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Destination guide

Culture and romance near Tuscan holiday lettings

Tuscany is the stuff of postcards. Rolling hills, where spear-like cypress trees shade the vineyards, converge to meet verdant plains pockmarked with rustic farms and villages. There's hardly a town in sight that isn't worthy of a gasp, whether because of Cortona's hilltop towers or Lucca's medieval walls or San Gimignano's honey-hued houses, cascading like a waterfall from the central piazzas. Life is slow and easy in these reaches. Great wines flow and rustic food is on the menu. Sunday markets and morning walks through Florentine cathedrals give way to lazy afternoons by the poolside in Tuscany holiday rentals. Convinced?

History

Historic sites near holiday homes in Tuscany

Tuscany offers an array of historic sites to explore during your trip. Holiday homes can be found near places like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a medieval cathedral with an iconic red dome and coloured marble façade, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, an elaborate 14th-century tower with a world-famous lean. You could also visit the Piazza della Signoria, a city square with a 14th-century crenellated tower of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Things to do

Places to go near holiday lettings in Tuscany

Tuscany's not just uber-relaxing. It's uber-rich in history, culture and heritage, too. Take to the city streets of Florence and you'll find yourself navigating cobbled lanes where masterpieces by Michelangelo and Caravaggio beckon in the museums – the Uffizi Gallery is a must. Hit Pisa and you can see the famous Leaning Tower – selfie taking not compulsory. Head to Lucca for preserved medieval walls or delve into the stone-clad lanes of Cortona for a glimpse of Etruscan relics in the nearby archaeological digs. There's loads to do here.

Activities

Things to do near Tuscan holiday homes

Tuscany takes slow living seriously. Or, at least, it would if it wasn't too busy relaxing to take anything seriously. Don't worry if you simply want to kick-back and soak up the Italian sun in a private villa. There's no one here to judge. Don't be ashamed if you swap the cathedrals and churches for cafe culture in Florence's backstreets. Don't worry if you trade sightseeing for wine tasting in the Chianti hills or cooking lessons with local mamas. It's what the region's best at.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Tuscan holiday homes

There's a reason why so many Tuscany holiday rentals come with pools and al fresco eating terraces. This region of central Italy is primed for outdoor living. It's all about smorgasbords of buffalo mozzarella cheese and air-dried hams under the Tuscan sun, or reading sessions on deckchairs with views over the Apennines. It should hardly come as a surprise, then, that summer is the top time to come. Months like June, July and August mean regular temperatures in the 30s and hardly any rain to boot.

Natural features

Tuscany – a land divided

Tuscany is split between the rising Apennine Mountains of central Italy and the coast of the Tyrrhenian sea. That means it's got all sorts of natural wonders up its sleeve, ranging from the peaks where Cortona perches to the rolling Grossetto Plain to the beaches around Porto Ecole. The region even spills down into the Med with the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. Its 7 islands are an oasis of empty pebble coves, glistening azure water and rare marine life – even whales. Back inland and you can see vineyards and cypress trees stretching out for miles.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Tuscan holiday homes

The tranquil scenery and romantic locations of Tuscany make it ideal for a couple’s escape. Holiday homes can be found near places like the Galleria dell’Accademia, an art museum with Michelangelo’s masterpieces and renaissance paintings, and Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge with Roman origins and an abundance of jewellery and souvenir shops. You’ll also like the Uffizi Gallery, a 16th-century building with a vast collection of primitive and renaissance paintings and artwork.

How many holiday rentals are available around Tuscany?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 32,627 holiday lettings around Tuscany. From 6,565 villas to 456 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Tuscany?

There's nothing that compares to the unbroken silence of rural life. No rumbling traffic or car alarms blaring. Just you and the silent tranquility of the countryside! HomeAway has 9,510 rural getaway rentals in this destination. Open to more suggestions? HomeAway has heaps of other property options to browse through, including:

  • 4,414 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 3,477 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 2,728 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Tuscany?

There's no need to wave goodbye to the conveniences of home just because you're on holiday. Kick back and relax in your very own apartment and live life like the locals. You'll be able to take your pick from 16,727 different options via HomeAway. How does £17 a night sound? That's what you could be paying if you don't leave it too long! Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • House: 7,669 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £10 per night.
  • Villa: 6,974 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Farmhouse: 1,823 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £32 per night.

Can I stay in Tuscany in a large group?

Holidays with your loved ones can be oodles of fun, especially when you're sleeping under the same roof in an amazing new place! If you'll be visiting with a large group, HomeAway can help out. Presently, apartment holiday rentals are popular for big groups of travellers here, and you'll find 3,265 listed on our database. The holiday properties that can cater to large numbers in this area include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 6,627 properties to rent appropriate for that size. Book a night for as little as £22.
  • If you've got 5 in your squad, you'll be delighted to hear that there are 4,066 holiday rentals suitable. You can book one for as little as £10 a night.
  • Hunting down rental properties suitable for 8 guests? You'll be delighted to know we have 2,686 that'll be ideal. You can get one from just £26 per night.

You and your posse will be well catered to when you plan your Tuscany adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Tuscany?

HomeAway has a selection of wonderful economical rental picks. Treat your loved ones to an extravagant night on the town or extend your holiday with the pennies you save. When it comes to discovering an awesome deal, your first port of call ought to be Pisa. Here, HomeAway has 2,108 holiday rentals at an average price of £108 a night. Another 6,334 HomeAway holiday rentals are on offer in or around Florence. With an average price of £116 a night, you're sure to get a deal worth boasting about.

Explore destinations around Tuscany

Lucca
4,378 holiday rentals
Viareggio
2,620 holiday rentals
Capannori
1,453 holiday rentals
San Gimignano
4,139 holiday rentals
Cortona
3,372 holiday rentals
Bagni di Lucca
474 holiday rentals
Florence
5,008 holiday rentals
Castellina In Chianti
2,918 holiday rentals
Greve In Chianti
4,292 holiday rentals
Pescaglia
3,849 holiday rentals
Camaiore
1,888 holiday rentals
San Casciano In Val di Pesa
913 holiday rentals
Siena
2,566 holiday rentals
Arezzo
3,420 holiday rentals
Monte Argentario
523 holiday rentals
Volterra
6,213 holiday rentals
Montaione
4,145 holiday rentals
Lamporecchio
1,383 holiday rentals
Poppi
789 holiday rentals
Barga
1,039 holiday rentals