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While bees may make some people uneasy thanks to their stingers, they’re some of the most important human allies worldwide. If you’d like to thank the little guys for all their hard work keeping everything pollinated, you can take advantage of a new Airbnb listing that lets you spend the night with the bees.
In honor of World Bee Day on May 20, an Italian beekeeper has made quite a buzz by opening up stays at an olive farm just outside of Grottole in southern Italy. Guests can now book a one-of-a-kind stay on the bee farm and be surrounded by one million working bees. Spend the night in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom honeycomb-shaped apiary designed and built by Davide Tagliabue of metrocubo, with building help by Mariella Gentile and volunteers. Beekeeper Rocco will welcome guests to the farm and teach them how to live surrounded by bees.
The nine beehives surrounding the space are separated using a net — meaning you can enjoy the beauty of the bees without letting them into your actual living space. While lying inside the structure, guests can enjoy the specially constructed box in the ceiling with a working hive, which offers awe-inspiring viewing of the bees as they rest. Guests can fall asleep to the soothing humming sound we all recognize. In the morning, guests can enjoy a buzzworthy breakfast of ricotta, strawberries, homemade biscuits, and, of course, local honey.
This stay is a completely rural experience that’s meant to reconnect you with nature. There is a private bathroom located in a nearby cottage and a shower located just outside, all powered by collection water. There’s no electricity, but there are LED lights that recharge in the sun and a cooler bag with fresh water.
If this sounds like the un-bee-lievable stay of your dreams, the bee farm is now available for booking. All proceeds from bookings will go to NGO Wonder Grottole’s bee conservation projects.