Our story

We live in this wonderful place within a naturalistic area since 2007. In the beginning the choice to live and open a bed and breakfast in a place isolated from other houses, away from everyone and everything, it was a good challenge.

Many people did not believe that we would survived the first winter. But actually we adjusted very well. Actually we’re closer to a civilized way of living and it seems more human and natural living the way we are doing in these years. The big advantage is the tranquility and peace of this place coupled with the fact that we regained some control over our time and a bigger sense of freedom. In 2011 Joséphine was born and at the moment it seems that she also agrees with this our choice and having nature so close to her with animals and plants that intrigue and entertain.

Tatiana, Joséphine, Marc e il cane Brando di fronte alla Fossa
Tatiana, Joséphine, Marc our dog Brando

The restoration of the houses

We have worked very hard on the restoration of the three houses of La Fossa and did everything ourselves with the occasional help of friends. Most of the renovation work is done now. There are still things to do and many other ideas that we want to achieve. Fortunately we still have all of our lives to achieve these things.

We found La Fossa like this in 2007:

Permaculture as an aid

The gardens are producing the last years. Before our energies were concentrated mainly in the resettlement of houses. We experimented with Permaculture and found solutions to the climate of this mountain area. It’s a continuous experimentation!


For quite some years now we are beekeepers and sell also honey.

Our family

By 2011 we have a new family member. It is not a new dog, horse, cat or chicken, but it’s a real human being and she is called Josephine. In a short time has become the master of all of us and a lot of our time is dedicated to her and to his care.

The beginning of our history

We met in Australia in 2005 when we were both doing around the world. Tatiana is an archaeologist specializing in the middle ages. Marc has studied in Holland as an environmental chemist, but worked for many years as a programmer of web sites and databases.

The story of Tatiana

I spent my life studying and working as an archaeologist. It was nice, but I lacked the natural side of me: my passion for animals and the ability to live near them and to have time to spend with dogs, cats, chickens and horses. That is why I made that choice and we now live in this little paradise.

Tatiana: nature, history and culture

In this area you can combine things that fascinate me: nature, history and culture. The area we live in is close to Canossa and is rich in castles, churches, houses, presenting a rich panorama of medieval memories. In addition to prepare breads, cakes and jams for the guests of the bed and breakfast I became a tour guide and I continued to be an archaeologist doing some excavations in this area, such as the castle of Crovara located a few kilometers from the pit. Now I’m also mom and it is certainly this piece more challenging and rewarding.

The story of Marc

When I lived in Holland I spent so many hours a day in traffic to go from clients and make a living as an Office in front of a screen and a keyboard. When I returned home after many hours, there was little time to do the things that I liked and the alarm always sounded too early in the morning! The weekend served to sleep and little else. After my father’s death, which occurred just before his retirement, I decided to radically change lives and to make a long trip for a year. I wanted to be able to live before you die! Didn’t realize that living on the highway just wasn’t for me. I had to take a more adventurous road, a road not established. The good things often can’t find along the main road! I traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia: Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam and India. It’s been a great year! I saw so many things and I have made so many new experiences that have made me think differently from the way I was thinking before. Other cultures, other food, other religions. In Australia I was particularly inspired by a property designed with Permaculture techniques. Seeing this place I had no positive ideas for the future. In Australia I also found the love of my life: Tatiana. We met again in India, after months of email and chat contacts. We traveled together for two months in India before returning to Europe to realise our aspirations and our new ideas.

Look for the right place

Finishing the trip, I decided together with Tatiana to sell my house in Holland and move to Italy. We spent a year and a half in a small apartment in Italy by developing our projects. Meanwhile I was learning the Italian and got married. I read everything I could find on Permaculture, green building and the organic garden. Having a better idea of how it was to be our place we spent every weekend in his quest for a full year.

The discovery of the pit

After seeing so many ruins, especially in Umbria, with a little luck we found this beautiful place we live in now. There was no need really to much work to restore the houses and organize the surrounding areas. We did everything without paying workers, beginning with a little help from my friends who decided to spend a few weeks here helping us in this venture. There are many things that seemed really hard, perhaps impossible, but we were able to realize them.

Now we see the fruits of this immense work. Things work, we are more confident and calm. For example: in these times of crisis, prices of vegetables in our garden are not increasing, are independent of the markets, because they are always free even if cost us days of work and dedication.

The bed and breakfast and our guests

Our Bed and Breakfast works well and we are happy that the people who come to this place and spend some days are kidnapped by this landscape and this special vibe that we had when we saw the pit for the first time and made us say “that’s our place!”. Our guests love the peacefulness and care of our restructuring. Often they are curious of our lifestyle and experience the life of the forest in this small valley. We are happy to share our experiences and often human exchange enriches us new ideas and stimuli. Thanks to them the pit becomes more and more a magical OASIS and highly evocative.