Tertulia near Florence
in Italy 🇮🇹 tertulia.farm ✉️
since 2020, offering:
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Tertulia is the perfect place for remote workers who love the countryside and nature and want to live in community ♥️🌱 In tertulia I met incredible people from different countries, with whom we organized activities every week: shared meals, trekking circuits, meditations, workout, yoga, etc.. The place has the best panoramic views and the best sunsets. The hosts are always very friendly and take care of your needs. Super respectful with the environment and very open minded. They are the best creating a very good atmosphere for the community!
I stayed in Tertulia for 6 amazing weeks. I just read the bad reviews and I am appalled. I can get that an old farm isn't everyone's ideal setting, but what is described is oh SO far from my experience, which was SO AMAZING! But the one that really makes me absolutely furious is the one star review from a guy who didn't even come to Tertullia in the first place. He just concludes that it's bad based on reading reviews and hearing comments... How dare you leave a bad review of a place you didn't even visit???? So, since people giving bad reviews seemed to be all about giving future co-living a fair view, here is my fair view based on their comments. Because damn, if I had read those reviews and decided not to come because of it, what an amazing slice of my life I would have missed!! So: It's an old looking place, where not everything is perfect : yes, absolutely. It's also a place with the most amazing gigantic fireplace in the kitchen, making you live moments of ancient time few people ever get to experience nowadays. The yoga/event room is not only beautifully ancient yet practical, it also has an incredible long form stove that takes a few hours to heat, and that transforms a bench made of clay into a "sauna bench". I experienced some of the most magical moments of my year in that barn, following workshops lead by a friend of the co-living space. Making a very old building thrive is honestly darn difficult, and Francesco is doing all he can and is doing a great job in my opinion. I did not experience any bad odor or bad plumbing, or anything of the kind during my stay. One time the handle of my otherwise perfectly working shower broke, and Francesco went and bought a replacement and fixed it in a couple of hours. Yes, this place is remote, but so most of the other co-livings I have been to, and there was always enough cars around to organise shopping. I never had to pay for transportation. Yes, there wasn't a volunteer. All the 4 other co-livings I have been to were functioning with different settings, and this is just another different setting. Francesco gave us ideas of things to do every time we asked, it really wasn't hard to get the info. I had zero problems of dirty water in the sink for the 6 weeks I was there. I was just surrounded with great people. Maybe previous co-livers were unlucky with their group. It only takes one bad player to turn everything to hell sometimes... But please don't blame it on the owner! Because some co-livings are so thoroughly organise doesn't mean we should all turn into children who can't think and get organised by ourself! Co-livings are not nurseries! You also should remind yourself that most co-living owners have another job on the side. Because having a co-living isn't the most lucrative thing in the world to do. Francesco also happens to be a farmer: one of the most demanding of jobs in terms of time there ever was, and also one of the least paid job. If you're in Europe as I write this, you must have heard of the crisis surrounding the survival of farmers. You know how tough it is for them. So to say that all Francesco cares about is collecting the money, after all he does for almost nothing! That is such a huge misunderstanding of the truth. The truth is: it is really darn hard to make ends meet having to take care of a farm and a co-living, and Francesco is giving it all he has, because he loves it. He loves the sense of community, and having a purpose, and believing that what he does makes the world a better place. He is an extremely kind hearted man, and him, his family and the place easily deserve the 5 stars I can give them. I loved the other co-living I went to. But this was my best experience, for all the uniqueness it could bring, and it will be the first co-living I will go back to, if I decide to go somewhere a second time. Oh, and did I mention the most amazing landscape and sunsets ever?...
Actually I considered not to post a review because I want to be sure that there will be a spot for me when I want to return next autumn! But this is a place that needs to be shared. Francesco and Georgia have an amazing place and I am happy that they want to share it. They are building on their mission to create a community around Tertulia and it works.! I felt part of a community, I made new friends and it feels like a place where I can always come back. I hope to see you there!
My recent stay at Tertulia was bad enough that I ended up leaving early, and I wasn’t the only one to do so. I hope this review will provide more insight of what daily life is like there. Having no volunteers dedicated to the upkeep of communal areas, especially the kitchen, led to consistent clutter and filth, with the sink often clogged with 10+ cm of standing water, littered with dirty pots, dishes, and wooden utensils. This wasn’t a one-off event, but an almost daily occurrence. The multiple dogs made peaceful nights a rarity. Despite being in a distant room and using noise-canceling headphones, the barking kept me awake most nights, and the dogs appeared to be quite uncared for, unclean, and unhealthy, which was very disheartening. The house was plagued with bugs, from mosquitoes and flies in common areas, especially the kitchen, to an unsettling number of stink bugs in my bedroom — on my pillows, in my clothes, and even on my bed. My room's window screen, with large holes and gaps, did little to keep them out. I eventually had to keep all of my clothes vacuum sealed all the time, and I'd have to check the blanket, sheets, and pillows for bugs before I could get in. And then there was the decaying mouse in the kitchen (eventually found under one of the refrigerators), which remained for almost half of my stay, and made me wretch and gag every time I was in there. The outdoor area is more dust than grass, leading to a very dusty interior as it blew in. The house had consistent plumbing issues, the kitchen sink was rarely not clogged, showers often led to standing in accumulated water, and the bathroom emitted a persistent sewage odor. Most colivings facilitate community bonding through organized activities but at Tertulia, due to its isolation, options were limited and lacking in diversity. To make up for this, we usually had an excessive amount of shared dinners instead. The essence of coliving is communal sharing, but here, it felt like every minor convenience had a price tag. This constant nickeling and diming detracted from the community spirit I’ve come to expect from a coliving. The absence of a room fan made October nights unbearable, I can't imagine the summer months. The kitchen was ill-equipped, with only a handful of bowls. To top it off, the tap water tasted excessively treated. The one positive I can give the place is that the nightly sunsets are the best, but Tertulia seriously underdelivers on its promise as a coliving space. The owner, while a pleasant person, highly prioritizes his farm and his family (including 3 children who live on the property), leaving colivers to deal with the myriad of problems. If you value cleanliness, comfort, and clarity in costs, you might want to reconsider choosing Tertulia. Updated Response to Tertulia Coliving: On the topic of non-payment, I settled over half of my reservation's initial cost despite my decision to leave early due to the challenges I faced during my stay. I firmly believe in the principle of "you get what you pay for" being a two-way street. The amount I've paid, in my view, was commensurate with the service and conditions I experienced. I've stayed at nine different colivings around the world, each with its unique character and setting. This gives me a broad perspective on what's reasonable to expect, regardless of how rural or urban the location might be, and my issue isn’t with nature but with the management and upkeep of the property. Rural does not necessarily equate to a lack of cleanliness or organization. Though it's stated that problems were rectified swiftly, many issues, like the persistent state of the kitchen and the bug infestation, were ongoing during my stay. I understand that Tertulia is a home, not a hotel, however, when you offer it as a coliving space, certain standards are expected by those paying for the experience. I genuinely hoped for a more fulfilling experience. My intention is not to diminish Tertulia's reputation but to provide an accurate account of my stay to help future colivers make informed decisions.
I came to Tertulia for 2 weeks last summer and ended up staying for over a month. Some of the highlights: - 360 views on lush mountain forest (I really didn’t know it can be so green in Tuscany!) - The hosts are absolutely lovely and make you feel very welcome and comfortable. Ditto for the colivers and for the the ex-colivers that have settled in the area over time. Tertulia really feels like a part of the fabric of local community - Solid internet (which they’ve recently made even better) and lots of space for working including a desk in each room - Kitchen very spacious and super well-equipped, we’ve made all sorts of ambitious cooking projects and found everything we needed - I was without a car and it wasn’t really a problem - there’s always someone going down to town so not hard to hitch a ride - This really feels like a coliving, there’s always something going on, not in a way that feels forced but because people genuinely want to hang out, cook and celebrate together - The property is huge so there’s also plenty of space for quiet alone time - Organic garden where if you are interested you can learn about permaculture - Special s/o for super inexpensive delicious local natural wine in the honesty bar I really loved my time here and cannot recommend it enough! Cannot wait to be back
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