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Recent Italy reviews

  • May you have as wonderful a time in Lucca as did we

    "An Easy walking distance from the train station, this wonderful pent house apartment was beyond our expectations and everything we hoped for in our Italian vacation. Mrs. Sonia met us at the apartment and gave us all the information we needed to get around within the city walls. Our dreams came true for the perfect vacation in our penthouse apartment. Our apartment was Beautifully appointed, fresh, fully stocked kitchen, spotless and fabulous quiet location. The apartment was centrally located right in the heart of the old walled town of Lucca and close to dozens of restaurants and cafes. We stayed in this apartment for a week this past month and had a fabulous time. This is quite simply our favorite place, the best place we have ever stayed. a dream come true. Do take time to stay in Lucca and discover the walkabout wilth in the walls. and the friendly and cafe Puccini for your morning espresso or for your most delicious dinner walk out the front door across the Palazzo to the sweetest and most delicious restaurant , Lucca in Tavola with Michelle and Anita. May you have as wonderful a time in Lucca as did we. I would highly recommend this property for a vacation and plan to go back in the future."
    Guest: susy s. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 9, 2014
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  • Spacious Rome Apartment

    "Myself and four girlfriends stayed in this very central apartment for five days and it was just perfect for us. We walked everywhere from this location on via frattina, near the Spanish Steps and found our way around very quickly. The owner has installed WIFI which we were really pleased with. She arranged for Claudio to meet us and everything went smoothly. We highly recommend this property to any family or group of friends wanting to sightsee in historic Rome!"
    Guest: Valerie S. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 10, 2014
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  • Excellent apartment

    "My husband and I stayed in this apartment for a week. We were happy to find the apartment exactly as depicted on the website. The living room is very large as is the bedroom. The kitchen while smaller is more than adequate for cooking meals. The wifi was excellent. The apartment is located about 10 minutes from the Duomo and about 5 minutes from a major grocery store. There is a great bar just down the street which has a happy hour buffet every night too. We met Marco at the Hotel Dali and he took us to the apartment. There are 68 steps up to the apartment entrance and Marco was gracious enough to help us with our luggage. This can be a workout after a long day of site seeing and should be taken into account. However, the view from the apartment windows made the climb each evening worth it for us. This apartment was very clean and quiet. We felt completely safe. We would stay here again even with the steps at the end of the day."
    Guest: Cheryl B. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: November 27, 2013
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  • Wonderful Stay in Lucca!

    "We had a wonderful, relaxing 6 nights in this lovely hilltop home. We were so comfortable plenty of room for our family of four. Loved going to bed and hearing the church bells ring, our teenage daughters enjoyed the pool and the olive orchard and played together like they did when they were little. We loved the walks into town and its a great location to get to all the local main sights. Cinque Terra, Sienna, Pisa, Lucca and even a local beach! We loved returning in the evening and visiting a wonderful local restaurant or even cooking in. Anna goes out of her way to ensure a wonderful visit. We would highly recommend and hope to visit again someday!"
    Guest: Lisa Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 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 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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