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.
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.
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.