We were traveling with our 3, 12 and 14-year-old children throughout Tuscany and wanted to find an activity to entertain our youngest, as she was a trooper during a few long days of travel and tours. We were recommended to visit Podere Il Casale by the owner of the beautiful villa we stayed at (Tenuta Santo Pietro) on a whim, as our little one wanted to see some animals. We arrived without prior reservations, and was warmly greeted by the owner, Sandra. She invited us to look around the property on our own, including incredible views of the Unesco-protected green rolling valleys and the hill town of Pienza in the distance. Sandra was about to give a tour to another family, so she was unfortunately unable to show us around personally. Within a few moments, we were invited to join the tour and had an unexpected and lovely morning learning about the workings of an organic farm and cheese making/aging. My children got to hold the baby goats, watch as the goats were milked and saw the peacocks with their full plumage, donkeys, pigs, and the other farm animals. Best of all, we all walked away with a greater awareness of where our food comes from, why processed and pasteurized foods should be avoided and an excellent example of sustainability, living off the land and genuine hospitality. Sandra and her husband also offers cooking classes, organic lunch and dinners in their restaurant and camping on their property.