The commune of Bagnaia was founded in 1979. Its aim is to share human and economic resources and to experience group living based on the principles of reciprocal respect and comprehension,collaboration, equality.
All property is communally owned. All decisions are taken by consensus. Each member chooses hisher own job,which can be within the commune , in agriculture or in crafts, or outside,according to individual choices and competencies.
At present the group consists of about 20 people, half of whom work outside the commune,half on the farm.
The farm and living structures are located near a small hill town about 10 km from Siena.This gives us the advantage of having both friendly relations with our neighbours and the tranquillity and beauty of the surrounding hills and woods.
The buildings, parts of which date from the 14th century, have been partially rennovated for the use and needs of the commune. Other structures include the barn and hay loft, wine cellar, machine workshop, cheese and preserve making room, carpentry workshop, art studio and
multi- purpose cultural room.
The farm has been completely organic since 1990. It consists of 50 hectares of woods,which is is a source for our fuel, and 30 ha of cultivated land which includes vineyards, olive groves,cereal crops and vegetable gardens. We have cows, pigs and chickens, bees. Our produce is largely used for our own consumption, but we also sell our surplus to neighbours and friends.
The commune promotes and supports political, social and cultural activities as individuals and collectively,according to our ideals, interests and possibilities.
La Comune di Bagnaia is a non-profit association. It adheres to the following organizations:
RIVE Rete Italiana degli Ecovillaggi (Italian Ecovillage network);
GEN Global Ecovillage nNewtwork
AIAB Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica
(Italian Orgaanic Agriculture Association)
WWOOF Willing Workers on Organic Farms
- Current members: 10
Work Exchange welcome, Volunteers welcome,