Travel Italy and you will be amazed how beautiful and diverse the Italian countryside is. It is almost like traveling through several countries rather than one, when you traverse the country from top to bottom and east to west. The dialects are different, the food is different and the customs and cultures are different. But several things remain constant, the people are hospitable, friendly and generous, they all talk with their hands when they get excited and the scenery and old hilltop villages and towns are picture-perfect.
So many of us have read and loved Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, and how many of us have wanted to go to Italy because of it? Farm holidays Italy allow you to have the same experiences.
I was one of those readers and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. It was everything she described it to be, and more some. So much so that Italy became our number one travel destination and over the last 6 years we searched for a farm of our own. And now we too have a little slice of paradise in Tuscany, just between Chitignano and Rassina. You can read about our farm purchase and restoration here: A Tuscan Farmhouse.
One of the best kept secrets in Italy is the Casentino Valley. I suggest if you are looking for farm holidays Italy, this is the place to be. Once home to Francis of Assisi and the birthplace of Michelangelo. It is a beautiful valley and home to one of the largest National Parks in Italy. It is also home to Arezzo, Poppi and Camaldoli - all worth a trip while you are there. And if you cannot resist the more touristy places like San Gigminano, Sienna, Montepulciano, Perugia and Cortona, they are all within an easy day's trip.
The farms in Italy are as they have been centuries before. Italian farmers are not into huge commercial farms, and as a result, most of what they farm is organic. They keep the best olive oil in the country and that from Tuscany is particularly pleasant; dark green with a peppery after-taste. Wine is cheap enough, and readily available through wine routes, especially in the Chianti area. If you can afford it try a bottle of Brunello, and Vin Santo is a must after an evening meal with a biscotti to dip into the sweet wine to finish off a perfect meal.
There are many farmers' markets held throughout Italy on almost every day of the week except Sundays. If you are in Rome there are some excellent food markets there. j
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Although this isn't a farmhouse now, it used to be, and it is a very special property. It was part of an ancient farm that used to belong to the Contessa Visani-Rassinesi in the 15th century, after which Rassina is named, in the Casentino Valley. The main house, lived in by the owner, contains a medieval chapel and beautiful frescos.
Although there are two houses on the property, they are totally separate and independent. The villa is extremely comfortable, especially for large groups as it has 4 bedrooms and can easily sleep 10. The owner and her family are wonderful people who are very hospitable. There is plenty to see and do in the area as the house is well-positioned in the Arezzo Province. It is also well positioned for dining out as there is a wonderful pizzeria and restaurant set in large gardens, right next door! This is a villa I have stayed in myself, and can personally recommend.
More Farm Holidays Italy
Here's is some more information on farm holidays Italy in an article about farm holidays in Tuscany, written by Robert Carlton:
Title: A farm holiday in Tuscany - A Vacation to Remember
If you are looking to travel to a unique and beautiful destination in Europe, the wonderful Tuscany in Italy is an excellent choice of holiday destination when looking for farms in Europe. The rich culture, fascinating lifestyle, and breathtaking beauty of this destination means that a vacation here will truly be a vacation to remember. When it comes to finding accommodation in the area, you will enjoy a range of choices, one of the most popular is a farm holiday in Tuscany, where you can enjoy the delights of your own farm accommodation throughout your stay, enabling you to ...
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