Since when I was a baby I used to spend my holidays in the country of my grandfathers, that represented for me the place of total freedom, a sort of open air perennial amusement park. During the Eighties there was no concrete on the roads and I think at this as an uncontaminated place. It has been this relation with Basilicata that pushed Francesca Leggeri to leave her job as a film director living between Rome and New York and to establish herself in Marsicovetere. Since 2001 she manages “Il Querceto” , a farm located on a hill at the feet of a huge wood immersed in the National Park of Lucan Apennines. She is maintaining and renewing a feminine tradition that practice a kind of agriculture fully respectful of Nature and biodiversity, promoting at the same time an idea of ethic and sustainable tourism in which the well being and the spiritual research is the main asset of everything.
Nancy, Francesca’s mother, started the process of making of “Il Querceto” one of the first Italian places experiencing responsible tourism. She worked in the Fashion system, but when the moment of deciding what to do with the family business came, she decided to leave Rome and to move to Basilicata. Using bio-architecture and natural material she transformed the old stone building used as recovery for the farming activities in perfect location for holidays. Throughout seminars on meditation and spiritual practices, naturalistic itineraries and the experimentation of bio dynamics, Il Querceto is now a reference point for ethic tourism in Basilicata.
“Marsicovetere was my gateway from the city. So when I had to decide, I left my job for a magazine in New York and decided to move to Basilicata, which for me is the most beautiful place in the world.” says Francesca. Thanks to her international relationship, she started to arrange courses and seminar on natural practices such as yoga, meditation and spiritual research, and started to build a new reality of responsible and sustainable tourism. The kitchen of the Querceto is of course on line with the natural approach, with local products and traditional recepies make more modern with the influence of international tendencies and the attention to macrobiotic, gluten free and counter-intelligence cooking
Francesca also take care of the activities of the didactic farm, in which the productive activities are taught to children with a special attention to biodinamycs, organic farming, handicraft and ecology.The centre of everything is still the wood, formerly devoted to the zoo farming, in which now you can practice Orienteering, natural works, path for bicycle or snow shoes. Il Querceto indeed is a bright example of the success and the potentialities of alternative tourism in Basilicata.