About Tribewanted – A sustainable community development and investment project in Umbria, Italy
Tribewanted occupies a beautifully restored 15th century watch tower called Monestevole near the Umbrian hill town of Umbertide, Italy. It is 40 minutes away from Perugia, and 2 hours from Florence and Rome. The watch tower was built for the nearby Monestevole castle and, over the centuries, additional parts were added to the tower to develop it into the current hamlet structure. The property sits at 600 meters on top of a hill surrounded by 38 hectares of olive groves, oak forests and a vineyard.
Accommodations: We have rooms to suit all budgets here at Monestevole. There are 22 beds in total ranging from a private apartment with open fireplaces, to private doubles with or without en-suite, to the attic bunk room that sleeps 5 with shared bathroom.
Prices range from €50-€100 pp/day including all food and house wine, and the opportunity to get involved with our community projects and learn what life is all about in this captivating part of Italy.
About Tribewanted: Tribewanted is a unique ecotourism concept. We are a crowdfunded cooperative, co-owned by our members, that builds and develops a network of sustainable communities around the world that we can all learn from and enjoy. Our goal at Tribewanted 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: in “developed” nations and urban settings (where after all, the majority of us live), 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 tribe-members with a more accessible location to learn, get their hands dirty and bring the lessons home.
Conceived in 2006 on an island in Fiji, Tribewanted has successfully built three sustainable communities around the world – Vorovoro, Fiji; John Obey, Sierra Leone; and now Monestevole, Italy.
By visiting one of our locations, not only will you be able to get involved with and support our projects on the ground (as little or as much as you like), but you will become part of a real life community for the duration of your stay and will be treated like one of the family. All of our meals are taken together at Monestevole and are all prepared using only the freshest of ingredients from the local area, and usually our own back yard. You will live the real Italian life and have the opportunity to learn from and share knowledge with your new friends.
Getting to Tribewanted, Italy
Perugia Airport (Italy) is 30 minutes away from Monestevole.
Flights from London Stansted (RyanAir) are available throughout the week at very low rates.
Flights also available from Milan.
We can arrange a transfer to Monestevole from the airport from €30pp each way.
The closest trains stations are Perugia San Giovanni, (if you are coming from Rome), or Terontola-Cortona sul Trasimeno (if you are coming from Florence). Both are 30 minutes away and connect to the fast speed trains in Rome and Florence.
We can arrange a transfer to Monestevole from the train station from €30 pp each way.
Monestevole is less than two hours from both Florence and Rome. You can also rent a car at the Perugia Airport.
Sustainable Development and Ecotourism with Tribewanted
Tribewanted operates under what is known in the UK as a Community Interest Company. This essentially means that all revenues and profits are re-invested into our projects for maximum impact on the communities in which we operate.
The ways in which we impact each indivual community differs depending on that particular location’s needs.
In Fiji, we invested over $1M FJD into the local economy, created 25 full-time local jobs, and inspired our 1200 visitors to live a more sustainable lifestyle. After visiting Vorovoro, 66% of tribe-members now buy more local, seasonal and organic produce. After visiting Vorovoro, 71% of tribe-members indicated they now have less waste, and 76% do more recycling. We have also won a host of awards applauding our sustainability efforts (Best Social Network: Broadcast Awards (2008) Highly Recommended Virgin Responsible Tourism awards for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (2009)).
In Sierra Leone (launched in 2010), we have developed 10 indexes that help us measure our impact on the local community. We selected these 10 metrics because they provide a comprehensive outline of the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social. We chose the factors we have direct control over. We believe that a balanced use of these metrics creates a prosperous, healthy, and happy community and one that can be replicated.
For more information check out our first infographic of the metrics and our progress so far.
In Italy, we have already created 15 jobs, have renovated the 15th century watchtower where the community is housed, and have installed solar power to the property to fulfill much of our power needs.
Tribewanted is all about transparency and we have a timeline of new impact projects that we regularly share with our members who are all part-owners of the company.
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