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The Italian countryside is a highly picturesque place. It’s also extremely diverse with the rugged peaks of the Dolomites in the North to the rolling hills of Tuscany in the center, from the vineyards of Cinque Terre to the barren landscapes of Sicily. As the popularity of eco-friendly accommodation options rises, farm stays in Italy are definitely leading this movement in Europe. Estates with animals, agricultural Airbnbs, former granaries, you have a wide range of options. Expect lots of fresh air and spectacular views around when you stay at these exceptional farm stays in Italy. Here’s our hand-picked list of the best of the best.
Venice isn’t necessarily synonymous with a farm stay, however, the Veneto region is a perfect place to become one with nature. This eco-cabin just a short drive away from La Serenissima takes organic farm living to the next level providing a luxurious stay. The house is made of wood, zero-emission, and is a part of a large 60,000 square meter green area. The Airbnb is an ideal place to visit Venice sustainably, something of a worthwhile initiative for a sinking city hit by the tourist crowds. The farmland is all yours to discover so you can enjoy the bucolic outdoors in style. Guests fell in love with the location and the hospitality of the host.
It’s one thing to stay at a farm. It’s another thing to be able to actively take part in day-to-day activities there. This Airbnb in the Italian Dolomites is a refurbished traditional dairy stone house on the premises of a functioning agricultural business. If you’d like to see the farm life from the inside, the owners welcome you to spend a few hours in the garden, feed the animals, and help with maintenance. Even if that’s not on your list, the location is excellent for a nature retreat. You’ll be staying at Borgo Valbelluna, a beautiful area of valleys and high hills in the footsteps of the Dolomite mountains. Historic Belluno is nearby so you can take a tour of its medieval streets and have a taste of local cuisine.
How alluring does a “wine retreat” sound? It’s an actual dream come true for all oenophiles. Considering that the property is located in Italy adds to the overall anticipation of the stay. And Agriturismo Maso Maroni doesn’t disappoint. The traditional stone house has been thoroughly renovated into a chic minimalist property that combines modern design and regional authenticity. Being among the vineyards is a huge plus. The panoramic terrace with sunbeds instantly puts you in a recreational mood. Most importantly, the location is superb with UNESCO-protected Juliette’s hometown Verona a few kilometers away.
It’s practically impossible not to fall for the charms of an incredible location of this dimora (traditional farm stone house) property in the vicinity of Lake Garda. The setting is hands-down magical. In the middle of nowhere, with the Alps right at your front porch and lush greenery around, the Airbnb is captivating. Tranquillity seekers will find themself at home surrounded by the calmness of the Valle di Bondo. Featuring the ancient wooden ceilings, the interiors of the farm stay are a contemporary reimagining of an old stone house. It is very comfortable and features a fully equipped kitchen, a full HD Smart TV as well as Wi-Fi. Outside you find a terrace (although an open field is your terrace too) and BBQ.
Lesser-known than the Dolomites, Apuan Alps boast the same grandeur and are an exciting mountain destination in their own right. Not only does Al Benefizion farm stay get you to the very heart of this wonderful natural park, but the views from the window are also absolutely gorgeous. Be it summer or winter, you’ll wake up the panorama of high peaks, something of a mini-miracle. The picturesque medieval town of Barga will complement the vista. The property doubles as an olive oil producer and a beekeeping farm so you will have a chance to see and participate in the operation as well as to buy the locally sourced products.
A rooftop terrace directly overlooking the mountain is a grandiose sight. Standing there you can feel the might of nature and contemplate in a calm setting. This farm estate is located in Liguria close to both the French border and the seaside towns of Borghetto Santo Spirito and Loano. It gives you a chance to have easy access to the beach while enjoying the delights of mountain farm life. The interiors of the property are adapted from a stone house so you have an extra authentic stay.
Tuscany and a farm stay is a match made in heaven. Moreover, it’s the proper way to experience this fantastic region of Italy that is home to one of the most iconic countryside panoramas in the world. Completely surrounded by the nature, this Airbnb is a quintessential Tuscan home that boasts luxury touches while not forgetting about the traditions. There is a swimming pool for water fun during the warmer months as well as a large garden that calls for long walks and peaceful relaxation. Terracotta floors and wooden ceilings set the right mood inside the house. While being far from the main roads, the property is still very close to such Tuscan highlights as UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia and the medieval hill town of Montalcino.
The Tuscan countryside is undeniably romantic. Amplify the experience by choosing this excellent farm stay Airbnb set in Ruscello. Inside you find a lovingly furnished traditional house with many charming details and vintage objects. There’s a fantastic outside terrace with a pergola for long evenings watching the sun hiding behind the hills. You will be staying at an actual farm with animals so there’s an option to interact with them too. The garden full of olive trees gives an essential Italian feel and the vineyards are a welcoming addition to the outdoor proposition.
Falling asleep to the pleasant crackle of the fireplace, soaking up fresh air overlooking the hills from the terrace, eating the freshest products from local markets. This Airbnb just outside Florence is your dream farm stay escape. A convenient location allows you to easily explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world while spending nights one on one with nature. Dating back to the 18th century, the house is a traditional Tuscan farm renovated for modern needs. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a whirlpool tub, and a fantastic outdoor terrace with a view. While in Florence Duomo is a must-visit (with the terraces above), Piazzale Michelangelo provides the legendary bird eye view and Uffizi houses a definitive collection of the Italian masters.
Sicily may well be the most striking location in the world to rent a farm stay. Casa Aurora is definitely at the forefront of the island’s proposition. Set in the middle of the Sicilian countryside, right between the mountains and the city, it is a superb Airbnb that gives a classy stay in nature. All the rooms are sun-kissed and feature modern amenities with simple yet functional designs. There’s a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a cozy terrace. The views are to-kill-for, all the expanse of Sicily’s stunning landscape is right at your doorstep. As the property is a part of a young farm, you will have a chance to get acquainted with daily life, pet the animals and help with the garden. The marvelous Greek Temple of Segesta is just a few minutes away by car. While in Sicily get acquainted with the local cuisine trying such specialties as caponata (fried aubergine appetizer), pasta with sardines, and couscous with fish.