February 8, 2018 | Sunvil Holidays
As Italian specialists since 1979, the experts at Sunvil know the country intimately, and offer authentic experiences and handpicked accommodation away from the tourist spots and in lesser-known regions which boast superb food, a rich culture and fascinating historical attractions.
So, who better to offer a carefully-selected range of Agriturismo properties in Italy and Sicily than Sunvil? These farmstead properties are perfect for those looking for rural spots and peaceful surroundings, and many specialise in high-quality produce, usually home-grown on the property and prepared in the kitchen. Wine is often produced from the vineyards outside your window, and olive oil from the surrounding groves, plus citrus fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat and fish – very low food miles indeed!
For some of the best Agriturismo properties from Sunvil in 2018, sample these options – all prices include* flights, car hire and one week’s B&B accommodation (two sharing).
Naturalis Bio Resort & Spa in Martano, Puglia
Surrounded by 13 hectares of farmland, this organic farmstead has been beautifully restored and the rooms traditionally furnished to offer a distinctly rural feel. Aloe plants grow in the gardens and are used for the Naturalis organic health and cosmetics range, while a small vineyard produces grapes for the resort’s own Negroamaro wine. Visitors can also enjoy the natural surroundings of citrus orchards, olive groves, aromatic lavender and wheat fields. The outdoor swimming pool offers spectacular countryside views and the small and intimate spa provides treatments exclusively for guests, including a Turkish bath, relaxing Ayurvedic massages and the exclusive 4 ELEMENTS treatment, based on organic extracts of Wheat, Wine, Olive Oil and Aloe. *From £1,063 pp.
For blissful peace and quiet
Villa dei Mulini in Mantova, Lake Garda
This charming, 16th century country house – a former water mill – has been beautifully restored. Located on the banks of the River Mincio, within the Mincio Regional Park, the natural surroundings are delightfully tranquil, with only the sounds of small waterfalls and rippling waters to be heard. Keen cyclists may enjoy the nearby cycle path along the River Mincio, a stretch of the famous Eurovelo 7 European Track, which crosses central Europe from north to south. Guests can choose to dine at the Ristorante Vecchio Mulino, a few steps from the villa, where all the food is locally-produced, from cured meats and home-grown wines to fresh, seasonal vegetables. *From £745 pp.
For excellent wine and Tuscan fare
Borgo Tre Rose in Montepulciano, Florence
Set on a hilltop in the heart of Tuscany, this medieval hilltop hamlet, with 38 charming rooms, is nestled in the beautiful Tre Rose Estate. Rolling vineyards stretch over five hills and yield Nobile di Montepulciano, a wine of the highest quality, which was the first in Italy to receive DOCG recognition. Visitors can take guided tours of the estate and enjoy tasting sessions in the historic cellars and Borgo Tre Rose’s restaurant, complete with panoramic terrace, where wines are perfectly paired with mouth-watering local specialities and classic Tuscan fare. Guests can also learn the art of traditional Italian cooking, play a few sets on the tennis court and relax at the outdoor swimming pool. For the more adventurous, there are opportunities for mountain bike rides, horse riding or even an exhilarating hot air balloon trip. *From £770 pp. (DOCG = Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita – Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin).
Agriturismo Gigliotto, Enna Province, Sicily
On a hillside, surrounded by vineyards and fields of prickly pear, this 14th century converted monastery boasts views of Mount Etna on clear days, and produces excellent wine made from Nero d’Avola grapes. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool, and savour the best of Sicilian cuisine at restaurant Gigliotto, which features Sicilian speciality antipasti, cheese and salami, homemade pasta, grilled meat, game, fish, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil from Gigliotto’s olive groves, and wines produced in its vineyards. This delightful Agriturismo property is an ideal base for visiting the ancient sites of Eastern Sicily, including Piazza Armerina (9 km), famous for the 4th century Villa Romana del Casale, Caltagirone (16 km), known for its beautiful ceramics and Morgantina (20 km), the ancient Greek city and archaeological site. *Prices from £734 pp.
Azienda Fattoria Mosè, Agrigento, Sicily
The large country home of the Agnello family, this organic farm, dating back to the 1800s, offers guests the chance to relax in the estate’s swimming pool and terraced gardens, and to taste the simple but delicious flavours of genuine Sicilian home cooking. Over the farm’s 80 acres grow almonds, pistachios, oranges, lemons, fruit and vegetables, along with olives producing the farm’s delicious olive oil. Breakfast delights include fresh ricotta cheese, homemade preserves of cherry, apricot, plum and orange, fig, plus fresh eggs and crusty bread. Meals include seasonal produce from the land, along with plenty of local wine. Families are welcome and children love the quiet 12m x 4m pool, specially designed by co-owner Chiara for her young nephew. Visitors can also book cookery courses, painting classes and yoga weekends. *Prices from £643 pp.
To book or talk to an expert at Sunvil, please call 020 8758 4722 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk.