When I was a child, I had a dream to live in a tree house. It has yet to happen but I keep thinking about being up in the leaves, away from pedestrian life, among the branches shared with birds, greeting sunrises and waving to sunsets. There are a few places in Italy where you can unleash your inner Tarzan or Peter Pan and see what is it like to sleep in a tree house.
The Tree Village, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
The first tree village in Italy is located in the Dolomiti Friulane natural park. The wooden huts are built 2-4 metres above the ground on strong trunks of spruce and pine trees. Each tree house accommodates maximum of two adults and two children and comes with mattresses and sleeping bags. Toilets and showers are shared and breakfast made with only local produce (the apple pies there are said to be absolutely delicious!) is served in the nearby hotel Miramonti. Mountain bike rental is included in the price which is €49 for adults and €25 for children. The Tree Village is open from May to October.
Agriturismo La Prugnola, Tuscany
The pretty tree house in the agriturismo La Prugnola, near Pisa, is constructed around a large oak and has a lovely terrace, from which you can admire the sea on the horizon, listen to birds, sunbathe, observe deer, foxes and hare that frequent the area. There is an open air shower on the terrace but to use the private bathroom you would have to climb down.
The cosy little Aromantica tree house is surrounded by fragrant linden, wild cherry and acacia trees and has beautiful views over the famous Monferrato hills. The owners will be sure to quote you Italo Calvino’s “The Baron in the Trees” book: “Anyone who wants to see the earth properly must keep himself at a necessary distance from it”. There are beautiful nature walks and cycling trails in the area. Price €120-150 per night.
Agriturismo L’Aperegina, Abruzzo
Perched on an old almond tree this wooden hut with pastel coloured interior has the bare essentials: a bed and a wardrobe. Marino and Elide, who run this organic agriturismo say that couples who stay in the tree house come to L’Aperegina for the relaxing atmosphere and simple life’s pleasure such as good food and unspoilt nature around. Their home-made liquors and chocolate spread “Il Brigante” are absolutely to die for! Price €50-55 per night.
Il Giardino dei semplici, Piemonte
Matteo and Maria and their six children offer warm hospitality in their B&B with three rooms and two tree houses. The comfy wooden huts have bathrooms inside. You can stay on the small terraces hidden from the world by tree branches or climb down and take walks in the woods and a beautiful garden with 150 antique varieties of roses. Price €150 per night.
La Piantata, Lazio
The B&B La Piantata, not far from Rome, has taken everyone’s childhood dream of a tree house to the next level proving that sleeping on a tree does not necessarily mean roughing it. Renzo Stucchi, the owner of the farm, has built two deluxe wooden huts for grownups who are prepared to splash out on romantic green stays. Their Suite Bleue is suspended eight metres above the ground, on a century-old oak surrounded by lavender fields. The Black Cabin, the biggest treehouse in Europe, is perched on a 200-year old pine tree and overlooks an ancient olive grove. Organic breakfast is delivered to the terrace in a hanging-basket pulley. Price € 390 per night.