, Florence and Bologna; Oasyhotel is easily accessible from these key Italian cities by road.
With those multiple servings of Italian food you’ll need some activity to work it off.
Stretch those legs
And that’s where those great hiking and biking trails come in.
With complimentary electric-bikes included in all guest stays.
And among the guided seasonal activities are wildlife walks, wolf tracking (turn up, find out) orienteering and horse riding (I’m a natural).
Then there’s foraging, Nordic wellness walking, forest therapy, and meditation and yoga.
Oasyhotel is also home to its own beautiful private lake which can be used for wild-swimming, kayaking and paddle-boarding.
And there are three private spa lodges.
What’s the deal?
This dream resort is open seasonally from April 14 until October 31 for its first season in 2022.
Stays start from €560 (approx. £472) per lodge per night on a bed and breakfast basis.
They include minibar access, e-bike usage, access to private lake and watersports and valet parking.
And they indulge all your creature comforts.
With the Eco-Lodge Double (with one double-bed and space for a small third-bed).
And Eco-Lodge Family (with four large bunkbeds in two separate bedrooms, and two bathrooms).
Maybe that’s more authentic then and I won’t have to bluff When I was a Tuscan Farmer.