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

The farmhouses in Tuscany: a system of hospitality in contact with nature and culinary traditions

Agriturismo (staying on a farm) is a system of Italian hospitality that over the years has gradually assumed an increasingly tourist dimension and less agricultural dimension, developing structures that provide customer service and many amenities such as swimming pools, massage, sauna, horseback riding etc..

Tuscany is the italian region that has the largest number of Agriturismi (farmhouses).

The first Agriturismi were born around the early sixties in Tuscany and were closely related to the accommodation at a tourist farm, in fact in the origin the tourist accommodation made available were simple and with few services, most confined to a bed and toilet facilities.

Always on top is the wine and food offer that allows the visitors to enjoy healthy food and drink typical of the place visited directly from the manufacturer. In some farms are organized cooking classes for guests, or it allows customers to collect directly from the trees fruits or vegetables, as well as you can participate in farm activities 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 farm stay is always a direct contact with nature that allows you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, but also its noise and its beauty, often giving up some comfort are unable to identify themselves and to appreciate more the difference between the life of the city and the country, but for those who do not want to give up luxury,  there are farms that have nothing to envy to a 5 star hotel. Despite this, a large part of farm holidays are still simple guest houses with rooms or small apartments or B & B immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside and nature.

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

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