In my humble opinion, you cannot beat sampling fresh produce in a picturesque natural setting whilst on holiday. It is for this reason that we often recommend agriturismo in Sicily as a vacation, which will allow you to indulge in delicious home-grown food and wine at a scenic Italian farm surrounded by the beautiful rolling country hills.
So, what is an agriturismo? The word is a combination of Italian words agricultura (agriculture) and turismo (tourism). Essentially, you stay on a working farm that also has the facilities to offer guests a luxury vacation. This is a unique type of holiday where you get to see and experience authentic Italy whilst also living the good life.
The idea for these wonderful experiences came about in the 1980s when agricultural workers decided to supplement their income by using their large unused rooms to host tourists. Many of these farmhouses previously housed a number of families, but a decline in agriculture in the ’50s saw many farmers forced to move into the cities to find work.
These rustic properties have great charm, but it is the food and drink that most of our clients enjoy the most. You can sample fresh produce and have gourmet dinners cooked for you each evening – these will taste better than any meal you’ve ever had on holiday! In many cases, you are able to get tours of the vineyards, farms and have cooking lessons.