La Dolce Vita – In the middle of Nowhere


Sometimes I think about where I would live, what I would do if I wouldn’t do what I’m doing. There are many possibilities. Sometimes I see myself sipping cocktails in a posh New York bar, celebrating the latest business deal. Sometimes I lose myself in the thought running behind a camera man through dusty streets in a conflict area. And then again, then I imagine myself sitting on a bench surrounded by nature. Creating things with my own hands.

le teglie di montetiffi - piadina

Le Teglie di Montetiffi

On our road trip through Emilia-Romagna we’ve met a family who’s doing exactly this. Rosella and Maurizio Camilletti-Reali are living with their son Fransesco in the middle of nowhere, in Ville Montetiffi. There’s not much around, some empty houses and a breathtaking view. They’re producing “Teglie”, backing pans for the traditional Piadina, a thin Italian flatbread. Everything they need for production they find in nature. “Teglie” can also be produced industrial but they are doing it the old way. Like they were made hundreds of years ago in this area. With traditional techniques and materials. Rosella and Maurizio are the very last ones to maintain this tradition. And you can clearly see that this makes them happy. They live in harmony with nature. La dolce vita.

If you’re around make sure to step by and say hi! They are very hospitable people. Maurizo will for sure offer you a glass of his own wine and Rosella might bake a typical Piadina.

Could you live like this? Somewhere in the middle of nowhere? And produce stuff with your own hands?

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Hi, I'm Yvonne. Travel addict. Guilty as charged. Right now I'm probably falling off a camel somewhere in a desert, getting a new tattoo from a monk in Thailand or am carrying my luggage through a river in the jungle. But just as well I could be sitting on my sofa in Berlin, in my pyjamas. Good girls to to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Everywhere sounds much more promising. So be travelous and follow me!

Discussion2 Comments

  1. I’m not sure I could be somewhere so remote for an extended period of time. I think the relaxation, tranquillity of it all is needed from time to time but I enjoy human interaction. So if you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what’s one thing you want to experience?

  2. Looking at the video and reading your words, it makes me think about the old people in Provence, south of France. Very friendly, producing stuff the old way with what they find in nature.
    Did you ever visit south of France, like old village? For example we have Soap factory in Marseille, were they still product the soap the old way.

    I admiring this kind of people, they have a simple life and simple heart. I think I couldn’t live like that, I need to move, to do many different things, to meet different people from different countries, to be satisfied. Sometimes I imaging myself working and living in a big city, the day after I imagine myself doing a documentary in a middle of nowhere. For me, life has to be an amazing adventure.

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