If the thought of staying with a real Italian family, on their farm, while helping with chores like harvesting grapes or olives, or picking fruits and vegetables, and sitting down to dinner with an authentic Italian meal, comprised of local foods grown on the farm, you want to stay in an Agriturismo.
Let me be clear here, this isn't your typical vacation, this is a working vacation. But a unique, cultural experience you won't forget.
You'll get to learn about the area, the history, agriculture and more. Best of all, these Agriturismi are located in the Italian countryside, so picturesque farmland and stunning views will always be part of the deal.
Another bonus is that these farm owners know their area. They know the lay of the land and will offer up secret tips on little known, out of the way restaurants and activities, which aren't publicized.
Caution must be taken in selecting one though. Many offer delicious food, upscale accommodations and even swimming pools. Others are more rustic and offer a basic bare bones experience. These establishments are claimed to be regulated, but you could still wind up sleeping with the goats in the barn with an outhouse, if you are not careful.
Depending on what type you are looking for, at the very least, I would want to see pictures of the farm and accommodations, reviews of people who have stayed, maybe even the ability of talking to those folks and have direct contact with the owner/family member who runs the property.
Communicating by email back and forth or spending a few extra bucks on an actual phone call might be money well spent to prevent headaches (and maybe tummy and backaches) on your Italian farm holiday.
Here are several links of Argriturismi if you are so inclined:
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