Agriturismo which means farm holiday, (does not mean that you will be working on the farm!) is another type of accommodation. These are often old rustic farmhouses and villas located out in the countryside, most of which you will find in the northern lake towns.
Normally you only rent a room therefore it is not too expensive. Other positive aspects of this type of accommodation is that you are surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Sometimes an agriturismo might offer cooking classes, wine or olive oil tastings, guided excursions into the surrounding countryside, horseback riding and various other outdoor activities.
Often, one meal per day is included. They often produce home-made cheese, wine and olive oil and rooms are much less expensive than those found in Lake Como hotels.