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Published on: 05 May 2015
Boasting a blend of delicious food, beautiful wine and the birth of Renaissance, Tuscany is classic Italy. The region’s most prized art and historical relics reside in the larger cities; while hilltop medieval towns offer comfortable, inexpensive villa holiday living and breathtaking views of rustic vineyards and olive groves. Whether you come in search of pure relaxation and rural charm, or an experience packed with local culture and tradition - you will fall in love with Tuscany.Learn more about Tuscany »
The beautiful hilltop city of Volterra occupies a breathtaking position overlooking vast expanses of the famous Tuscan landscape, with a wealth of historical and artistic treasures and wonderful architecture.8 villas 1hr Pisa
Pontedera is a bustling town between Pisa and Florence and is the home of the Piaggio company that manufactures the famous Vespa scooters.7 villas 30mins Pisa
The historic town of Cortona stands atop a hill and affords the visitor views of southern Tuscany as far as Umbrias Lake Trasimeno. With numerous art galleries and museums there’s plenty to do.5 villas 2hrs Pisa
With its medley of piazzas, churches, galleries and narrow streets surrounded by a 4km perimeter of 16th century wall, Lucca is a true hidden gem.4 villas 30mins Pisa
Built upon a crest of a hill, Montepulciano is renowned as a treasure chest of late Renaissance architecture due to many palaces that were built.4 villas 2hrs Pisa
The village of Castagneto Carducci, situated on a hill, was once surrounded by walls, but is now dominated by the castle of the Della Gherardesca family who to this day still live there.3 villas 1hr Pisa
Cecina is a popular coastal town situated 33km south of Livorno. The town offers something for everyone with a good variety of restaurants, beaches, harbour and waterpark.3 villas 40mins Pisa
The small hilltop village of Pomarance is set amid rolling Tuscan countryside. The area combines a rich history with an interesting natural environment. Geothermal energy is now used to produce electricity.2 villas 1hr 15mins Pisa
Renowned for its thriving jewellery industry, Arezzo is set on a hillside in south east Tuscany dominating the marvellous valleys of the Arno and Tevere rivers.1 villa 1hr 40mins Pisa
Home of the family of Giovanni Boccaccio, poet of ‘Vita di Dante’, Certaldo is a red brick hilltop town located in the Chianti region of Tuscany.1 villa 1hr Pisa
Located at the heart of Tuscany, Colle di Val d’Elsa is a lovely hilltop town overlooking the Elsa valley.1 villa 1hr 30mins Pisa
Situated within the world-famous Chianti wine producing region, Gaiole in Chianti is positioned between Siena, Arezzo and Florence, making it the ideal base for sight-seeing.1 villa 1hr 50mins Pisa
Rosignano Marittimo is a small hilltop town situated inland alongside the coastal town of Rosignano Solvay, with Livorno only a 30 minute drive away.1 villa 40mins Pisa
The stunning medieval town of Siena is simply not to be missed. The magnificent fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city’s ancient parishes which compete with each other in the famous Palio1 villa 1hr 45mins Pisa
We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Tuscany. Find the perfect villa below:
Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany
Tuscany remains essentially rural in character, with its climate and terrain perfect for outdoor adventures. Rolling hills, serene lakes and plunging valleys are ideal for horse riding, cycling and walking trips.
Learn to cook regional food with local chefs, sample a wave of famous wines, or simply take a wander into the countryside to enjoy the vibrant seasonal colours. Sunflowers are in abundance in June; observe the grape harvests in late September, or be there for the October arrival of porcini mushrooms and truffles.
Tuscany is known for its high quality leather goods, crystal, terracotta and lace, but the region is also home to factory outlets offering the height in designer fashion.
The sophisticated shopping delights of antiques, local crafts, souvenirs, jewellery and art can be found in all the main towns. While dazzling colours, noises and aromas will draw you to the authentic outdoor markets selling everything from food to furniture. Sample the freshness and quality of local produce to capture a taste of rustic Tuscan life.
Striking buildings, galleries and treasure-crammed cathedrals set Tuscany apart as one of the top cultural destinations in the world. Visit some of the most beautiful cities in Italy to uncover this rich trove of art and architecture – each celebrating its own unique place in history.
The region boasts many traditional festivities throughout the year, marking historical events and medieval tournaments that took place centuries ago. Festivals of music, arts, dance and film also offer visitors the chance to join in the Tuscan atmosphere.
A feast for the senses, Tuscany is home to the very finest home-grown food. With a world-renowned reputation in wine and olive oil production, you can expect to sample the most delicious natural fare - all cooked and lovingly prepared from scratch.
Sun-drenched trattorias are the perfect place to soak up the Tuscan way of life, where eating out is a real event, while pizzerias, restaurants and village eateries serve only traditional cuisine to ensure the true flavour of Italy lands on every plate.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Whether its for family fun or just a few lengths in the morning, enjoy all the space and freedom that comes with a large pool.View Villas
Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
Enjoy complete comfort and relaxation following a day of exploring in your very own Jacuzzi or hot tub.View Villas
From neighbouring properties to stand alone villas that sleep up to 20 people, there are plenty of options for large groups.View Villas
Enjoy the peace and relaxation that comes with a private villa located off the beaten track.View Villas
Improve your fitness or have some fun with a game of tennis, whether you're practising your backhand or taking a break from the beach.View Villas
Take in the wonderful site of the surrounding area from the comfort and privacy of your own villaView Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Take a look at the added entertainment on offer at these fantastic villas - and perhaps swap the swimming pool for a pool table!View Villas
Travelling outside of the summer season? Don't worry - enjoy a long, leisurely swim at these villas with heated pools.View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
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