Only in Torre Doganiera GENUINE AGRITURISMO'S EXPERIENCE
What does the word "Agriturismo" create in your mind?
Some people think about the AGRITURISMO as a place to spend a holiday in the nature, but near cities to reach malls or highroads. Sometime people think about country houses settled in areas poor of water, but with a large swimmingpool to amusing all day long. Or even a place in which you can find fantastic organic food...maybe not all the time really "km 0".
Well, I want to tell you in breaf the story of AGRITURISMO SYSTEM
In the past (since Medieval Age to the 2° World War), in the Tuscany countries, country people used to live in big family groups, obliged to work for a "owner". The owner of the land and of the rural houses obtained the half part of each kind of product was coming from the agricultural production...the other half part was divided throught the people of the rural families.
Then, after the tragedy of the 2° World War, in the '50 and '60 years of 1900, the most part of country places was abandoned and people moved to the cities to find jobs, hoping in a "better life". In this way, the country houses remained empty, and the periferical areas of cities enlarged.
Some political reformation in the economic boom of Italy (years 1955 until 60ies) encouraged people moving from other part of Italy: especially from the south and from the eastern coast. This "little inside migration" was one of the first steps in the born of agriturismo system, really.
In fact, people started to take care of the ancient buildings (often mediaeval fortifications of farm houses related to the period 1700 or 1800), re-starting the rural activities.
At the same time, a huge part of population from the north of Europe came to the southern Mediterranean area, sometime for short periods, other times to established in Italy: the fenomeno of "massive" tourism was starting.
The economic boom of Italy produced wide industrial areas and "second houses" for holidays, especially near the seaside, or in other "new areas" of tourist interest. Foreigner people started to settled in the rural and green areas, the Toscana has been one of the most popular place for German, English, Swiss and Nederland groups of people: they re-given life to rural abandoned buildings, as well as the Italians from the south did 10 or 15 years before.
Later, from the Seventies, the market started to change, the big supermarkets had the predominance in the primary sector and the country men started to decline with their little production. The houses were everytime huge and wide, and green areas remained without meaning of production.
A NEW IDEA WAS COME SOON...
The rebuilding and reconstruction of the ancient farmhouses was the solution: if the primary sector has been in loss, and the cost of life grow up, the tourism could be the solution!
Nowadays the agriturismo system (agri + tourism) is one of the most common way of living in the county areas of the central part of Italy, Toscana has been the first region to obtain a high level of hosting and high percents of farm houses switched to "turistic country houses".
The rules of Agriturismo are based on a part of agricultural and a part of tourism: those are the two basic aspects. For example, Torre Doganiera is a very little agriturismo, composed of 3 apartments and a double bedroom (turistic part) and we produce an excellent extravirgin olive oil, wood from our evergreen forests (agicultural) and green energy from photovoltaic (the new way of living!)
picture by myself, except of rural country families.