6 Must See Hotels + Restaurants in Northern California

To find quaint wineries, luxurious spas, or hotels that treat you like royalty, you don’t need to travel to Europe. In Northern California, fine dining, wining, and hotel escapes are the hidden gems thriving in America’s backyard. Napa and Sonoma—recognized for their vineyards and beautiful estates—put the best life has to offer within easy reach.

From quiet retreats tucked away in wine country to lavish eats in laid-back towns, these establishments have been lauded as some of the finest. Our DuVine guides have compiled a list of the best Northern California restaurants and hotels that are so outstanding, you may just want to plan your next trip around them. To see the full list, check out our The Top 50 Hotels + Restaurants  in Northern California.

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil recreates the best of Provence, stateside. Set amid a 33-acre olive grove on a sun-kissed hillside (and proudly proclaiming their motto as “pleasure is healing”), it’s no surprise that this Napa Valley hotel offers first-class service, French cuisine, decadent wines, and sweeping vineyard views. Exquisite rooms with private terraces and soaking tubs spare no indulgence.

Auberge du Soleil

Hotel Healdsburg

Hotel Healdsburg is an exceptional base for exploring wine country on our Sonoma 4-Day Bike Tour. Northern California artists and craftsmen have contributed to the hotel’s design in the form of original artwork, woodwork, and ceramics. Browse the local galleries and shops, or give in to temptation and spend your day being pampered at the world-class spa.

Hotel Healdsburg

 Farmhouse Inn

With only 25 rooms, family-owned Farmhouse Inn provides a personalized touch to every aspect of your stay. Travel + Leisure awarded this boutique lodge the honor of #1 Best Resort Hotel in California, and with over 400 nearby wineries, it’s easy to see where the attraction lies. While at Farmhouse, revitalize with unique farm-to-spa services and treat yourself to a Michelin-starred meal without ever leaving the premises.

Farmhouse Inn

 The Restaurant at Meadowood

Located in St. Helena, the Restaurant at Meadowood relies on ingredients farmed and foraged in Napa Valley to create three-star Michelin masterpieces. In pursuit of cuisine that is “better, more delicious, more relevant, more singular, and more personal,” expect a tasting menu that expresses the passion of Meadowood’s chefs in every bite. Of course, with a prime location in wine country, extensive wine pairings do not disappoint.

Meadowood Restaurant

 Acacia House

This spring will see the much-anticipated opening of Acacia House, Chris Cosentino’s new restaurant at Las Alcobas Hotel. Cosentino enjoyed fame as the winner of Top Chef Masters and will be co-hosting a very special dinner with DuVine at CampoVelo to benefit No Kid Hungry. Acacia House highlights Cosentino’s love of seasonal California cuisine with a modern twist, plus thoughtfully paired wines from Napa Valley.


 Healdsburg SHED

Healdsburg SHED is truly one of a kind. A community gathering place, market, and café, the SHED is obsessed with responsible farming, sustainable cooking, and nourishing, flavorful food. Menus change daily based on what’s in season, and a fermentation bar serves up kombucha and kefir—the only one of its kind in the country. Acclaimed as one of the most beautifully cultivated restaurants in Sonoma County, the SHED remains approachable with an inviting open kitchen and wood-burning stove.


We think a cycling tour is an ideal way to experience California’s vibrant culinary scene, with rewarding climbs and vineyard rides to help pique your appetite for artisanal foods and fine wines. Choose from one of our California Bike Tours to experience all the West Coast has to offer!


North America’s Most Romantic Hotels

Spice up your anniversary, honeymoon, or Valentine’s Day with our list of the most romantic hotels for a weekend getaway. Let these hotels seduce you with red velvet, romantic lighting, and crystal chandeliers. Book a table for two for an intimate dinner with that special someone at these hotels’ romantic restaurants. Then escape to your private fireplace, Jacuzzi, or plush king-sized bed with a bottle of bubbly for a memorable couples getaway.

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1 | Baccarat | New York City

The Baccarat’s luxurious rooms make you feel like you’ve transported to Paris, the city of love. The glass shower walls make the rooms ultra-steamy, and that sultry feel continues throughout the hotel with stunning crystal chandeliers, mirrored tables, and floor-to-ceiling silver drapes.

Best Suite: Any of the Baccarat’s Classic King rooms are perfect for a couples getaway, with floor-to-ceiling windows, crystal accents, and a palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel, and chocolate brown.

Table for Two: Baccarat offers three outstanding food and drink experiences: The Grand Salon, with all-day offerings from gourmet breakfasts to evening cocktails; Chevalier, a restaurant with a wraparound bar that’s dedicated to redefining French classics; and the seductive Baccarat Bar, with a checkered floor, velvet-drenched booths, and glittering red chandeliers.

Specials: Enjoy afternoon tea or a table for two with Ruinart Rosé Champagne NV in the Grand Salon or a special four-course Valentine’s Day Menu at Chevalier restaurant. Learn more.

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2 | The Redbury | Hollywood

The Redbury’s vibe is Old Hollywood glamour meets rock ‘n’ roll. With its vintage-bulb marquee and red accent lights, you’ll know before you even enter that this hotel has a scintillating vibe. Inside you’ll find red velvet and leather from floor to ceiling, checkerboard floors, graphic prints, and larger-than-life photography.

Best Suite: Choose the Hollywood Premiere Suite and enjoy the walk-in rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, fully stocked bar, and vinyl collection with record player. With all this and more, you won’t have to leave the hotel all weekend.

Table for Two: The restaurant, Cleo, is one of the hottest dinner spots in Hollywood, with frequent celebrity sightings. Spice up your Valentine’s Day with their four-course prix fixe Mediterranean menu.

Specials: Choose The Redbury’s Roses are Red Package for a candlelit room and a bottle of bubbly to toast while overlooking the Hollywood skyline.

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3 | Night Hotel | New York City

Catch a Broadway show like Chicago or Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, then check in at the Night Hotel in the Theater District for the night. The bold design that features marble floors, leather headboards, black and white themes, and damask wallpaper creates an ambiance that could make anyone feel sexy.

Best Suite: Book the penthouse with a balcony roof deck for a great view of the stars. Let the staff know if you’re celebrating something special, and you’ll find rose petals, champagne, and a copy of the Kama Sutra on your bedside table.

Table for Two: Get a table in the ultra-modern, smoldering hideaway that is the Red Moon Restaurant. Indulge in their Japanese and Vietnamese fusion with sushi and tuna tartare.

Specials: All year round, Night Hotels offer the XOXO special that sets a romantic mood with sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, and a New York City view.

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4 | Post Ranch Inn | Big Sur, CA

Post Ranch Inn is perched atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy romantic sunsets from your room, stargaze from the infinity pool, or head to the spa for ultimate relaxation. The property is 18 and over to avoid disrupting a romantic guest experience.

Best Suite: The property is designed for couples, so all rooms are equally romantic, with amazing views of the Pacific or Santa Lucia Mountains, wood-burning fireplace, and outdoor stainless steel hot tub.

Table for Two: Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant, Sierra Mar, offers unconventional fine dining with incredibly stunning cliffside views of the glittering Pacific. Choose the four-course prix-fixe dinner or the nine-course Taste of Big Sur tasting menu.

Specials: Post Ranch offers three Romance Packages, including The Hideaway Package that includes a champagne breakfast, a picnic lunch, dinner for two, and in-room spa treatments.

For a different kind of romantic and healthy getaway on the California coast, check out our wine country bike tour in Santa Barbara.

Photos by Kodiak Greenwood

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5 | Drake Hotel | Toronto 

From top to bottom, this hotel boasts creativity and romance. It begins with their design: sheer curtains, mirrored walls, and leather booths in the lounge. Add to that cool events like cocktail competitions and live music at the Drake Underground. Then top it all off with the tantalizing dishes from the Drake’s kitchen.

Best Suite for Romance: Book the hotel’s only Suite with sheer curtains, charcoal hardwood floors, and a cozy chaise perfect for snuggling. Or choose a Nook room for a more intimate affair.

Table for Two: This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a three course prix fixe menu including aphrodisiacs like oysters and chocolate truffles. Book a table in the lounge and dance all night to the DJ.

Specials: Choose from romantic amenities like decadent chocolate truffles, champagne, and a Rose Petal Turndown Service.

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6 | The Battery | San Francisco

Become a member of The Battery, a decadent private social club and hotel, and treat yourself to a stay any time you’re in town. A blend of antiques and contemporary art give it a chic, cool, and romantic atmosphere. Put away your cell phones, and skip the selfies—they are forbidden at The Battery. Sip wine from the cellar, or try your luck in the card room with a game of poker.

Best Suite: Book the Penthouse for a view of the Transamerica Pyramid and the Bay Bridge, complete with a glass pavilion, terrace, rooftop infinity hot tub, fireplace, and rain shower.

Table for Two: Book a table for two at the Battery’s Valentine’s Day Dinner and enjoy chocolates, roses, and a three-course meal. Or sign up for La Vie En Rose on Friday, Feb 12 for a rosé tasting with the hotel’s wine director.

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7 | The Setai | Miami

The Setai in Miami brings together romance and luxury with an exotic twist. The hotel’s Asian art-deco, minimalist design is infused with Far Eastern flair, and the hotel offers ocean views and rooftop infinity pools that provide an incredible oasis.

Best Suite: Choose a city-view Art Deco Suite located in the hotel’s 1930s landmark building for a serene sanctuary with a great view. Relax with your lover on your private veranda or soak in the black granite bath or Jacuzzi.

Table for Two: Make reservations at Jaya, The Setai’s new Asian restaurant, to complete the exotic theme of your romantic weekend. Try the Peking Duck or get spicy with one of their Indian curries. Jaya offers a Valentine’s brunch or tasting menu at dinner.

Specials: The Setai Romance offer includes a Setai Love Bath Ceremony at the Spa with Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and breakfast in bed with late checkout.

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8 | Hotel Nelligan | Montreal

Located in one of North America’s most European cities, the Nelligan in Montreal is a perfect hotel for a romantic getaway. From the moment you walk in the front door, your eyes are drawn to a stunning atrium with cozy nooks. Rooms feature classic stonework dating back over a century and posh, contemporary furnishings.

Best Suite: Nelligan’s 500 square foot Romance Suite features stunning views of Old Montreal, a king bed, Jacuzzi, electric fireplace, and walk-in shower.

Table for Two: Enjoy drinks on the rooftop patio or next to the fire in winter months for some contemporary French cuisine at Versus Restaurant. Or get a taste of Montreal’s more mischievous side at Méchant Boeuf with live tunes, killer cocktails, and positive vibes nightly.

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9 | Hotel Max | Seattle

Hotel Max is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, perfect for couples looking to spend Valentine’s Day near the city’s best nightlife, restaurants, and scenic waterfront. Make your romantic night memorable without leaving the hotel: grab a beer at the hotel’s complimentary craft beer happy hour and explore the more than 350 original paintings and photographs found throughout the hotel’s lobby, guest rooms, and corridors.

Best Suite: Book the Max Studio King for a little extra space and beautiful views of downtown Seattle.

Table for Two: Miller’s Guild, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, is offering a “Love on Fire” themed prix fixe dinner in the restaurant’s lively dining room. Prepared on Chef Jason Wilson’s custom-made nine-foot-long grill, the Valentine’s Day dinner offers wood-fired fare with optional wine pairings available.

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10 | CLIFT Hotel | San Francisco

Inside a century-old building near Union Square, this edgy and iconic boutique hotel with a stylish décor attracts a young, fashionable clientele. CLIFT Hotel is bold and stylish, and the designer rooms are effortlessly chic. The hotel’s lobby bursts with energy with its iconic fantastically over-sized chair.

Best Suite: Relax in the candle-lit bliss of the CLIFT’s private apartment with wood-paneled walls and a cozy fireplace.

Table for Two: Head to the glamorous Redwood Room bar for cocktails, indulge in the lush mahogany and leather atmosphere in the Velvet Room, or sink into a velvet sofa in the Living Room, the hotel’s lobby lounge.

Specials: The CLIFT Hotel will host several Valentine’s events, including a 90s Pajama Dance Party.

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Boutique Hotels for Art Lovers

Visiting a museum or gallery on your travels can be one of the most enriching ways to experience international art and culture. But imagine being fully immersed in the art by lodging amongst it. Dining, sleeping, and living with original works by local and international artists as if you hold the keys to your own private museum. Art hotels offer guests the chance to experience art in a new way—by living amongst it.

From classic to wacky, historic to contemporary, discover our list of top hotels for art lovers where the art isn’t meant to be displayed but to surround the guests, fully immersing them in an interactive artistic experience.

“Only after entering and living in a room the artwork will be complete. The guest’s presence and use of the room is an integral part of the artistic creation.”

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1 | Byblos Art Hotel | Corrubbio | Italy

This sixteenth-century villa was built on Roman ruins in the Valpolicella wine region, just 12 miles from Lake Garda. The hotel is host to a permanent exhibition of contemporary art collected by well-known architect and designer Alessandro Medini, and each room is uniquely decorated with original works of contemporary art. Bright colors and odd shapes mingle with seventeenth-century marble and artworks by world-famous artists. Explore the art here.

Experience Byblos Art Hotel yourself on DuVine’s Verona + Lake Garda Bike Tour

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2 | Hotel de Filosoof | Amsterdam | Holland

Hotel de Filosoof’s 38 rooms are housed in several nineteenth-century buildings right next to Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Each room is uniquely decorated and inspired by a famous philosopher, including Confucius and Nietzsche rooms. The artwork in each room corresponds to its philosopher’s characteristics and theories. Perfect for both philosophers and art lovers.

Visit Hotel de Filosoof before or after DuVine’s Holland Bike Tour

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3 | Hotel des Arts | San Francisco | USA

Located in the French Quarter of San Francisco, the 51 rooms of the Hotel des Arts host imaginative installations that showcase contemporary works from international, emerging artists. Each room is unique, and their artists were given full control over the room’s design, offering interactive experiences to the guests. Guests can admire graffiti-inspired art both in their rooms and as they wander through the hallways. The installations are constantly changing, and most are for sale, so you can take a piece of the magic home with you after your stay in San Francisco. (Above, right: photo by james vreeland)

Visit Hotel des Arts before or after DuVine’s Napa + Sonoma Bike Tour or Sonoma 4-Day Bike Tour

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4 | Hotel Art | Rome | Italy

Hotel Art in Rome is a 4-star art hotel created in a renovated chapel and still boasts the original vaulted fresco ceilings, marble altar and stained glass windows in its stunning lobby. The hotel’s 46 rooms combine old and new with original architectural elements and out-of-the-ordinary contemporary art. Guests can take in the brightly-colored modern art at the hotel and step out the front door to admire some of Rome’s most famous monuments in walking distance and the Spanish Steps just next door.

Visit Hotel Art before or after any of DuVine’s Italy Bike Tours

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5 | Atelier Sul Mare | Sicily | Italy

Located just a steps from the sea in the charming northern Sicilian village of Castel di Tusa, Atelier Sul Mare’s 20 Art Rooms are created by internationally recognized, contemporary artists and are designed to surround the guests, fully immersing them in a unique, artistic experience. Guests are encouraged to switch rooms each night to experience as much art as possible. Atelier Sul Mare offers pottery classes for those who are feeling especially inspired, and the hotel hosts classical music concerts and art exhibitions regularly. Ancient art ruins are just a few minutes by car or train, including Fiumara d’Arte, the biggest regional museum of contemporary sculptures in Europe. (Above photo by iloveagrigento.it)

Visit Atelier Sul Mare before or after DuVine’s Sicily Bike Tour

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6 | Au Vieux Panier | Marseille | France

Located in a seventeenth-century building that was once home to a Corsican grocer, this stunning hotel in Marseille, France is truly boutique—with just five rooms designed by a different artist. Each room is unique and is redesigned by a new artist each year, offering a new experience each time you visit, year after year.

Visit Au Vieux Panier before or after DuVine’s Mediterranean Provence Bike Tour, Provence Bike Tour, or Provence 4-Day Bike Tour

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7 | Hotel du Petit Moulin | Paris | France

This 4-star boutique hotel was once a bakery and still boasts its original and historic boulangerie storefront. Decorated by French designer Christian Lacroix, Hotel du Petit Moulin’s 17 rooms are each unique and inspired by Le Marais, the historic district of Paris where it is located. Step out the front door, and you’re minutes away from the Picasso and Carnavalet Museums, Place des Vosges, Opera Bastille, and other famous art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and theaters.

“As in couture, whose harmony is created through a puzzle of inspiration, present trends draw upon elements of the past, and modernity thrives on today’s traditions.” -Christian Lacroix

Visit Hotel du Petit Moulin before or after any of DuVine’s France Bike Tours

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8 | Casapueblo | Punta Del Este | Uruguay

Casapueblo was built by renowned Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro as a summer house and workshop and eventually became his permanent residence. Carlos began construction of Casapueblo in the 1950s without plans, as a living sculpture, and it took him 36 years to complete. The 4-star hotel is now home to 72 unique apartments with terraces overlooking the ocean, a museum, art gallery, artist’s studio, and café. The museum includes works from the painter, potter, sculptor, and muralist and original owner of the property as well as four exhibit halls featuring works from Nicholas Guillen, Pablo Picasso, Rafael Squirm, and Jose Gomez Sicre. (Above right photo by Leo Alvarez / Above left photo by Matt Rubens)

Visit Casapueblo before or after DuVine’s Uruguay Bike Tour

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9 | Rome Cavalieri Hotel | Rome | Italy

Rom Cavalieri Hotel is an urban oasis surrounded by 15 acres of parks and Mediterranean gardens and perched on a hilltop in Montemario overlooking the historic city center of Rome. The 5-star hotel is the first Waldorf Astoria in Europe and boasts an art collection that makes you feel as if you have inherited your own private museum, including antique furniture, paintings, tapestries, statues, and artifacts by Italian and international masters. Take a tour with the in-house historian or visit the three-Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant for some gourmet cuisine fit for a picture frame. View the art collection here.

Visit Rome Cavalieri Hotel before or after any of DuVine’s Italy Bike Tours

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10 | Charming House DD724 Hotel | Venice | Italy

Charming House DD724 borrows its name from its address in Venice, right next door to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The boutique hotel is home to original contemporary works of art and photography. Its modern design features exposed ceiling beams and fireplaces, and each room has its own distinct personality. Enjoy dinner in the dining room that overlooks the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim or visit the nearby Accademia art gallery, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Francois Pinault Collection at Punta della Dogana.

Visit Charming House DD724 before or after DuVine’s Verona + Lake Garda Bike Tour

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11 | Hotel Indigo | Santa Barbara | USA

Hotel Indigo in Santa Barbara perfectly blends international with local, and history with contemporary. The hotel hosts a multilingual staff and features a euro-style, contemporary, artistic design while showcasing the area’s artistic community in a historic adobe building. Hotel Indigo is a satellite exhibition space for the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and is located in the legendary “funk zone,” the city’s creative epicenter where art galleries and microbreweries abound. Experience hip an eclectic dining at their acclaimed restaurant, Nuance, or explore the hotel’s rotating art exhibits, local artist talks, and openings.

Visit Hotel Indigo before or after DuVine’s Santa Barbara Bike Tour or California Coast Bike Tour

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12 | Le Monde Hotel | Edinburgh | Scotland

When you visit the 4-star Le Monde Hotel in Edinburgh, you can travel the world without leaving the property. Each of the 18 rooms at Le Monde Hotel features art inspired by a different global city, making it a truly international hotel and perfect for any wanderlust.

“Imagine dining in Paris, clubbing in Shanghai and waking up in LA…”

Visit Le Monde Hotel before or after DuVine’s Scotland Bike Tour

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What the Heck is an Agriturismo?

What is an agriturismo

Agriturismo (ag’ – rē – tü – rē’ smō) / noun / Italian / any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm.

Here at DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co., authentic travel experiences are paramount to what we do and everything we represent on our bicycle tours. We strive to offer guests behind-the-scene, small-group access to exclusive wineries, restaurants and boutique hotels that provide intimate opportunities to interact with the locals and take part in the fabric of real life.

The Agriturismo is a prime example of just one way that guests can seek an authentic travel experience that will allow them to interact with the local culture on a deeper level and in a more memorable way.

But wait—what is an Agriturismo, anyway? We asked Peter and Margot of MyItalySelection.com, a guide to Italian Agriturismi (the plural form of Agriturismo), to share with us the inside scoop on the world of Agritourism and why every traveler should visit one on their next holiday.

What is an Agriturismo?

The word Agriturismo is a combination of the Italian words agricoltura (agriculture) and turismo (tourism). An Agriturismo is effectively a farm designed to also receive guests, whether for food (lunch and dinner), holiday accommodation, or a combination of the two. Some Agriturismi may also offer self-catering apartments without breakfast, lunch or dinner offered. The term refers to farms in Italy only, although other countries and languages have created their own word for a similar concept.

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What are the origins of the Agriturismo?

The farms of Italy are very different than the farms Americans are used to seeing, with hundreds of acres of crops or cattle designed for making a profit. Traditionally, an Italian farm was a place where a farmer grew everything he needed to live and perhaps a little extra to sell at the market for some extra spending money. In Italy, an old farm may contain no more than 25 acres. In the U.S, you may never consider that little plot of land as a feasible means of income or sustainability for a farmer.

As these tiny Italian farms proceeded into modern times, they couldn’t make ends meet. In the 1950s and 60s, farming in Italy became much less profitable. Large farmhouses built for multiple families now housed just one family. Many farmers were forced to abandon their homes and move to the city to look for sustainable work.

Generations of Italians became concerned that the farming culture was disappearing. In 1985, the Italian government officially recognized the concept of the “Agriturismo.” The idea of Agriturismo was to support small farmers that were, and still are, struggling to keep up. The agricultural activities today do not generate as much income as in previous generations, so by adding a tourism component, these farms can maintain operational. As such, they preserve the landscape, farmhouses and local communities, and in this way Agriturismo is a very sustainable form of tourism.

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What qualifications are required to become an Agriturismo?

First, an Agriturismo has to be a working farm in some way. It can be a more traditional farm that produces things like wine, olive oil, meats, or cereals, but some Agriturismi produce things like vegetables or herbs on a much smaller scale.

Second, the products that are produced must be used in the preparation of food for the guests. The fruit must be used for making homemade marmalade at breakfast or the olive oil for typical local dishes served at dinner. Most Agriturismi also sell their produce directly to guests. The more income a farm generates from agricultural activities, the more tourism activities they are allowed to provide (i.e. the more rooms they can offer to guests).

What are the benefits of becoming an Agriturismo?

The Agriturismo law offered former farmers who had moved to the city a chance to go back to their roots and to apply for government grants to restructure their family homes into guest houses or restaurants. But to be clear, this government grant is not free. Most farmers must invest a large sum of their own money to receive the grant and tax benefits that an Agriturismo designation brings with it.

Agriturismi can also sell their goods for low prices and sell products directly to guests. For example, at an Agriturismo with restaurant, the famer can sell his wine at 8-10 Euros. The guests get a great price, and the farmer also makes enough profit to earn a living.

What is an Agriturismo room likeStay at Agriturismo Rini on DuVine’s Giro d’Italia Bike Tour

How do Agriturismi compare to hotels?

Of the approximately 17,000 Agriturismi in Italy today, nearly all of them are family-run, and the owners also dedicate their time to agricultural activities. The farmhouse concept may lead potential visitors to believe that an Agriturismo offers rustic accommodations, but many Agriturismi offer luxurious lodging.

However, guests should not confuse an Agriturismo, luxury or not, with a luxury hotel. The number of rooms is limited (usually fewer than ten), which does not allow for things like a concierge, 24-hour reception, room service, late dinner, etc. However, you can expect great Italian hospitality and a very warm welcome!

Agriturismi on Your DuVine Bicycle Tours

According to DuVine Italian guide Tom Coppock, visiting at an Agriturismo is the best way to experience life the old way. “You’re getting what the farm wife is making for dinner—local stuff that restaurants don’t even have, like deep-fried sage leaves with honey on top.” Travel with DuVine on an Italy cycling tour and experience some of our favorite Agriturismi in any region.

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  • The densest population of Agriturismi is in Tuscany, and San Gimignano, where guests will visit on the DuVine Super Tuscan Bike Tour, has one of highest number in Tuscany.
  • Stay in at Agriturismo Rini on our Giro d’Italia Bike Tour.
  • If you travel to Piedmont with DuVine, you will visit our guide Guido’s own Agriturismo for dinner with his family amidst their vines.
  • On our Sicily cycling tour visit our friend Nella’s farmhouse tucked away in the olive groves and orchards of Castelluccio.
  • Your welcome lunch in Umbria will find you at the family farmhouse of Fatima and Feliciano, and your gourmet picnic on the last day is at La Montagnola in a sea of olive trees.
  • In Puglia, visit our friends Laura and Filippo at their beautiful organic farm for a cooking class and enjoy lunch at their kitchen table.
  • Or book a Private Cycling Tour anywhere in Italy, and we’re happy to accommodate your requests by adding as many Agriturismi to the itinerary as we can find!

Finding the Perfect Agriturismo for You

The only downside to Agriturismi is that most of them do not spend much money, if any, on advertising. Many do not even have websites, and so the average tourist doesn’t really know how to find them. We recommend either booking a DuVine cycling tour to visit some of our favorites, or connecting with our friends at My Italy Selection. Margot and Peter can help you find the perfect Agriturismo for you—whether you seek a luxury suite on the vineyard for a weekend in Tuscany, a fully equipped apartment nestled in the olive trees of Puglia for a week of tranquil bliss, or a family-friendly farmhouse with a pool for the kids, Margot and Peter are sure to find you the ideal Agriturismo for your next Italian vacation.

What is an Agriturismo owner likeVisit Guido and his family at their Agriturismo on our Piedmont Bike Tour

Why visit an Agriturismo?

There are many reasons to visit an Agriturismo on your next vacation. Here are Margot and Peter’s top four:

1 / Living like a Local

When you visit an Agriturismo, you have a chance to meet the locals and see and experience farm life up close. Often guests can take part in shared dinners and tastings, and you can really live the experience by adding a cooking class or truffle hunting or going horseback riding.

2 / Location, Location, Location

When you choose an Agriturismo for your accommodation, you are also situated in the countryside where you can enjoy great views, silence, and starry skies at night.

3 / A Good Value

Agriturismi are a very good value for the money. They are traditionally much less expensive than staying in a hotel (usually 30-70 Euros per night), and although they don’t offer quite the same service as a hotel may be able to provide, you are sure to experience an authentic stay.

4 / A Value in Doing Good

When you visit an Agriturismo, you can pat yourself on the back. Why? Because you are giving something back. Your visit allows the farmers to preserve the landscape, farmhouse, and the local community.

Contact us
to start planning your next Italian cycling tour, including a visit to one of our favorite Agriturismi, or visit MyItalySelection.com for recommendations before or after your DuVine tour!

About MyItalySelection.com

My Italy Selection was created by husband-and-wife duo Margot and Peter DeKruif 12 years ago out of their own personal interest.

We were living in Milan, and when we wanted to escape the city, we would book a weekend trip to an Agriturismo. We found it a great way to explore the country, meet the locals, learn the language, and taste different regional specialties. Since friends started asking us for tips about Agriturismi, my wife came up with the idea of creating a personal selection and guide online. –Peter DeKruif

Of the nearly 17,000 Agriturismi in existence today, Margot has chosen 135 of her favorite. She selects the Agriturismi based on one main question: “Would I want to spend my holiday here?” She looks for Agriturismi with friendly and welcoming owners that are authentic and offer a certain level of comfort, a beautiful location, and a pool. Guests can book an Agriturismo through the site or contact Margot for personalized advice. “Since I have personally visited all Agriturismi on our website, I am able to give tailor-made advice,” says Margot. “It’s my ultimate goal to find the right Agriturismo for each customer.”