Live like a local here – learn to make pasta with friendly Gaia and Stefano and take a tour of the farm. There’s a rotating veg patch, a small forest to explore and plenty of animals to find: the mostly organic homegrown produce is used in the breakfasts and dinners. Wake up to eggs from the chickens, homemade marmalades, fresh tomatoes and local cheeses and hams – served on benches outside in the shade with views over the valley.
You’re close to castles, treks along the river, wild swimming spots, national parks and beaches. Have your own private terrace on an exclusive beach in Fiascherino (40 minutes) or take a ferry to the national park on Isola Palmaria and hike to find your own quiet spot.
Head back for dinner – it’s a communal experience and you’ll sample delicious Italian food, perhaps bruschetta and ravioli, washed down with homemade limoncello or grappa. Relax in hammocks as the sun goes down and return to rustic rooms in the old hay sheds looking out over the hills.