The modern tourism industry offers its clients many opportunities: soak up the sandy beaches of famous resorts, see famous world sights, conquer mountain ranges, have fun in amusement parks, go on a multi-day trip through valleys and deserts, live on a farm ... Yes, yes, you heard right - for a fixed fee, travelers can come to a certain country and "taste" all the delights of local village life. After reading the title of the article, you probably guessed that this kind of entertainment is called "agritourism". From today's article you will find out all the necessary information about agritourism in Italy.
Agritourism in the state on the Apennine Peninsula appeared in the mid 40s of the last century. Italians say that rural tourism was started by a wealthy foreigner who came to Italy in search of a new kind of vacation. At the time, the country's villages were in the early stages of a revival after World War II. Seeing the beauty of Italian nature and the plight of the peasants, the "overseas" rich man offered the owner of the farm a good reward for a separate room and food. The services received satisfied the foreigner, he went to his homeland, where he immediately spoke about delicious Italian dishes, local beauties, excellent rest and hospitality of local residents. After a while, the country-boot, or rather its countryside, became a popular holiday destination among foreign tourists.
Note: besides Italy, agritourism is also popular in Spain and France.
Due to the growing popularity of rural recreation, Italians began to equip their estates, estates and farms for "agrotourists". Already in the 70s of the XX century, agriculture appeared - functioning farms with their own production, which, in addition to the main business, also allowed foreign lovers of the countryside to visit them. Since 1985, this type of activity has been legalized. The state even provided financial support to enterprising farmers. Moreover, some estates have been awarded special grants. In the states belonging to the European Union, there is a bill regulating this type of entrepreneurial activity. Property owners planning to rent out rooms to visitors are required to take courses where knowledge of accounting, management, the basics of law, sanitary standards, etc. is given. Only after training are they issued permission to open an agriculture.
In addition to agriculture, masseria is also popular in Italy - old farms, estates and villas that have been restored and equipped with all the necessary tourist "equipment" - a modern bathroom, Internet, household appliances, etc. Masseria was returned to the old way , including production. Of course, living in such a building will be much more comfortable and interesting, because. literally at your side the famous olive oil, or cheese, or wine, or meat products is made. Often, specially trained people work in masseries who tell about all the intricacies of this or that rural trade. The same animators work with children and tell little travelers about where milk comes from, how grapes ripen, how one animal differs from another.
Today, agritourism in Italy is considered a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. The services of rural "hotels" are used by about two million people per year. Of course, such a flow of tourists gives a good profit to the state treasury, so the government strongly encourages this type of activity.
What is so tempting for agritourism, if more and more travelers prefer it every year? Let's figure it out.
Agritourism has one small drawback - it is the monotony of rest. By purchasing a room for yourself on the farm, you are also provided with free meals and unlimited communication with the owners of the agriturismo. As a rule, no excursions are provided. However, you can ask the locals to introduce you to the area, or go to the nearest town on your own and do some shopping there, get to know the local sights, mingle with people and taste the food in the local cafes and restaurants.
Agriculture in Italy is best developed in the center and north of the country. As you understand, most of the farms that are in demand among "agrotourists" are located here. We will describe below in which regions the described type of recreation is best developed.
Mountain camp in the Alps! What could be more beautiful! And the Dolomites have long been called the "eighth wonder of the world." Getting there is not easy at all, and everyone knows the high cost of this popular place all over the world! But if you decide on this trip, you will never regret it! Because nowhere else in the world you will see such views as in the Dolomites!
In addition to trekking, we will visit the famous city of Verona, which is truly steeped in history and romance. We will walk and swim in one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy - Lake Garda and enjoy all the most beautiful views of the Dolomites.
On our journey we will open for you the doors of Northern Italy with all the unprecedented beauty of its mountains and the comfort of alpine villages.
How to get there
A Schengen visa is required for Italy.
It doesn't matter which flight to fly, you must arrive before 7:00 on the second day of the route (or earlier). Group gathering in Verona in our cozy hostel for the first day.
You can also fly through Venice, sometimes tickets there are a little cheaper than to Verona.
The approximate cost of an air ticket for early round trip from Moscow and St. Petersburg is 20,000 rubles.
By Bus: The bus ride from Verona Airport will last 15 minutes and cost € 6.
The bus will take you to the Porta Nuova train station, which is practically in the city center. Bus tickets are valid for 75 minutes, and since it takes 15 minutes to get to the station, in the remaining hour you can ride any city bus for free. The ticket must be composted.
If you have already fallen in love with Italy and want to know the land of sun and wine at a new level, then it's time to plan a trip to the regions.
Driving through Italy on a high-speed train, you must have noticed that almost all over the territory something is grown, agriculture is flourishing here! There are thousands of interesting places in Italy and you can endlessly explore the country.
Agriturismo is a very popular topic among Italians themselves, but among Russian-speaking travelers almost no one knows about it. Or they know, but are afraid to try.
But you, our dear reader, are not a mass faceless tourist. You want to discover and know your Italy.
The theme of rural tourism originated in 1965, when the Agritourism manifesto (la costituzione dell'Agriturist) was adopted. Conferences, press interviews, "green days" at the farm were held, and open doors (gates) were organized for those interested in agriculture.
The first farmhouse was officially registered in 1973 in the autonomous province of Trento. In the same year, South Tyrol passed a law on the development of rural tourism, which for the first time included measures to support a farm house.
In 1975 the Veneto and Campagna regions developed incentive laws for the development of agritourism. The first edition of the Guide to Rural Hospitality (Guida dell'Ospitalità Rurale) has been published, featuring 80 farms equipped to welcome tourists.
10 years later, on December 5, 1985, the government of the Italian Republic signed a law that defined the rules for conducting agritourism activities for farmers. Even then, 6,000 companies were registered, 55,000 beds, and the discounted annual turnover was about 108 million euros (210 billion lira).
At the end of 1991, a special tax regime for agritourism was introduced, which entered into force on January 1, 1992, which allows the calculation of taxable income at a single simplified rate of 25%. An interesting fact is that in Sicily, the legal framework for this law was tightened only in 1994. South ?
In 1998, 8,500 and 125,000 beds were registered. The discounted turnover of Italian farmhouses rises to 495 million euros (960 billion lira). The next year the milestone of two million overnight stays was exceeded.
Tourist agriturismo in Italy in 2001 overcame another important milestone - 10,000 companies. The leading regions are always Trentino-Alto Adige (2500 farm stays), Tuscany (2100) and Veneto (730).
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A significant part of the territory of Italy is occupied by mountains. The mountain system of the Alps with a total length of 1200 km separates Italy from the rest of the continent. Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Cervina are the highest peaks in Italy, always covered with snow.
The population is about 60 million people. The population is 94% - Italians, also Germans, French, Slovenes live. Official language: Italian.
The capital of Italy is Rome. The total area is 301.3 thousand sq. km.
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