Resource Guide to Traveling and Visiting Tuscany




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Farmhouses and country houses to spend a vacation in the country
The experience at a Tuscan farm may include dining with the host family and other guests, assisting in the grape or olive harvest or merely enjoying the quiet intimacy of a stay in the countryside independently from the farm.

Many farmhouse hosts also help organize activities for their guests, from horseback riding to mountain biking and hiking to Tuscany cooking classes and wine tastings. Many farmhouses have recently added swimming pools to their properties to offer their guests the opportunity to cool down during the warm Tuscan summers.


Agriturismo, or "agricultural tourism", gives ones the chance to experience true rural Tuscan life. It means that actual working farms have opened their homes to offer rustic to elegant accommodation. Generally based on or around a farmhouse villa, winery or castle, these are often family-run operations which offer accommodation that ranges from bed and breakfasts to large apartments and separate buildings that include living areas, kitchens and private bathrooms.



About Tuscany Farmhouses

What exactly is an "agritourism"? In Tuscany, as across many Western countries, the countryside was undergoing a period of decline as people moved away from the farms and working the land to the cities and working in offices and factories. In order to help out the remaining small farms, the local governments allowed farms to open up their homes to paying guests if they also showed people what work on a farm was about. The first agritourisms across Tuscany thus had guests participate in the grape harvest in August and September and in the olive harvest in November. Today, some still offer guests the chance to participate in rural like, but many just offer accommodation in rooms or apartments in the farmhouse.

One advantage of staying at farmhouse is that it tends to cost less than at a hotel, considered at a per night, per person basis. So if you are traveling with your family and planning to stay at least a week in Tuscany, look into the possibility of staying at a farmhouse and renting a car to move around the region. You'll still be able to visit all of the main cities while being a bit removed from all of the crowds, particularly in the summer. Keep in mind that rentals are generally for an entire week and, unless specified, not available for just a few days.

FARMHOUSES IN TUSCANY - LUCCA

Santa Lucia
Via Molino, 4 - Villa Collemandina
tel. 0583 68079
sito: www.agritursantalucia.it
e-mail: info@agritursantalucia.it

La Piaggia
Loc. La Piaggia, 10 - Altopascio fraz. Marginone
tel. 3403600646 - fax. 0583 228224
e-mail: lapiaggia2002@libero.it

Agriturismo Sibolla
Loc.Ta'' Ferranti, 20 - Altopascio loc. Spianate
tel. 0583 269181
e-mail: bruno.dicicco@tin.it

Tenute Di Badia
Via Fattoria 10 - Altopascio loc. Badia Pozzeveri
tel. 0583 276148 - fax. 0572 82668
e-mail: badia@arcadiatel.it

Azienda Agricola Belvedere
- Bagni Di Lucca loc. Numeracchio fraz. Benebbio
tel. 0583 87983 - fax. 347 5701763
e-mail: maurojop@tin.it

Agriturismo La Rocca
Pegnana Alta - Barga
tel. 0583 723362


Azienda Agricola Macea
Macea, 2 - Borgo A Mozzano
tel. 0583 88128 - fax. 0583 88333
e-mail: lalla@borgo.cln.it

Agriturismo La Penna
Via Casoli , 215/A - Camaiore loc. Candalla
tel. 0584/980479
e-mail: luigi.benassi@tin.it

Agriturismo Il Giardo
Via Delle Giunchiglie 23 - Camaiore loc. Il Giardo fraz. Lido Di Camaiore
tel. 0584 90175
e-mail: agriturismoilgiardo@hotmail.com

Le Capannelle
Santa Croce - Camporgiano fraz. Poggio Di Garfagnana
tel. 0583 612447


Polla
- Camporgiano loc. Polla
tel. 0583 605679


Alle Camelie
Via Della Pieve 186 - Capannori fraz. Pieve Di Compito
tel. 0583 977001 - fax. 0583 977001
e-mail: allecamelie@linketto.it

Fattoria Mansi Bernardini
Via Per Valgiano 34 - Capannori loc. Segromigno In Monte
tel. 0583 921721 - fax. 0583 929701
e-mail: fmbsas@tin.it

Agriturismo Tenuta Di Valgiano
Via Di Valgiano,7 - Capannori
tel. 0583 402271 - fax. 0583 402271
e-mail: valgiano@lunet.it

Pra Di Reto
Piazza Del Respiro - Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana loc. Gragnanella
tel. 0583 65734 - fax. 0583 65734
e-mail: pradireto@hotmail.com

Agriturismo Residenza Il Palazzetto
- Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana loc. Il Palazzetto
tel. 0583 62984 - fax. 0583 62984
e-mail: www.ilpalazzetto@libero.it

Agriturismo Azienda Agrituristica Valli
Via D'azeglio - Castiglione Di Garfagnana
tel. 0583 68010
e-mail: agriturismo.valli@tin.it




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