Avola Agriturismo

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So what is an agriturismo anyhow? My ItalianPod 101.com defines it as a “holiday farmhouse.” Wikipedia says, ” Agritourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. Agritourism has different definitions in different parts of the world, and sometimes refers specifically to farm stays, as in Italy.”

So yes, we’re staying on a farm, and we have before. . .in Tuscany, Piemonte, and two in Le Marche. But picture this: our “farm” this time is a lemon grove with a beautifully modern and recently updated sprawling two-story “farmhouse.” In some agriturismi the owner lives on site. Not so here. Paolo greeted us, got us settled in, and then left us. ..alone. . .in this magnificent abode!

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Sorry there are no photos of the areas surrounding the house. I couldn’t pull myself out of the lounge chair! But we did take a walk through the lemon trees, and we discovered a pomegranate tree.

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We walked along the strada bianca, dusty roads, passing underneath what we thought might be a railroad trestle. Sure enough, soon we heard a whistle, and what appeared soon was a two-car slow train, from who knows wheeee, going who knows where. I’ll have questions for Paolo at breakfast tomorrow morning!

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Tonight we’re a casa…at home. I created a little pasta dish with some tomatoes we had and some ingredients I mustered up in the kitchen. We’re watching Italian TV. . .soap operas, news, MTV. I’m trying to fill my ears with Italian.

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Buona notte!!

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