But last year the law changed that rules what we call "Farm
House " (as
our Hotel is also a farm with the law that want us to produce a
number of products in the farm itself).
So the new law says that we do have to have a certain amount of
and to grow them in order to produce also the MEAT for our clients
So, as we are 20 years vegetarian and we run a business EXCLUSIVELY
veg., we went to the local gov. office explaining our reason why
we don't want to
raise animals. The answer was that the law is like this and that
change one law only for one singular place.!!!
So we went home and I e-mail a famous journalist who write for the
famous italian newspaper and managed to have my letter printed.
The answer from the local government came 20 days later. They didn't
like at all to have been ridiculed on the paper and, as my farm
house was not
respecting the new law, they REVOKED, our license to work, moreover
the middle of the season.
You have to know that we bought this piece of land 10 years ago
was left since 45 years. We restored the fields (25 acres) planted
trees, restored the house, built three more houses for the guests,
brought electricity, telephone, built the road, and spent a fortune.
wanted to run the hotel exclusively vegetarian in one of the most
meat oriented regions in
Italy -- so more effort to take international contact for the business,
AND at the end of all this work we have to see our work going bankrupt
bloody law done by some idiot that in 1998 don't know that also
vegetarians do exists?
So I wrote again to newspaper and I managed to have a second letter
mine printed and in 24 hours two Senators called me to give me help.
people called me and the local gov. office (more than 50 fax and
protest to the office). Green party offered me lawyer to help me
expensive trial in the court, and a week later, the MINISTER OF
himself (as farm-house we depend on the agriculture dept.) brought
the case in
to the PARLIAMENT.
You can imagine the reaction in the local gov. office!!!
They got terrified.
In their awful mentality they thought of vegetarian something in
unknown animal and a gay, that, not eating meat can't be a real
to disrespect gays, but just to give You the idea) and never thinking
could do all this confusion. They were called from journalist, people,
senators, member of parliament and even from the Office of the President
the Republic!!! They got terrified and thought at the end
that the best and only think
to do was to change the law.
So today after 4 months I have got the letter from the same office
communicating me that with the new law my license was perfectly
So excuse me if my letter was so long but I was happy to share
satisfaction with a group of other vegetarians.
All the best for Your beautiful work and if You want give a look
Azienda Agrituristica Montali, Via Montali 23
06068 Tavernelle di Panicale (PG) Italy
tel: **39 /*758350680