Summer means family holidays! Here at Invitation to Tuscany, we reckon that you just can't beat a villa with a pool in Tuscany for a summer holiday with children.
Firstly, our villas in Tuscany give everyone the space to relax, be together and recharge. Secondly, the scenery, weather and food in Tuscany are idyllic, so it makes an exceptional setting for a family holiday. Lastly, there is so much to see and do in Tuscany you will never be bored.
Here are 5 of our family favourites which are also convenient bases for visiting Tuscany with kids. They all sleep at least 4 and no more than 8, and they all have swimming pools. We think they're among the best villas to stay in Tuscany.
Private and secluded, this carefully converted, old farmhouse is a dream. It is loved particularly by city dwellers, who appreciate its spacious, country style and extensive grounds.
You'll spend most of your time outside at Villa di Mezzo in the warm Tuscan sunshine. The garden is gorgeous, full of fragrant flowers and tall, shady trees. There's plenty of space for children to run around, a private pool for cooling off, table football for games and a barbecue for relaxed summer meals. You are not overlooked by other houses here and the grounds are fenced too, so it feels like a safe and private haven. Wifi and air conditioning are also provided, just in case.
Super day trips include discovering the delights of the Tuscan coast, exploring beautiful hill towns and historic cities. Long sandy beaches, Pisa and Lucca are an easy drive away and Florence can be easily reached by car or train.
Prices start at €2,000.00 Villa di Mezzo - Sleeps 8
Good quality Italian villas with private pools within walking distance of lovely villages are like gold dust in summer. Torretta is one such villa but it's the thoughtful added extras that make it a firm, family favourite.
A welcoming light dinner and basic groceries are prepared for your arrival, taking the edge off a tiring journey with little ones. Further catering and Italian cookery lessons can be arranged, giving you all a chance to branch out from the usual family meals. A highlight for many is a visit to the villa owner's historic Palazzo and gardens nearby, and you are cordially invited as their guests.
The villa itself is set in a hillside position, giving you stunning panoramic views and privacy. It is heavenly.
Prices start at €2,500.00 per week Torretta - sleeps 7
I can't really put it better than this guest:
"If you want to stay at a quintessential Tuscan hilltop house, choose Casa Allioni. Perched high on a hill overlooking olive groves and vineyards, this lovely stone house is perfect for a retreat with family or friends and well-located for day trips to most Tuscan destinations. The house is nicely decorated and very comfortable to be in, with all of the appliances necessary to make living easy. And, the owner couldn't be more helpful and friendly. You won't be sorry if you choose Casa Allioni."
The house really is in a lovely spot and there's plenty to explore nearby. It's not suitable for small children though, due to the steep stairs. We generally recommend children should be over 5 (or infants, not toddlers).
Prices start at €1,785.00 Casa Allioni - sleeps 6
Valdambra is huge, converted Tuscan farmhouse divided into gorgeous holiday apartments, each with private outdoor dining areas. Sharing a large garden with a fabulous 15 metre pool, ping pong table, hammocks and a barbecue, it is perfect for easy going family holidays. Rent one apartment for a small family group or a large multi-generational group who can take all three apartments for up to 16 guests.
The charming owner is only too happy to help arrange extras to make your holiday truly memorable. Try cooking lessons, tours and bike rental, for those who would tour Tuscany in a slower lane.
Weekly rental prices from €822.00 for Arcata sleeping up to 4, €944.00 for Stalla sleeping up to 6 and €1100.00 for Pagliaio sleeping up to 6. For all 3 houses together, weekly rental prices start at €2800.00 sleeping up to 16 Valdambra - sleeps up to 16
Holiday villas have become more and more like luxury hotels, ever sleeker and ever more luxurious. Ragnana is none of these things and for this very reason it continues to be a firm favourite with our families. It's a big old farmhouse converted just enough for summer living, with a great big pool, a barbecue flanked by an outdoor table and, the cherry on top, it is right next to a fabulous Tuscan hill village.
This is a house for relaxing days by the pool, strolls into the village for ice creams, for evening apertifs and meals on the big outside table. It is for old fashioned holidays where much is planned and little is done.
If you do decide to explore, Siena is barely 30 minutes away, the local villages are all great. Furthermore, there are wonderful walks and cycle routes around the house. Lastly, as simple as the house is, it does have wifi throughout.
Rental prices start at €1,290.00 Ragnana - Sleeps 8
And there we have it - our 5 best family villas with private pools.
But these aren't our only villas. Have a look at the other selections below. And remember, the best way to find the perfect villa for your holidays is to ask the experts - our details are below, or you can contact us via Whatsapp.