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Recent Tuscany reviews

  • Best way to experience Florence & Tuscany

    "We stayed at Villa Calcinaia and the lower (gorgeous) with a very large group. Additional friends rented the home that sleeps four also on the grounds of Piazzele Michelangelo. Over the course of two weeks we had a total of 14 people in and out of three apartments and a house--a lot for any experienced property owner to manage. Everything was great!! This property is an IDEAL location if you want to truly see Florence and greater Tuscany. We spent a total of five days touring Florence (off and on), took the train (a 10 minute walk downhill) to Pisa (very easy to make this trip from the villa), enjoyed a day at the beach in Viareggio, went to Vinci, Lucca, took a drive into France and Monaco, and did a biking tour/wine tasting through the Chianti Classico region. Other people in our party did either day trips or overnight trips to Rome and Venice. I have a bad back and always worry about mattresses. I had NO ISSUES WHATSOEVER with my back and hips, etc. (I need to ask Paola where I can get one of her mattresses!). Paola, our wonderful owner and hostess, is extremely helpful. She can arrange for taxi services, tours, etc. She graciously drove us to the grocery store and a few other places."
    Guest: Kimberly C. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 11, 2014
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  • Live Like a Local in Cetona

    "The week we spent in Cetona in this beautiful apartment overlooking the piazza was the best 7 days of our two week trip. We were four adults and two teens traveling and the town is small enough to allow the teens to roam at will, but big enough to have several wonderful restaurants. The apartment was well appointed and spacious. From the morning olfactory wake up call from the bakery, to the refillable, unlabeled wine bottles from the shop across the piazza, staying here felt like home. While there are other places we want to visit before coming back, we would definitely come back to Cetona and stay in this apartment if it is available!"
    Guest: Laura J. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 29, 2014
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  • We loved it!

    "We loved the place. Our hostess was very friendly and amenable. She helped us get a taxi back to the bus station. The place was very clean and comfortable and also in a great location. We would definitely stay there again."
    Guest: MC Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 2014
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  • Beautiful Villa with Magnificent Views

    "We had a wonderful time in Buralla, everyone enjoyed it. We were 14 adults and 3 children. We were delighted to stay in such a beautiful villa with such magnificent views. Manuela (manager) ensured that everything ran smoothly and answered my many questions that I sent before we went. Simonetta and co came to cook on three evenings and this was delightful, an excellent idea, easier and cheaper than eating out. We loved the food as well as sitting out in the bbq area. Everyone loved the swimming pool and there were many water polo competitions. Thank you very much, Simon, for providing such a magnificent place for everyone to enjoy."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014
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Tuscany Travel Tips

Lovely Settings Around Tuscany

Known for its beautiful landscapes, ancient cities and artistic heritage, Tuscany is a charming part of Italy to visit. Stay in the quiet countryside just outside the bustling cities and enjoy the peaceful landscape dotted with Etruscan farmhouses, olive groves and delightful palazzo.

The Benefits of Tuscany Vacation Rentals

Renting a vacation rental is the best way to get the most from your Tuscan experience. Delightful villas and historic homes with quiet terraces are set amidst the rolling hills and wineries of the area. Imagine taking a relaxed breakfast in your own private herb gardens and olive groves. Italian food always tastes best when enjoyed outdoors in the fresh air! Vacation villas have plenty of room, making sharing the space with family and friends a real pleasure, and it makes good economic sense too. Dine at your leisure on local wines, cold meats and cheese picked up at the local market. Follow paths into the surrounding hillside or take a trip to the nearest historic city. Tuscany is packed with pleasures and a week is just not long enough to enjoy a Tuscany vacation rental!

Must-See Places to Visit in Tuscany

One day, at least, should be set aside for visiting Florence (Firenze) with its amazing historical buildings, frescoes, churches and artwork. The Duomo, with its “doors of paradise” and historic dome, the Fountain of Neptune and the Bargellow Museum in the Gothic palazzo are just some of the highlights.

Pisa is well known for its leaning tower but there is so much more to see and do in this historic city. The Campo dei Miracoli is considered one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world. The National Museum has many pieces of priceless artwork from the Medici, Lorena and Savoia courts.

The smaller towns of Lucca and Cortona contain some of Italy’s finest treasures. Thermal pools abound in the area around Lucca, offering a quieter place to relax than the crowded beaches in the summer months. It is always worth paying for a private “bagni” (a local beach club) to get your own chair, umbrella and private space on the busiest beaches.

Things to do Around Your Tuscany Accommodations

Tuscany is full of historic places to visit and things to see and do. Head for the hills and enjoy hiking or cycling amidst wild flowers, local fauna and acres of grape vines. Every hillside seems to have its own walled town with ancient red-tiled roofs and old-fashioned shops selling locally produced food. You can even take a cooking course here.

Castles, fortresses and watchtowers are testament to the Middle Age battles which have left an interesting legacy. Visit museums, churches with their centuries-old frescoes, and fabulous art galleries. Eating out is part of the pleasure of a visit to Tuscany. Sit back and let the waiter serve you course after course of tasty local morsels, each with their own wine accompaniment.

Getting to Your Tuscany Villas

Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport at Pisa and the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence which is also known as the Peretola Airport. Direct flights from North America can be expensive, so consider a stop-over in a London holiday rental or Paris villa and take a budget flight with a low-cost airline such as Ryan Air to complete the journey. Once in Tuscany, you can explore the major cities on foot but you will probably need a car to reach your vacation villa and to explore the surrounding countryside.

The Weather in Tuscany

The weather in Tuscany is generally mild with warm summers reaching 40 C (104 F). The hills are cooler than the coast and valleys during the summer; there are more showers at higher elevations, especially during the spring and fall seasons. Winters are chilly but temperatures generally remain above freezing in Tuscany.

Plan an amazing vacation in Italy and find the perfect Tuscany villas and self-catering apartment rentals here on VRBO. Enjoy the rich culture and history and enjoy the region's legendary wine and food as you explore Tuscany from your vacation rental home base. Find Florence tours and things to do in Tuscany from Viator.com. Choose from our huge selection of Chianti holiday rentals, Lucca villas, vacation houses in Siena, and more. Come experience Tuscany for yourself.

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