Farm holidays are a widespread phenomenon in several Italian Regions, even if they differ according to the local area. In Sardinia, people from the Province of Oristano began to be interested in it at the beginning of the 1960s, when a group of women of the Sardinian Farmers Cooperative started the first experience of rural hospitality. This initiative marked the birth of a peculiar type of tourism, in addition to the already existent seaside resort model (by which it was heavily influenced). During this embryonic stage, tourists were hosted by the families of farmers who lived in small villages, where they shared their resources in exchange of few money. Since then many changes occurred: tourism developed from an agricultural activity, primarily based on dining and accommodation services, to the current offer, that consists on: A) enterprises situated near the coastline; B) accommodation and dining facilities in urban areas;
C) farm holiday enterprises separated from the actual farm, that are far of populated areas. Recently farm holidays placed firmly within the Sardinian tourism system, with original characteristics according to the different local areas. The case of the Province of Oristano is representative of this strong diversification.