Staying on a Farm
Trip Start Apr 17, 2009
58Trip End May 09, 2010
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Agriturismo La China
We have seen and read about Agriturismos which are located all over Italy. They are working farms where you can go and stay the night. They are well run, inexpensive, and usually quite nice. You can normally have your meals as well. We booked a few nights in an Agriturismo called "La China" way up in the rugged mountains above the northeast coast of Sardinia.
The Agriturismo was a WONDERFUL experience for us. La China was located in a very isolated but beautiful area. Upon arrival they showed us to our "cabin" which was basic and had a bathroom, kitchen area, living room and bedroom loft. It was simple, clean, and comfortable. We had a great porch with an amazing view over the valley. We enjoyed having coffee out there in the mornings and reading out there in the evenings.
All the food was raised and prepared on the farm (cured meats, cheeses, vegetables, eggs, etc). Breakfast was coffee and homemade bread along with cheese, cured ham, eggs, and honey from the farm. They packed the breakfast items in a basket and delivered it to your cabin the night before. Then, in the morning, you would "cook" your own breakfast in your cabin.
Every night, they hosted dinner in the main building of the farm, and it was always AWESOME. You sit down and they bring you a large jug of local red wine to the table (wine from the vineyard down the road). Everything else you would have was made on the farm. First, they would serve platters of anitpasti (cured meats, vegetables, and cheeses), followed by a homemade pasta course, followed by a meat and vegetable course (we had roasted turkey one night and lamb another night). After all of that they would serve homemade ice cream and finish the evening off by bringing out their own homemade limoncello and mirto liqueurs. Limoncello is made from fresh lemons, grain alcohol, and sugar and taste like a very sweet but potent lemonade and Mirto is a liqueur made from the berries of the Myrtle bush seen (and smelled) all around the island. Yes, John and Rich were in heaven at this farm!!!!
There were also other guests staying at La China- two nice couples from Germany and a family (parents, 3 year old, and new baby) from Sweden. They were all very nice and we had some nice chats with them at dinner.
The family that owns the farm was very hospitable and were originally from Rome. The whole family (grandparents, two daughters and husbands, and grandchildren) moved to the farm several years back to get away from city life.
While staying at La China we did manage to explore the area and nearby coast. We visited a very nice beach town called Santa Teresa Gallura which had a great beach, very nice hiking paths and beautiful high cliffs with stunning coves of turquoise colored water. Santa Teresa Gallura is the northernmost point of Sardinia and from there you can see the French Island of Corsica about 8 miles across the sea.
While driving around Santa Teresa Gallura we visited two larges capes- Capo d'Orso and Capo Tesa. Both capes had lighthouses and very, very unusual rock formations shaped by wind and sea (see photos). John was fascinated by the unusual rock formations and this area gets high marks from us for its natural beauty.
As much as we enjoyed it, we found that it was finally time to leave our little Agriturismo, La China, and head south along the east coast of Sardinia for more adventures.