Agriturismo Casa Zen, Marcellise – San Martino Buon Albergo, Italy
Casa Zen is a traditional (but modern) agriturismo located in Northern Italy, not very far from Verona and Lake Garda.
Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially — although usually only partially — for accommodation purposes. That means that, 90 percent of the time, you can expect that the owners of your “hotel” are, primarily, farmers. (Or people who have someone else farm for them). Your room is in the farm’s house, or an annex built nearby.
What is an Agriturismo
Casa Zen is located in the hills of the Marcellise valley, at around 300 meters above sea level, in a typically hilly landscape featuring special terroir and biodiversity characteristics.
The land, situated on an average slope, is characterized by a high incidence of Lessinia limestone, resulting in good water drainage and high lime content, as well as moderate fertility.
It is in precisely in these types of soils that plants such as olive trees and vines have the opportunity to best express their features, not least that of longevity.
At Casa Zen you will find 4 spacious and modern double rooms, each with a separate exit to the lawn with panoramic views.
1. There’s a steep road up to Casa Zen.
2. There is special parking for guests that check-in and for guests that already unloaded their luggage.
3. The views are marvelous even during rainy weather.
4. Relax under an olive tree with a glass of prosseco or a cup of something warm.
5. Each room has a direct entrance/exit, or you can use the common one through the kitchen.
6. The vineyards grow right near the house, you can easily go and inspect the grapes.
8. Many small villages and other farms are visible from Casa Zen.
9. Vineyards and olive groves.
11. The olive grove covers around 1.5 hectares, sitting mainly on grassy ledges, counting a total of 550 plants.
12. This is the Lessinia limestone soil in which the vineyards and the olive trees grow. It is hard to believe that anything can grow here.
13. 3 layers of vegetation: vineyards in front, olive trees in the middle and the forest in the back.
14. Casa Zen is on the left.
16. Olive trees that are almost ready to be harvested.
17. A persimmon tree is hidden among the olive trees.
18. The sky started clearing up and the sun came out.
19. Oh, hello!
20. Franco is presenting his award-winning organic olive oil. Casa Zen olive oil has received ICEA Organic Certification and Veneto PDO Certification from AIPO (Interregional Association of Olive Producers).
21. Bruschettas with olive oil, hard cheese and red wine. Italy!
23. The vineyard covers around 5000 sq. m, on grassy ledges, and is primarily made up of Corvina and Corvinone grapes, typical of DOC Valpollicella Wine. Corvina is the most important grape variety used for Valpolicella wine.
24. Teaching the new generation about Amarone. Amarone is obtained by drying the grapes, storing them indoors for around 3-4 months, concentrating sugar and producing noble glycerol.
27. This is one of the rooms at Casa Zen. The bathroom is very big, almost half as big as the room itself.
28. There’s also a separate room for yoga with plenty of natural light.
I want to take a moment and mention how hospitable the hosts were: Franco and Ilenia made us feel very welcome, they are very friendly people. On Booking.com they currently have this rating:
Exceptional 9.8 /10 Score from 217 reviews. I think this says it all :)
Thank you Ilenia and Franco!