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Recent Italy reviews

  • Perfect in every way!

    "My husband and I stayed in this fabulous apartment to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We found it to be "perfect" in every way. We loved the location, away from the crowds, in a wonderful little neighborhood with grocery store, restaurants and everything we needed. The apartment itself was well equipped, immaculately clean, good strong wifi, and everything you could possibly need to prepare meals which we did each night while we were there. Very comfortable bed. Close to Vapretto stop, just off the beaten "tourist" track. We will definitely try to stay here again when we next visit Venice."
    Guest: Nancy Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014
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  • So charming!

    "Rosella greeted us upon arrival with a bottle of Chianti wine and a warm introduction to her flat. You absolutely cannot beat the location of the property, as it is just steps from Ponte Vecchio where you have scenic views of the Arno River and plenty of shops and restaurants. Rosella even worked a discount for us at a local restaurant, and we liked it so much we ate there twice. You are in the heart of Florence, so sightseeing is very easy and you are 15 minutes max from anything in the city. Somehow the apartment keeps its peace and quiet for such a central location, which was pleasantly surprising. Rosella also provided a rolling grocery bag (similar to a rolling suitcase) that we were able to roll over the bridge to a nearby grocery store, making the shopping experience very easy. On the inside of the apartment, she has decorated the walls with lovely art, giving it even more charm. Sometimes during the day, you can open the windows and hear church bells or even opera-style singers in the distance, providing an appealing ambience. The kitchen had everything we needed and the beds were very comfortable, especially with the air conditioner and the extra fan provided by Rosella. We would recommend this property to anyone, and it will be our first choice when returning to Florence in the future. It is perfect for someone looking to have a real Italian experience in Tuscany with a wonderful and welcoming host. Thank you, Rosella!"
    Guest: dkal Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 20, 2014
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  • Perfect Venice Apartment

    "We had a fabulous 6 day stay in this Venice apartment. It was close to everything, it had wonderful atmosphere and we felt very safe. The apartment was clean, the bed was comfortable and all of amenities we needed to do all of our own cooking were provided. It was a bonus being able to do our laundry there. The grocery store was within a minute's walk and this feature made things very cost effective. The stay was made very special by the owner, Nina, who bent over backwards to provide information and make us feel very welcome. In a heartbeat we would stay there again."
    Guest: Rosemary Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 3, 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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