Your Next Italian Vacation Should Include These Estates and Wineries

Aug 12, 2018

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If you’re planning a trip to Italy, we know it’s going to involve a lot of pasta, pizza, dessert, probably a wine tasting or two — and rightfully so. But some olive oil estates and wineries are taking their tours and tastings to the next level.

These aren’t your average olive oil or wine tours; they’re experiences designed for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy Italian culture in a way you wouldn’t have before, and may make you reconsider your next stay at a chain hotel in one of the nearby cities. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.

Take, for example, Vittorio Cassini in Liguria. The family-owned farm is only about a 20-minute drive from the Mediterranean Sea, and you can rent one of three available houses — each complete with at least two bedrooms and a kitchen, not to mention a backdrop that features the olive groves. If you stay here, you’ll have access to pick-your-own produce and fresh milk, plus a private pasta-making lesson with the family’s matriarch. For only $150 a night, this puts an Airbnb to shame.

Another one we have our eye on is Villa Della Torre Allegrini in Veneto. This 100-acre wine and olive oil estate is complete with furniture and antiques that date all the way back to the 15th and 16th centuries. While this one is a little pricer — around 300 euros a night — your stay will be complete with breakfast and a custom itinerary. This could include anything from a guided walk through the vineyard to a bicycle tour, or even a boat tour of Lake Garda. Of course, a stay here wouldn’t be complete without a hands-on wine and olive oil tasting.

If you want just a little bit more of a traditional hotel experience, you need to check out Planeta Estate in Sicily. It’s actually made up of two estates that are a 10-minute drive apart — and its hotel, La Foresteria, is right smack in the middle. Here, you’ll find an infinity pool complimented by views of the Mediterranean Sea and all of the vineyards surrounding it. There’s even a restaurant where you can eat some of the best food Sicily has to offer. For 180 euros a night, you’ll have access to breakfast each day, cooking classes, and of course, all the olive oil and wine tours your heart desires.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have some planning to do.

Featured photo courtesy Villa Della Torre Allegrini

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