Tuscany, Italy: Staying at an Agriturismo – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Tuscan wines
are some of the tastiest and most famous in Italy. Wines are particular
to their village. The characteristics of the soil, temperature, and exposure to sun
make each wine — even if made from the same
Sangiovese grape — unique. To connect with the rural charm that’s so much a part
of our image of Tuscany, we’re exploring by car
and staying not in towns but in farm houses, like the Agriturismo Terrapille. This relaxing hideaway
crowns a bluff just below the hill town
of Pienza. Surrounded by 360 degrees of dreamy Tuscan scenery, it’s private and rustic, yet comfy and romantic. In the spring,
the fertile Tuscan countryside becomes a green mosaic of farms. Many of these are agriturismos, offering good value
accommodations to travelers. Some are luxurious,
with plush rooms and offering amenities such as riding stables
and swimming pools. Others are simple and rustic, offering casual
farmhouse hospitality and the smell
of whatever is being produced. A peaceful home base
for exploring the region, these rural Italian B&Bs are family-friendly and ideal for those
traveling by car. Agriturismos are subsidized, part of a government effort
to help small, family-run farms survive in this age of
large-scale corporate farming. To qualify as an agriturismo, the place must still be
a working farm. If this sounds good to you,
choose a place that advertises itself
specifically as an agriturismo.

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