Farm Holidays in Tuscany
Tuscany is Italy’s best-known region for agriturism lovers. Just as rich is the culture of typical agricultural products (wine, oil, meats, cheeses, cured meats, legumes, grains), which give life to unique gastronomic specialties. Among the wines, the Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico are both recognised as DOCG. Just as “big” are the different varieties of DOP extra virgin olive oil. Amongst the cured meats, a true specialty is the Lardo di Colonnata IGP (province of Massa and Carrara), aged according to tradition in Carrara marble basins that are previously aromatized with garlic and spices. Another specialty known for its use in tasty soups is the wheat known as Farro della Garfagnana (IGP). The Marrone del Mugello and Castagna del Monte Amiata (both IGP) are varieties of chestnuts used as ingredients in desserts and as garnishes in first dishes. Tuscany is also cautious about protecting nature and thus promotes ecological agriturism within its national parks and numerous regional natural reserves.