If you want to experience the true Italian lifestyle, consider Agriturismo, agriculture tourism. It provides a window into the very heart and soul of Italy.
You can have a fabulous vacation staying in beautiful rural accommodations and getting close and personal with the families running farms, vineyards, and olive groves.
When you’re visiting a tourist destination like Rome and the Colosseum, you’re there with every other tourist from around the world. When you stay in a small place, you really get much more of a sense of being in Italy and what it’s like to live and work there.
Villa le Torri In The Heart Of Tuscany
Villa le Torri is the perfect location if you want to experience Tuscany. It is not an agritourist location but delivers a farm-to-table experience. It is a beautiful medieval 13th-century villa in the heart of the Chianti region owned and operated by Gabriele and his family. Nestled among fruit trees, gardens, and an olive grove, I highly recommend you rent a car as there are key destinations to visit all within an hour’s drive.
Siena is a beautiful medieval city spread over three hills. You can explore the Piazza del Campo and The Cathedrals of Santa Maria Assunta where you will see works of famous Italian artists.
Then you can spend a day traipsing through Pisa starting with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and then moving on to the Duomo of Pisa. This cathedral combines Byzantine influences with Romanesque architecture. You will also want to take in more modern-day works, a mural composed by the American artist Keith Haring.
Do not pass up Vinci, which is the home of Leonardo DaVinci. You can spend time looking over his notebooks in Museo Leonardiano and delving into all things DaVinci. Conti Guidi Castle again is a medieval gem that will keep you fascinated for hours.
Then there is the Cinque Terre, five villages standing guard over the Italian Riveria. Looking out onto the Mediterranean, it is a Unesco Mankind’s World Heritage site. A delight to explore with captivating views and harbors, you will find visual feasts wherever you look.
On every route, you will find wineries to explore with an endless selection of wines to taste.
A short walk from Villa Le Torri, there is a small village with groceries, Pharmacy Bar, and a bank. A little bit down the hill there is a restaurant that is a 15-minute walk.
Villa le Torri; An Italian Experience
We had the most fabulous week at Le Torri. I fell in love with the place because first, you get an absolutely stunning self-contained apartment, and secondly, they are so organized and dedicated to making sure you have a fabulous time. ~Judy Dallas
Everybody arrives on a Saturday and leaves the next Saturday. They have nine different apartments, all self-contained. It is out in the countryside; it is so peaceful. They have lovely grounds with a delightful swimming pool to cool off in the afternoon. There are spaces for your morning yoga or to sit sunning with a good book.
Italian Life Centers Around Delicious Food
The first evening they put out a Tuscan buffet and everyone mingles and meets each other. The wine flows freely and it is outdoors on the patio under an arbor of sorts.
Then Wednesday night, Gabry’s mother and the ladies from the surrounding area put on a Tuscan dinner. It is optional but well worth the price. It is held upstairs in a big dining room at a family-style table that seats 15 to 20 people.
They also have a cooking class where you can learn to cook Italian dishes with the freshest in-season ingredients. You create a complete menu from appetizer to dessert led by a chef and accompanied by family stories behind each dish. The highlight of course is to sit down to leisurely eat the meal your hands produced.
A new offering is a hot-air balloon flight in the early morning giving you a bird’s eye view of the Tuscany hillside. There is also a local farmers market in one of the towns close by.
All these provide opportunities for you to get to know the other guests staying at the Villa. The villa will also organize bicycle rentals, wine tastings, and even truffle hunting in season.
Villa Le Torri has everything you need. It was just a perfect, perfect stay. It’s just so pastoral. I left feeling I truly had an authentic taste of living the Italian experience. ~ Judy Dallas
You can book on their website Villa le Torri