Agriturismi near Positano

The Agriturimso Divina Costiera in the Furore Valley near Positano.
The Agriturimso Divina Costiera, a farm stay in the Furore Valley near Positano.

Sample the rural life on a farm stay near Positano, Italy, starting at €50

Even if you can't afford your own farmhouse in Campania, you can up close with the rural heart of Italy by staying on an agriturismosort of like a B&B on a working farm.

Positano itself doesn't really have any farms, but the gorgeous Furore Valley has more than a dozen agriturismi just above the coast around the Agerola hamlets of San Lazzaro, San Michele, and Pianillo—that's just 3 miles to the east as the crow flies, but about 15–18 actual miles on the twisty Amalfi Coast roads (you follow the coast past Praiano, then turn inland near Conca de Marini and up into the mountains).

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How to find agriturismi near Positano

How much does an agriturismo cost?

Agriturismi offer the experience of the Italian farm life for a fraction the cost of a hotel; double rooms run anywhere from €40 to €300, but usually average around €70 to €120.

Some agriturismi require a two– or three-night minimum stay (very occasionally, it's a week minimum).

Roughly half accept credit cards—though it is becoming more common.

What is an agriturismo farm stay like?

Agriturismi range from vineyards to mozzarella farms, barns amid olive groves to frescoed villas surrounded by lemon trees.

By law, an agriturism establishment has to be a working farm, taking no more than 30 paying guests and earning no more that 30% of their income from hospitality (the rest from honest farm work).

Accommodations range from four-star luxury to something a straw's-width from sleeping in a stall, but are usually along the lines of a country-comfy and rustic room that looks exactly like what you'd expect to find staying with an aunt and uncle in the countryside.

Being on a farm, breakfasts can be phenomenal (and ultra-fresh).

Many are increasingly opening on-site restaurants featuring wonderfully huge, cheap, and hearty home-cooked dinners (the standard: about €30–€45, including wine, for four or five courses).

Of course, by definition there aren't any agriturismi right in the center of town. But Sorrento is a small city and the countryside starts right at its doorstep, so you can still find some farm stays quite close—or at least within a 15 minute drive.

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