Agriturismi – farm stays – are rapidly garnering a reputation among those searching for those sacred buzzwords: authentic travel. Traditional Italian estates double up as homestays, providing guests with intimate dwellings for tranquil escapes. Arcadian views across fields and farmland are paired with rustic rooms or guest houses, each charmingly decorated and, more importantly, affordable. Not to mention that daily meals are likely to be the closest rendering of farm-to-table food you can find (or eat).

Disappear among rolling Tuscan hills or Puglian hinterlands to still your mind amid weaving vineyards and grazing animals at these top Italian agriturismi.

Il Fontanaro

Deep in the Umbrian countryside, this agriturismo stretches over 40 acres of sun-kissed land. Choose between staying in a restored two-storey farmhouse dating back to 1893 or separate villas spread across the estate. Spend days wandering through lanes of olive groves and vineyards, taking a dip in the infinity pool or helping yourself to freshly harvested organic fruit and vegetables. Come evening, take a cookery course followed by wine or olive oil tasting in the farm’s cellar.

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  • Il Fontanaro di Lucia Verdacchi
    Vocabolo Montanaro 64
    06060 Paciano

La Subida

On the Slovenian border, this agriturismo combines rustic charm with high-end dining on the outskirts of an old oak forest. Stay in one of the sixteen chalets benefitting from treetop terraces, alfresco bathtub and an outdoor pool. The main selling point is the Michelin-starred osteria. In this rustic Alpine restaurant, dine on local delicacies paired with wine sourced from nearby vineyards on both sides of the border.

Casa Clelia

Despite sitting in the extravagantly named village of Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, this agriturismo prides itself on delicate simplicity. At the foot of Monte Canto, the farm was built from the remains of an 11th-century convent. Rooms are unpretentious, designed with eco-bio features to reduce energy waste and protect the surrounding nature. Admire the restored convent and enjoy a taster menu of local delicacies curated by the farm’s chef before exploring the gardens, orchards and woods of Lombardy.

  • +39 035799133
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  • 1/3 Via Corna
    24039 Sotto Il Monte Giovanni XXIII

La Traversina

Dating back more than 300 years, La Traversina lies deep in the forest of Italy’s Piedmont region. Like a fairytale come true, the farmhouse is draped in green vines and surrounded by gardens abundant with flowers including hydrangeas, geraniums and 300 varieties of roses. Choose between one of three renovated stables or rooms situated inside the main house. Discover neighbouring vineyards, castles and tiny villages, or try your hand at gardening and cooking courses available throughout the summer months.

Moscatello Mulinër

Just south of Lake Garda, the Moscatello family have transformed this abandoned farm into a delightfully bucolic agriturismo. Rooms are rustic havens complete with stone floors and wooden beams. Soak up some Italian rays by the pool before sipping aperitifs as the sun sets over the vineyards, orchards and olive groves of this Lombardy estate. Feeling peckish? Head to the farm’s wisteria-covered restaurant for food and wine sourced from surrounding fields.

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  • Agriturismo Moscatello
    25010 Località Moscatello di Sotto 3/5

Villa di Campolungo

Since the 1400s Villa di Campolungo has perched on a hill overlooking Tuscan countryside and the town of Fiesole. Terracotta floors, original ceilings and artisanal textiles preserve the building’s long history, while solar panels and geothermal heating reduce the farmhouse’s impact on the surrounding environment. Head to nearby Chianti for wine tasting before retreating back to Campolungo for organic food and homemade cakes.

  • +39 055 0515250
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  • Via Campilungo, 1
    50010 Fiesole Caldine

Tenuta La Pila

In the depths of the Veneto countryside, this converted rice mill dates back to 1733 and stretches over 100 acres of farmland. Nearby Verona, Ferrara and Padua make for charming day trips, while evenings can be spent taking a dip in the 50ft-long swimming pool or admiring views across the estate’s orchards, vineyards and wheatfields.

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  • Via Pila 42
    37049 Villa Bartolomea

Masseria Uccio

At the heel of Italy, this Puglian agriturismo sits atop a hill overlooking the Salento hinterland. Rooms are located around a central courtyard, and each is rustically decorated with wooden furnishings and an earth-tone palette. Awake to freshly baked bread, fruit from the orchards and local cheese from the farm before borrowing a bike to explore coastal tracks and unpaved country roads.

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