Clock Tower at Fivizzano Piazza
Just one hour drive from Pisa Airport and we arrived to our retreat at La Concia , a tiny, but lovely B&B hidden up on the hill and surrounded by the olive trees garden. La Concia — it was love at first sight. The place where you need to be to relax, but not to feel isolated; to regain your strength, but not to feel pressured; to enjoy the purity without going far.
La Concia B&B
La Concia B&B is run by an Italian-Dutch family who also live in the house: Davide, Maartje and their daughter Beatrice. They made my experience simply amazing at La Concia. The most loving and caring people I have ever met in this business.
Maartje and Davide
Days at La Concia were filled with pure joy made of small things — sun, view, lovely greenery around. Every time I walked up the stairs to this place I smelled it long before I saw it. Its unmistakable aroma that filled my nose and seeped into my senses. I instantly began to breathe deeply this heavy cloud. I couldn’t help noticing that slowly I felt my body realised its tension after hiking uphill. For the whole stay at La Concia this became my little ritual — breathing it. I would sit outside, watch the humming bees and feel my breath becoming deeper, deliberate, calm. I felt quite special to have these moments at La Concia for myself to slowly and gently relax.
Bees at work
La Concia lies near a tiny medieval village Codiponte, once an important stopping place for pilgrims travelling to Rome. Every stone, door, house, bridge, road turn and every little corner of the street radiate history, profoundness and solitude. You can feel it, touch it, sense it. And I could not be happier to spend my 5-days food photography and food styling workshop in this beautiful and unspoilt part of Tuscany, truly a gem!
The Codiponte Village
Besides various trips in our programme, one day we did a spontaneous hike to the waterfalls. As me and Maartje headed down along the narrow and windy path I could hear it. It was roaring sound coming from below, from the forest. It was a beautiful waterfall with power and crystal clear, but very cold water!
Cristal Clear Water
On day 3, our host Davide drove us to the local bakery to meet a local solo chestnut bread baker — Fabio. He works solo in his little bakery and every day he makes around 200 hand made chestnut and white breads. Fabio just does magic at his place! Watch my video here. His bread was delicious, fresh, healthy. I ate way too much that morning, but I so enjoyed it! In fact the whole area is full of chestnut trees. They grow everywhere as much as the olive trees. Locals make chestnut flour and all sorts of chestnut products. Who knew that traditional Italian pasta and bread can be gluten free? But it can!
Local products, as chestnut honey, olive oil, pasta, breads and more are heavenly tasty there. They are made with love, grown and produced by people with passion, care and respect for nature, tradition and life in general. It was truly inspiring to see their lives so aligned with their dreams, to observe their days full of meaning, action and joy. It was my pleasure and honour to be in this peaceful and beautiful world for a little while and I am sure I will be back.