As a traveler you can visit two types of Italy. There is the Italy well-known to tourists for pizza, pasta, beaches, and romantic scenery. And then there is the authentic Italy.
Go off the beaten track a little and you can meet the Italian men and women who produce the amazing food and whose farms make up the green hills and valleys of the countryside. Here, among the olive branches and palm trees, you can come close to a culinary experience of good produce that will overwhelm your senses.
This authentic Italy can be experienced by staying in a so called ‘agriturismo’, where you live at an Italian farmhouse. These farmhouses are located all over Italy and the farms can be anything from vineyards, olive or lemon groves or any type of vegetable and fruits farms. Agriturismos are often family owned farms giving you a chance to be a part of Italian family lifestyle and taste genuine homemade Italian food.
Agriturismos can be found all over the country. But they are especially popular in Tuscany, where you can become part of farms that are producing some of the best Italian wine in the region. This type of holiday lets you learn about wine making or other types of food production, while at the same time giving you time to relax. To sip a glass of red in the Italian sun while relaxing amongst the actual grapes in the Chianti area is an exceptional tasting experience.
The agriturismos in Tuscany are located all around the valley, forests and mountains of the historic region. This region is regarded as the birth place of the Italian Renaissance and also contains historic cities like Florence and Siena.
And the variety in agriturismos is great, both in size and luxury. There are places fitted for families and other places perfect for a more romantic break or an active vacation with friends. The general concept of going back to the basics and getting close to the origins of the glorious foods of Italy has become a very popular type of travel experience. You learn about the production and quality of the regional food and at the same time get a chance to relax.
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Native Copenhagen-girl, Line is an avid traveler with a passion for food and culture. Her travels have taken her around the world, but she especially enjoys Scandinavia and southern Italy.