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Staying in an Italian Agriturismo?
Is it a Hotel? A Motel? A Bed & Breakfast? How about a Resort? Well, actually none of the above. An Agriturismo is basically a working farm that also offers accommodations.
The term Agriturismo or Agritourism combines agriculture and tourism. So, you want me to go work on a farm while I'm on vacation? Not exactly. It's all about experiencing rural Italian life and taking in the beauty and serenity of staying on a working farm.
In the mid 1980s, Italian law defined the term "Agriturismo" as a method of helping rural farmers that were struggling. The law basically allowed farmers to augment their income by offering accommodations to visitors. Since then Agriturismos have popped up all over Italy and in addition to providing lodging can offer an array of unique services from cooking classes to horse backing riding to wine tours.
Many Agriturismos will also offer to host a dinner for their guests for a fee and these have been some of the finest meals we have had in Italy. It really makes for a truly authentic experience.
Agriturismo Le Caggiole
We have had the pleasure of staying in an Agriturismo on our last three trips to Italy and in all three instances it has proven to be a wonderful experience.
No matter where you are traveling in Italy you are likely to find an Agriturismo nearby. Because they are essentially a farm first and foremost, many are located on sprawling acres of land surrounded by other farms and offer an opportunity for peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city hotel or B&B. Many have vineyards or olive groves and make their own wine and olive oil.
Helpful resources in searching for an Agriturismo
- Agriturismo in Italy - The Guide to quality Farmhouse in Italy!
Your Guide to quality farm holidays in Italy, reviewed from 20.000+ guests. Lastminutes and Special Deals!
Before you start thinking that you'll be sharing a room with the farm animals you'll be happy to know that many of the accommodations are in beautifully restored buildings that have retained their history and charm.
I have found that most Agriturismos have very well put together web sites with a photo gallery for you to check out before deciding whether to take the plunge or not. And speaking of taking the plunge some even have swimming pools for their quests to enjoy.
If you're looking for something a little different on your next trip to italy why not check out an Agriturismo for your accommodations. They offer a unique experience that you won't find at a Hotel or Bed and Breakfast.
Ciao for now.
Agriturismo Le Caggiole, Montepulciano
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© 2012 Bill De Giulio