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Top 8 agritourism destinations in the world

Nov. 8, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
Tuscan hillsides

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Tuscany

Tuscany was one of the first regions to become a popular farm-tourism destination, thanks to its atmospheric agriturismos. These farmhouses, which were converted into inns, gained notoriety because they offered an authentic and quaint Italian countryside experience to people who would otherwise have to see this region as part of a tour group. A few of the estates in Tuscany offer a more educational focus, but, for the most part, the attraction of staying in a farmhouse in this region has to do with the opportunity to simply hang around the property, relax and soak in the unparalleled atmosphere. Of course, part of agritourism is tasting local fare, and Tuscany (Italy as a whole, actually) is the perfect place for this because such a premium is placed on fresh, local food. Whether you want a wine-soaked stay in the Chianti area or a farmhouse with a restaurant that makes magic with local tomatoes, herbs and cheeses, Tuscany will prove to be one of Europe best agritourism destinations.