We have moved on (sadly) from the wonderful sustainable farm to start our InnTravel walking holiday. Leaving Umbria and entering Tuscany has been more extreme, landscape-wise, than expected. Umbria was so green and lush with vegetation. To me, Umbria is perfect as you can grow everything that it is possible to grow in Tuscany but Umbria has lush forests and trees which are hard to find in Tuscany. As we drove to our agriturismo we passed through the typical Tuscan countryside, fields of various shades of brown, yellow and green lined with the imposing Cypress trees and gorgeous villas.
Agriturismos are very special and unique to Italy. They are usually working farms that incorporate tourism. I am a huge fan for several reasons, 1) They are almost always in the countryside 2) They are usually very traditional and give you a feeling that you are experiencing the ‘real’ Italy 3) You get exposure to a farm in Italy 4) They are usually reasonably priced and lastly 5) You often get to eat the delicious produce that they produce!
We are staying at the Fattoria Pieve A Salti which is an amazing 700 hectare farm producing only organic products, and mainly focusing on cereals and beans. I am sucker for this stuff which made the shop a very appealing place to spend time (and money). The dinners and breakfasts were filled with the farms home-made items like granola, farro risotto and more.
The walking here is gorgeous, I really love it because you get to see what everyone is growing. People here in Italy grow vegetables on the smallest plots of land. In the towns people are growing artichokes, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce and more. There is really a culture of growing your own regardless of how much land you have. To me this is a great thing, eating seasonally and locally is not a trend it is just how people eat here. The olive oil and wine are literally from ‘down the road’. More to come...