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Countryside near Radda in Chianti, Siena. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The farmhouses in Tuscany: in contact with nature

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The Agriturismo is a typically Italian hospitality system. Over the years, this tourist reception system has taken on an increasingly tourist and less and less agricultural dimension. By developing facilities that provide the customer with numerous comforts and services such as swimming pools, massages, saunas, riding stables, etc. Tuscany is the Italian region that has the largest number of farmhouses.


The first agritourisms were born around the sixties in Tuscany and were closely connected to the tourist reception at a farm. Originally, in fact, the accommodations made available to tourists were simple and with few services, in most they were limited to bed and toilets.

Today, however, some of the structures are luxury. Always in the foreground remains the eno-gastronomy that allows the visitor to savor the genuine foods and drinks typical of the place visited directly by the producer. In some agritourisms are organized cooking classes for guests, or they allow customers to directly pick fruit from the plant or vegetable. It is also possible to participate in agricultural life in every detail.

Strada tra San Donato e Castellina in Chianti in novembre, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Firenze. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini.

Road between San Donato and Castellina in Chianti in November, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Florence. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

The stay in a farmhouse in Tuscany is always a direct contact with nature that allows you to savor the tranquility and silence of the countryside, but also its noises and its beauties. Often by giving up some comfort you can empathize yourself and appreciate more the difference between city and country life. But for those who do not want to give up luxury there are farmhouses that do not regret a 5-star hotel, far from it. Despite this, a good part of the agritourism structures are still simple guest houses with rooms or small apartments or B & Bs immersed in the wonderful countryside and nature of Tuscany.

Among the most popular areas of Tuscany for offering farmhouses holidays there are Chianti, Val d’Orcia and Maremma.



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