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Why should I plan my holidays in villas in Tuscany?

Tourists who plan a holiday in a villa in Tuscany are usually very demanding. They are travellers looking for good food and traditions, art and history, relaxing and inspiring atmospheres.

If you plan a holiday in a villa in Tuscany, you can have all of this. And much more.

Tuscany, a holiday
dedicated to art, food and nature

Tuscany is one of the best places to visit in Italy. How many places in the world have historic buildings, works of art, culinary tradition, culture, and a rich and colourful nature all at once? Certainly, not many.

Tuscany is one of these places. For this reason, tourists from all over the world decide to plan their holidays right in Tuscany, a land full of traditions. In Tuscany, the richness of the typical products -from wines to cold cuts – perfectly matches with culinary art, offering a special experience of food and flavours. Spending a holiday in Tuscany means getting immersed in its history and culture. A holiday in Tuscany is an incredible journey into art and beauty.

The art cities of Tuscany are famous all around the world: Pisa, with its Piazza dei Miracoli; Siena, with its Palio and its medieval towns; Florence, with its wonderful collection of works of art in the Uffizi Gallery.

Just outside the historical centres, the green hills of Tuscany will win you over. The vineyards and the olive groves make them pictures to be admired and photographed. Natural paradises where to get immersed and to retire, looking for relax and tranquillity.

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Tuscany and relax:
why to plan a holiday in a villa

Renting a villa is the best solution if you are thinking to plan a group holiday in Tuscany. Whether you are together with your friends or with your family, you can enjoy the comfort of an independent accommodation.

Tuscany is a region particularly suited to holidays in a villa, because it can count on very green peripheral areas, which are isolated, but easily reachable from the cities at the same time. During the day, you can move around discovering all the attractions, then coming back to the stillness of your villa to relax, far from the crowd of tourists.

You will be completely independent in terms of time and spaces; however, you can enjoy all the services and comforts. You will also optimise costs, especially if you are part of a large group.

How to plan a
holiday in a villa in Tuscany

If you are thinking to plan a holiday in a villa in Tuscany, here are some useful tips.

Vallebuia - San Gimignano
Vallebuia - San Gimignano
  1. Look for villas located in strategic positions. It is better if they are away from confusion but well connected to the main attractions.
  2. Give preference to the villas in the middle of nature. Your holiday in Tuscany with your kids will be much more pleasant and relaxing.
  3. If you want to make your holiday in Tuscany even more special, choose a villa with pool. The utmost comfort.
  4. Make sure that the villa is equipped with all the services you may need. Also make sure that it is provided with common spaces and private rooms as well.
  5. Give preference to the accommodations within (or in close proximity to) farmhouses. So you can taste typical products – such as wine and oil – in their early stage.
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Best places to visit in Italy when you’re on holiday

What are the 5 best places to visit in Italy during your holiday? It’s difficult to say. Italy is a very wide country, offering many different attractions.

So it depends on the kind of holiday you are planning and on the period when you are supposed to leave. However, here are the 5 best places you should definitely visit, in our opinion.

1. Rome, the Eternal City

Among the 5 best places to visit during a holiday in Italy, the first place certainly goes to Rome, the capital.

It is a wonderful city, full of charm and history. You can visit the Colosseum, go shopping in via Condotti, taste the original “Carbonara”, admire the Sistine Chapel and the magnificent St. Peter’s Square. Rome will remain in your heart, trust us.

Here is a tip: avoid visiting Rome during summer if you don’t like hot temperatures. Rather, try to plan your holiday in the low season.

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2. Florence and the Tuscan medieval towns:
some of the best places to visit in Italy

How could we not include Florence in the list of the top 5 places to visit during a holiday in Italy? It would be impossible, of course.

If you love art and good food, we suggest you a trip in the Tuscan capital.

Don’t miss to visit the Uffizi. This gallery houses masterpieces of art history –world-famous works such as The Birth of Venus and the Primavera by Botticelli, and Caravaggio’s Medusa. Instead, the equally famous Michelangelo’s David is located in the nearby Galleria dell’Accademia.

Once the visit is over, have a seat in one of the typical Italian osterie and order the popular “Fiorentina” (or Ribollita, for vegetarians), to combine with a glass of good Chianti wine. As for Florence as well, we recommend you to visit it during the low season, so as to avoid the crowds of tourists.

Basically, the whole Tuscany is worth a visit: from Pisa – with its Leaning Tower – to Lucca, from Siena – famous for its Palio – to San Gimignano –one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Italy.

The nearby Umbria is also worth a visit. The “green heart of Italy” will win you over with its landscapes, art and history.

3. Venice, the Lagoon City

Venice is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Along with its lagoon, Venice was declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. It draws thousands of tourists every year, so we could not avoid including Venice among the 5 best places to visit during a holiday in Italy.

Enjoy the sight of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge, take some time for a romantic tour on the Grand Canal.

If the crowd is not a problem for you, then you should visit Venice in February, so as to take part in the famous masked Carnival. Your kids will love it!

Also “La Serenissima” has its own culinary traditions. You can’t miss the “Bacaro Tour” –a visit to the typical Venetian bars to enjoy local appetizers, and the classic “Ombra de vin” – a glass of wine.

4. The Cinque Terre

The “Cinque Terre” are five villages connected to each other and overlooking the sea of the Ligurian coast: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. These villages of unique beauty were declared UNESCO “World Heritage Sites”. This is why we included them among the 5 best places to visit during a holiday in Italy.

You can visit just one of the Cinque Terre, or even more than one, because they are well connected to each other. You can explore them on foot for a scenic walk along the Sentiero Azzurro, or by train.

After enjoying the beautiful sceneries through the typical Ligurian alleyways, look for a sea-view restaurant.

Here the fish is really fresh and perfectly cooked. Combine it with a glass of local aromatic white wine.

Pay attention to the high season periods: in fact, the Cinque Terre are very popular from early spring to late summer and, as a result, finding an accommodation is not easy. If you failed to book on time, the nearby Tuscany represents a good alternative. Accommodation offers are much wider there, and reaching the Cinque Terre is very practical.

5. Naples and the Amalfi Coast

The cheerfulness, the colours, and the flavours of Naples will win you over. In our opinion, it is one of the most beautiful places to see during a holiday in Italy. Naples is a wonderful art city, although the traffic and the confusion don’t do full justice to it. We suggest you to stop in Piazza del Plebiscito and to visit the National Museum of Capodimonte.

You should definitely go in the folkloric Quartieri Spagnoli and have dinner with Neapolitan pizza – the best you could ever taste.

Not far from Naples, the beautiful Amalfi Coast and its treasures – Amalfi, Positano, and Capri – await you.

However, pay attention to the high season periods. From spring to late summer, the Amalfi Coast is very popular.

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