I believe that a better world starts with human relationships and when tourism is done consciously it can create positive change. As much as I care for Who Made My Clothes, when travelling, I want to get to know the people around me, their stories and their lifestyle. Conscious travel is about being mindful of what we do, what we buy and how we interact with others.
When we arrived in Trebiano, we received the warmest italian welcome from Luca, our host and owner of Omhom. Traveling with a (teething) baby is no easy task, so all we wanted was to relax and unwind. We got there stressed and tired after a delayed flight and issues with the car rental company – instantly after one cup of coffee at Luca’s beautiful property, we felt calmer and simply at home.
It was incredible to not hear a word of English (apart from our host) for miles, walking around the hamlet listening to the birds and the occasional old lady talking (loudly) to someone across the little street.
Yes, the place is stunning – beautifully designed and decorated, featuring a relaxing spa, sauna and cinema room. However, what makes the Omhom so interesting is that everything has a history to tell and Luca worked closely with many artisans to create incredible details to his hotel. For example, all lamps and light fixtures were made using the fabric that have been in Luca’s family for generations. The eye catching sinks in the master suite were handmade by an artist friend of Luca and installed on an old carpenter table.
You can see how every detail was thought out and by talking to Luca it becomes clear how much passion and work he has put into this place – which makes it even more magical.
As a chef, Luca aims to rediscover the traditions of real food, prepared according to timeless traditions, summoning the intense flavours and aromas of the past. The breakfast is served with all seasonal and local produce. Pastries and biscuits come from a small bakery and the eggs were fresh from a free range producer nearby.
In his own words, “Omhom has been created from a seed that I nurtured inside me as I was growing up and which is now coming to fruition. From my very first sommelier course, I have always been bewitched by the romantic aspect of wine and by the human stories behind its creation. Storytelling has always fascinated me, defining my character and has marked my entire culinary career. It is thanks to the stories of many others – the winemakers, sommeliers and top class chefs with whom I trained – that I became what I am today, a fully qualified sommelier and chef de cuisine”
Luca also makes an excellent tour guide – being born and raised in the area he knows every inch of it. From the best cheap late night pizza to the most exclusive restaurants, we had amazing recommendations from him. I have an “Alternative Guide to Tuscany” post coming soon which includes all the incredible places we went to in Tuscany and pretty much all of them were introduced to us by Luca.
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