Near the city of Parma in the lovely green countryside of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Agriturismo Alba Del Borgo is a family run B&B with pet-friendly accommodation on its 175 acre organic hillside farm. It’s a fully working farm with wheat fields, vineyards, orchards, vegetable & herb gardens, free range hens and some gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside. They have a range of bright, spacious and modern rooms which all come with some lovely private bathrooms, WiFi, air con and Read more [...]
Very near the famous town of San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy, Agriturismo Macinatico is a wonderful rural escape that has great views of the town’s iconic medieval towers and of the surrounding countryside. It makes its own top quality extra virgin olive oil and wine which you can enjoy sampling in some beautifully tended gardens or lounging by its outdoor swimming pool.
They have a total of self catering apartments are large and spacious with varying numbers of bedrooms that can sleep up to ten people. They are also clean and very comfortable, with private bathroom, flat screen TV with satellite channels, full kitchen and a lounge area.
The owners are very hospitable and friendly and you’ll be welcomed on your arrival with a food hamper containing some basic essentials, bread, coffee etc. plus some nice home made pastries, biscuits and other treats.
Outside in the lovely gardens you’ll find barbecue facilities, a kids playground and an outdoor swimming pool with views of the San Gimignano towers.
The views from the farm stay are spectacular; you can lay back and enjoy the San Gimignano towers, the vineyards, and all that gorgeous Tuscan landscape while just sitting back at the edge of the pool.
THE FARM & VINEYARD:
The have acres of vineyards and olive groves surrounding the farmhouse. They produce their own quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and various wines here, and they have a small farm shop which sells both, with wines such as Vernaccia Macinatico and Massi DOCG, Toscana Bianco and Rosso IGT, Chianti and Disciplinare Chianti, to name just a few, plus many other good local foodstuffs.
You’ll find the owners friendly and enthusiastic and very much experts on the subject of food and wine. Make sure you ask them for a free tour of their vineyards and production lines.
Just 6 km from one of Tuscany’s most popular tourist towns, San Gimignano, but still gorgeously silent, peaceful and rural, Agriturismo Macinatico has a tremendous location. For those of you not yet familiar, this very historic town is on the itinerary of pretty much every visitor to rural Tuscany, so much so that it can get very packed, especially on weekends. So, in peak times, to really soak up the atmosphere, you’re advised to get there early in the morning.
What really makes it famous is the iconic medieval towers that dominate the town. They were built starting in the 13th-century by different rival Nobilities in a kind of medieval display of Dubai or Manhattan style bling. It also has some sturdy 13th-century fortress walls surrounding it, and so many beautiful little streets and alleys that, despite the tourist hordes, it still oozes history and character.
The old pilgrim route of Via Francigena ran from France, Switzerland and even England all the way down to Rome back in medieval times and runs through this area. It had many important stop offs along the way including the Sanctuary of Madonna di Pancole and the Pieve of S. Maria Assunta in Cellole, both of which can still be seen today, and you can follow the path on foot or by bike as it winds through some stunning countryside.
You can hire bikes for free at the agriturismo but be prepared for some hills! Especially the hill on the approach to the (hilltop!) town of San Gimignano.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Superb house, very well equipped, located in breath taking scenery, made our stay something to remember…”
“The property is undoubtedly beautiful. I could just sit by the pool all day staring at the vineyard.. the staff were super friendly, breakfast was simple but delicious and the property was just breathtaking…”
Address: Str. di S. Benedetto, 58
- Laundry Facilities
- Swimming Pool