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Make a holiday rental, home, or villa in Tuscany your home away from home

Known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy, Tuscany is considered the most beautiful regions in Europe for a holiday home. However visitors come to Tuscany for many reasons. Many come to marvel at the art, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural wonders. Others choose to explore the countryside with its traditional Tuscan holiday homes. Nothing can make one feel more like a Tuscan local than sitting out on the balcony of your Tuscan holiday villa to see the sunset. However more active visitors can enjoy hiking and bike paths along the mountainside. Summer visitors staying in self-catering holiday rental, homes, and villas can enjoy the coasts and islands throughout Tuscany. Tuscany is also ideal for gourmets and wine lovers with its homegrown cuisine and wine.

Places to holiday in Tuscany

Florence- As the capital of Tuscany, Florence is home to some of the greatest museums, palaces, and churches in the world. The most popular sites in Florence include the museums, the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are also art galleries in their own right, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural work. However be sure to take a break from site seeing and eat some of the best gelato found at Bar Vivoli near Santa Croce.

Siena- Siena is known as the cultural center of Tuscany. The most well known site is the Duomo, a magnificent Italian Romanesque cathedral including the Libreria Piccolomini, Baptistery and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo which includes the famous Maestà by Duccio. The city is also best known for a horse race, Il Palio, held twice each year in the summer. Views of this colourful festival can best be enjoyed from the rooftop of a holiday home in Siena.

Pisa- Pisa is best known for the world famous Leaning Tower, but be sure not to miss the other architectural and artistic marvels of this beautiful city. If you arrive into the city by train, be sure to take the long walk to the Campo dei Miracoli lined with many interesting sights, shops, and restaurants. Pisa is also known for having gorgeous summer nights. Pisa’s holiday homes around the banks of the rivers are the ideal place to enjoy these views.

Things to do in Tuscany

Tuscany is famous for having many museums with masterpieces by the greatest artists of all time. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world's top art museums where it houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including Leonardo and Boticelli. The Accademia houses Michelangelo's David, one of the most famous sculptures in the world. The Pitti Palace houses several important collections of paintings from Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Caravaggio, and others. Make sure to visit the baroque Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace when the weather is nice.

Visitors staying at Tuscan’s holiday rentals, homes, and villas should also make sure to attend many of the events happening all year round in Tuscany. Many of them take place during the summer, such as the food festivals, which start in early summer and continue on through the fall. One of the most famous event is the Luminara in Tuscany, Regatta and Battle of the Bridge in Pisa to honor Saint Ranieri, the patron saint of Pisa on 16th June. Over 70,000 candles light up the palaces along the Arno river, with a fireworks display afterwards. In Florence, the Calcio Storico Fiorentino celebrates St. John the Baptist, the city's patron saint on June 24. First, there is a parade in historical costume followed by games played while wearing 16th century costumes. Il Palio in Siena is a colourful, horse race round the Piazza del Campo, Siena's main square, that takes place every 2nd July and 16th August. The square is filled with costume parades before the race, and massive feasts of the most delicious food are set up on long outdoor tables that can stretch for blocks on the medieval side streets. Staying at a Tuscan holiday home during these festivals can intrigue all your senses.

If you don't know what to do have a look to our Holiday Idea page

Weather in Tuscany

Tuscany weather can be enjoyed all year but the most desirable periods to visit are late spring and early autumn. The days are warm and sunny while the nights stay cool. The spring flourishes with olive groves while the fall is the season of food festivals throughout the province, including a huge wine festival. For the summer, many holiday rentals in Tuscany have swimming pools and hot springs.

Travel to Tuscany

The largest airports in the region are Pisa's Aeroporto Galileo Galilei (PSA) and Florence's Peretola (FLR). International travelers can fly to Rome’s Fiumicino (FCO) or Milan’s Aeroporto Malpensa (MXP) to make connecting flights to Pisa or Florence.

Flying time is 2 hours fromLondon(to Milan). The best prices on airline travel can be found on easyJet and Ryanair. By train, look into British Rail. Once in Tuscany, some larger towns, like Florence and Pisa, are accessible by train and many small villages are accessible by bus, but renting a car is a popular option because it is the easiest and most economic way to get around.


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                                                              A perfect home from home. Everything you could possibly need is available. Anna and Giorgio were delightful, thoughtful and kind. We would definitely stay here again on our next trip to Florence. Transport is easy and reliable and the walk into to town is pretty and interesting. Takes about 15mins. We have and will continue to recommend this lovely apartment to friends and relatives. Only downside is the Internet is slow and tends to drop out but I think it is more to do with where you are in the apartment. It doesn't like the bedroom very much but the walls are thick so possibly the cause of the problem. We are not television watchers so the fact that there were no English channels at all didn't bother us one bit. The garden is beautiful and if the weather had been better we would have made much more use of it. It's quiet and secluded with a bbq and different places to sit. If you are looking for somewhere lovely to stay in Florence then look no further. I promise, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Anna and Giorgio for a wonderful 10 days and also for the very lovely and very unexpected parting gift. It was so kind of you and we hope to see you again very soon!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 23-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                              Charming Casa Laura in Lucca

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                                                              My home base for the 4 weeks I spent in Tuscany was beautiful Lucca. It truly is a hidden gem & a perfect base for those without a car. I stayed in the beautiful Casa Laura and I cannot wait to get back. My easy train ride from Roma Termini station to Lucca was capped off by a warm welcome by Sonia (one of the owners) who whisked me off to my apartment rental. Although the train station is only a 5/7 minute walk, it was lovely to picked up by car with my luggage. Sonia and Cristina took great care of me & were quick to address any questions or requests I had. The apartment features a large kitchen & open living rooms. Both bedroom and the two bathrooms are a nice size & the linens and towels were clean & comfortable. Bathrobe was provided, a great bonus. The wifi was great for updating my blog about Italy & I used the great washing machine and the dryer a lot so that I could pack lighter. Sonia and Cristina have supplied me with all of the comforts of home; including dishes, cookware etc... just pack your clothes & forget your troubles in Lucca. This apartment has the most incredible patio & I spent numerous hours sipping wine & enjoying my patio with friends. What I loved most about it was its central location. It was a quick walk to espresso bars, restaurants & shops, not to mention the numerous historical & religious sites all throughout Lucca. My favorite spot was looking out over the square while sipping coffee near the Caffè Dele Mura (on the walls). A walk to the walls & you are rewarded with a breathtaking view, not to mention great exercise for justifying all those gelatos you will want. The people of Lucca are so nice & welcoming, but you would do yourself well to learn at least a rudimentary amount of Italian. If not just out of respect for the Italian people, but also to help you feel more at ease. You will find that in most of the small hill towns not much English is spoken. Honestly though, after the culture shock of OVER touristy Rome....the beauty & simplicity of Lucca is so refreshing. The food of Lucca is incredible & beautifully simple. As a Chef I was overwhelmed by the freshness of produce, salamis & pastas. The wines of this region are incredible & inexpensive. As a solo female traveler I must say I felt perfectly safe in Lucca. If you If you are a "Slow Traveler" & you like leisurely paced meals & environs, then Lucca is perfect place to experience the beauty of Tuscany. I'm already planning my trip back with Sonia next summer!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2015

                                                              Amazing! Exceeded our expectations by a landslide!

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                                                              From the moment our car pulled up to this gorgeous villa, we were blown away by its beauty. We were surrounded by lush olive trees on top of a mountain (although the drive up the road was quite tricky at first, we mastered it by our last day.) The photos of the house itself did not do it justice. The interior is impeccable, so tastefully decorated, each room was nicer than the next... Fully equipped kitchen with the best appliances and necessities (they were just in need of an ice maker which I am sure they have resolved this issue by now.) We have never felt more at home when traveling than we did at the Frantoio. George and Linda live down the path on a separate dwelling on the property. Every day, they came to check on us, makeing sure we didn't need anything, gave us great information about the history of the villa and where to eat/sightsee etc... They stocked the kitchen upon our arrival with our first breakfast necessities consisting eggs, milk, bread, coffee, bottled water and of course a bottle of Prosecco. George even drove us to our wine tasting event (at a nominal charge) so we could fully enjoy ourselves and not worry about how we would get home... They went over and beyond for us and truly made our vacation that much better. We will definitely be back, not only to Tuscany, but to the Frantoio, as it will always have a special place in our hearts. The definition of luxury and beauty.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2015
                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2015