PIEDMONT

Cremolino

The Piedmont town of Cremolino is in the heart of the area producing some of Italy's most sought-after wines: Barbera, Dolcetto, and Moscato – among others.

Casa Wallace Agriturismo

Casa Wallace Agriturismo

The 35 acres of farmland around Casa Wallace Agriturismo produce some of Piedmont's traditional wines – Dolcetto primarily, along with Barbera and Monferrato Bianco – under the Casa Wallace label. The village of Cremolino, two kilometers (1.24 miles) away, has a 12th century castle.

There are seven guest rooms in the agriturismo decorated in a clean, modern style, and they all overlook a peaceful interior courtyard. The terrace and outdoor swimming pool are right next to the farmhouse, while inside there's a common room with an imposing brick fireplace and overstuffed sofas, as well as a kitchen for guest use. Guests are encouraged to explore the estate's vineyards, and when you're ready to leave the tranquil environs of the agriturismo, the spa town of Acqui Terme is just a few miles away.

 

VENETO

Verona

Verona is the city of ill-fated lovers Romeo and Juliet, and of opera festivals in ancient Roman arenas. It's also just south of the Valpolicella wine-growing region.

Agriturismo Delo Relais

Agriturismo Delo Relais

Near the town of Novaglie, five kilometers (3.1 miles) from Verona, is a farmhouse restored to its 18th century glory on an estate with a 9th century tower. Welcome to Agriturismo Delo Relais, where period furnishings (some original) in the common rooms combine with antique terra cotta floors, wooden ceiling beams, and stone walls to deposit you in a bygone era

The Tenuta Delo estate produces wine, extra virgin olive oil, and even a grappa tempered by olives. Its owners strive to blend modern luxuries (like hydro-massage tubs) with antique furnishings in the four bedrooms and eight suites at the agriturismo. There's a jacuzzi with a view, cooking lessons on offer, and family-style dinners in the farmhouse dining room can be arranged in advance and for an additional fee.

 

TRENTINO ALTO-ADIGE

Cles

If Cles doesn't seem like a very Italian name, consider that the Trentino Alto-Adige region in the far northeast of Italy has equally strong historic ties to Austria. Cles is the capital of the Val di Non, a valley in the highly mountainous region known for its fruit orchards.

Al Cermolo Agriturismo

Al Cermolo Agriturismo

Not every agriturismo in Italy is in a restored 17th century farmhouse. At Al Cermolo Agriturismo, the house is proudly modern and eco-friendly, including features such as a living roof to help regulate temperature inside and interiors made primarily with pine wood for its soothing natural properties. The estate's four acres full of apple orchards, which produce the kind of high-quality juices and jams farms in this area have made for centuries, surround the modern building.

There are three large bedrooms available at Al Cermolo, all with private bathrooms. Guests are welcome on guided tours of the farm and the laboratory where the apple juice is made, relax in the hammock or on the terrace, and also to enjoy time in the enclosed garden – it even has a playground for the kids. Mountain bikes are also available to guests free of charge, and the Dolomite mountains are a short drive away.