What is an Italian farmhouse

10 May 2018

If you are looking for accommodation in Italy for your next holidays, surely you will come across the word “Agriturismo” very often. It is actually a word made up of 2 words: “agriculture” and “tourism”.

But what do we really mean by farm? What kind of accommodation is it?

Historically, the farm was born from the need of many small farms to integrate their sources of income in the modern era. So the Italian government has decided to give farms the opportunity to host tourists, carrying out tourist activities in addition to agricultural activities. This immediately proved to be a precious resource for small farmers and became a unique opportunity for tourists, offering them the incredible opportunity to live and experience rural life in Italy and fully enjoy the Italian countryside.

Some companies have been converted into holiday homes, others into accommodation similar to bed and breakfasts or guest houses. In general, a farmhouse is an independently owned farm that the owners decide to use – even if generally only partially – for accommodation purposes. This means that 90 percent of the time the “hotel” owners are mainly farmers and that the rooms are part of the farm or outbuildings built nearby. The atmosphere is therefore often informal and customers often wake up to the crowing of the cock or the yelp of the guard dog and fall asleep to the song of crickets and the glow of fireflies.

Due to the rural nature of the accommodation, a necessarily rustic experience could be expected; instead many farmhouses are high-end and offer services such as swimming pools, reception or bar, and restaurant service.

One of the biggest advantages of staying on a farm is food. Usually, complete dinners are offered with fixed menus based on traditional foods, cooked with products from the farm itself or from nearby farms, and accompanied by genuine local wines. Without forgetting the fragrant breakfasts based on fresh products such as eggs, freshly baked cakes, homemade jams, and local cold cuts. There is no better restaurant than a farmhouse!

In addition, the farmhouses are generally immersed in the beautiful Italian countryside, ideal locations, where you can enjoy unforgettable landscapes and dreamy sunsets. If you like tranquility, silence, starry nights probably in almost complete solitude, the song of cicadas and the scent of lavender in bloom … the farm holiday is perfect for you!

Finally, let’s not forget that staying on a farm means first of all getting in touch with Italian culture and having the great opportunity to meet authentic people and experience Italy and its people. In fact, on the farm, it will not be difficult to talk to the workers or the family that manages the farm, to have a chat with the locals, and to live the country life in Italy up close. Often guests can take part in dinners, tastings, or cooking lessons.

If you want some advice to choose the right farm for you, also read the article How to choose the most suitable farm for you

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