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Old 11-15-2017, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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My wife and I recently returned from our first trip to Italy and are looking forward to returning. Our trip was the essential Venice, Florence, Rome trip with lots of churches, Renaissance paintings and sculptures, and enough Madonna and Child representations to last several lifetimes. For our next trip, we would like to stay at an agritourismo in the northern half of Italy (at least north of Florence) and use it as a base of operations to drive around the countryside visiting wineries, culinary classes, seaside villages, etc. In general, meet the real Italians. Previously, we were planning on visiting Cinqua Terra, but several tour people (both guides and customers) had the opinion that Cinqua Terra had become too touristy and we should look elsewhere. So here's the requests. Please send me:
1. Any first-hand experiences with and recommendations for agritourismos.
2. Recommendtions for Cinqua Terra replacement destinations - or your opinions about Cinqa Terra.
3. Your favorite small towns, wineries, culinary destinations (cooking and eating).
4. Any other things we should consider doing in Northern Italy.

We are not locked into any time of year (or even calendar year for that matter) because we are both retired. However, we are both in very good health and have no physical restrictions so we are up for most anything. The only small restriction is monetary. Retired civil servants, fixed income, etc. You know the drill. We can't afford the millionaire's vacation trip.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:02 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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We travel internationally on a budget. Dolomites (Italian Alps) were a favorite in 2016 trip. It was really cheap, especially groceries (food co-op).

If we can’t find a hospitality home, (free to $20/night worldwide) we use Agritourismos.

Consider joining serves.org or similar. We only had to use 8 hotels on our ‘election’ year away from USA

Have fun, learn lots, stay /eat/ play / laugh with the locals.
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