January 30, 2019
One of the first experiences Jordan and I had in Sicily was visiting an agriturismo. At the time, I don’t think I fully understood what an agriturismo really is (we were visiting for Maddie’s birthday). So, we recently paid another visit to Murgo with our friends Rachel and Aaron. This post is all about the agriturismo experience; one you won’t want to pass up if you visit Italy!
So, what is an agriturismo? Basically, agriturismi (plural) are working farmhouse Bed & Breakfasts (e.g. “farm-stays”). That is, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that you can stay in while visiting Italy. Thus, the owners of the “hotel” or agriturismo, are primarily farmers and your room is in the farmhouse or somewhere along the grounds. This all sounds very “unofficial,” however, agriturismi are legitimate businesses and some can be quite fancy! If you want to know the basic historical rundown, essentially, the Italian government began providing tax relief for family farms that opened their doors to visitors in 1985. However, to be legally considered an agriturismo, more income must be generated from farm activities than the B&B.
I have to admit, I have not actually stayed overnight at an agriturismo. Perhaps we will do this later in Tuscany! However, there are so many near our home that I have made several visits for what I consider to be the best part – the food. As they are working farms, the food is local (most from the farm) and AMAZING!! We have been to several agriturismi, and the food has ranged from 30 to 50 euros per person. This includes all courses of a meal. The menu is pre-planned. Some agriturismi serve meals family style (like Murgo) or individually (like Barone di Villagrande). Some include full bottles of wine or wine tastings from the farm’s winery. It all just depends on where you go!
The one thing that I must note is that agriturismi are generally not conveniently located. Since they are working farms, they are usually out in the country. Thus, transportation to-and-from may be difficult to coordinate. Therefore, planning ahead is essential (I always reserve, even for the meal). However, they agriturismi I have been to have been 100% worth the trouble!!
I snapped a few shots of our HUGE meal at Murgo so you can see what 35€ got us (spoiler: a lot!!!) We also spent some time casually wandering around the grounds with Rachel + AJ, so I’ve also included a few shots from our impromptu photoshoot. Enjoy!