5 Must-try Agritourisms

 

In the last fifteen years there has been an explosion of the agritourism business throughout Italy, constituting a significant percentage of the tourist accommodation sector. But what exactly is agritourism? An agritourism is an operating farm in the tourism sector that provides room and board as an activity essentially born to support the agriculture and livestock sector. This new tourist offer allows visitors, both foreign and local, to discover the countryside, its typical products, ancient traditions and rural villages. Are you in the mood to spend a weekend full of rest and well-being? Do you want to reestablish contact with nature and enjoy the ancient and authentic flavors of the countryside? Or do you simply want to ‘get away from the city and treat yourself to alone time’? Here are five Italian farms that are worth a visit.

1.Villa Dama

This farmhouse is located close to Gubbio, on the top of a 680 meter high hill, surrounded by natural paths, wooded forest and cultivated fields. It’s part of a delightful country house recently restored, in the heart of an organic, 150 acre farm. Villa Dama is the main building of the agritourism, which is actually composed of five different buildings. The amenities at Villa Dama encompass a reception, restaurant, pool, sauna and a Turkish bath. Guests also gather here for breakfast and dinner, where they are offered homemade dishes, prepared with organic products from the farm including: the milk served for breakfast, bread baked in a wood fired oven, vegetables and meat for supper. The peace and beauty of this place is mainly attributed to its scenic location and distance from the city. Immediately upon arrival you can see the landscape extending all the way across the horizon, and nature is once again the true protagonist. (For more info click here)

2. Villa Acquaviva

Situated in the beautiful, Tuscan Maremma countryside, close to the Saturnia Spa at Manciano, Villa Acquaviva agritourism is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a romantic, weekend getaway from the usual bustle of everyday life. The gardens and pool area are perfect for a walk or a swim surrounded by nature. All the bedrooms and suites include terraces to admire the landscapes. The restaurant, La Limonaia, serves excellent food with many ingredients from their own fields, not to mention the wine which is produced from the surrounding vineyards. The villa also offers a wide range of activities, from a tennis court to a park, where can enjoy jogging, trekking and bird watching. You can also book excursions of the area, have access to the spa’s thermal swimming pool, its wellness centre and the Golf Resort. (For more info click here)

3. Valdifiori

A warm welcome awaits you at this small farm located in the Sassoferrato (Ancona) countryside in the Marche region. The Agritourism Valdifiori is set in a quiet rural area, where life is genuine and traditional: here, Hans -a veterinarian with 25 years of experience in the Netherlands - runs the farm and takes care of the animals, while chef Massimo, with 25 years of international experience, owns the restaurant, using products from their own farm or from other local organic farms. The agritourism is surrounded by acres of woods and cultivated fields, favoring outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, mountain biking, off-road driving and paragliding. The farm’s location is perfect for those seeking to explore the beauties that the Marche region has to offer: medieval cities, monasteries, ancient castles, national parks, beaches and the famous Frasassi Caves are all within accessible distance. It’s a must-see! (For more info click here)

4. Il Cavicchio

If you are looking to stay at a comfortable and inviting agritourism near Bologna, Il Cavicchio is the place for you. This small farm offers 5 rooms with all the necessary comforts in a beautiful, natural setting. Nestled in the green hills of the regional capital, the farmhouse offers its guests an unforgettable experience: breakfast with homemade jams, soothing baths in the pool, a large selection of books in every room to curl up and have a good read, beautiful vineyards, and wooded areas to enjoy long walks. The surrounding farm fields in are cultivated according to the principles of organic agriculture, and the environment is extremely varied thanks to the multiplicity of the cultivated plants. You can find anything from vineyards, fruit trees, vegetables, medicinal plants, to strawberries and blackberries. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll really feel at home in this splendid countryside retreat. (For more info click here)

5. Ca' de' Gatti

The Ca' de' Gatti agritourism is set in an elegant 11th century country house, located close to the city center, yet surrounded by nature in the outskirts of Faenza (Ravenna), in the Emilia-Romagna region. The Tini family has owned this farmhouse since 1936 and in ’98 they turned it into an agritourism, wanting to share both the local products (you can find homemade jams, olive oil, fine wines and seasonal fruit) and the wonderful views of the hills between Faenza and Brisighella. Its panoramic position also allows visitors to admire the Tower of Oriolo, the Castle of Monte Poggiolo and, on a clear day, the Adriatic coast from Ravenna to Cesenatico. (For more info click here)