Agriturismo

The tan has definately covered the imprint… Yesterday, because I almost forgot what it was like, I ran to the garden to catch a sunbeam … coming home to rain and cold weather needs serious adjustment. What was it like…. heaven!

Our holiday in Italy was an experience filled with surprises, magic, fun and interesting new facts. The least attractive part of a holiday is for me usually the hassle and delays on airports but it was all well worth it when we finally arrived in the beautiful town of Selci.

Both of us have been able to relax intensively, enjoy the food (wich I miss already) and communicate with hands and feet when meeting the friendly locals… “non parlo italiano”… I am still in cloud cuckoo land and will write more about our holiday later…

What I did do is uploading some pictures to flickr, feel free to browse and snif some of the heavenly atmosphere.

Agriturismo

A combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in Italian.

This is a style of vacation in farm house resorts codified into Italian law in 1985. An Italian agriturismo will usually serve foods to guests prepared from raw materials produced on the farm or at least locally. Some will allow the guest to actually participate in the activities surrounding the farm. Despite the rural nature of the lodging, one might expect a rustic experience; yet many agriturismi (the plural form of agriturismo) feature rather luxurious accommodation as well as swimming pools.

A Short History

Starting in the 1950s and continuing through the 1970s, small scale farming in Italy became less profitable, and, as one might predict, farmers abandoned many farms to search for work in larger towns.

Italians value highly the traditions and produce of small scale production of food, and by 1985 a law defined Agriturismo, and many abandoned buildings and estates were restored, some for vacation homes, and many for agritourismo. These agritourismi allowed the small farmer to augment the income from the farm, and for vacationers to sample the bounty of a rural life in Italy.

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4 thoughts on “Agriturismo

  1. Hi Caroline
    It sounds like a very nice holiday. I like so much the photo above and also those at flickr.
    We got springtime with green birch and a warm sun.
    Hugs from Inger

  2. Hi Caroline.
    Glad to see that you are safe back home from your holiday. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Beautiful photo above … and I will also have a look at those at flickr in a while.

    Wishing S. and you a lovely Sunday.
    Hugs

  3. Welcome home, Caroline! I have missed you. The photo you have on this page is first class. Just so beautiful. So typical of your art. Clean, understated, less is more. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    I’m happy to know you and hubby had a good holiday together.

    Hugs, Mary

  4. Looks like heaven on earth (apart from the ones with all the tourists :p) Food for the soul and peace of mind… wish everyday could be like your holiday

    Knuf

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