Giardino Botanico e B&B "Nova Arbora"

This place was born as a Botanical Garden cured by my parents, Donatella & Giorgio, for the past 30 years, hosting many different species of common and rare plants.
We have different areas in our property: a botanical garden around the house, a horticulture garden 400m from home, different size of ponds, a really old Chestnuts forest, we also have few cats.

My name is Andrea, I am 29 and I have been travelling the last 5 years around the world to get to know different culture and languages. I loved it and I want more people to have the same fantastic experience volunteering at my place in Italy. We are located in the middle of the Natural Reserve called “Il Contrafforte Pliocenico” on the hills of Bologna, which got beautiful trekking route such as the Via degli Dei, the famous trekking route which link Bologna to Florence in just 4-5 days of trekking, mountain biking or horse riding! With my parents, Giorgio and Donatella we also run a small B&B where we host people passing by the Via degli Dei(track going from bologna to Florence) or just occasional guests but our labor need is mostly for the garden.


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È stato un grande piacere essere a Nova Arbora. La mia prima esperienza di volontariato e non potrebbe essere meglio! Il posto è molto bello, perfetto per il contatto con la natura e per riposare la mente. I compiti lavorativi sono tranquilli, la famiglia è molto cara e l’ambiente è accogliente, mi sono sentita a casa. Dona è meravigliosa e è stata fantastica con me, ricevendomi, insegnando e preparando cibi deliziosi! È davvero una grande donna, la prendo nel cuore.

Voglio tornare e lascio come consiglio a tutti coloro che cercano una bella esperienza in Italia.

Grazie mille per tutto!

hace 2 meses



Nova Arbora is definitely a beautiful place. Ideal to relax and be in contact with nature. Dona is a very gentle and hard-working woman, always willing to provide what is necessary to make the stay of guests and volunteers better. I'm really very grateful for welcoming me as if I were family, for teaching me about plants and for feeding me so well! Experience more than recommended! Thank you Dona, Andrea and Giorgio for everything! We will see you again soon!

hace 5 meses

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Nova Arbora has been a great experience and stay.
From the location, the the hosts and how to do work; it truly has been a pleasure.

Donatella, Andrea and family have been exceptionally welcoming to a point where I felt this was a home from home. I couldn’t have asked for better people to be around. With a sense of humour, fair expectations and very open to discussion. Not a day here has felt like a chore, indeed the opposite.

So if you’re looking for a great stay, with fair work, friendly people whilst being close to Bologna.

Look no further,

Grazie mille, Elliott.

hace 9 meses

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