01 Sep Top 5 Benefits of staying in Agritourism
Going on holiday isn’t just about collecting beautiful photos.
It’s about taking home experiences, good memories and absorbing a little bit of local culture.
I believe it’s much easier to connect with local people, their culture and their traditions, in small environments. Italy offers a big variety of these solutions: from small family-run hotels and B&Bs, to agriturismi. All of them accommodate and pamper guests, travelling both for work and leisure.
Agritourism (agricultural tourism) is a farm-stay accommodation in rooms or apartments. It can be a restored country farmhouse or a luxury villa, but to qualify as an agriturismo in Italy, the farm must generate more income from the land than from tourism.
There are more than 20000 agriturismi spread all over the country from the Alps to the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. It’s a great way to experience a wonderful stay in the countryside and connect with Italy’s people, enjoying many benefits you might not get from a package holiday.
Here are the top 5 benefits agriturismi provide.
- Value for money. Rooms range from small and basic to large and well equipped and there are even luxury agriturismi. They are usually clean and comfortable.
- Good food at reasonable prices. And it’s mainly produced by the farmers themselves. Breakfast is often included. It’s also possible to enjoy home-cooked dinner. Some agriturismi offer cooking classes, others have cheese production dairies, you can even see how Parmigiano Reggiano is made. Every region offers its specialties.
- Relationships. Owners are friendly and willing to help you get the most out of your stay. You can ask for suggestions regarding places to visit, local restaurants and activities. The situation is rather informal (perfect when you travel with children). If you need something, your host will certainly help you solve the problem somehow.
- Great as a home base. Some agriturismi are really lost in the mountains, but there are a lot that are just 1 km away from town. You can still go sightseeing if you wish. For example, if you chose an agriturismo in the middle of Emilia-Romagna, you could take day trips to Venice, Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Modena, Florence, Mantova… an overwhelming choice of art, culture, history, and World Heritage Sites.
- Another perspective. Agriturismo is the right choice if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle, if you wish to meet with local people and connect with nature and simplicity.
Just as an example, I had a wonderful time in Lama di Valle Rosa, Ferrara; delicious home-made products, a wellness center, and a heated swimming pool.
Do you love tennis, mountain biking, swimming? Would you like to feed lambs? Ride horses? Learn how to make cheese? There’s an agriturismo suitable for you; the choice is endless!
Have you ever stayed in an agriturismo? Would you like to experience it?