Going to Italy? Consider a Visit to a Working Farm


Baby goats rest in the shade of the Orsini farm-house pergola after a bouncy scamper around the yard.

Are you planning a trip to Italy but want to spend some time away from the maddening crowds? Did you know that many working farms, or agriturismos, that welcome visitors can be found in the country just beyond the bustling cities and towns? Here you will find peace, rest and serenity. After a day or two you will be ready to return to the many exciting sites and activities that Italy has to offer.

Recently, I spent some time at the Orsini farm, Azienda Agraria Orsini, in Umbria, near Lake Trasimeno. After an invigorating hike, we arrived and received warm welcomes from Flavio Orsini and his family. The farm, complete with a rustic stone villa, was alive with animal life. Puppies scampered about the doorway, geese honked in the background, and baby goats cavorted across the large front yard.

Lunch was served under a large pergola that offered lovely views of Lake Trasimeno. We enjoyed delicious varieties of crostini, pasta, wine and fresh bread with local olive oil. Afterward, we toured the farm and watched as the harvest of fagiolina beans were shelled by a free-standing machine.

Although I did not spend the night, it was the perfect outing to slow down and rejuvenate my spirit. Margot DeKruif offers many wonderful ideas for farm stays on her website My Italy Selection. If this sounds like something you would like to do, I encourage you to take a look at her list of informative selections. I found it a great resource to help one enjoy the varied culture of Italy.

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14 replies

  1. I always look to stay in agriturismo. Great prices, great people and usually great accommodations. Plus, the peacefulness.

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  2. Sounds blissful! Something I can do with right now 😀

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  3. I have stayed in several Agriturismo Susan and have really enjoyed the experience. I enjoy the big cities but I prefer the regional areas. I am happy driving around roads without lines

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  4. “madding crowds” is the classical expression but they can be “maddening” as well!

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  5. Thumbs way up for the Italian agriturismo experience! For many Italians, Sunday lunch at an agriturismo is a great little getaway for families, friends and those celebrating special occasions. It’s a wonderful way to taste local products, breathe clean air and meet real people away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities.

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  6. ‘myitalyselection.com’ looks like a great resource. This is definitely my kind of travel. A few days in the city… several days on the countryside! I can taste the wine already….

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  7. Great post Susan. For sure there are 10000000000 things to see in Italy, but this is one of my favorites. I think it is a great way to get the real feel of Italy!

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  8. Thank you for the information, Susan. When we’re ready and the time is right, there’s always a way to make it happen. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. 🙂

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