Tuscany summer holidays

Find beauty and relaxation during a summer holiday in Tuscany

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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Siena, Tuscany

Tuscany, known famously as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is still renowned as one of the country’s most alluring hotspots. Visitors from around the world flock to Tuscany for its tranquillity, its divine landscape, and its friendly locals. If you’re a fan of wild nature, you’ll see plenty of it by the Ligurian Sea, with its rolling green hills and flourishing farms. If you’re an art and history lover, meanwhile, there are plenty of museums and historical sites throughout the region, all of which pay fond tribute to the Italian Renaissance and an inherent love of artwork.

Tuscany assuredly isn’t for everyone – I’m reminded of a pair of teenagers on a recent trip to the Oskar Schindler Museum, who pierced the air with a chorus of “Boo-oo-ring” – but its cultural and scenic treasures will warm the hearts of those who appreciate such glories. It could be a memorable summer...


Five cities to visit while in Tuscany on a summer holiday


Summer holidays in Florence Summer holidays in Florence

Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region and also its most populous city. Nevertheless, the summer crowds are certainly worth bearing: it’s a small price to pay to experience the incredible old-world architecture and artwork particular to the region. Pore over Boticelli canvases, admire Giotto frescoes, then stop off and enjoy an authentic Italian gelato; for a spot of exercise, pedal your legs to storied historical sites like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

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Summer holidays in Versilia Summer holidays in Versilia

If you’re desirous of a summer holiday by the beach in Tuscany, you may well wish to book your stay in Versilia. There are beautiful beaches – well, that's a given – while during July and August, the La Versilinia Festival showcases a diverse range of entertainment amid an atmospheric pinewood setting. For your requisite fix of art and history, visit the quaint coastal town of Pietrasanta; also known, for good reason, as Little Athens. Naturally, with the Apuan Alps nearby, you might opt to go hiking instead!

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Summer holidays in Siena Summer holidays in Siena

Siena’s cathedrals, ancient government buildings and mighty stone towers loom large over a network of tight, winding streets, creating the impression that you have stepped back in time. Visit the Duomo of Siena, which was originally completed in 1263, with various additions added in later years. And for a unique shopping experience, a wander through the Piazza del Campo, where locals converge to mingle, shop and do business, is a must. You can also get to the top of Torre del Mangia, 88 metres in the sky, to experience spectacular views of the region.

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Summer holidays in Elba Summer holidays in Elba

Elba is a small Mediterranean island that has long lived in the shadow of other, more famous Italian destinations in the archipelago – I’m thinking, of course, of Sicily and Sardinia. Napoleon spent time here during his exile in 1814, and Elba retains many buildings from his era that attract keen history buffs each year. There is no shortage of pristine beaches to choose from, among them the golden sands of Cottoncello, or paradisal Le Viste, in the shade of the Emperor’s old residence, in Portoferraio.

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Summer holidays in Arezzo Summer holidays in Arezzo

Arezzo, one of Tuscany’s most well-heeled cities, has a magnetic quality for those wishing to indulge themselves in architecture, history and art. It’s no surprise that the movie “La Vita è Bella” was filmed here. Visit the historic home of the famous Italian poet, Petrarch, called Casa del Petrarca. There is an antiques fair that will appeal to folk hunting for old treasures, and plenty of museums and churches to explore too. Try one of the city’s many restaurants and sample popular local dishes like Acquacotta and Ribollita.

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Holiday Rentals in Tuscany

Wonderful villa with pool in the heart of Tuscany, in a panoramic position

LE VILLE DI GIO is a beautiful country estate near Foiano della Chiana, consisting of the main house and an outbuilding (additional 350 square meters). This welcoming and comfortable accommodation with 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms is good for larger...

Charming 1 bedroom apt immersed in nature with fantstic sea view. Sleeps 4.

This charming 45m2 apartment ( sleeps 4) is situated in Rio Marina, in a panoramic position less than 800 m from the port,the restaurants, cafès, banks and the shops of the town centre. Wifi access.  The house with sea view is immersed in a peace...

Two luxury holiday villas in Borgo 'La Casa' for a comfortable holiday.

Borgo "La Casa" has recently been carefully restored and consists of 3 houses: Casa Principale, Case Giglio and Casa Girasole. Casa Giglio (for 6 persons) and Casa Girasole (sleeps 4) are available to rent as a holiday. The holiday homes are spa...

Stylish Villa, Sleeps Up To 6, Flexible Arrivals/Departures, Value For Money

Villa Rolando is the ideal value for money property with private pool and garden, perfect for those who want to soak up the sun after taking a dip. The villa is also in a great location for exploring the area of Tuscany, just 3 minutes drive from ...

Secluded and spacious villa with pool and amazing views in the heart of Chianti

Nestled in the quiet seclusion of a beautiful olive grove lives the grande Villa Bella Vista. With panoramic views from its from its garden, surrounded by beautiful trees, this really is the ideal retreat for a group of 6 to 13 people. You may not...

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