In addition to world famous historical sites, wonderful Mediterranean beaches and incredibly delicious traditional cuisine, Italy is also famous for the so-called agritourism. In cultivating and promoting this type of recreation, this southern European country, along with its neighbors - Spain and France - is one of the three leaders in the world. For those who want to get to know the country from the inside, learn more national traditions and cultural features, the best option to do this is to get to know more about the agritourism of Italy. Rest with the flavor of the village will delight all lovers of peace and quiet, who are tired of the city bustle.
All year round, more than 10,000 Italian villas, estates and farms host lovers of this type of tourism with love. Guests are attracted here: horseback riding, walking through colorful flower fields, the aroma of which spreads for many kilometers, visiting vineyards, and, if lucky, participating in the harvest and watching the wine making process, etc. However, most of the tourists who came for agritourism to Italy, pleases the opportunity to try various culinary delights from absolutely natural, as they are called today, organic products, and even better - to take part in their preparation. Such a journey will remain in their memory for a long time.
This industry in the country began to develop more intensively after the Second World War. The history of agritourism in Italy, as the locals say today, began when a rich foreigner went to the Apennines to relax and live on an Italian farm. After he said that he just wanted to diversify his life.
I must say that then Italy was in a state of decline, and the Italian villages were completely devastated. And then one day an eccentric foreigner appears on one farm, who asks to be sheltered, allowed to take part in agricultural work, and offers the owner a lot of money for this. Of course, no one heard about such an unusual vacation in Italy (agritourism) in this village, but the farmer, of course, accepted his offer and let him in.
After the rich foreigner left the country, he told all his friends how wonderful it is to relax in a picturesque Italian village, how interesting it is to participate in agricultural work, to see with your own eyes, and to take part in the manufacture of various delicacies , including pasta, famous cheeses, sauces, and wine. In short, he advertised agritourism in Italy, and soon after that other "seekers of rural joys and adventures" began to come to the country.
In principle, this wonderful country, rich in historical sights and artistic values, has attracted travelers at all times, but agritourism in Italy has become a new direction. Word of mouth did not disappoint, and every year the number of tourists coming to Italian villages began to grow.
Among the farmers in the Italian provinces, there were many who clung to the idea of developing this type of tourism. They began to prepare their villas, farms, houses to receive guests both from abroad and from large Italian cities. They also began to invent various entertainments for them. After all, the most important thing is that the visitors do not get bored, and that their every day be filled with new adventures and impressions.
So, in the early 70s in the provinces of Italy there were new farms - acricols, which were ready to receive guests. Here tourists could not only enjoy the gorgeous rural landscapes and silence, but also learn the secrets of making olive oil, famous Italian cheeses, wine, etc. At the same time, the prices of agritourism in Italy were surprising with their cheapness. All this was explained by the characteristic feature of local residents - love and hospitality. After all, many of them would be happy to receive guests for free, but business is business. The cost of agricultural tours to Italy today pleases with the democratic prices, in return, tourists receive the service of the highest level. Perhaps it is because of this that their popularity never decreases, but, on the contrary, increases every year. Guests can book both whole villas and rooms in farmers' houses. The cost of tours for 6 days ranges from 270 to 500 (and more) euros.
Each country has two faces: "front", advertised on glossy postcards, and real, alive, without seeing which it is impossible to understand what it really is.
To observe the daily life of the country in all its diversity, to taste what its citizens eat every day, to just smell and feel the national flavor will allow the now fashionable agritourism.
According to Italian legend, rural tourism in Italy was born immediately after World War II, when most of the Italian ancient cities lay in ruins. But the wonderful nature and climate of this country, as well as the sincerity and hospitality of the Italian peasants, who are ready to accept any eccentric foreigner for a very modest payment as an honored guest at their home, remained intact and safe.
Italian farms have been providing accommodation for tourists since the 1970s. And these were precisely the peasant farms, which were called agriculture (agricola). Later, masseri appeared.
Masseria is a restored manor house, a villa, the economic structure of which remains the same as 100, 200 years ago. This is a much more comfortable place to live. However, the main difference between masseria and agriculture is, nevertheless, not the level of comfort, but the presence there of its own production - wine, olive oil, meat, cheese - everything that can be found in Italian markets or on the shelves of our stores under an Italian brand. And all this produced splendor can be considered environmentally friendly without a moment's hesitation.
Within the masseria, a tourist can be offered a historical setting, for which there are specially trained animators in the staff of workers who work, including with children, explaining to them how milk is obtained, how a rabbit differs from a cow and many other life wisdom.
Agritourism in Italy has become an official part of the Italian economy since 1985. The government of the country took all measures so that not a single guest staying in the province was left dissatisfied and disappointed. One of the tough conditions that the government places on the host hosts is that they must not stop agricultural production.
Tourists are accepted only by those farms that have completed special training courses, and living conditions, even if it is an "adapted" stable or a rural hayloft, comply with all European standards.
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The Langhe region of Piedmont is a charming land with an unusual landscape, located in the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, bordering such famous historical areas of Piedmont as Roero and Monferrato. Lange translated from the local dialect means "hills". Indeed, in the north of the region, hills with a height of 150-600 meters prevail, and in the south there are even mountain peaks up to 900 meters high. This region has been inhabited by people since ancient times, therefore, on the hilly peaks, there are ancient towns with cobbled streets and medieval castles, churches, towers, grapes grow on the slopes, and below, along the winding rivers, there are picturesque plains and roads.
The Langhe region can be divided into three parts according to its natural features:
Map of the Lange, illustration by Tatyana Yalova
Administrative map of Lange, illustration by Tatyana Yalova Green colors highlight the communes of Upper Langa, beige - Lower (left) and Astiysk (right)
The natural beauty of the local landscape, an abundance of attractions, a variety of hotel services (from inexpensive "agritourism" on rural farms and in guest houses to luxury tourism with accommodation in villas and castles), noble wines and gourmet cuisine - everything these factors have led to the worldwide popularization of excursion tours to this part of Piedmont. Many of the Langhe towns, which will be discussed in this article, are marked with the "orange flag" of the Touring Club Italia (TCI) for their well-preserved architectural monuments, respect for traditions, hospitable atmosphere, a large number of restaurants with local cuisine, development various tourist routes, etc.
The earliest traces of human habitation in this area date back to the Neolithic era (V millennium BC). In the Iron Age, Ligurian tribes lived here, until in 179 BC. ... they were not conquered by the Romans. After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476, the entire territory of the Langhe was occupied by more powerful neighbors - first the Lombards and then the Franks. In the 9th century, the Frankish king Berengar II transferred these lands into the ownership of his father-in-law Aleram, whose descendants remained masters here until the creation of the Sardinian kingdom in the 18th century.
In the 19th century, due to the fragmentation of Italy, the transportation of agricultural products from one region to another became unprofitable, as it was taxed, which, in turn, led Lange to degradation and impoverishment. The way out of the crisis occurred at the beginning of the 20th century with the development of the industrial cities of Turin and Savona, interested in the production of rural areas. In the 90s, there was a restructuring of rural areas, the conversion of estates and castles into cottages and hotels, investments in agriculture and in the development of tourism were made, which made Lange one of the richest and most prosperous regions not only in Piedmont, but throughout Italy.
The Lower Langa is the most famous part of the Langhe region, which became famous all over the world thanks to its unique wines of the highest DOC and DOCG categories: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, as well as amazing white truffles. The local landscape is made up of gentle hills no more than 600 meters high, which, together with the microclimate, creates excellent conditions for the development of the wine industry. In June 2014, at the 38th annual session of the UNESCO World Committee, the picturesque landscapes of the Lower Langa wine zone were recognized as a World Heritage Site. The local area has managed to preserve natural harmony and balance between the rural landscape and architecture, as well as the ancient traditions of viticulture to this day.
Piedmont is a region located in the northwestern part of Italy between the Ligurian Apennines and the Alps. This region occupies a significant territory by the standards of the country - 25.4 thousand square kilometers. and is the second largest after the island of Sardinia. More than 4 million people live in Piedmont (density 169 per sq km). The capital of the region is the city of Turin, one of the centers of international tourism, and a little over 850 thousand people live here, including the suburbs - 1 million 600 thousand people. The rest of the cities are less populated: Cuneo (Cuneo 52 thousand people), Novara (Novara 102 thousand people), Asti (Asti 70 thousand people), Alessandria (Alessandria 82 thousand people) and others. Geographically, Piedmont is divided into 8 provinces. The region got its name due to its unique geographical location. Situated at the very foot of the mountains (Ai piedi dei monti), the region got its name - Piedmont (Piemonte).
Piedmont is surrounded on 3 sides by the ridges of the Alps, the most famous peaks of which are Mount Monviso, where the Po River has its source, and Monte Rosa. Piedmont borders France to the west and Switzerland to the north, as well as the Italian regions of Lombardy, Liguria and Val d'Aosta. Almost half of the region's territory is mountain ranges where the best Italian resorts are located. Every year tourists from different countries of the world, including Russia and the CIS countries, rest here. Natural parks occupy about 8% of the region's territory: there are 56 of them in Piedmont, including the Gran Paradiso National Park.
The splendor of the Piedmont nature. Photo by Thinkstock
Piedmont tends to have a temperate climate with a southern continental character, which becomes colder at high altitudes as you approach the Alps. In areas located at low altitudes, winters are cold and wet (often dense fog occurs), but there is little rainfall. Summers are quite hot and sultry, with thunderstorms, especially in areas north of the Po River, while areas south of the Po River receive very little rainfall in summer. Abundant rains occur mainly in spring and autumn over most of the territory; in summer, precipitation is frequent in the Alps.
On the shores of Lake Maggiore, there is a special microclimate with cold winters, but milder than in the rest of the region.
The first settlements on the territory of modern Piedmont date back to the Neolithic era. The formation of the social system began in the II century BC during the arrival of the Romans, who founded cities here, built roads, began to develop agriculture and various types of folk crafts. The Roman Empire was interested in the lands of modern Piedmont due to their close proximity to Gaul. The fall of the Roman Empire led to the fact that the region was constantly subjected to raids by barbarians, and the rulers relentlessly replaced one another. Since the middle of the 15th century, the Savoy dynasty has dominated here. Already in 1720, Piedmont entered the Kingdom of Sardinia. At the beginning of the 19th century, the region was part of France, but in 1814 these lands became Italian again. The unification of the country took place at the turn of 1859-1860 and, in fact, all areas were reunited around Piedmont.
In the fall of 1943, at a time when the devastating Second World War was going on in Europe, the Resistance Movement was developing in Piedmont. The region was liberated by Italian partisans in the spring of 1945.
Popular sights of Piedmont, as well as places of interest for tourists, with descriptions and photos. The location of these interesting objects and places of Piedmont on the city map. The most popular attractions: Abbey of Santa Maria di Lucedio, Casale Monferrato, Safari Park "Pombia", Citadel of Alessandria, Allier, Palace of Castello Moncalieri. The rating is based on your visits.
The region received the nickname "Tuscany without tourists". Its beautiful landscapes may well claim the title of one of the most beautiful in Italy, the regions constantly compete for the championship in winemaking, and in terms of the number of attractions, Piedmont is almost as good as its neighbors. Most tourists flock here in winter, to conquer the ski slopes, forgetting - quite in vain - that it is in the summer that the region appears in all its glory.
The inhabitants of Piedmont consider themselves a separate ethnic group and are very proud of it. There is no talk of secession from Italy, but the ideas of nationalism are present in the region. The official language is Italian, French is spoken in the west, but many locals speak the Piedmontese dialect (lenga piemontèisa); there are almost 2 million such people in Piedmont, that is, slightly less than half of the population.
The name of the region comes from the Italian phrase ai piedi dei monti, literally "at the foot of the mountains." The region consists of 8 provinces; administrative center - Turin (Torino), it is home to almost 900 thousand people, and including the suburbs - more than one and a half million. At the same time, the total population in the region is more than 4.4 million people.
The eastern end of the Monte Musine mountain range is clearly visible from all parts of the Piedmont Valley. It rises a thousand meters above sea level. The top is crowned with a 15-meter cross.
It is erected in memory of the momentous vision that illuminated Emperor Constantine I at this place. He dreamed of a radiant cross with the inscription "Win by this sim!" This prophecy strengthened his faith and confirmed his intentions to spread Christianity throughout the empire.
If you are asked to name five brands with which you associate Piedmont, do not shy away, boldly list: FIAT, Lancia, Raffaello, Nutella, Lavazza. The automotive industry is the most developed: the factories of the FIAT concern produce cars for various purposes: cars, commercial trucks, passenger vehicles, as well as models for industrial use. Another famous brand from Piedmont is Olivetti.
Agriculture and food processing also play a large role in the region's economy. Piedmont ranks first in the country for the production of chocolate; it is believed that chocolate in bars was invented in Turin, and not in Switzerland. Sweets are generally held in high esteem here; under the sonorous Italian names "savoiardi" and "sabayon" (zabaglione) are the real symbols of Piedmont - biscuit cookies, without which it is impossible to imagine the classic Italian dessert "tiramisu", and the local analogue of our eggnog, also very common in Italy. If you have ever come across gianduja sweets, know that the filling for them, hazelnut praline, was also invented in Turin.
Lavazza coffee was also produced here; it happened at the end of the 19th century. And several hundred years earlier, grissini breadsticks were first baked; this is the first thing you see on the tables in almost any Italian restaurant.
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