When agriculture meets tourism, the perfect match is made. Peppering the patch-worked pastures of Perugia; the lush lakeside banks of Marche; the parched foothills of Mount Etna; the cobalt coastline of Lecce; and the snow-capped alps of Piedmont, Italy has an agriturismo (tourist farm) in every corner of its kaleidoscopic landscape. Here are five of its best.
Placed on the Umbrian peak of Perugia, in the green heart of Italy, Perugia Farmhouse is a back-packer friendly bed and breakfast hostel situated in a 200 year old farmhouse. Along with a selection of recently refurbished rooms, this organic farm also offers a rustic campsite, and a little wood house in the garden, for outdoor enthusiasts. All guests have access to the communal kitchen, a fienile (barn) for mingling, and a laundry room. For searing summer climes, lavender-fringed pathways will lead you to the sparkling turquoise waters of the swimming pool; which provides picturesque panorama of Perugia and the surrounding landscape.
Perugia Farmhouse, Via Settevalli, 760, Perugia, Italy, +39 075 528 8373
Perched 800 meters above sea level, on the mountainside of Peglio, Agriturismo Zertin is set in the region of Lombardy, in Italy’s north-west. Bound by the Alps, and overlooking Lake Como – one of the deepest lakes in Europe – this farm also has a pool with a perfect view. Along with hiking, mountain biking, and climbing; you will also be able to explore the area by sailing, wind-surfing, and kite-surfing it. From home-made pastries to fresh-water fish, cheese, and cold meats; the seasonal menu is inspired by the traditions of Lake Como and the neighbouring valley of Valtellina.
Agriturismo Zertin Via Ai Monti, 22010 Peglio CO, Italy, +39 331 650 5822
Sitting among the foothills of Mount Etna, in the municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia, Fondo Cipollate, on the east coast of Sicily, is an agriturismo in the valley of the River Alcantara. Dedicated to agritourism, this farmhouse overlooking the sea, has eleven lodging houses, all surrounded by organic citrus and olive trees. Although each lodge is furnished with a private bathroom and air conditioning, the original features have been kept; and there is a sizeable swimming pool and a solarium within the orange-scented paradisiacal garden.
Fondo Cipollate, Contrada Cipollate, 14, 95012 Mitogio, Castiglione di Sicilia CT, Italy, +39 389 157 1912
Macaria Accampamento Rurale
Alternatively, the rural campsite of Macaria Accampamento Rurale, offers twelve fully furnished 20m² tents. Situated in the municipality of Alliste, on the Ionian coast of Salento, this site is a part of the ecological tourism project, driven by local Salentini, encouraging sustainable tourism, and biodiverse methods of agriculture. Mounted on red earth, and surrounded by myrtles, almonds, and caper bushes, each large tent sits under centenarian olive trees. Although temperatures soar during the summer months, the white-sanded coastal stretch of Salento is not far away.
Macaria Accampamento Rurale, Via Malaspina, 57-59, 73040 Alliste LE, Italy, +39 388 487 0672
Rivet d’Or is a family-run holiday home in the Province of Turin. Hidden away in the valley of Val Chisone, in the Italian region of Piedmont, this 17th-century farmhouse, bordered by the fragrant pine-cloaked mountains of the Cottian Alps, contains six recently-renovated flats. Intent on pushing their culinary boundaries, this agriturismo not only produces cheese, honey, and other traditional mountain products; but it also makes full use of its surroundings by catching fish from the Chisone river, and foraging for herbs and fruits from the nearby mountain fields, and woods.
Rivet d’Or, Via San Giovanni, 1, Frazione Rivets, Pragelato TO, Italy, +39 348 363 5123
By Gemma Roxanne Lake
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.