Tuscany villas - the perfect way to spend a holiday in Italy

Tuscany offers a rich combination of culture, historic cities, antiquities, agreeable climate and friendly locals it encapsulates everything that is beautiful about Italy. Its cities such as Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Florence offer magnificent gothic, Romanesque and renaissance buildings and works of art. Tuscany has also been home to some of Italy's most talented artists and writers, such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante.  It is this rich mixture of art and history that defines Tuscany and sets it apart from its counterparts.

Tuscany

The locations

Something that you will find is that the regional landscape is very diverse, from the rolling hills and vineyards of the Chianti region around Siena to the rugged coastline around Argentario and the Apuan Mountains in the north.

"Chiantishire" the stretch between Florence and Siena still houses some of Tuscany's most charming villages such as Castellina, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole. Slightly further to the west of Siena are some of Tuscany's best-preserved medieval towns, such as Sam Gimignano and Colle di Val D'elsa.

For those loving the mountains, the rugged area to the north of Lucca, called the Garfagnana, is a treat. This area offers pretty stone villages perched on hilltops, especially in and around the towns of Bagni di Lucca and Barga.

 

What to do?

This is a region that is drenched in culture, so expect an array of festivals, especially in the summer months that range from simple flag waving village affairs to the world famous horse racing Palio in Siena and the Viareggio carnival.

Shopping is a favourite pastime in Italy and Tuscany offers great style and quality, especially in fashion, leather and also home design and furniture as well as antiques. For clothes shopping, Florence is second to none with fantastic boutiques and out-of-town designer outlets. Arezzo houses the largest outdoor antiques fair in its square and you can also find outdoor antique fairs in Lucca and other towns.

Italy is not known for its golf but for golf lovers, Tuscany really does steal the march with courses around Florence, Montecatini Terme, Punta Ala, Tirrenia and Orbetello amongst others. Other activities of interest include sailing and diving (especially along the more southern coastline around Argentario), horse riding and fishing.

 

Where to stay?

With such a popular region, there is a wide range of Tuscany villas for rent. The picture-perfect renovated farmhouse is the most popular choice of accommodation nestled into the rolling countryside. For those looking to explore the region with a budget there are many converted into rustic Tuscany apartments with shared pools for smaller groups.

Tuscany is generally renowned for its beautiful countrysdie but there is also some fantastic villas by the sea in this region. We highly recommend villas in Tuscany with private pools for the true Italian holiday feel

 

How to get there?

Pisa airport is the main International Airport in Tuscany and there is also Amerigo Vespucci airport in Florence.  Bologna and Genova airports are also within easy reach.

 

What to eat?

An unmistakable ingredient in Tuscan life is its cuisine; good traditional food using fresh ingredients and is full of flavour. Tuscan vegetable soup is delicious as is the famous Florentine steak. Expect to see plenty of wild game on the menu and lovely rice dishes served with a mixture of meat and chicken.  The region also produces some of the most famous wines in Italy, with Chianti being the most famous and Brunello di Montalcino being considered to be the best.

 

Why Tuscany villas?

The region offers a landscape that has the most lasting charm. It has an abundance of medieval towns that are second to none and a sheer beauty that it difficult to rival. A simple walk becomes a joy in these surroundings and you are faced with hundreds of years of civilisation. Strolling through medieval streets, you will fall upon endless art and architecture that is second to none.

For those simply wishing to relax, the beaches are lovely and most countryside properties have a swimming pool, perfect for lazy days to soak up the beautiful surroundings. The combination of coastline, mountains, countryside and beautiful towns and cities such as Florence, Siena, Cortona, Lucca, Montepulciano (and we could go on) is truly hard to match.

 

If you are not sure which part of Tuscany you wish to visit then click the following sub regions to narrow it down

Pisa, Luca & north

Florence, Siena & Chianti

Arezzo, Cortona & east

Grosstto, Mareema & south

 

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L'orchidea
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* Set in the hills overlooking the village of Camaiore * Shared swimming pool

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Pietra Apartmento
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* Located between the hills of Lucca & the Versilian coast * 500m from the local grocery shops * Exclusive above ground swimming pool

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Casa Piccolo Greve
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* Located in the hills of the Chianti region * Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside * Converted medieval chapel * Shared swimming pool * Pets allowed

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Vista Mugello Valle
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* Lovely stone holiday home with private pool * Fascinating panorama over the green Mugello valley * Private outdoor area and a private swimming pool

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Casale Cortona 4
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* Located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria perfect for exploring both regions * Shared swimming pool * 500m from the local village

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Villa Buti
£770 - £1,800
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* Stunning views of the valley below and countryside * Surrounded by lush woods & olive groves * Outdoor wood burning oven * Pets allowed on request

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Florence Farmhouse
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* In a historical site in the heart of Chianti with great views * Restored church * Private pool with outdoor terraces for dining

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Villa Olivi Toscana
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* Cclose to the Chianti region * Approximately 60km from Florence * Peaceful position * Private swimming pool

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Apartmento Iris
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* Well priced accommodation for exploring the region * Shared swimming pool with jacuzzi * Traditional Tuscan features * Horse riding nearby

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Casa di Campagna
£1,630 - £3,155
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* Private swimming pool * Overlooking the plains of Lucca * Lovely traditional Tuscan stone house * 40km from the beaches of Versailles

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Casa Gialla
£3,260 - £3,530
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* Immersed in gardens & trees for a peaceful & private holiday * Within easy reach of the famous cities & the Versilian coast * Outdoor wood burning oven * Very relaxing holiday villa

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Casale Pescaglia
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* In the hills between Lucca & the Versilian coast * Stunning views of the countryside * Private swimming pool * Includes maid service

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Giallo Casa
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* Very peaceful location * Shaded outdoor dining area * Wood burning oven * Private swimming pool

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Villa Arco
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* Great panoramic views of the countryside * Approximately 30km from Lucca * Nice and private furnished garden * Barbecue area with wood burning pizza oven

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Casa Pietra
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* Shared swimming pool * Spectacular panoramic countryside views

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Casa Pietra Arco
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* Restored barn * Private swimming pool * Pets allowed on request

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Chianti Farmhouse - B
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* Set in a panoramic position of the rolling hills of the Chianti region * Shared swimming pool * Surrounded by vineyards & olive groves

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Villa Florence Campagna
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* Private swimming pool & jacuzzi * Charming old barn exquisitely renovated and with breathtaking views * Spectacular views of rolling Tuscan hills * Surrounded by lawns and gardens

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Villa Pacifica
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* Near the village of Montaione, 50km from Florence * Modern atmosphere with contemporary furnishing and finishing * Impressive views over the valleys and hills surrounding * Fully fenced property * Private pool has an original central Jacuzzi hydromassage

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Casale Cortona 3
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* Located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria perfect for exploring both regions * Shared swimming pool * 500m from the local village

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Casa Pitigliano
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* Suitable for families with children * Located just a few km from the famous village of Pitigliano * Fenced in private swimming pool * Pets allowed

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La Collina Toscana
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* With stunning sea views and walking distance to the beach * Lovely outside dining area

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Villa Buani
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* Only 13km from the beaches of Follonica * In the heart of the unspoilt green countryside of the Tuscan Maremma * Garden surrounding the house complete with swimming pool

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Casa Chianti Classico
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* Panoramic views over the Chianti region * Large private swimming pool * Characteristic farmhouse * Traditional Tuscan funishings

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