Agriturismo which translates into farm holiday, is another type of accommodation that you can find in Lake Como. These are often old rustic farmhouses and villas located in the countryside where you are immersed in nature and surrounded by beautiful scenery away from the busy lakeside roads. This accommodation is good value for money as normally you just rent a room with one meal per day often included in the price (please check this before making your booking). Prices can start from around 15 euros per person per night upwards.
Many of the agriturismi offer cooking classes, wine or olive oil tastings, guided excursions into the surrounding countryside, horseback riding and various other outdoor activities. You can usually buy their home-made produce; cheese, wine and olive oil at a reduced rate.
There are lots of internet sites such as agriturismo,it where you can find a list of this type of accommodation in the Lake Como area. Please see below a couple of examples;
1) Agriturismo Zertin, Via ai Monti, Peglio, Lake Como
Situated at an altitude of 800m up the hillside from the lake near Gravedona, this beautifully renovated farmhouse has amazing views and is away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Please note that you are driving up through the mountains on a narrow road with lots of hairpin bends so please be careful. The farmhouse consists of 5 rooms in total, all furnished in a rustic style, a communal dining area with a terrace overlooking Lake Como and a large garden. There is also a wine cellar where you can do some wine tasting and also buy the local produce (meats, cheeses and jams etc). Children will love meeting the animals at Agriturismo Zertin; donkeys, rabbits, sheep and goats. There is also a playground for the children and if you want to you can also hire bicyces. The type of accommodation available is bed and breakfast – 39 euros per person, half board – 56 euros per person or full board – 72 euros per person. Pets are allowed at a cost of 5 euros per day. Children 0-3 years go free and children 3-8 years get 50% discount.
2) Agriturismo Giacomino
Situated in Sorico between Como and Mezzola Lakes, this farmhouse is an ideal place for avid birdwatchers as well as a great place to go trekking and mountain-biking. Facilities include a wellness centre where you can pamper yourself and have a Turkish bath, massage, colour therapy, and Kneipp, internet access, restaurant and tv. There is also a one hour fitness trail through the 100 year old pine woods for those of you who want to have a healthy holiday. Pets are allowed (surcharges apply). Accommodation available is bed and breakfast starting from 40 euros per person (depends on room and occupancy), half board from 60-80 euros per person and full board from 75-95 euros per person per night.