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Make a holiday rental house or villa in Val d’Elsa-Siena, Italy your home away from home

Val d’Elsa is a commune in Siena Province, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The main town, Colle Val d’Elsa is famed for its beautifully strategic position, medieval centre and production of luxury crystal glassware and art. With a history dating back to the 4th Century BC, the area is adorned with beautiful reminders of eras past. With its strategic position between Siena, Florence and Volterra, Val d’Elsa holiday rentals have become a firm favorite with holiday makers looking for stunning scenery, a relaxing atmosphere and a wealth of cultural and artistic treasures.

Things to do on holiday in Val d’Elsa-Siena, Italy

The Val d’Elsa, which takes its name from the River Elsa, is a gentle, rural territory with grove covered hills and wooded plains, dotted with medieval villages and towns, each adding to the numerous attractions and delightful atmosphere. Holidays to the Val d’Elsa invigorate the senses, offering stunning scenery, the soft aromas of olive groves and vineyards, and the delightful food, served beautifully by the age old family restaurants found across the Val d’Elsa. For this reason, taking self catering holiday accommodation and travelling slowly through the region of foot or by bicycle has become a very popular way to discover this beautiful area of Siena, Italy, and there are many routes to fill any cycling or walking holiday to the Val d’Elsa.

The old medieval part of Colle Val d’Elsa, the ‘colle alta’, which stands proudly at the highest part of the town, has a magnificently well preserved medieval structure, with many buildings and points of interest to soak in, as soon as you leave the front door of your holiday villa in Val d’Elsa, Siena. The centre of town is dominated by the beautiful Cathedral of Barberino Val d’Elsa, from which breath taking views of the Val d’Elsa spread in every direction. Around the ‘colle alta’ lie the immense walls and fortifications which served the city well during its long, violent history. Considered a turning point in fortified architecture, the Volterra Gates is an un-missable attraction when staying in holiday accommodation in Val d’Elsa.

The Abbadia Golf Club in Colle di Val d’Elsa provides the ideal place to enjoy a round whilst staying in Val d’Elsa accommodation. From a holiday letting, the golf course is available to all, as are the driving range, putting green, pitching green and 6 hole course to blow away the cob-webs before tackling the full course.

Places to holiday in Val d’Elsa-Siena, Italy

The town of Colle Val d’Elsa, as well as being an extremely attractive fortified hilltop town, also houses two important provincial museums, the Museum of Civic and Religious Art and the Archaeological Museum.

The small towns and villages of Val d’Elsa are diverse. Despite similar histories and locations, taking a Val d’Elsa holiday villa in one village will give you a very different holiday experience than a Val d’Elsa holiday villa in another. Sant Appiano, for example, has heavy Etruscan-Roman influences and a stunning Romanesque Church, whilst Tignano, a few miles further down the Val d’Elsa is a stunningly preserved walled town. The array of beautiful yet diverse villages are what makes taking an apartment or villa in Val d’Elsa such a huge treat, and give the region such an undeniably intriguing atmosphere, which keeps visitors returning to their holiday homes in Val d’Elsa over and over again.

Weather in Val d’Elsa-Siena, Italy

Summers are warm, but not scorching, making walking holidays based out of Val d’Elsa holiday villas such a great option. During July and August, average temperatures are an extremely pleasant 22°C.

Flights to Val d’Elsa-Siena, Italy

A holiday rental in Val d’Elsa is easy to get to from the UK. Located between Pisa (PSA) and Siena (SAY) Airports, Val d’Elsa villa rentals are well placed to take advantage of the number of direct, cheap flights from many of the airports in the UK.

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                                                                                                      We stayed at the Mimosa apartment for a week in the middle of our Honeymoon and it was exactly what we needed. The apartment had everything we needed for a relaxing, peaceful break. The photos do the place justice! The pool area is lovely, although the pool was slightly chilly! Probably because it was the start of September rather than high summer. Maurizio is a lovely host, he greeted us with fresh figs on Sunday morning and they were beautiful. He is ever so helpful and we were sad to leave on the Saturday. There are many interesting towns within a short distance to visit (Siena is 30mins by train from Certaldo) and the area in general is very beautiful. We will definitely return at some point in the future! I would definitely recommend this apartment to family and friends!
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                                                                                                      We loved our stay at Colletalli, and the property provided an ideal base to explore all of the various regions of Tuscany. The house was exactly as described and located in the Tuscan countryside down a long gravel road just outside of the small, charming town of Radicondoli. Since it is in the countryside, we encountered numerous "nature" visitors including deer, a herd of sheep (and their watchful, but friendly sheepdog), and other various insects, etc. The house was far larger than imagined, and could easily host an entire family. Luca (the owner) met us at the house and showed us around, and took the time to walk us through a map of the surrounding area and recommendations for things to do / places to eat. He even surprised us with a bottle of prosecco and a delicious cake baked by his wife as we were celebrating our anniversary. We took advantage of the kitchen and arranged to have a private chef come and prepare dinner, and spent many of our afternoons and evenings relaxing in the stunning and tranquil setting. The house also had a sauna and steam-shower that added to the spa-like atmosphere. Radicondoli was a 10 minute drive up a winding hill from the house, and had 3 restaurant options and a small market for groceries. Other, larger towns were also within 20-30 minutes drive from the house, with Siena about 50 minutes drive. It was a perfect and relaxing weeks-long stay at Il Fienile di Colletalli, and we can't wait to visit again.
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                                                                                                      My husband and I (age 31) stayed here with our five month old. We had a brilliant time - the views were fabulous, the property was clean, quiet, authentic and we didn't want to leave! Also a fab location for visiting popular towns in Tuscany ... Would highly recommend!
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