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Top 10 Family Villas in Tuscany for 2018

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What better way to spend an Italian vacation with your love ones, a private retreat in the Tuscan countryside, a beautiful setting, lounging in the pool or cycling outdoors with charming Tuscan towns to discover. Booking a villa makes all the difference, families enjoy privacy, peace and quiet relaxation. A holiday villa is much more spacious and comes along with the comforts of a home. You can prepare your own meals or enjoy freshly baked pizza from a hot brick oven. Our villas also comes along with other elements that makes your holiday convenient and truly a vacation you deserve.

Here are our top 10 choice villas in Tuscany suited for family holidays.

 

1. VILLA PALLAGO

Sleeps : 6 persons, Grosseto, Castiglione della Pescaia

Located in Grosseto, Villa Pallago is a beautiful stone Villa located on the hill, about 6 km distant from the sea. The Villa is easy to reach from the main road, quiet, withprivate entrance and fenced. The villa has a private tennis court also suitable for football, a children playground , horse riding grounds: sand and grass.

 

 

2. VILLA AGATHA

Sleeps : 12 persons, Monteverdi

This is a beautiful villa in a very reasonable distance to the sea in Tuscany for groups up to 12 persons. Very good value for the money. Kids will love the large park outside the house, with panoramic views, sun beds, table with chairs, table tennis and a Jacuzzi.

 

 

3. VILLA GIOTTINO

Sleeps : 10 persons, Siena, San Gimignano

This beautiful Tuscan estate is something everyone in the family will adore. Wide pool, surrounded by vineyards and fields. Built in the 18th century, this holiday villa offers spacious and comfortable rooms, a spacious living room with a large fireplace, and a dedicated TV room with wide screen television. Perfect for discovering the most beautiful art cities like Volterra, Florence, Pisa and Lucca.

 

 

4. VILLA PIO

Sleeps : 11 persons, Pisa near Peccioli

 The Villa is situated in the open countryside, very private, with a solarium with sun beds, chairs and small tables for those who prefer to bask in the sunshine. The garden is enclosed by an electric fence and Mediterranean shrub hedges to ensure total privacy and a sheltered carpark. Part of the pool is only 40 cm in depth and therefore ideal for children. Also a great base for visiting Tuscan cities.

 

 

5. VILLA SPONTINI

Sleeps : 11 persons, Pisa

Built in the 18th century, this large villa can accommodate up to 11 people. The pool and the garden offers magnificent wide view into the Tuscan Landscape. The villa owners also offer activities such as guided tours, cooking lessons, gastronomical tours, etc. The pool is also suitable for children.

 

 

6. VILLA CORONA

Sleeps : 18 persons, Pisa, Casale Marittimo

Immersed in the green of the land of Tuscany, Villa Corona is a large villa that can accomodate up to 18 people. With large pool, sommething that all can enjoy. It is also close to sea resorts in Marina di Bibbona, Castiglioncello and the Baratti’s Gulf not to mention wonderful art cities like Volterra, San Gimignano, Castagneto Carducci.

 

 

7. VILLA VESCOVINO

Sleeps : 12 persons, Pisa, Forcoli

Children will love this adorable villa in Pisa. Villa Vescovino is set in a garden of several kinds of fauna and flora, 100 acres of private woodlands and including its own private lake and children’s playgrounds. You can enjoy footpaths and quiet picnic sites.  The villa itself is lavishl decorated with marble floors, spacious marble or granite showers and 3 include free standing designer baths. The gorgeous swimming pool and outdoor area allow for complete relaxation and enjoyment in the Tuscan sun. 

 

 

8. VILLA  SORANO

Sleeps : 8 persons, Grosseto

Villa Sorano has a very cozy atmosphere, inside the house makes the holiday full of comfort and real pleasure. The views are terrific,  overlooking a picturesque countryside. Outside there is a large landscaped garden with 3 acres of sunflowers providing a breathtaking view of the countryside and a portable barbecue pergola. Only about 65 km distant from the sea.

 

 

9. VILLA  BARTOLOMEO

Sleeps : 14 persons, Florence, Bagno a Ripoli

Only 15 km from Florence, the villa is an ideal holida base surrounded by mesmerizing olive plantations, vineyards and forests, the ideal villa to live the Italian Dolce Vita. Cities in Tuscany like Arezzo, Siena, Lucca can be reached in a daytrip or half a days trip. There is much to visit in the surrounding area and many activities like wine tasting, museums, arts, cycling or mushroom hunting.

 

 

10. BORGO SANSOVINO

Sleeps : 24 persons, Lucca

Perfect for a gathering of family and friends, Borgo Sansovino is a home of such beauty, tranquillity and comfort that you will find it hard to leave. The hamlet is set amid gently folding hills near the town of Lucca, a gracious and luxurious Tuscan retreat for up to 24 persons. Inside there is a formal dining room, a kitchen for casual dining, a drawing room with fireplace and satellite TV, a music room with fireplace, a card and full-size billiard room, as well as a fully equipped gym. 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons why you must visit Tuscany

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Tuscany should be on your next bucket list. There is no doubt that the place is awesome and much loved among other places in Italy. While Italy has plenty of wonderful places to discover. Here are the main reasons why Tuscany tops it all.

 

 

The views are lovely

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Tuscany has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. While it is over emphasized in postcards, magazines, computer desktop, it is not worth the comparison to enjoy the serene landscape for real. Witness rolling hills dotted with signature Tuscan cypress trees. If you love wine, go to the source, visit excellent miles of vineyards in the Chianti. Tuscany also boasts of many popular attractions like the thermal hotspring in Maremma, theme parks, beaches and sight seeing trips in the countryside.

 

 

The food is superb

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No one can forget the gastronomic delights that Tuscany has to offer. Try mouthwatering tripe dishes, a famous classic in Tuscany. Lampredotto is one type of tripe dish sauteed in olive oil, onions, tomatoes and parmesan. The Panzanella, a cold salad of bread soaked in balsamic vinegar mixed with onions and tomatoes, fresh olive oil and basil. You can also try a simple Pizza Margherita, with its earthy aromatic flavors fresh from the oven.

 

 

The wine makes you sing

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Arguably Tuscany is hailed the wine region of Italy. World renowned Italian wines have come from this region. Chianti, Brunello di Montepulciano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano or Bolgheri  are prestigious wines loved by collectors. The wine tours  will not just serve you a glass of wine rocking your tastebuds but you get to be served with fine food altogether.  Book a wine tour and taste your way to Tuscany, while learning about the history and the passion of the locals of its fine product.

 

 

Simply Great Art

Italian ArtTuscany is filled with immense artistic heritage. You can witness that in the works of art found in churches, architecture, museums, art galleries, piazzas and local villages. The notable Michelangelo from the High Renaissance was born in Caprese near Florence, a great example of how unparalleled Tuscany’s prize and love for art. You can buy local art works in the piazzas from really good painters or go to an art dealer for a higher price or simply spoil your eyes with little known works or famous galleries.

 

 

The people are warm and friendly

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Tuscany in September

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THE BEST FESTIVALS IN TUSCANY FOR SEPTEMBER

 

Tuscany in September is filled with events and festivals. Apart from being a top spot for Renaissance arts, architecture and a beautiful place to spend the holidays, many festivals are also held in the region that you can take part of. Famous for its wines, Chianti and Panzano celebrates their wine festival with food, open air concerts, street music. The region boasts over 30 wines, some of which are internationally acclaimed. Locals take these festivals to heart. A variety of Tuscany’s bright colors, grand parades,  medieval costumes, fireworks and the aroma of Italian recipes awaits you for a fun packed trip in September.

 

Giostra del Saracino, Arezzo

The event is rooted from military training. This ancient game of chivalry (game on horseback) is held in Arezzo in the first Sunday of September (in the afternoon). The tournament happens in the Piazza Grande. Participants are dressed in costumes of the period while the town is filled with costume characters and the town’s ancient banners entering the square accompanied by the sound of trumpets and drums.

 

Vino al Vino in Panzano

Happening on the third weekend of September. The vintners of Panzano showcase the best of the region’s wines, exchanging their passion for winegrowing, wine making. The Wine Tasting event gives you the opportunity to taste the different styles of wines while listening to great music and sampling Italian food in a more intimate atmosphere. Panzano is located mid-way between Florence and Sienna and has a beautiful hill-top location with some of the most attractive views of rural Tuscany.

 

Festa dell ‘Uva, Scansano

The whole month of September is a party for the people of Scansano. Located in Maremma, in Grosseto, the entire town of Scansano is transformed to a host of wine tasting event weekend after weekend. You can watch farmers harvest grapes, truly a beautiful sight. The most distinguished cellars are opened to visitors. Sample a glass of fine wine served with a number of snacks made from local produce. Locals also showcase their crafts in the market where you can buy Italian handbags, clothes, shoes, cheese, handicrafts. There is also music, dancing, float parades, clown shows, theaters and concerts.

 

Palio della Balestra

A crossbow event rooted from Renaissance Tuscany. It is held on the second Sunday of September in the town square of Sansepolcro. It is an exceptional event where archers from Sansepolcro compete against their all time rivals, the archers from Gubbio (Umbria). The participants enter the town square in costumes, accompanied by the roll of drums and the sound of horns while the flag bearers launch their flags, bearing the colours of the ancient city quarters, into the air.

 

Cacio al Fuso

A cheese rolling competition happening in Pienza near Siena, Tuscany. Cacio al Fuso is an ancient tradition of the local countryside, participants get 3 rolls to get the cheese as close to its target. While the fun is brewing in the town center, the town features gastronomic delights and its famed Pecorino cheese. Locals showcase and sell their crafts and products. The fair ends with a ball in the main Piazza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Guide : Markets in Tuscany

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MARKET DAYS IN TUSCANY

The markets in Tuscany are one of the great sights to visit. Locals have their markets open daily, others weekends or during holidays. Find sights of fresh home grown produce, excellent cheeses, salamis, fish or pasta. There are also stalls for fine clothes, designer shoes and bags, pots, kitchenware, tools, hardware.

It is not customary to bargain for food items, they already are very cheap but you can haggle for other items like clothes if you buy many. It is polite to ask permission from the vendor if you want to touch produce like fruits or vegetables.

Most of the markets are in the morning, held 6am to 1pm. But some are also open in the afternoon or through out the day during holidays. Here is our complete guide  to the list of markets in Tuscany.

 

 

FLORENCE

 

MONDAY
Reggelo – Leccio
Marradi
Certaldo – Firenzoula
San Lorenzo Market, Piazza di San Lorenzo
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio
Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento
San Casciano Val di Pesa – Piazza della Repubblica

 

TUESDAY
Palazzoulo Sul Senio
Greve in Chianti – Strada in Chianti
Certaldo – Figline Valdarno
Cerreto Guidi – Bassa
San Lorenzo Market, Piazza di San Lorenzo
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio
Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento
Borgo San Lorenzo – Piazza del Mercato
Figline Valdarno
Montespertoli

 

WEDNESDAY
Lastra A Signa – Ponte A Signa / Ginestra
Cerreto Guidi – Lazzeretto
Calenzano – Via Don Minzoni
San Lorenzo Market, Piazza di San Lorenzo
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio
Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento
Certaldo – Fucechio
Pontassieve

 

THURSDAY
Tavernelle val di Pesa
Vicchio
San Casciano Val di Pesa
Rignano Sull’Arno
Reggelo – Cascia
Londa
Lastra A Signa
Certaldo – Empoli
San Lorenzo Market, Piazza di San Lorenzo
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio
Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento
Pelago – Piazza Ghiberti
San Donato in Poggio – Piazza Matteotti

 

FRIDAY
Scarperia
Reggelo – Tosi
Pontassieve
Pelago – San Francesca-Albereta
Montaione
Greve in Chianti – Ferrone
Calenzano – Settimello
San Lorenzo Market, Piazza di San Lorenzo / Viale della Resistenza
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio
Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento
Signa – Piazza della Republica
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa – Via Boccaccio

 

SATURDAY
Sesto Fiorentino – Piazza del Mercato
Scandicci
Pontassieve
Palazzoulo Sul Senio
Certaldo – Dicomano
Cerreto Guidi – Stabbia
Campi Bisenzio via Palagetta ( every Saturday afternoon, every morning in July , August)
Piazza di San Lorenzo
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio
Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento
Barberino Val d’Elsa – Piazza Mazzini
Barberino di Mugello
Castelfiorentino – Piazza Kennedy
Greve in Chianti – Piazza Matteotti
Impruneta
Lastra A Signa
Montelupo Fiorentino – Piazza Grande
Reggello – Piazza Aldo Moro
Rufina – Piazza Umberto I
San Piero a Sieve – Via Provinciale
Sesto Fiorentino – Piazza Veneto

 

SUNDAY
San Godenzo
Greve in Chianti – Panzano
San Lorenzo Market, Piazza di San Lorenzo, Ronta and Casaglia
La Fierucola, Piazza San Spirito (3rd sunday of the Month)
Panzano

 

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Villa Saraceni

saraceni-casaliotravelVilla Saraceni, Italy, Tuscany, Province of Grosseto, Maremma, Orbetello, 14-20 persons

The estate, surrounded by vineyards and fields, is located in the southern part of Tuscany, in the heart of the Maremma area, only about 5 km distant from the sea. The property is excellently situated. The area is only an hour drive from Sovana. Nearby, you will find Saturnia, with its famous hot springs, and the medieval centre of Capalbio.

The most beautiful art cities of the areas, such as Rome, Florence, Pisa and Siena can be reached in daytrips. The Natural Uccellina Park and Marine Argentario Park are only about 20 minutes drive away.

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Villa Dafne

dafne3Villa Dafne, Itay, Tuscany, Pistoia, 5 bedrooms, air condition, Wifi

Villa Dafne is a beautiful vacation home close to Pistoia with 5 bedrooms, Wifi, air-condition and private pool. Inside the atmosphere is that of an ancient villa: all the traditional details have been maintained and the reorganization of spaces has been contained. Modern comforts and innovative elements – air conditioning system, independent in each room, washing-dryer machine and Internet connection – have been introduced with sobriety.

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Villa Danza

danzza-casalioVilla Danza, Italy, Tuscany, Region of Siena near Siena, 8 Bedrooms, Private Pool, Air Conditioning

Description: Everything about this house gives it the feeling of a private residence, the furniture and soft furnishings, the decoration and those extra touches make it a family home. An extraordinary house in a marvellous position amongst gently rolling hills, with views over Siena. Extremely well furnished.

The house is on a 35 acre estate of olive groves. Stay inspired and find out more about Villa Danza! Details

Villa Spontini

spontiniVilla Spontini, Italy, Tuscany, Province of Pisa – near Peccioli, 4-11 guests

Spontini is a beautiful Villa located in the heart of Tuscany, offering best possibilities for excursions to San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa. An elegant villa built around 1800, carefully restored to perfection, while maintaining its typical architecture.

Within walking distance you can find food shops, bar/patisserie, bank, post office etc. Only 100 metres distant from the next bar, but at the same time in the serene Tuscan landscape, far from the big cities. From the pool and the garden, there is a wide expanse of view into the Tuscan Landscape.

A perfect mix for everybody, who wants to have an unforgettable vacation. Details.