We are Katie and Michele, a thirty-something Anglo-Italian couple who left London in September 2012 to start a new life in Michele’s home region of Tuscany. We currently live in Lucca but look after an olive grove of approximately 350 mature trees in the beautiful Montalbano area (situated half-way between Lucca and Florence). We harvested our first olives in Autumn 2012 and are gradually restoring the grove. In the future we hope to sell sell the organically-farmed extra virgin olive oil we produce.
Living off the land, Tuscan-style, is about more than farming. It is also about knowing the terrain around you and cooking and preserving food to maximise its natural flavour. With the help of Michele’s family, who generously share their knowledge and experience, we are adapting to our Tuscan life. This blog is designed to record and share our experiences.