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Foodie breaks: everything you need to know about an agriturismo stay

Gibbs Farm, Tanzania
Gibbs Farm, Tanzania

On an agriturismo, or farm stay holiday, clients can relax in rustic surroundings while tucking into fresh, home-cooked food and local wine. Abra Dunsby rounds up options from around the world

Inspiring rural scenery, peace and quiet and a plate piledhigh with food plucked fresh from the field – an agriturismo, or farmstay, is ideal for clients who prioritise nature and their bellies while on holiday.


As the name suggests, the agriturismo is an Italian concept, signifying an independently owned farm with rooms for guests to stay in. There are more than 20,000 in Italy, most of which are listed on, with countless choices for both families and couples.


The ambiance is laid-back, with clients cohabiting alongside just a handful of other guests, if any at all. An agriturismo stay not only brings clients closer to nature but also allows them to spend time with locals, away from touristy hotels. The focus is, of course, the food; simple, often regional, and soul- stirringly good.


Agriturismi (plural of agriturismo) aren’t just restricted to Italy, however. The farmstay trend continues to grow, with options now popping up everywhere from Brazil to Tanzania.

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