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    Default AgriTourism in Tuscany

    Hello,

    I want to go to Tuscany region (much prefer the area of Lucca) for next spring and want to stay at a farm house. I also want to work in a farm house just for experience and live the local life. Does anybody know if it is possible? I have seen many farm house accomodations but did not see the possibility of working there? Thanks,

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    No, it isn't common for farmhouses that offer accommodation to offer work on their websites - but it doesn't mean they wouldn't be open to the idea. Look for estates that grow olives, grapes or other agricultural products and contact them directly, it will be the only way to find out.

    On an organized side, there is WWOOF - http://www.wwoof.it/en/ - an organzied way to bring together thsoe who want to volunteer on small organic farms in exchange for the experience. So you can look into that as well as a possibility.
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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    Buongiorno,

    though as fun as the idea may seem, the Italian labor laws make it difficult to enact.

    Just a few years ago, the Italian government cracked down on people who had friends and relatives come in to harvest olives & grapes during the season on small family run estates...so many people are wary about inviting guests to partecipate in the activities.

    Having said that, I would definitely go through an organization like the one Lourdes mentioned or you could also look at : https://www.workaway.info/hostlist-I...region=tuscany

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post
    No, it isn't common for farmhouses that offer accommodation to offer work on their websites - but it doesn't mean they wouldn't be open to the idea. Look for estates that grow olives, grapes or other agricultural products and contact them directly, it will be the only way to find out.

    On an organized side, there is WWOOF - http://www.wwoof.it/en/ - an organzied way to bring together thsoe who want to volunteer on small organic farms in exchange for the experience. So you can look into that as well as a possibility.
    Thank you for the information. I will check the site.

    Funda

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