This article, written by Alastair Sawday, appears on The Telegraph.
10 farms in Italy you need to stay at
In a new guide to Italy, Alastair Sawday highlights farmhouses and country retreats with a reputation for good food. Here he picks 10 of his favourites.
The slow, low drone of the bees among the flowers, the chirruping of crickets as you sip your wine in the evening, the total silence of deep countryside – these pleasures are often forgotten in the modern rush for the perfect holiday.
Many of them have come together in the shape of Italy’s wonderful agriturismo system, a network of approved farm properties where tourists can stay and learn about rural life.
It’s an excellent introduction to the real Italy, with its delightfully open-hearted people and long traditions of light-hearted hospitality – and it’s also relatively affordable at a time when more mainstream holidays in Europe are becoming more expensive.
In fact, agriturismo is a complete introduction to Italian country life: organic foods; great wines; gorgeous and varied landscapes, from coast to hillside to Alps; idiosyncratic architecture; and even some local folklore, culture and music. Read more at The Telegraph…
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