Agritourism in Italy

Mark and David's verdict
Italy's agriturismo scheme has been a huge success, introducing tourists to special places to stay in the Italian countryside whilst helping to sustain traditional farming practices. You'll have an authentic small-scale experience, with a warm welcome, home-cooked food and a range of options from hotel service to self-catering.

Recommended tour operator: Long Travel

Long Travel says

Is your idea of the perfect Italian holiday a small, family-owned hotel in beautiful countryside, with exceptional local food and wine – somewhere you can really get under the skin of rural Italy? If so, you will love our hand-picked selection of agriturismi – farmhouse hotels in rural Tuscany, Calabria, Puglia, Abruzzo, Campania, Sicily and Sardinia.

  • Rural settings
  • Authentic experiences
  • Self-catering options

Our agritourism hotels, all of which are owner-managed, range from romantic hideaways to family-friendly hotels and even self-catering options. Most have a swimming pool and some are in striking distance of the coast – and all share truly beautiful natural surroundings, a genuinely warm welcome and authenticity.

One of our customers’ favourites is Masseria Montenapoleone. Often described as rustic chic, it’s set on a rambling organic farm in Puglia with the beach just five minutes’ drive away. As well as romantic rooms and superb food (plus a communal farmhouse kitchen for guests to rustle up a snack between meals), the owner loves to share his passion for local crafts and ancient agricultural techniques. It’s a gem.

For something similarly special, with exceptional spa facilities on site, Borgo Naturalis is one of our best-sellers. This “bio-resort” is an 18th-century hamlet transformed into a small hotel set on 13 hectares of farmland. The heady scents of lavender and rosemary combined with citrus and olive trees can be found around every corner.

On Sicily, and close to its own beach club, La Foresteria combines Moorish architectural influences with more contemporary design – it’s a magnet for gourmands with some of the best food we have enjoyed anywhere (that’s a big claim!). You can also book one of their acclaimed residential cookery courses.

Families have plenty of options to choose from but our top recommendation is Casale del Monte in Sardinia. They have self-catering apartments which work perfectly for families with facilities which include swimming pools, children’s play areas and BBQs.

Parco Cavalonga is another excellent choice for families, also with the flexibility of spacious self-catering apartments. The accommodation is set in attractive cottages, with 18 hectares of parkland, two swimming pools and a restaurant on site plus the coast a short drive away.

Some of the agriturismi are ideal places to gather together your family and friends for a special occasion, with exclusive use of your very own ‘private’ hotel.

Find out more about our agritourism holidays in Italy and our latest special offers.

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