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What is agritourism?

Agritourism is all about authentic country living because this type of lodging is usually in locations with nature right on the doorstep. These often-revamped farms place their guests in the middle of working fields or vineyards and invite them to get involved in the day-to-day work. Agritourism accommodations also serve true farm-to-table food, which gives them a charmingly rustic appeal.

Why should I stay at an agritourism destination?

If you need a respite from the bustle of urban life, an agritourism vacation could be just the cure you're looking for. You'll wake to the sounds of nature – think chirping birds and mooing cows. An agritourism stay might also give you the chance to help with farm work and learn about how products like olive oil are processed. You're also likely to get home-cooked, hearty meals in the evening.

Where do you find agritourism accommodation?

Italy is the birthplace of agritourism and now offers more farm stays than any other country. You'll find these properties surrounded by cypress trees in Tuscany or on wooded hillsides in the Brescia pre-Alps (not far from Bergamo), from coastal areas in the south to the countryside in the north. But you'll find agritourism in other destinations, too, such as the lakeside guest ranches in various parts of Canada and among vineyards in France.

How much does it cost to stay in an agritourism property?

Agritourism properties aren't exactly the cheapest lodging option, but they're affordable even for travellers on a budget. In fact, if you're looking to explore the French or Italian countryside, you'll be pleased to find that a room in an agritourism option usually costs less than one in a standard hotel in the city. You can also opt for a pricier stay in properties with extensive outdoor spaces and spectacular views of the countryside.

What do agritourism properties offer?

Agritourism accommodations tend to vary widely. Some are a complete antithesis to city life, providing guests with hands-on farming experiences and grape-picking sessions in vineyards, and thus serving as ecotourism lodging as well. Others offer guests a luxurious vacation by housing them in rustic buildings surrounded by lush gardens and swimming pools, and nestled in t