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Dozza (Bologna)
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 1312
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: June 10, 2018

VACANCIES FOR ONE OR TWO HELPERS FROM 30 JUNE TO 25 JULY AND AFTER MID AUGUST 2018 - PLEASE WRITE WITH YOUR AVAILABILITY IF INTERESTED. WE PREFER STAYS OF 2-4 WEEKS.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

We are situated on the south facing side of a valley in the foothills of the Appennines. The land is planted with Sangiovese grapevines, alfalfa (for hay production) and fruit trees (apricot, cherry, olive, fig, walnut etc.), as well as a varied vegetable plot (peas, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, melons, watermelons, aubergine, etc.). We also have a rambunctious herd of goats, some sheep, chickens and a pair of pigs. We both have jobs off the farm too (mainly freelance English teaching - Victoria, and gardening/small haulage jobs - Davide). We also take bed and breakfast guests.
So we are very busy and need help to keep everything running (reasonably) smoothly!
We are an Anglo-Italian couple (Victoria is British and Davide is a local ragazzo), with two daughters (born June 2004 and July 2006). We have lived here since 2001. In that time we have done a lot of work to the house and grounds but there is still plenty to do! This includes some general building and maintenance jobs on top of the everyday things such as looking after the animals (we have a dog, cats, a canary, budgie and tortoises too), chopping wood for the winter, gardening, housework, babysitting and helping out with B&B guests - serving breakfast, cleaning rooms etc. Our vines were planted in 2004 and we got our first harvest in September 2006. They have to be cared for all year round too.
From here it is a steep but short walk up to the beautiful walled village of Dozza with bars, gelateria, restaurants, little shops and a castle that also houses the regional wine association (hundreds of wines to taste and buy). The city of Imola is 5km away. There are good road and rail connections to Bologna (20 mins), Florence (90 mins), Venice (2 hours) and the Adriatic coast (1 hour).
See our website for more information and pictures and details of how to get here. The photos here on helpx show a view of the farm and surroundings with the village of Dozza above, the helpers' room, some of our animals (including a newborn calf) and us!
We have been taking helpers since August 2005 and it has been a great experience so far. We welcome anyone with a good work ethic who is more concerned about getting the job done than just 'putting in the hours'. We especially appreciate people with experience or skills in outdoor work and DIY. We have found that there is work all year round. Winter can be quite cold and we usually have some snow in January or February, July is generally the hottest month with temperatures up to 40 degrees!
It is difficult to say how many hours you will work per day as it depends on what needs doing, the weather and how fast you are! ; ) In general you will work from about 9am until lunchtime and then again in the afternoon. One or two afternoons a week may be free for you to visit the village of Dozza and nearby town of Imola. You will get one whole day off a week, usually Saturday, to go on day trips to Bologna, Ravenna, Florence etc. If you need two days to make an overnight trip that is fine too. We work very hard ourselves so we appreciate people who can do the same. In exchange we give you a place to lay your head at night, and meals, which are eaten with the family. You should be willing to share your room with other helpers or sleep in a tent or caravan in the summer months. We can usually accommodate couples in their own private room but unfortunately we don't have room for families. We have free wifi for helpers with their own mobile internet devices. There are bikes you can borrow and we can give you lifts to and from the station in Imola when you arrive and depart.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Victoria, Davide, Isabel and Charlotte



reviews (102)
Helper: Nadège DEPIESSE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 22, 2018
It was my first HelpX experience, and Victoria and Davide were welcoming and ... view complete review

Helper: Katarzyna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 3, 2017
Victoria and Davide are excellent hosts--attentive, knowledgeable, personable... view complete review

Helper: Jessica Devincenzi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 31, 2017
My review is coming a little late but I really wanted to comment on how great... view complete review

Helper: Annabell and Antonia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 24, 2017
Hello Victoria and Davide. Thanks for your pleasant stay! Victoria is the mos... view complete review

Helper: Luca Petroni Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: July 5, 2017
Davide and Victoria are really welcoming and thanks to their long experience ... view complete review

Helper: Ineke Tjalsma Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: April 7, 2017
A very pleasant first experience! Had a great two weeks at Victoria and David... view complete review

Helper: Joel and Marion Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 2, 2016
My girlfriend and I stayed with Victoria and Davides family for a great 3 wee... view complete review

Helper: Stefanie Klempau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Chile Date: August 16, 2016
I was not sure if one more 5-star comment will help or not haha since they al... view complete review

Helper: Lize and William Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: May 28, 2016
We enjoyed almost two wonderful weeks at Victoria and Davide's place as our f... view complete review

Helper: Sharon and Adam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: April 18, 2016
We stayed with Victoria and Davide for 2 weeks... They are such nice and fri... view complete review

Helper: Femke Wierda Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: March 5, 2016
In February I stayed three weeks at the farm and I really enjoyed it! Victori... view complete review

Helper: Ricky and Kirsty Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 3, 2015
Our stay with Victoria, Davide, and the girls was short and sweet! We were th... view complete review

Helper: Christopher and Jenna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 23, 2015
We had a wonderful stay with Victoria, Davide, Isabel and Charlotte. They ar... view complete review

Helper: Ying Yang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: August 24, 2015
I stayed for 2 weeks with Victoria and Davide and had a wonderful time! They ... view complete review

Helper: Carolyn and Jonathan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 21, 2015
We had a fantastic time at this farm/B&B with Victoria and her family! Most d... view complete review

Helper: Reanne and Mairead Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 20, 2015
We really enjoyed our stay at Davides and Victorias, we stayed for 3 weeks an... view complete review

Helper: Kyla and Noah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 20, 2015
Sorry for the late review! We had a great time staying with Victoria, Davide,... view complete review

Helper: Gonzalo Javier ; Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: December 22, 2014
The food was great also the local wine The house is nice and so are you guys... view complete review

Helper: Elke Talbot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Virgin Islands (British) Date: December 8, 2014
We had quite a lovely stay with Victoria, Davide, Isabel, and Charlotte. They... view complete review

Helper: Angela Trolove Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: December 1, 2014
Thank you so much Victoria, Davide, Isabel and Charlotte. I had a wonderful t... view complete review

Helper: Kiersten-Anna and Erena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 7, 2014
We had a wonderful week here with Victoria and Davide. They have a great pla... view complete review

Helper: Melanie and Richard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 8, 2014
Victoria and Davide kindly helped us out at short notice, and it was great to... view complete review

Helper: Timothy Reeves Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 30, 2014
I stayed here for around 3 weeks and loved every minute of it. This is the pe... view complete review

Helper: Laureline and Simon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 23, 2014
We stayed with Victoria, Davide and their family for two weeks and it was a p... view complete review

Helper: Solomon Mackilligin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 13, 2014
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for two weeks in January. I helped with the... view complete review

Helper: Ron and Shona Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: February 3, 2014
Victoria + Davide were brilliant hosts and wonderfully took us on at very sho... view complete review

Helper: Kasia S Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: October 15, 2013
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for two weeks in August/September. They hav... view complete review

Helper: Alice and Sophia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 30, 2013
Grazie mille Victoria and Davide, we both had an amazing two weeks and are de... view complete review

Helper: Karen Maillard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 28, 2013
I had planned to stay at Victoria and Davides place for 2 weeks but ended up ... view complete review

Helper: Annie Karlsson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: August 9, 2013
I and my friend stayed with Victoria and Davide for one week, and now, a mont... view complete review

Helper: nir scheyer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Israel Date: July 3, 2013
I had a really nice week at this farm, Victoria and Davide are very nice and ... view complete review

Helper: Matt Byford Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 13, 2013
What a great experience..I loved it. The work is fair although tough at time... view complete review

Helper: Emma Patrick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 11, 2013
Even though my stay was quite short I still enjoyed my help x experience with... view complete review

Helper: Sophie and Aisling Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 30, 2013
We stayed with Victoria, David, Isobel & Charlotte for 10 days in May 2012. J... view complete review

Helper: Kris and Anne Louise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: May 29, 2013
We arrived in Imola on a windy day with the bright sun in our faces and a thi... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie and Michelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 15, 2013
This was our first HelpX experience and Victoria, Davide, Charlotte, Isabel, ... view complete review

Helper: Asya and Jeff Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 5, 2012
We stayed here for two weeks in October and would have gladly stayed for many... view complete review

Helper: Mark and Mary Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 21, 2012
This was our first HelpX experience. After the initial shock of working in 10... view complete review

Helper: Kierran Bunn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 10, 2012
I really enjoyed my stay with Victoria, Davide & the girls, although i wish i... view complete review

Helper: Ken and Joanne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 16, 2012
We must first apologise for such a belated review! We had the privilege of st... view complete review

Helper: Thomas Blair Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 1, 2012
I recently stayed with Victoria and Davide for 4 excellent weeks in January/F... view complete review

Helper: Stuart Potter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 28, 2012
My time with the Edmenson-Franzoni family was a truly memorable experience. F... view complete review

Helper: Enkeleda Disha Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Albania Date: November 26, 2011
Un semplice grazie non è sufficiente per mostrarvi tutto l'Amore che ho per v... view complete review

Helper: Jody Dodds Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 17, 2011
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed the ex... view complete review

Helper: Pam, Mark and Rowan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 6, 2011
We had a memorable and enjoyable time with Victoria, Davide, Isabel and Charl... view complete review

Helper: Marco Roeske Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 10, 2011
Have spent about a couple of months at this wonderful place and can highly re... view complete review

Helper: Sandra Setti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: September 5, 2011
This is an amazing family to work for. They are so welcoming and generous, a... view complete review

Helper: Kendra Fish Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 1, 2011
I had an absolutely wonderful time on Davide and Victoria's farm! Beautiful l... view complete review

Helper: Amy Topham Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 19, 2011
I stayed with Victoria, Davide, Charlotte and Isabel twice this summer - once... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie Szuts Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 23, 2011
May I be review #53? I stayed with Davide, Victoria and the girls in Octo... view complete review

Helper: Stephen and Sarah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 4, 2011
We had an unforgettable stay with Victoria and Davide for two weeks in April ... view complete review

Helper: David Malicki Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 15, 2011
I will not write for a long time, as so many have already written a lot. I wi... view complete review

Helper: Michele colosio Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: April 9, 2011
I had a wonderful time in Davide and Victoria's place, they are very friendly... view complete review

Helper: Simon and Denise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: April 7, 2011
Our stay with Victoria and Davide was really good. We thoroughly enjoyed the ... view complete review

Helper: Christy Rothaug Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 28, 2011
I had a lovely two week stay with Davide and Victoria and felt lucky to find ... view complete review

Helper: Kurt MARTEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 9, 2011
My stay with Davide, Victoria and their two beautiful daughters, Isabell and ... view complete review

Helper: Rosie Trachtman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Israel Date: October 23, 2010
I stayed with Davide, Victoria and the girls for 10 months. I enjoyed the tim... view complete review

Helper: Deanna and Jonathan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 6, 2010
We had a wonderful time helping on Victoria and Davide's farm. We thoroughly ... view complete review

Helper: Yvette and Phillip Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: February 10, 2010
We worked with Victoria and Davide during August 2009 and returned in Decembe... view complete review

Helper: Milo Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Italy Date: January 29, 2010
From the first day Victoria and Davide gave me the feeling home sweet home. I... view complete review

Helper: Cathy Murray Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 16, 2010
Very long overdue review, but here goes...Davide and Victoria are the ideal h... view complete review

Helper: Diane and Mario Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: November 25, 2009
We were so lucky to have spent an amazing two weeks in June with Davide and V... view complete review

Helper: Tony DiSavino Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 23, 2009
I stayed on the farm for 2 weeks, had a great time, worked with some great pe... view complete review

Helper: Aaron Kozloff Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: October 15, 2009
So first of all it was probably the best place I could have chosen to go fi... view complete review

Helper: Chiara Arena Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: October 2, 2009
There is a very good reason why Victoria and Davide have glowing reviews... b... view complete review

Helper: Steve Clarkson Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: July 26, 2009
Living and working with Davide and Victoria was a fantastic experience and on... view complete review

Helper: Charlotte daly Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: May 30, 2009
I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in May with Victoria and Davide, and... view complete review

Helper: Shane Butland Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: May 18, 2009
The many positive reviews below are just a testament to the hospitality and f... view complete review

Helper: Patricia Logan Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: April 24, 2009
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for two weeks in January. I wasn't planning... view complete review

Helper: Patricia Bartee Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 23, 2008
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for close to 20 days in Oct.2009 . Everyth... view complete review

Helper: Claire and Michael Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: October 22, 2008
We stayed with Victoria, Davide, Isabel and Charlotte for just over a week an... view complete review

Helper: Paul and Hayley Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: October 12, 2008
We had a pleasant stay with Victoria and Davide. They made us feel immediatel... view complete review

Helper: Nathan Rowe Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 8, 2008
Staying with Victoria and Davide was my first experioence of HelpX.. and it w... view complete review

Helper: Natasha and Hugh Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 8, 2008
We stayed with Victoria and Davide for the month of August and had the best t... view complete review

Helper: Emily Malek Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 4, 2008
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for 3 weeks in August and enjoyed my time t... view complete review

Helper: Hannah Sharman Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 3, 2008
I stayed with Victoria & Davide in August for 2 weeks and really enjoyed it! ... view complete review

Helper: Dylan and Amanda Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: July 17, 2008
We had a very pleasant stay with Davide, Victoria, Charlotte, and Isabel. The... view complete review

Helper: Jim Horsley Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Puerto Rico Date: May 12, 2008
I recently stayed with Victoria, Davide, Isabelle and Charlotte and had a mar... view complete review

Helper: Darragh Kelly Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Ireland Date: May 8, 2008
I just want to add my voice to all the other glowing reviews. Victoria, David... view complete review

Helper: Amanda and Stefan Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: April 12, 2008
All the wonderful reviews are true; we had a great 3 weeks with Victoria,Davi... view complete review

Helper: Mary and Sara Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: March 13, 2008
Victoria and Davide are genuinely wonderful people - I hope to come back and ... view complete review

Helper: Colleen Gorman Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: March 10, 2008
Where do I start with my review? Well, I suppose I can begin by saying I have... view complete review

Helper: Chris marsh Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: February 1, 2008
Well i had a great time. V&D had me to stay for 2 months. I met some of victo... view complete review

Helper: Charidy Hight Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 16, 2008
Victoria and Davide hosted me in their home for five weeks. I was welcomed i... view complete review

Helper: Vanessa and Mathew Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: January 14, 2008
We thoroughly enjoyed our three weeks placement with Victoria, Davide and gir... view complete review

Helper: Benjamin and Brittany Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: December 6, 2007
Kind, seasoned Help-X hosts. Interesting work, adorable children, beautiful s... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer Taylor Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: October 7, 2007
I had an wonderful and unforgettable time at this farm. like many others here... view complete review

Helper: Steven Lomax Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: September 20, 2007
Davide and Victoria have an interesting little operation in progress. A true ... view complete review

Helper: Deborah Saunders Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: June 25, 2007
I stayed with Victoria and Davide for about 2 weeks in May and I had a lovely... view complete review

Helper: Elise Rankin Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: May 16, 2007
Victoria and Davide are sooo lovely and welcoming and the kids are very sweet... view complete review

Helper: Tash and Theresa Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: April 30, 2007
I was on Victoria and Davide's farm for just under 3 weeks and had a ball! We... view complete review

Helper: Elana Cromwell Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: April 30, 2007
What more can I say that hasn't already been said? A lovely family with a lov... view complete review

Helper: Theresa Koorey Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: April 29, 2007
If you get a chance to visit this farm then definitely do it! The farm is in ... view complete review

Helper: Maren Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Germany Date: April 25, 2007
Victoria and David are a lovely couple. They made me feel very welcome. I hel... view complete review

Helper: Zannah Herridge Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 28, 2006
My friend and I stayed with them the end of August. It was such an amazing ex... view complete review

Helper: Rebecka Domig Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Austria Date: September 26, 2006
If you think you know what Italian farmers are all about, wait till you see D... view complete review

Helper: Gordon Ehrensing Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: September 3, 2006
Victoria and Davide are two of the nicest people, friends, and hosts I've met... view complete review

Helper: Rachel Rann Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: August 10, 2006
Awesome family, awesome food, awesome setting! We so enjoyed Dozza and th... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca Alcott Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: July 29, 2006
I spent over three weeks with Victoria, Davide and their lovely Isabel, and w... view complete review

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