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Tuscany, Italy: Agriturismo Farm Stay


Aristocratic
countryside elegance survives in Tuscany. But for these venerable
manor houses to stay viable, many augment
their farming income by renting rooms to travelers. We’re staying in a B&B
run by Signora Silvia Gori, And like so much
of what she serves, the limoncello comes
from her farm. Signora Gori rents a few rooms
in her centuries-old farmhouse. As is typical
of “agriturismos” — as working farms renting rooms
are called here — the furnishings are rustic,
but comfortable. To merit the title
“agriturismo,” the farm must still
be in business — and the Gori family makes wine. The son Nicolo runs
the show now, mixing traditional techniques
with the latest technology in a very competitive field. Signora Gori is proud
to show us her home. As her family has for centuries, she lives in the manor house — and the family tree
makes it clear: the Gori family has deep roots and goes back over 600 years. Rick: So it says “famiglia Gori” —
Signora Gori: Gori family. Rick: All the way back to… Signora Gori: “Millequattrocento.” OK. Rick: “Millequattro-” 1400. Signora Gori: 1400.
Rick: Incredibile. The family room,
the oldest in the house, is welcoming
in an aristocratic sort of way. Under its historic vault, Grandpa nurtures
the latest generation of Goris as the rural nobility of Italy
carries on. Upstairs is the vast
billiards room. For generations,
evenings ended here, beneath musty portraits — another reminder
of the family’s long and noble lineage. And Grandma passes
down the requisite skills to the latest generation. Rick: If that was bowling,
it’d be very good. [ Laughter ] The kitchen,
with its wood-burning stove and fine copperware,
has cooked up countless meals. Signora Gori, happy to share
the local bounty, invites us for lunch. Three generations gather
on this Sunday afternoon with no hurry at all. The prosciutto
and Pecorino cheese provide a fine starting course beautifully matched
with the family’s wine. Pasta comes next. And the children
prefer theirs “bianco,” with only olive oil. And the little one?
She’s still mastering the fine art
of eating spaghetti. Food is particularly tasty when eaten in the community
that produced it with a family
that’s lived right here for six centuries. It’s memories like these
that you take home that really are
the very best souvenir. They call this
a zero-kilometer meal. Everything was produced locally. It’s a classic Tuscan
table — simplicity, a sense of harmony, and no rush, enjoyed with an elegant
and welcoming noble family.

22 Comments

  1. Almendrita a Author

    I love videos about travel. Always I imagines in that places enjoy the food, culture, music and all around me!!!!!….well its beautiful dreams. Greetings from Chile

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  2. Seb Ian Author

    Great video and it brought back lots of good memories for me. I've just returned from a one month tour of Italy and we also visited a historic farmhouse in Tuscany for dinner. Very similar story – the large house has been in the family for hundreds of years and now they service the tourist trade to pay the bills and make the farm viable. We had a magnificent dinner very similar to the one in this video. I'll send the link to this video to my tour group.

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  3. S. J. Author

    I think Nobody noticed the Cute Little Angel's reaction to what the old guy tells her at 1:36 in the video and onwards. The Look on her face is Priceless! So cute! 😀

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  4. Tithi Roy Author

    Hi Rick…i follow all your videos and a great admirer of your work. Can you please help me out with my impending agriturismo plan in August. I am searching for this Vila Belvedere but not finding it. This is the exact kind of experience i would like to have with my family

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  5. Alsu Zinnatullina Author

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful videos, Rick!! Very interesting and fun! I adore Italy and never get tired of watching and learning more about it❤️

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