Recent Tuscany reviews
"This is a beautiful place, just as it appears in the photos. On the ground floor, it has the advantage as having no stairways to climb. That's right. No stairs. So it's a very short trip from the street to your room. This is a rarity in Florence. It is an outstanding apartment, gorgeously appointed with antiques, vaulted ceilings with natural light, and a very well equipped kitchen . Close to the street, there are occasional loud noises early in the morning when garage style steel doors are being opened, but it must be pointed out that the street is otherwise virtually silent, as it is a residential pedestrian walkway. Considering how close this place is to all the action in Florence (it is just steps away from the Medici Chapel, and the central marketplace), it is very private and quiet. There was a problem with the hot water when I arrived, but the owner resolved that for me. As seen in the photos, there is a spiral staircase to the upstairs bed. It is a bit precarious to take those stairs in the middle of the night, so I recommend leaving the bathroom light on at night, so you are not groping around in the dark. All in all, this was truly exceptional place which I would strongly recommend. When I return to Florence, I would definitely want to stay there again."
Guest: Bruce H.
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: November 8, 2014
"Imagine waking up to the sun streaming into the beautiful windows from the sunflower field, and the sound of distant roosters crowing. (Or you can close the shutters and sleep in.) You walk into the cozy kitchen and make coffee in the Bialetti, then walk down to the pool, past the fragrant lavender in bloom, and jump in for a morning swim. Then comes breakfast on one of the terraces (fresh fruit from the orchard or Lucignano's weekly market; fresh bread, salami, and cheese from the local shops) followed by a leisurely look at one of the many guidebooks on Linda's shelves to see where you want to visit today: a monastery to hear Gregorian chants; your choice of nearby hot springs; the dramatic landscape of the Crete; a series of tiny hill towns along the winding roads; the cities of Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, or Florence. (The Prada outlet is also nearby...) Or you could just consult the long list of favorites that Linda has given you; most of the suggestions we tried were unforgettable. You can swim again when you get home in the afternoon, and read a while or just watch the ever-changing sky, and then have a nap by the pool while the green lizards sun themselves on the stones. After a nice hot shower, choose from the restaurants close by that Linda recommends, or cook yourself with vegetables and salad from the garden and/or meat from the amazing and knowledgeable butcher in town. A visit to a gelateria later is always a good idea too.
We had a perfect vacation here with our kids and in-laws. Everywhere your eye falls is an exquisite view or flower or artwork, but nothing feels arranged or fussy. It's the quintessential Tuscan home, rustic yet comfortable, homey yet enchanted. The house and property have enough wonderful corners that you can always opt to be with the group or by yourself. We spent about as much time doing nothing as exploring the area, which is the wonderful heart of Tuscany. If you are a cyclist or a runner, you can turn right or left out the driveway and find miles of calm roads with amazing views. After two weeks we felt reborn."
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: October 8, 2014
"Our time in the tuscany region was everything we had hoped it to be and more... The area was absolutely beautiful and the history ..remarkable .... Sienna, Florence, Pisa, Lucca,...Awesome.
The villa we had stayed in was perfect for our day trips.... Our host were absolutely wonderful...
I would recommend Italy Perfect to all my friends and would use them again and again in planning our future trips....
Thank you Italy Perfect for the PERFECT trip..."
Date of Stay: October 2014
Review Submitted: November 19, 2014
Siena Province Travel Tips
Tuscany rentals in and around Siena Italy are more than worth several days of your Italy vacation time. While many make Siena’s sights part of a day trip, Tuscany vacation rentals in Siena invite you to stay and experience all this walled and well-preserved medieval city offers. Siena, Italy apartment rentals allow you to stroll the city to see its churches and museums and visit its shops and restaurants just steps from your Italy vacation home.
While staying in Siena on a fabulous Italy vacation, be sure to take time to sit in the renowned Piazza del Campo with a cappuccino or a gelato and savor the experience. Each summer the Piazza del Campo is transformed into the site of the centuries-old traditional horse race called the Palio. Another Siena must-see is the Duomo – a Gothic cathedral that shows off the best in Gothic Italian architecture. A Tuscany vacation rental, Siena villa or Siena apartment in or near this amazing city will give you plenty of opportunity to take in the rich history and traditions of this area. Tuscany villas in and around Siena Italy are a wonderful home base both for sightseeing in the city and exploring the region.
Siena, Italy is located about 75 km (46 miles) south of Florence and is accessible by train or bus routes. If you plan to see more of Tuscany or stay in a Siena villa outside of town, you’ll need a rental car to give you freedom to travel the countryside. Many Italy vacation guidebooks are available to educate you about driving in this area. Siena vacation rentals, Tuscany villas and Siena bed and breakfasts welcome you to the heart of Tuscany for an Italy vacation of a lifetime.