Farm in Cortona

Farm in Cortona

Aug 30, 2014 | Food and wine, General | 6 comments

Friends of mine have a farm in the countryside near Cortona in Tuscany, close to Umbria. I’ve seen agriturismo’s in Italy, but never a farm where people keep Chianina cows, rabbits and chickens! This farm does not have apartments for rent, they live from the produce of their land.

The rabbits and chickens live free in the countryside. The Chianina cows stay inside with enough space to move around, though. I’m glad they seemed to have a peaceful life, knowing that their end will be at the butcher… The beef from these cows is very tasty.Cortona

Cortona

Cortona

Cortona

Besides keeping animals they make olive oil, wine, prosciutto and of course their own tomato sauce for the pasta! They use the tomatoes from the vegetable garden. Almost everything you eat here is “KM 0”. Food without any chemicals and literally at 0 kilometers.

Cortona

Cortona

Cortona

Cortona

I enjoyed the farm experience; back to nature with genuine and friendly people. It is not possible to visit this farm, but the pictures give you an idea of the life that many people still live in Italy.

Cortona is an antique little town with ancient Etruscan walls. It elegantly sits on its hill top overlooking the Valdichiana valley with the Trasimeno Lake in the background.  It surely is worth a visit: quaint old streets and alleyways, shops, gelateria’s and good restaurants.

6 Comments

  1. Eliza Waters

    What an unusual breed of cattle – thanks for posting – great to learn new things!

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  2. villainumbria

    These cows are quite impressive and can be very big. The meat from these “chianina” cows is considered a delicacy around here.

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  3. janinevasta

    I think these people have a wonderful life. I hope they agree! Thank you for a super inspirational post today!

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    • villainumbria

      They agree with you 😉 life in this countryside is peaceful and beautiful.

      Reply
  4. Kolene Holland

    Are you having tours/lunch for 4 of us on August 16, 2022? We are looking for some farm who does this. We are leaving USA on Saturday, August 13 so need answer fast
    Thanks in advance,
    Kolene Holland

    Reply

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