Think you can’t afford a trip to the Italian countryside?
Sipping Chianti at the footsteps of a vineyard while the kids splash in the garden pool sound wonderful? You might think, “yeah, that sounds great and all, but definitely not within my reach.” Well, I’ve got some good news for you — it totally is!
I’ve done a lot of looking at Airbnbs lately, since we booked all Airbnb stays for our upcoming adventure through Italy. From Milan to Manarola, Florence and Rome, I’m pretty excited to see what these places have in store for us. But the one that I’m most excited for? The vineyard country house in Umbria!
And you know what? Staying at that house in the Italian countryside is actually ridiculously affordable! Dare I say, almost more affordable than the tiny apartment we’ll be renting in Rome or Florence. That’s all in thanks to the so-called “Agriturismo“.
Not an incredibly new concept, but one that has certainly picked up in popularity in recent years. An agriturismo is essentially a “farm stay”…local farmers turn a portion of their estate into accommodations as an extra source of income, and in return guests get a very reasonably priced stay in authentic regions of Italy that might otherwise never see tourists. It’s a win-win!
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Ready to see what kinds of homes in the Italian countryside you can rent for under $150?
Beautiful Farmhouse in Tuscany
There’s nothing better than a classic Tuscan farmhouse with all the rustic decor and charm to match! Nestled near the medieval village of Pari and not too far from Siena, the home is spacious yet warm, inside and out!
Il Poggio Country Villa
Perfect for a large group, Partizia’s country villa features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, private pool, and generous living areas. Did I mention it has a huge garden with outdoor barbecue and pizza oven? Secluded on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, this farmhouse is the perfect oasis for anyone who wants to escape the city life for awhile.
Sunny House near Lucca
Just north of Lucca sits this lovely little house in a former barn. While it’s perched quietly in the hills, it’s location is ideal for quick day trips to Pisa, Lucca and Florence.
Cottage in the Heart of Tuscany
This little gem is located in the heart of Tuscany, close to Arezzo. Completely independent from the main house, you’ll have plenty of privacy for a relaxing stay. Just have a look at the private pool surrounded by olive trees and wildflowers, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be sold too.
Conca d’Oro in the Tuscan Countryside
While small and unassuming, this private guest house has 2 bedrooms, is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and includes a swimming pool overlooking the countryside. Inside you’ll find the modern updates nicely complement the quintessentially Tuscan terracotta floors and chestnut beams.
Tuscan Restored Barn
This completely restored apartment in an old barn is perfect for a small family. A 20 minute walk and you’ll be in the medieval town of Monte San Savino, where you can pick up foods from the local market to cook in the farmhouse kitchen. And did I mention this home is right on the border of the Chianti region? You’d better pick up some local wine to really immerse yourself in the culture.
Country House on a Winery Estate
On the edge of the Lapone Winery Estate, near the town of Orvieto, you’ll find this recently renovated guest house that we just so happened to visit during our trip to Italy! The only thing better than the swimming pool overlooking the vineyards is the fact that the owners, Piero and Ramona, are happy to arrange a guided tour of the vineyards and a private wine tasting as well!
Country House in Umbria
This ancient oil mill was transformed into a spacious 2 bedroom guest house with private access through the estate gardens (how amazing is that??). Located in the rolling hills of Umbria, south of Perugia, you can truly live the slow life here.
Casa Cerque near the Sea
Looking to really escape to the countryside? You’ll be scarce to find many other tourists near this quaint farmhouse not far from Italy’s eastern coast. And if you’re not up for the short drive to the beaches of Porto San Giorgio or Sibillini, there is (of course), a private terrace and pool right in your backyard.
Sunny House on an Organic Farm
Heading back towards Florence, this light and bright Tuscan farmhouse is picture-perfect, and actually the one that inspired me to start the search for our own Italian country home. I first found it after reading this post over on Hand Luggage Only. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
Now that you know you can afford it, the only question is: which of these incredible Italian countryside homes will you choose for yourself?