Toscana - Italian Villa Vacations
Toscana - Tuscany
Tuscany is the place we all dream of….The place we want to retire to, and it is that place that will echo in your heart for a life time once you have stayed there and felt the essence of the organic life that passes by there each day.
With fields of sunflowers as far as they eye can see, olive groves and vineyards lining every street corner make Tuscany’s country side a picture worth painting. With its abundance of tiny medieval towns scattered around the hills, open air markets where locals gather each Saturday morning to offer their produce such as Truffle oil, olives, chianti wine, cured meats etc makes Tuscany the perfect place to visit for those that love food, wine and history.
Some of the most simple yet delicious foods come from Tuscany such as Riboleta soup (a winter vegetable soup with bread and cavallo Nero), Fagoli bianchi(white cannellini beans cooked in garlic and oil) and not to mention the wild Baw and rabbit dishes.
The cities of Tuscany are so rich in culture, art and history, and they continue to be the destination for tourists all over the world. Sienna, Florence, Sanginmingiano, Lucca and Pisa and Cortona, all have something wonderful to offer.
The Galleries, museums, incredible buildings, and architecture which surround these cities are enough to keep you busy for at least one month.
Some must sees and dos whilst in Tuscany are;
Rent a villa with Italian Villa vacations in the heart of the Chianti region and base yourself there for at least a week. The best time to go is debatable however we strongly recommend mid season (being either May/June, or September for perfect weather and smaller crowds.
Explore the surrounding vineyards, wine tasting and local restaurants for seasonal food in the Chianti and Montalcino.
Spend a few days in Florence visiting the Uffizi Gallery, The Santa Maria Novella Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the baptistery, and Michelangelo’s famous statue of David in the Galleria dell Academia.
Hire a bike and ride the old city walls of Lucca
Be blown away with Siennas ornate Cathedral and worlds shortest horse race – Il Palio
Enjoy the hot springs in Saturnia or the untouched beauty of the parco regionale della Maremma
Italian Villa Vacations specialise in accommodation in Tuscany. Whether it be a large group you are trying to accommodate for a family reunion or 50th birthday party, or you are a couple seeking self contained accommodation in Florence, or in the country side, we certainly do have a lot to offer.
Please enquire for further information regarding our collection of Tuscan villa rentals or for more information about the region.
The territory of Chianti runs on a north/south axis from
Florence down to Siena. It is the famous land of vineyards and
hilltop towns, with Greve, Radda and Castellina forming a triangle
in the very heart of Chianti.
Chianti is the most well known of all Italian wines.
The vineyards of Chianti are scattered over much of central Tuscany; the Classico zone begins northwards of Siena
The Island of Elba is the ideal location for sports enthusiasts and those seeking an active holiday. It offers the perfect combination: nature, sea and sport. With a distance of 10 km from the continent and a size of 224 kmq Elba is the biggest island of the Tuscan Archipelago and actually the third-biggest of Italy. A large part of the Elba Island and of the other islands of the Tuscan Archipe
Florence is the capital city of the Tuscany and is one of Italy's most important cities. Full of beautiful Renaissance style buildings, including wonderful churches and palaces, Florence is rich in culture and has not changed alot since the 16th century.
Located alongside the River Arno, Florence is surrounded by famous olive groves and Italian vi
Surrounded entirely by 16th century walls, the gorgeous city of Lucca sits on an alluvial plateau near the Serchio river, 19 meters above sea level. Located 23km Northeast of Pisa, 80km West of Florence and within easy reach of Siena, Lucca is a jewel of Northern Tuscany and an excellent base from which to explore further Italian wonders. To the North of Lucca lie the Apuane Alps with their fam
The area of the Maremma is located in southern Tuscany and
includes the city of Grosseto.
Maremma offers an extraordinary natural environment, clear beaches, large pine forests, and a precious natural patrimony. The territory has various protected natural areas, the most important being the Natural Park of the Maremma, which extends from Principina to Talamone. The Park covers a larg
Montalcino is a walled hilltop town in Tuscany lying in a very good position at 564 meters above sea level. It enjoys splendid views of the surrounding valleys.
The landscape is characterized by rolling hills, marked by winding roads lined with dark cypresses and fortified towns, but among the most important features, are the numerous acres of vineyards from which some of Tuscany's most
Minutes from the Umbrian border, Cortona is the setting of "Under the Tuscan Sun." Filled with the spirit of its Etruscan heritage, its winding streets are lined with lovely shops and restaurants. Cortona, as a cittá d'arte ("city of art"), hosts a variety of cultural events and festivals through the year, including the Tuscan Sun Festival. Nearby are many attractions, including Montepul