The agriturismo scheme, which allows the owners of country estates, vineyards and farms to rent out converted barns and farm buildings to tourists, has boomed in recent years. Usually these comprise a self-contained flat or building, though a few places just rent rooms on a bed-and-breakfast basis. While some rooms are still annexed to working farms or vineyards, many are smart, self-contained rural vacation properties; attractions may include home-grown food, swimming pools and a range of outdoor activities. Many agriturismi have a minimum-stay requirement of one week in busy periods.
Rates start at around €120 per night for self-contained places with two bedrooms. Tourist offices keep lists of local properties; alternatively, you can search one of the growing number of agriturismo websites – try w agriturismo.it, w agriturismo.com, w agriitalia.it and w agriturist.it.