About an hour north of Venice, Italy’s famous sparkling wine route, the Strada del Prosecco (Prosecco Road) threads through breathtakingly beautiful vineyards. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or not, staying in this area at the Due Carpini agriturismo or “tourist farm” is an unforgettable experience.
Located near the charming village of Santo Stefano, the inn’s spectacular setting — panoramic vistas of the surrounding valleys and vineyards – along with its welcoming vibe, epitomizes the best of rural Italy’s charm and warmth. So does sipping some of the region’s beloved light and crisp bubbly on its terrace at twilight.
There are actually two different buildings that make up this tourist farm. Connected by a scenic stone path that meanders by the outdoor swimming pool next to the Salis building and parallels the vines, at Due Carpini, five rooms were created from an old farmer’s home.
The Salis building where I stayed, was once a barn and warehouse. Careful restoration (in this area, there are historic preservation building regulations) kept the original integrity of the structure. But inside, no one would ever guess this was ever anything but a luxury lodging. The four guestrooms today (each different) offer stylishly elegant and sophisticated accommodations. All feature free wif-fi, hardwood floors, AC, kettles for tea and coffee, hairdryers plus gorgeous tiled modern bathrooms. (Although mine did not have a tub, some –like the Daybreak Room–feature a Jacuzzi tub with separate walk-in shower).
My room, called the Dew Room, showcased a fairy tale like bed with white wispy veils of canopy attached. But it was not the bed I fell in love with as much as the expansive window wall—which looked out on a fantastic landscape of green patchwork: rows of vines that criss-crossed and lined the scenic steep hills and valley beyond.
If the region’s Prosecco is not enough to relax visitors, or you’ve done some strenuous hiking or mountain-biking in the area (numerous trails), there is also a wellness center in the Salis building in the lower level—with treatments available, plus a sauna, steam bath and chromatic showers. Because I was only there one night, I didn’t have time to indulge. But if I were to go back, I’d be tempted to schedule the intriguing foot massage “on natural stones from the Piave River”.
Checking room rates, I think they are an amazing bargain for such luxurious lodging—starting at $106 in the Due Carpini building; my room in the Salis building was $162. All room rates include a bountiful buffet breakfast (delicious pastries from a nearby bakery, yogurt, fruits, cheeses, etc). Mine was served in a cozy room where a friendly attendant made and served espresso or cappuccino as well. While I was there at breakfast, Maria, the owner happened to come by and chatted in English with the couples who were visiting. (Besides tips on things to do, she gave us the name of the nearby bakery where the delicious pastries had originated!) Such a personal and wonderful touch: it’s also something that a city hotel can never compete with, and makes places like Due Carpini so extra-specially sweet.
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Review and photos by Donna Tabbert Long who was a guest of the Due Carpini tourist farm.