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.

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Fattoria Carpineta
Via Carpineta 46 - Castiglione Di Garfagnana
tel. 0583 68510 - fax. 0583 68510

Agriturismo Il Podere In Farneta
- Coreglia Antelminelli loc. Farneta fraz. Vitiana
tel. 058377020

Azienda Agricola Poli Enrica
- Fabbriche Di Vallico loc. Fornione fraz. Vallico Sopra
tel. 0583 761996

La Fornace
- Fabbriche Di Vallico loc. La Fornace fraz. Valico Sotto
tel. 0583 - fax. 0583-761710

Agriturismo La Casa Del Fiume
Via Piano Di Riana 18 - Fosciandora
tel. 0583 662119 - fax. 0583 65565

La Capannella
- Gallicano loc. Capannella fraz. Campo
tel. 0583 74401 - fax. 0583 62058

Agriturismo Summer
- Gallicano loc. Piazza fraz. Verni
tel. 328 7358206 - fax. 0583 767050 - 767008

Ai Cerri Di Andrea Poli
Via Comunale Per Capoli - Giuncugnano loc. Ai Cerri
tel. 0583 610026 - fax. 0583 658901

Ai Linchi
Via Del Caporale, 378 - Lucca loc. Ai Linchi fraz. S. Alessio
tel. 0583 330461 - fax. 0583 330461

Azienda Agricola Plade
Via Perdetola - Minucciano
tel. 0583 610295 - fax. 0583 610295

Agriturismo Pian Di Lago
- Molazzana loc. Pian Di Lago fraz. Alpe Di S.Antonio
tel. 055 8739089

Villa Monica
Via Romana Trav.1,129 - Montecarlo
tel. 0583 276179 - fax. 0583 276179

Casa Marconi
- Pescaglia loc. Casa Marconi fraz. Colognora
tel. 0583 330406 - fax. 02 700434591


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