We sat down for dinner and Gaetano started telling us how he went from being a fashion photographer to the owner of an organic and biodynamic farm on the hills not too far away from Lake Como.
After his father passed away, he inherited a small plot of land, too small to do much of anything on. But the loss left him reflecting on family, legacies, and what we leave behind for future generations. So in 1999, he purchased another plot that would eventually become Oasi di Galbusera Bianca. On it stood the crumbling skeleton of the group of building that once was.
Over the next few years, he slowly brought the buildings back to life but just a bit better. All the buildings are run on a geothermic heating and cooling system. Each of the 10 rooms are unique and decorated are a certain theme. For example in the “stanza dei ricordi” the room of memories the bathroom is decorated to mimic that of Gaetano’s childhood home. (And I think that is just charming.)
The décor style is somewhere between old Italian country, Provencal and hippie chic. In fact it has yoga, wellness or holistic retreat written all over it. If you can’t stay for the night, then a day visit is a good alternative. You can go for a peaceful hike in the WWF forest and eat at their km0/organic restaurant and bar.
Or as their website says
“La terra nutre l’uomo che cura la terra”
“The earth nourishes the man that cares for the earth.”