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16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

Added on May 24th 2017 — Active, Concerts, Cooking Classes, Florence and Arezzo, Food and Wine, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Restaurants, Things to do

16 Insider Secrets for an Authentic Tuscan Holiday

These days, holidays are so much more than an escape from day to day life back home… Of course, a holiday needs to be in a great setting, with time to relax, explore and create memories with our loved ones. However, we are a very inquisitive bunch, and statistics show that we now want to … Read more »

6 things you can do with children in Tuscany

Added on February 3rd 2017 — Art and Courses, Central Tuscany, Chianti, Churches and Castles, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Museums, Siena, South of Siena, Undiscovered nature

6 things you can do with children in Tuscany

Visiting Tuscany with children is a delight, but sometimes you might wonder which places are good with kids, or if there’s somewhere you can take them to decompress after too much culture – here are some suggestions for our favourite places – some cultural, some wild and some organised. 1. Visiting hill towns and villages. … Read more »

20 Italian Food Ideas & Experiences You Can’t Miss in Tuscany

Added on December 19th 2016 — Cooking Classes, Food and Wine, Latest news, Restaurants, Things to do

20 Italian Food Ideas & Experiences You Can't Miss in Tuscany

There are hundreds of good reasons to visit Tuscany—but fabulous food has to be near the top of the list… After all, what’s more fabulous than sipping Brunello with a crusty loaf of bread and some olio nuovo as the sun sets over the terrace of your 19th century villa? Or enjoying fresh capellini with … Read more »

Relaxing in a private villa in Tuscany cheaper, thanks to strong pound

Added on November 19th 2015 — Latest news

Are you thinking about getting away from the wind and rain in Blighty, and renting a villa in Tuscany? If so, whether you plan to stay in a converted barn with a private pool, or a property on the Italian lakes, it’s a fantastic time to do so, because the pound to euro exchange rate … Read more »

Lively weekdays in Central Tuscany

Added on July 17th 2015 — Latest news

Lively weekdays in Central Tuscany

In some parts of the world summer is a time for closing shop and setting off on holiday.  In Tuscany, however, the opposite is true.  Even the smallest of villages throw themselves into summer festivals full of art, music and street theatre.  Two of our favorite central Tuscan villages, Casole d’Elsa and Radicondoli, do precisely … Read more »

July & August in Tuscany, when opera fills the air

Added on July 17th 2015 — Central Tuscany, Concerts, Events, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Siena

July & August in Tuscany, when opera fills the air

 In the height of summer, when the heat of the day has given way to comfortable evening temperatures, opera lovers gather is some of the most fascinating venues the region has to offer.  Whether in the roofless abbey at San Galgano, in the lakeside open-air theatre near the home of Giacomo Puccini or on the cathedral … Read more »

When Napoleon was Tuscany’s ‘guest’

Added on June 16th 2015 — Latest news, Museums, South of Siena

When Napoleon was Tuscany's 'guest'

In 1814 following his disastrous invasion of Russia and subsequent abdication, Napoleon was banished to the island of Elba. Though he escaped in March 1815 to return and re-claim his title of Emperor, by June of the same year he was once again an island’s guest, this time of St. Helena in the South Atlantic. … Read more »

Villa Strega continues to bewitch

Added on June 13th 2015 — Customer comments, Latest news, Siena, Villa Strega

Villa Strega continues to bewitch

As ten years previously, La Strega continues to bewitch and provide a perfect family holiday. Villa Strega provides the space to accommodate a large group but is also able to allow individual spaces in the multitude of common rooms and outside in the rose garden.  Of course for young and old the swimming pool is … Read more »

Hike Tuscany’s Grand Canyon – Orrido di Botri

Added on June 13th 2015 — Active, Areas, hikes and walking, Latest news, Lucca and Pisa, Things to do

Hike Tuscany’s Grand Canyon – Orrido di Botri

For over 1,000 years the Pelago River has been carving a deep limestone gorge in the Apennines. Tuscany’s largest canyon is accessible from Ponte a Gaio, but only from mid-June to September, when the water level of the Mariana and Ribellino rivers is low. You can hike the Orrido either by yourself or on a … Read more »

Find a “Sagra” and eat like a lord

Added on June 8th 2015 — Food and Wine, Latest news

Find a “Sagra” and eat like a lord

Seasonal food supplies lead to a tradition of “sagre”, mono-thematic food festivals where one type of food is celebrated and cooked in all ways possible. From the delicious to the ridiculous, these now encompass themes from sausage to particular pasta shapes to nettles and on beyond. By June these festivals are in full swing and … Read more »

Don’t feel like cooking the first night?

Added on June 8th 2015 — Chianti, Food and Wine, Latest news

Don't feel like cooking the first night?

In many of our properties it is possible to arrange for an ‘arrival dinner’, which means a local cook, or one your agent can have sent to the property, will take the strain off that first evening’s dinner. Whether it’s a cold supper, a lasagna you can warm up or a three course dinner served … Read more »

Daily Mail’s John Carter praises Tuscany

Added on March 27th 2015 — Chianti, Florence and Arezzo, Latest news, South of Siena

Daily Mail’s John Carter praises Tuscany

Daily Mail travel writer John Carter has praised Tuscany for its incomparable views and delicious wines and says he has treasured memories from his trip to the region. The experienced traveller stayed in several villas in Tuscany during his stay and in this past weekend’s Daily Mail travel supplement has written how the trip put … Read more »

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