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Pescosolido: AGRITURISMO: Italy Farm Stay


Reviewed by: Prue from Australia, review #1980

When: 2007

A beautiful farm that provides an authentic Italian countryside experience along with an opportunity to slow down from the normal tourist pace.

The relaxing verandah, photo by

I stayed on Antonello's family farm for 8 days in May this year and had an amazing time!

During my stay I got to experience the workings of a traditional farm and a very down to earth and sustainable way of living. Antonello is a wonderful host who invites guests not only onto his farm, but into his home to share in his way of life. It is a truly unique and refreshing experience compared to the normal tourist experience of traveling through the big cities of Italy! The accommodation on offer here is bed and breakfast style and there are rooms with shared and private bathrooms. I stayed in a single room with my own bathroom which was more than adequate, with a comfortable bed in a large room and a large bathroom with a shower. My room was in a separate dwelling (only built about 2 yrs ago) to the main family house where two other guest rooms were located. One of the major drawcards of staying at Antonello’s farm was that I did not need my own transportation to get there. There is a pick up point from Sora (the nearest town), where busses from both Naples and Rome stop. Once at the farm there is little need for a car, and Antonello shows you many walks that can be done in the area including a walk to Sora which is about 30 minutes away, where guests can buy food or check the internet. For those guests who want to see the countryside and meet some local characters, Antonello offers many activities from the farm. Some of the activities that I did and thoroughly enjoyed included: an afternoon learning how to make pasta with Antonello's mum Maria, visiting a cheese making goat shepherd, horse riding and lots of walking. There is also plenty of opportunity for guests to slow down completely on Antonello's farm. I spent a lot of time on the veranda where there are chairs and a hammock to relax in while looking out over the farm with the mountains in the background.

The communal nature of the veranda also means that it is a comfortable setting to meet Antonello's other guests, who more likely than not are on a similar wavelength to you if they have managed to find this little gem in the country. At the end of each day I opted to join Antonello and his other guests for a wonderful dinner prepared by Maria along with a few glasses of homemade wine! As you can tell I really enjoyed my time here!! I suggest that the sort of people who would enjoy this farm are those of any age, who like the smell of a real farm, are active but are able to slow down and enjoy their surrounding environment and those who enjoy meeting people from all around the world. I hope you enjoy staying here as much as I did!

Reviewed by: Toni from CO, review #1286

When: September 2005

Stay at authentic family farm near Abruzzi National Park. Eat home cooked food grown right there, cooked in their olive oil, served with wine from their grapes.

In September 2005 I spent 5 relaxing and interesting days at ItalyFarmStay. There are many wonderful things about staying at the Siragusa family farm, but the best things about it are that it is authentic and unpretentious. It is comfortable, inviting and friendly, but it is not a resort; it is a farm in the mountains.

Antonello uses his understanding of what guests want and need in order to make his family's farm and villa a good place for us to stay. I think it is unique in its authenticity - significantly different from other agriturismi I have read about.

Antonello responded to my emails quickly and always answered all of my many questions. At the time of writing this review a single private room is €25, which includes breakfast of fruits, cakes and espresso. Optional lunch and dinner, which I ate almost every day, are €8 each.

I didn't do any of the many wonderful special activities offered, because the farm itself provides many opportunities to be immersed in the typical daily life. I was there in September so I got to visit the fig trees in the morning and pick ripe figs for breakfast. Antonello's father Giuseppe, who takes care of the crops and the animals, taught me how to pick, peel and serve the ripe fruits of the prickly pear cactus. Antonello's mother, Maria, let me help her prepare delicious roast potatoes.

When I wasn't immersed in the sensuality of fresh and wholesome Italian food I took walks. I spent one day walking down to the market in the town of Sora and another walking up to the meadow and to the small village of Pescosolido at the top of the hill (630 m). If the weather had cooperated I could have joined Antonello and his friends on a hike to the waterfall. But instead we stayed close to the kitchen and feasted on tiramisu made by Flavio, Antonello's travel-loving and nature-loving friend from Rome.

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