Agriturismo: What is it?

Officially an Agriturismo is a farm that operates in the tourism sector offering board and lodging on the premises. In other words it is an activity created to support the agricultural and livestock sectors and is regulated by a specific National Law that determines the ways in which the farm must exercise hospitality.

In the last few years there has been a real explosion of agritourism activities throughout Italy, and they made an important percentage in the tourist accommodation sector (or used to make one, considering the sorrow COVID situation). 

However,  thanks to Agriturismo, the tourist, especially the Italian one, has rediscovered the Italian countryside, the typical products, the ancient traditions, the characteristic rural villages.

Some farm holidays have preferred a more trendy address dedicating themselves to “remise en forme” by creating real wellness centers. Others, have perfected the old farmhouse to such an extent as to make it a 5-star charming residence, with a series of services for a particularly demanding clientele. 

Everyone has sought their own identity, from Piedmont to Sicily, from Calabria to Veneto. Regardless of the type and category, the farmhouses have given a new impetus to Italian tourism, enhancing our countryside and the flavors of our land.

I recently stayed at Agriturismo Trerè near Faenza, in Emilia Romagna; a small town once famous for it delicate ceramics and majolica, with an historic center characterized by Renaissance architecture. I do recommend a stay in such type of accommodations, although one needs a car because such places are usually isolated, but they are worth the trip. 

Once there you are away from the city noise, in the calm and tranquillity of acres of farm land, in this case wineyards. One can enjoy the pool, or take a trip to nearby Faenza or Brisighella; maybe visiting Ravenna or Modena, Imola, and many oter towns; or one of the famous resorts such as Rimini, Riccione, the choices are many.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

2 thoughts on “Agriturismo: What is it?

  1. I love this, I think it gives tourists more of an insight into the actual culture and life of the residents of places rather than focusing solely on seeing landmarks.

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