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For travelers hoping to center their stay in Italy around food and wine, an agriturismo may be a unique opportunity. From biodynamic wines, homemade cheese, freshly pressed olive oil, to cured meats, it’s no wonder that Italy’s tourism is widely driven by their superior agricultural and culinary traditions.
What is an Agriturismo?
Agriturismo loosely translates to “farm-stay.” They’re essentially B&B type accommodations that provide guests with a taste of Italian agriculture and culinary traditions. Nearly all of the food and wine served at an agriturismo are made on the farm itself. Thus, providing guests with the real deal “farm to table” experience.
Many shy away from these types of Italian experiences, assuming they’re too rustic. Although there are some that align with this assumption, agriturismo is a widely used term for any accommodation set on a self-sustaining farm. If luxury travel is more your style, there are plenty of gorgeous, luxury agriturismo properties throughout Italy.
The variety of agriturismi is quite vast. So, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Especially depending on if you’re a couple in search of a romantic getaway, or a family on holiday that enjoys outdoor activities. Overall, Agriturismi are ideal for travelers looking to soak up remarkable landscapes, relax in the serenity of the Italian countryside, and savor fresh, seasonal cuisine.
How to Visit & Experience an Agriturismo in Italy?
The easiest and most popular way to experience an agriturismo is to actually stay at one. Agriturismi are a fantastic way to partake in immersive travel. Since they’re essentially hotels on a farm property, they tend to be more easygoing than a traditional hotel. Nearly all nightly rates include half-board, meaning breakfast and dinner are included in your nightly rate.
If you’re staying in major cities or towns, but still want to indulge in the Italian countryside lifestyle, plan a day trip. Wine and olive oil tastings, as well as lunch and dinners, are typically open to non-guests. Most will even provide a fixed tasting menu. This could include a range of wine, olive oils, meats, cheeses, and seasonal specialties.
A car is definitly necessary for getting to most agriturismi. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to hire a driver for day trips or to rent a car for overnight stays.