I just want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving (or Buona Festa del Ringraziamento in Italian). In actuality, it is not a holiday that is celebrated in Italy. Too bad, because it is probably my favorite holiday in that we all take time out to give thanks, count our blessings, and nothing else. Especially this year in light of the economic turmoil, unemployment, the war overseas, etc. No crowded malls to fight (yet), nothing to do but eat a good turkey and spend time with family and friends.
What is Agriturismo? In Italian, it is actually a combination of two words - Agricoltura and Turismo - agriculture and tourism.
It basically means spending your vacation on a farm. It started becoming popular in the 1980s when many Italian farmers were looking for other ways to supplement their income. At an Italian agriturismo you will usually have the chance to experience the foods prepared from raw materials produced on the farm. Some will allow their guests participate in the activities surrounding the farm such as wine-making, cheese-making, olive production, milking cows, etc. It is usually a very rustic experience. Agriturismo can be another option instead of a typical Italian vacation that involves Italian hotels. Most of them are located in Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily.