Great Agri-Tourismo in Northern Italy
Just got back from Northern Italy visiting different Agri-Tourismos (farms that offer rooms and restaurants, often using their own farm raised produce and livestock). One of our favorites places was La Collina dell Mignole (www.lacollinadellemignole.it) located in the state of Friuli. The farm is run by a young couple, Paola and Allesandro, who are really passionate about good quality, local food. From offering their guests special ricotta from the local artisanal cheese maker, to making the best polenta from the best corn, on their wood fired oven, this couple is serious about offering their guests the best local food. What made the experience even nicer is being able to watch Paola making dinner in their open kitchen while sitting in the dinning room. While waiting for dinner you can browse their huge library of maps and tourist books for areas of interest and places to hike. Alessandro can answer any questions about the local area. Their English was not perfect, but my husband and I were definitely able to carry on good conversations with them. This is not a high-end, fancy place. There are no tv's or phones in the rooms, and no pool. There is however a great relaxing atmosphere. You can sit on their covered patio drink your coffee and look out over the Italian countryside, or if you need to, fire up your laptop in their living/ dining room. This was a great find, and so if you are in the northern Italy area, I would recommend this place.