If you take a quick scan through the independent online reviews for our best-selling Amalfi Coast Walking holiday, you’ll soon see that the experience of staying on our family-run farm is a massive trip highlight for many of our customers. So what makes staying there so special?
Home to Ferdinando Acampora and his family for over 200 years, agriturismo Luna D’Agerola (Agerola’s Moon) is set against the backdrop of the Agerola Hills, on the cliffs overlooking the sparkling waters of the Amalfi Coast far below. This is an organic working agriturismo; the word refers to farms in Italy only, a combination of the Italian words agricoltura (agriculture) and turismo (tourism). It’s a farm which also receives guests and is a very sustainable form of tourism. Since developing their farm from a simple smallholding to holiday accommodation and a beautiful restaurant, this generation of the Acampora family have secured stability for their future generations.
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our travellers say about the Acampora’s agriturismo:
“Staying with a family on small holding was so authentic and the family were very welcoming and friendly, nothing to was too much trouble.” – Tracy, Dorset
“Staying on a family run farm was ideal (including cake for breakfast!)” – Janet, Hassocks
“The family who were our hosts at the agriturismo were very dedicated and helpful and the accommodations were very comfortable. It was lovely returning to their homestead every evening after a busy day out.” – Samuel, Chicago
Unlike booking into a hotel, an agriturismo affords a much more immersive cultural experience. Staying with the family, as their guest, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about their lives and the workings of the farm. You’ll see how the family works together in harmony with nature to produce organic vegetables, tend their animals, harvest the grapes for their wine and olives for their oil.
Watch Valentino tend to his bees, taste Pasquale’s fresh goat’s cheese, pick tomatoes directly from the vine and sample their homemade limoncello. Together, Giovanna and Valentino will prepare you traditional local Italian dishes whilst Pasquale and his daughter Martina will introduce you to the delights of their home-grown, rather splendid organic wine. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see how three generations of one family, from 88-year-old ‘Mama’ Maria down to 11-year-old Giuseppe work as a team. Travellers agree, staying at the agriturismo is a culture trip in itself:
“We enjoyed the insight into local life provided by our hosts, especially the gourmet tasting evening.” – Sandra, Woking
“The food and drink at the Luna d'Agerola agriturismo was fresh, excellent and varied, fuelling us well for our walks. Watch out for the limoncello!!” – Catherine, Forhill
“Luna d'Agerola is run by a local family who serve much of their own produce at our excellent dinners.” – Edwina, London
The agriturismo is the perfect base from which to explore the Amalfi Coast’s ancient paths, thickly-forested National Park and jaw-dropping vistas – there’s good reason why it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll walk along ancient mule tracks which, for centuries, were the only routes between the hillside villages.
In the Ferriere National Park you can find flora and fauna unique to the area thanks to its tropical micro-climate. You’ll also discover the area’s rich cultural history; visit Amalfi, Positano and the island of Capri, explore the ancient ruins at Pompeii, climb Mount Vesuvius and visit the stunning villas in Ravello. The Amalfi Coast needs no introduction, and our travellers wholeheartedly agree the trip follows an idyllic journey from start to finish:
“Very enjoyable tour with lots of good walks with amazing views.” – Anne, Aberdeen
“Lovely local church, cafés and friendly local shops, all 10 mins walk from the agriturismo. Beautiful scenery, observed best by the regular and cheap ferries to and from Amalfi, and swimming at Positano – lovely!” – Lorraine, Norwich
“Every day of this tour was a highlight with beauty at every turn, be it the architecture or the stunning beauty of the natural environment.” – Elizabeth, Somerset