Lying in the heart of Italy’s most famous region, Tuscany, the Val d’Elsa, is rich in culture, natural resources and charming medieval towns. Ideal for exploring Tuscany and the cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena, a holiday rental villa in the Val d’Elsa also lends itself as a base for magnificent walking holidays and cycling holidays with many fascinating points of interest and beautiful buildings to admire.
Taking holiday accommodation in the Val d’Elsa exposes you to a vast array of stunning countryside, and a wealth of cultural, historical and artistic heritage, producing an extensive understanding of Italian culture.
The countryside is a natural playground for holiday makers. There are unlimited opportunities and routes for both mountain biking and walking. Trekking and cycling through the rolling hills, stream filled valleys and wooded slopes is a very peaceful alternative to soaking up culture from a Val d’Elsa villa rental. Horse riding centre are frequent in the Val d’Elsa, with guided tours or hirelings available.
Golf holidays from a Val d’Elsa villa are excellent fun. The green fairways, and flower filled rough are ideal for playing golf in the Tuscan sun. The Castelfalfi Golf Course offers a spectacular round, and is open to the public. The Tuscan coastline with the famous golden beaches are just 80km from any of the Val d’Elsa accommodation.
Half way between Florence and Siena lays the historic military base of Barberino Val d’Elsa, which has hardly changed at all since its creation in the middle ages. Staggeringly, much of the original architecture still stands firm, and the beautiful church in the town centre bring tourists from acrossEuropeto enjoy both the architectural beauty of the town and the magnificent panoramic views from the ancient town walls.
Wine connoisseurs taking a Val d’Elsa villa or rental apartment should have a good look at Montespertoli, located deep in the hills of Chianti, where famous Chianti DOC wines have been being produced since the Etruscan era. The castles of Poppiano, Lucardo and Botinaccio, and the beautiful Renaissance Church of Sant Andrea command traveller’s appreciation, especially during the Chianto festival in June. The exquisite gastronomy of the area is celebrated during the Festa del Vino Novello, White Truffle Festival and Vinsato Exhibition, all in November.
Montaione is a small town brimming with services and shops, jet surrounded by groves, vineyards and beautiful Tuscan countryside.
The Val d’Elsa is subject to a blissful climate, with summer temperatures averaging around 22˚C, ideal for enjoying the great outdoors. Walking and cycling holidays are particularly popular from a Val d’Elsa villa.
Both Florence (FLR) and Pisa International Airports (PSA) are within an hour of the holiday rental villas of the Val d’Elsa. Daily cheap flights to the Val d’Elsa arrive from every major airport in the UK.