Destination guide

Tuscany – the heart of Italy

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?

Things to do

Tuscany – a jewel of history

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.


Perfect the art of slow living in Tuscany

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.


Warm days in Tuscany

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.

Where to stay around Tuscany?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 35,294 holiday lettings near Tuscany. From 7,869 Houses to 6,487 Villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Tuscany is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Tuscany?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Tuscany. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lucca: 5,118 holiday homes
  • Florence: 5,670 holiday homes
  • Siena: 2,596 holiday homes
  • Arezzo: 3,767 holiday homes
  • San Gimignano: 4,183 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Tuscany! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Tuscany?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Tuscany with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Lucca: 5,118 holiday lettings
  • Florence: 5,670 holiday lettings
  • Siena: 2,596 holiday lettings
  • Arezzo: 3,767 holiday lettings
  • San Gimignano: 4,183 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Tuscany?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Tuscany are:

  • Firenze Airport (FLR): 8,018 self catering accommodations
  • Lucca (LCV): 6,352 self catering accommodations
  • Pisa Airport (PSA): 5,188 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Tuscany?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Tuscany. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Forte dei Marmi Beach: 5,269 holiday rentals
  • Cala Piccola Beach: 779 holiday rentals
  • Mugello Circuit: 4,983 holiday rentals
  • Viareggio Harbor: 5,373 holiday rentals
  • Florence (ZMS-Santa Maria Novella Train Station): 8,263 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tuscany listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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