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Montepulciano, the land of the Nobile wine, one of the best Tuscan wines, is only 6 km from the villa, while the cozy Chianciano Terme, with facilities and thermal baths is only 2 km away. Easy day-trips in the southern Tuscany, wineries and shopping outlets.

6 Bedrooms 12 Max Persons - High 4550.- € Mid 4000.- € Low 2750.- €

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Chianciano Terme 2 km

Montepulciano 6 km

Cortona 32 km

Arezzo 53 km

Montalcino 37 km

Siena 61 km

San Gimignano 98 km

Nearest Stores & Restaurants: 2 km

Nearest public transportation: 2 km

Nearest Airports: Florence (110 km), Pisa (209 km), Rome - Intercontinental (175 km)

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Home of the famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, the village of Castagneto Carducci is a cosy hamlet located on the top of a hill that faces the Tirreno sea, with a stunning "belvedere".

Santa Fiora

Charming medieval hill town in the beautiful area of "Monte Amiata", in the Southern Tuscany, which offers stunning viwes of the countryside, with the typical landscape of green rolling hills, olive groves, pines and charming stone hamlets all around. Santa Fiora, even if it is a small village, is actually very active, there are many restaurants, cafes and there are events taking place during all year long...

Massa Marittima - medieval fortress overlooking the Tirrenian sea

Considered one of the Tuscan ART TOWNS, Massa Marittima is positioned on the “Colline Metallifere” (metal hills – the area is rich of precious metals), between the Etruscan coast and the countryside.

Montescudaio - the medieval hilltown is the headquarter of a quality Tuscan wine

This charming medieval town located uphill in the area known as Val di Cecina, in the province of Pisa, dates back from the 11th century. It offers great views and great wines: Montescudaio D.O.C., both red and white types.

Montespertoli

Montespertoli - a charming village that tastes like the Florentine countryside with its delicious Chianti wine, food, olive oil and festivals

La Fonte (Bar/Ristorante) - WHERE: Seggiano, city center, nearest largest town is Bagno Vignone

A little off the beaten track in Seggiano - but the cook is well worth it. A varied but truly Tuscan menu, this lovely little restaurant bar has the idea of trying to look much more formal than what it is. We found the menu to be absolutely delicious.

Getting the most for your time atthe TuscanMuseums:

Why be bothered waiting in long hot lines, when you can reserve a spot in advance at one of the more famous museums in all of Tuscany.  Do it yourself, with contained reservation fees - read about this and other museums right here. Or why bother waiting in any lines when you aren't sure if this is the right museum.  There are so many truely interesting places in the many towns of Tuscany - check out the places you might be interested in before you get to the ticket booth.

Piero della Francesca

A forerunner in color and design, Piero della Francesca has left some beautiful pieces of artwork in the Arezzo area.

Giotto - a passage from Gothic to Renaissance

Born in Mugello around the year 1267, disciple of Cimabue, Giotto represents an important change and innovation in the Italian art, marking the end of Gothic and the opening of the Renaissance.

Arnolfo di Cambio - the architect of Florence

The monumental character of Arnolfo di Cambio's work has left its mark on the appearance of Florence, signing like Giotto the passage from Gothic to Renaissance in architecture and decorative art.

Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini, born at Lucca on Dec 22nd 1858, was the composer of many famous operas like Tosca, Turandot, Madame Butterfly and La Bohème

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the master of the Renaissance capable to extract life, movement and expression from a piece of marble, was born at Caprese Michelangelo, on March 6th 1475 and died at Rome, on February 18th 1564. It was a long intense life with a wide art career as a sculptor, painter and architect.

Giovanni Boccaccio

Boccaccio was one of the greatest storytellers in Italy and Europe of the 14th century with his most famous work Decameron, which was immediately translated into many languages. Born at Certaldo or Florence in the 1313 and dead at Certaldo in 1375.

Viareggio - Italian Style Carnival !!!

Carnival in Tuscany, Italy is not only a time to bring out the famous Venetian customs with colorful masks and long flowing robes - but also a national holiday to poke holes at their political machine. No one does it better than the folk at Viareggio in Tuscany.

Palio di Siena: the historical horse race

The most famous and impressive medieval horse race in Tuscany and the whole Italy, the Palio of Siena tells us about this majestic city and its fabulous history...

Pistoia and its Festival Giostra dell'Orso

Another spectacular reenactment similar to the Palio of Siena is in Pistoia, called "Giostra dell'Orso" - that can be translated as the Joust of the Bear.

Gusto di Guidi at Poppi

Roam through the medieval streets of the town of Poppi and enjoy visiting private cantinas furnished with antique wine gear and bottles and bottles of Italian - and more often than not - Tuscan wines.  The entire town opens its doors and gardens, exploiting their natural resource: a beautifully restored town.

The Scannagallo Battle - a historial setting at Pozzo della Chiana

The battle that took place at Scannagallo - Pozzo della Chiana on the year 1554 was a real, bloody battle which guaranteed the superiority of Florence over Siena. To remind that important date the Association Scannagallo promotes a realistic historical reconstruction where the audience can see all details of that event and time.

BRAVIO DELLE BOTTI

During the last week of August in Montepulciano you can enjoy the typical Tuscan tradition of the “Bravio delle Botti”. This festival is a challenge among the 8 districts of Montepulciano. Each district has to roll an empty wine barrel with approximately of 80 kilos weight up a 1800 meters long road climbing up the central village road. www.braviodellebotti.com

Italian Cooking classes in your Villa

Organize and Italian cooking class in your Villa.

Panzanella - classical summer Tuscan pasta dish

Origins of this dish go back to the sheep herders who while moving the sheep long distances had very little food - and that which was to be had was normally stale bread and the local vegetables found along their trails.  This dish makes the best of both ingredients.

Dolce di Ricotta - summer dessert

Many times the Italians just lump all cheese in the salata category - thinking that it is best eaten with the main course but there are some special exceptions on the menu where the cheese can go either way depending on the condiments served.  Ricotta cheese is great with either salty foods or sweet foods and in this receipe it is great as a dessert.

Cappuccino - there is nothing else that says Italy better than a cup of...

though that opener is debatable - you will find that they defend their cappuccinos as much as they do their wine!  In Italy it is consumed mainly early in the day for breakfast, where it's consumed with cookies, biscuits, croissants or the like.  Italians never drink it with meals; though in many other countries it may be consumed throughout the day or after dinner.

Sagra

Sagra is the Italian word for Food Festival.  What can you expect to find when you go?  Normally it is a group of locals in the Pro Loco (which means local promotional agency) who get together and prepare a menu with a theme. The money earned in these events is dedicated to buying things for the town folk or setting up parks and play area for the children.

Ravioli Nudi (or Gnoochi gnudi)

Perhaps one of the more classical and antique dishes in all of Italy, first mentioned in a cookbook from the 1300's  written in the old Tuscan language.  These small shaped dumplings are traditionally from cheese and flour and have changed over the years to include potatoes or as in this case spinach and ricotta cheese.

Have a dinner cooked in your villa

In most of our Tuscan Villas, you can order a cook who comes in the villa to prepare a Tuscan meal, a lunch or dinner for the day you prefer specially for your group. All you need to do is tell us at least a week in advance to organize it.

Cooking class with Marisa

Book a cooking lesson with two expert chefs and the guidance of our partner, Marisa, who will assist you and translate in English language the whole lesson! Read more...

Spaghetti con fiori di zucchini e gamberetti

Spaghetti with courgette flowers and shrimps

Pappardelle al Cinghiale

Pappardelle with wild boar sauce

Crespelle alla Fiorentina

Florentine Savoury Pancakes

Conchiglie con broccoli e panna

Pasta Shells with broccoli and cream

Ribollita

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Wine Tasting Tour in Tuscany

Put yourself in the hands of an expert English speaking tour guide to visit, and of course taste, the  most distinct vineyards in Tuscany. Explore the World of Tuscan Wine. People drink wine because they enjoy it. Whether it's a crisp, cool white on the patio during summer or a full-bodied red with a rich dinner, wine gives pleasure. And "Exploring the world of Tuscan wine..." with an accomplished English speaking host gives you the basic tools to enjoy it even more.  

LE CHIUSE - a Family Runned BRUNELLO winery

Brunello di Montalcino is considered the best wine produced in Tuscany. Small family runned farms like Le Chiuse still have the art of wine making according to the local tradition. We recommend a visit of a small or medium sized winery rather than a larger one because you will find the real essence of the Tuscan tradition and lifestyle, specially when you taste a wine knowing exactly how it has been made and what is inside it... specially Le Chiuse, which production is totaly ORGANIC and certified by the European Union.

Learn more about Tuscan wines

To understand Tuscan wines, it is necessary to learn about the process of making wine in Tuscany and what are the rules that control this production.

Cantine Aperte - the major wine Festival in Italy

"Cantine Aperte" means Open Cellars, this is the most important wine Festival in the whole Italy, when many wineries open their cellars to visit and tasting attracting many tourists and wine enthusiasts from the whole world.

Fattoria Il Palagio - Castel San Gimignano

Located in a privileged area between Volterra and San Gimignano, Il Palagio’s lands extend over Etruscan and Roman old settlements, actually the wine dates back from that time. With modern methods but preserving many of the ancient procedures, Il Palagio is able to produce top quality wines. The most important one, connected to the territory is the Vernaccia di San Gimignano D.O.C.G.

Rocca di Montemassi - Maremma

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GATTAVECCHI - Montepulciano

Gattavecchi is the name of a family that since more than hundred years produce one of the most prestigious Tuscan’s wine: the Sangiovese. The family follows with passion and deduction every single step from the planting to the selling. They take care of any single process to develop the best wine, putting passion in what they do. Today you can taste this particular wine in their  antique cellar in Montepulciano.

Arezzo - it has it all, from the Etruscans to Neo Classical!

This Italian jewel has everything Tuscany is famous for wrapped up in its city walls: Roman ruins, medevial charm, museums, delicious restaurants, great shopping for gold, leather, clothing, ceramics and reasonable prices for everything!

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Perugia - their defences were not made out of chocolate and hazelnuts

Yet it is a definite surprise if all you think about are those delicious chocolate candies with the hazelnuts and love messages written inside. There is way much more to see in this hidden corner.

Cortona, older than Rome . . .

Cortona, the town that became famous with the movie and book “Under the Tuscan Sun”, is said to pre-date both Rome and Troy. Extensive traces of its Etruscan past emerge to document its role as one of the twelve cities of the Etruscan Confederation.

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San Gimignano

Known by its majestic towers that cut the hilly landscape, visible from long distances, this UNESCO mankind patrimony hides much of the Tuscan culture!

Montepulciano - home of Vino Nobile

Home of Vino Nobile, one of the best wines in the world, Montepulciano offers a rich culture reflected on its splendid architecture, festivals and gastronomy !!  

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Rome wasn't built in a day!

but you can visit Rome in a day, using the Eurostar train leaving from Florence and Arezzo. This is a great way to not miss out on the classics of Italian culture while vacationing in the land of art and culture - Tuscany.  I have put together some helpful hints on visiting Rome in a day.

Venice from Florence with the Eurostar

You don`t have to miss out on visiting the romantic city on water just because you choose to stay in Tuscany. The Italian train system has a speedy Gonzalez train that runs from Florence to Venice every morning and evening - you have the perfect amount of time to get your feet wet (so to speak) and enjoy the wonders of "Venezia".

March - The weeks before Easter are filled with local traditional foodand sweets

- we have sifted through a long list of possible activites and picked those which we accessed to be characteristic - fun and in areas easy to find.  We have based our list on info provided by the local governments - however we are not responsabile if these activities are cancelled, moved or unavailable.

May - The springtime brings flowers, strawberries and much fun

- we have sifted through a long list of possible activites and picked those which we accessed to be characteristic - fun and in areas easy to find.  We have based our list on info provided by the local governments - however we are not responsabile if these activities are cancelled, moved or unavailable.

June - summertime arrives and with it a lot of Festivals in Tuscany

- we have sifted through a long list of possible activites and picked those which we accessed to be characteristic - fun and in areas easy to find.  We have based our list on info provided by the local governments - however we are not responsabile if these activities are cancelled, moved or unavailable.

Sagra - what does it mean?

"Sagra" is the Italian word for Food Festival. What can you expect to find when you go? Normally it is a group of locals in the Pro Loco (which means local promotional agency) who get together and prepare a menu with a theme. The money earned in these events is dedicated to buying things for the town folk or setting up parks and play area for the children.

General Wedding Info

Getting Married in Italy can be a pleasant, memorable and relaxing experience…just like drinking a glass of Chianti red wine.

 

The a brief checklist  for getting married in Tuscany:

Podere Antico

This beautifully restored Italian country farmhouse is an ideal solution for weddings or large parties because of its typical Tuscan flavour, stone architecture, terracotta arches, fantastic views and a lush green garden which is literally picture perfect.

Fattoria

Fattoria is located in the Tuscan hills with a traditional Tuscan look about it.  You will find a large beautiful estate, meticulously cared for garden area and a spacious building with a large gazebo next door for your recption area.

Wedding at Foiano della Chiana - Chiana Villa

A stunning venue for the wedding of your dreams, within walking distance to Foiano della Chiana, a charming medieval village in the heart of Tuscany surrounding by the typical golden and green panorama...

Extra virgin olive oil

Learn more about this treasure of Tuscany: extra virgin olive oil. Discover why the Tuscan extra virgin olive oil is considered one of the best in the world.

Italian bread

Entering for the first time into a foreign supermarket can be a little overwhelming - all these new smells, colors and most of all the language barrier. We will try to help you prepare for you first visit - telling you what to look for and what to look out for! This article focuses on baked breads.

Truffle – a valuable and appreciated speciality

Each year from September to December the heart of every truffle lover beats faster. It is one of the most valuable and highly sought after edible fungi. It is also called “the diamond of the kitchen” and can be found underground in some selected regions in Tuscany.

LE PAVONIERE GOLF CLUB

Professional Golf Club projected by Arnold Palmer, international golfer that completed his carreer designing golf courses. Centrally located, only 15km from Florence Airport, Le Pavoniere offers a mix of professionalty, relax, fun and gorgeous landscape.

ARGENTARIO GOLF CLUB

Located inside an oasis of Mediterranean nature, Argentario Golf Club offers a golf course and park with total of 77 hecatres, where the 18 holes are completely different one from the other providing a new challenge for each player.

Street markets and other fairs

Tuscany is rich of street markets and this is certainly a great choice to make shopping as well as get full immersion in the Tuscan experience: antiques, handcrafts, flowers, vegetables, clothes, souvenirs and much more is waiting for you along the streets of many Tuscan cities and villages.

VIA CASSIA - From Tuscany to Rome by car

An idea that is really worthy and we surely recommend is to take a few days more to do this trip between Florence and Rome or between Siena and Rome (or vice-versa) by car, not with the highway but through an old Roman road - Via Cassia. At last, ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME.

VAL DI CORNIA - a complex of Natural and Archeological Parks on the Tuscan Etruscan coast

A complex of six Archaeological, Coastal and Natural Parks, including museums and a documentation centre compose the system of Parks of Val di Cornia, the stunning area between the mineral slopes and the Etruscan coastline that extends from Livorno to Grosseto including the Promontory of Piombino.

Costa degli Etruschi wine trail

To go through a wine trail like the Etruscan's coast trail gives the opportunity to visit charming medieval villages, vineyards and olive groves immersed in an unspoilt hilly land not far away from "Blue Flag" beaches. Visting the wine cellars and tasting the local wines your will learn more about the territory itself and taste a little bit of real Tuscany.

TERRE DI AREZZO Wine Trail

TERRE DI AREZZO wine trail is about 200 km long, passwing through various wine production areas including 8 types of wines, many wineries, restaurants, wine shops. The route goes through a wide area that surrounds the Province of Arezzo, covering the Northeastern part of Tuscany, composed by an incredible variety of land forms that together create a typical Tuscan countryside.

Verona - the City of Love.

Verona is the city of Love - full of art, historical buildings and places to visit. While spending your holiday in one of our Tuscany Villas you could take a day off to visit this fabulous city less then 3 hours by car or train from Florence. Is a really lovely place and worth a visit.

Sardegna - the highlight and perfect ending for your Tuscan holidays.

It’s considered a paradise with its blue water similar to Caribbean seas. It’s the favourite destination for Italian VIPs. It’s also famous for its diverse gastronomy. Sardinia is also an archeological site as it’s full of Nuraghe.

It is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 if you already know the answers. We have done a little footwork for you and provided a list of helpful ideas for making your vacation in Tuscany as relaxing as possible.

It is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 if you already know the answers.  We have done a little footwork for you and provided a list of helpful ideas for making your vacation in Tuscany as relaxing as possible.

Bed sizes in Italy

It can be a little confusing since each country has its own way of describing sleeping arrangements, their own measurements and their own standards.

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WINE GRAPE FESTIVAL - Florence Festivals and Historic events in Tuscany

On September the medieval town of Impruneta, Florence, organize a wine grape festival. The big parade take place the last days of the month but you can enjoy dinners with music and fun as well as flea markets during the all month. More infos: www.lafestadelluva.it

Pratovecchio, you've heard of Slow Food - how about Slow Città? Small Tuscan towns - but worth a visit

Quaint little Tuscan town with a walled in city center, many delicious restaurants, park area with local cafes and an exciting countryside filled with castles, the National Park of Casentino, age old churches and beautiful landscapes.


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