Visit the Fattoria Valle Magica, an Abruzzese sustainable farm specializing in rare Italian heritage breeds
The Fattoria Valle Magica is a sustainable farm that raises unique local heritage breeds, and produces delicious salami and other food products you can enjoy when you visit the farm.
Heritage breeds at the Fattoria Magica
The farm has dozens of sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, cats and dogs, donkeys and soon also owls.
The Nero D'Abruzzo indigenous breed of pig is a descendent of the original black pigs that were brought to Italy over 2000 years ago by the ancient Romans.
Fattoria Magica sheep are a traditional breed, the Gentile di Puglia, that dates back to the 15th century. Today, there are only around 3000 heads registered in the world.
Fattoria Valle Magica goats are the Girgentana breed, that have distinctive spiral-shaped horns. They're on the endangered species list in Italy.
Delicious local food at the Fattoria Valle Magica
Fattoria Valle Magica Salumi
L'Aquila Salamella, is made from selected cuts of meat and flavored with traditional spices, creating the popular texture and flavor of L'Aquila Salami.
Guanciale is a very typical Abruzzese product often used in pasta carbonara. It's made from pork jowl. The meat of the cheek has layers of the best-quality fat and leaner meat. Fattoria Magica offer two varieties, flavored either with pepper or chili.
Their Salame di Prosciutto is made with the best meat from the prosciutto, ground coarsely with a small percentage of fat. It's spiced lightly with salt and pepper allowing the flavor of the carefully reared pigs to be savored to the max.
A typical Abruzzese product originally from the Teramo region, Ventricina is minced fat combined with selected pieces of meat. The Fattoria Magica adds a select combination of herbs and spices to enhance the already abundant flavor of this product. It can be spread on bread or toast to be enjoyed as a snack or as part of a meal.
Lonza is made from the best cuts of meat from the neck and flavored simply with salt and pepper. A must-try for any lover of cured meats.
Head to the Fattoria Magica website for all their other delicious salumi products.
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Abruzzo food experiences at the Fattoria Valle Magica
Visit & Eat Experience - Farm visit plus enjoy the healthy and tasty food produced on the farm
Donkey Excursion - Farm visit plus two hour excursion with the donkeys (and snacks).
Aperitivo Experience - Evenings at the farm are a time for chilled drinks, music, nibbles and adult company. We welcome you to come and enjoy a fully loaded tagliere (salumi board) with a drink.
The Bistrot (brand new) - Enjoy a choice of a delicious tagliere or a tasting menu: All made with a selection of the farm produce and locally sourced and carefully selected ingredients.
The Bistrot specializes in a select range of natural wines including locally produced wines. Or choose from a range of artisan beers and ciders.
All the products at the Bistrot are from the farm or from local artisans, from cheese to truffles.
Everything is available for purchase at the Bistro: you can create a gift hamper or choose your favorites to take home.
Buy local Abruzzo products online
If you can't make it to the Fattoria Valle Magica farm for an Abruzzo food experience you can still experience the farm when you purchase their products online. Everything from their delicious Salumi products to woolen baby blankets made with Merino wool from their Gentile di Puglia sheep.
How to reach the Fattoria Valle Magica in Abruzzo
Look for the Fattoria Magica on Instagram and Facebook.
You can call owner Ralph Boston at the farm on WhatsApp or send an email.
Here's the farm's address:
Fattoria Valle Magica
Località Ponte Amaro
Here's how to get there by car.
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