|Colorful grapevines in Umbria.|
|The Casolare dei Fiori, where Lucy and I stayed for two or three months a year from 2011 to 2015, near Montecarlo.|
|Tuscan hills and fields. Photo courtesy of Massi "The Driver" Mori.|
|Ancient grapevines in Umbria.|
|Sheep farmer in countryside near the Casolare dei Fiori.|
|Old buildings in the remote hilltop village of Lucchio.|
‟Read the info really carefully,” Breeze cautioned, ‟to see how far they are from any services and what is open seasonally, such as restaurants, bars, pools and other features—especially determine the distance from the nearest town. E-mail them directly if you need more info. My biggest beef is the pool in the photos is usually only open June to September.”
Some agriturismo owners will pick you up and take you to the train stations, but then you are dependent on both the schedules of the proprietor and the train. Lucy and I have done this in our earlier years of Italy travel, but we don’t like to be so restricted and now almost always go by rental car. Some farms are extremely remote and must be reached on long dirt roads winding into the hills. If your vacation plans include frequent day trips, avoid these, but if it is peace, quiet and isolation you seek, they are perfect escapes.