Vacationing on an Italian farm: You won't believe the pasta!


It's got a funny name -- agritourism -- but it's the kind of vacation you've been dreaming about. Eager to foster tourism in innovative ways, the Italian government oversees a system of working farms that double as B&Bs, where visitors can affordably kick back in the rustic countryside, eating homemade cheese and learning to cook true Italian dishes made with pure ingredients you'll never find at the local Kroger.

Matthew Scialabba and Melissa Pellegrino met while traveling in Italy, and their love for it, and for fine food, brought them back there, where they spent months living in the hosted farmhouses of Italy and writing "The Italian Farmer's Table," a celebration of Italian farmhouse vacations through photographs and authentic recipes.