Our 2 ambassadors Bianca Stefancu and her husband Roberto Generali offer hospitality in this old farmhouse that they themselves restored.
LIFE ENPLC visiting the Italian ambassadors Roberto and Bianca at Villa Naumanni. Photo credit: Andrea Benedetti
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A farmhouse dedicated to Lesser Kestrel nests
The name Villa Naumanni comes from the Lesser Kestrel (scientific term Falco naumanni), a species in danger of extinction that nests in in the walls of the farmhouse.
The site hosts the only colony of Lesser Kestrels in the Lazio region in Italy. The colony grew from one nesting couple in 2011, to 19 nesting couples in 2018. Villa Naumanni is an ideal place for nature lovers, birdwatchers and wildlife photographers.
A Lesser Krestel feeding its youngsters at Bianca’s and Roberto’s home. Photo credit: Andrea Benedetti
The farmhouse has been restructured in a way to preserve the existing nests and to create new ones; these new nests are built in such way to allow ornithologists to monitor the nesting process.
A Lesser Krestel paradise: Villa Naumanni. Photo credit: Andrea Benedetti
An ecological transformation of an abandoned Italian villa
Bianca and Roberto transformed this traditional Italian villa into a sustainable structure because of their deep love for nature and their awareness on the impact that the tourism industry has on the environment.
The main building, a nineteenth century stone farmhouse which was abandoned for the past 40 years, has been restored using recycled and local materials, energy saving, and sustainable technologies.
Villa Naumanni is equipped with a water purification system to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
Villa Naumanni is home to Bianca, Roberto and 19 Lesser Krestel nesting couples. Photo credit: Andrea Benedetti