Spotlight on: Tuscany
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
With Tuscany’s mesmerising rolling hills, ancient villages and fabulous wine, the area ticks many of the boxes when considering a luxury villa holiday in Italy. As one of the most renowned and recognisable areas of Italy, Tuscany offers the perfect balance of culture, natural beauty and gastronomic delights. A stay at a luxury villa in Tuscany will give you the opportunity to experience the beauty and richness of the area from your own private luxury villa.
The Tuscany countryside is amongst the most picturesque in Europe, with its lush green hills, charming vineyards and vast fragrant olive groves. The beauty of the verdant rolling landscape is enhanced by elegant cypress trees, exquisite castles and delightful, rustic farmhouses. There is a sense of tranquillity to the area that makes a stay in a luxury villa in Tuscany a serene and rejuvenating experience.
The sense of deep calm that Tuscany offers does not mean that you’ll be at a loss for things to do – quite the opposite in fact. With Florence, Pisa and Siena all easily accessible by car there is a wealth of culture and art that simply begs to be explored. As all roads lead to Florence, it would be a crime to visit the area without dropping by to see Michelangelo’s David, the Uffizi Gallery and Santa Maria del Fiore. Pisa boasts more than its infamous leaning tower, with a host of Romanesque churches and the most exquisite architecture. It is worth picking a luxury villa near Siena if you are drawn to it’s Gothic and medieval architecture, botanical gardens and fascinating churches. Siena’s Il Campo is one of the most breath-taking public spaces in all of Italy, in fact the cityscape is so exquisite that you need not step foot in a single museum, just lap up the culture and enjoy the frisson of city life.
The medieval hamlets of Chianti are a draw for many wine lovers with endless vineyards, woodlands and a real sense of calm amidst the rustic charm. The renowned local wine of the area is readily available so you can enjoy it from your first night from your luxury villa in Tuscany. Look out for the finest wines formed from Sangiovese grapes, make sure you try a good Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano during your stay. If you’d rather a white wine then the area is also renowned for its Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
The area is known for being mild throughout the year with blissfully warm summers. Picking a luxury villa with pool will ensure that you can spend languid afternoons enjoying the serenity of the area while taking advantage of the cooling waters of the outdoor swimming pool. Luxury Italian villas with pools are great for keeping children entertained too, and there is plenty on offer to keep both adults and children busy in so many Tuscan villas.
Villa Celine is the ideal choice for a large party. This grand villa sleeps 27 guests in absolute comfort. Built for Pope Alexander VII in the 17th century the exquisite frescoes and bas-relief that adorn the interior of this villa make it a true celebration of the richness of art that this area is so famed for. As well as the pool, all guests will delight in the tennis courts, private forest and vast fragrant gardens. The in-house chef will keep you in culinary delights and can also offer Italian cookery lessons to you and your guests. Be sure to enjoy the golden olive oil that is pressed from olives harvested on the estate. The children’s playroom is an appealing feature to many and with nannies available to hire, you can ensure you get plenty of adult time too.
If you are looking for something a little more intimate, then Villa Amiata sleeps just six. Located in the heart of an idyllic medieval hilltop village this is a perfectly restored village house, which also forms part of a hotel. Guests have the benefit of their own private house, combined with the services of a superb hotel, such as restaurant, bar, hotel pool and concierge service. Combining a traditional rustic aesthetic on the outside with a very well equipped and modern interior, this luxury Italian villa offers the most beautiful views of the valley below. You can source fresh ingredients from the local village and create your own Italian dishes from in the kitchen of the villa or dine at the boutique hotel restaurant that shares the village. This villa gives you a wealth of options and is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful area.
If you are looking for something a little more chic, stylish and brimming with contemporary flair then Villa Fontelunga is the perfect choice for your luxury villa holiday in Tuscany. With designer furnishings, bespoke pieces of vintage Italiana in very room and a creative yet relaxed feel to the interiors, this luxury Italian villa is also equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology. An impeccable concierge service means that your every last need and whim is met. From vintage car hire to sumptuous picnics, everything can be arranged for you so you can fully relax on your luxury holiday in Italy.
The area is steeped in rural traditions, leaving the countryside unspoilt and the cuisine deliciously uncomplicated and full of flavour. Famed dishes of the area include panzanella, bistecca alla Fiorentina and castagnaccio. Panzanella is a well-seasoned salad formed from combined soft crumbed bread, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, red onions, vinegar and lashings of olive oil. This sort of dish that has such simplicity but is bursting with flavour and vivid colours is a true indication of the Tuscan cuisine where fresh, locally sourced ingredients form the basis of each dish. Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the tender and exquisite steak that Florence is so renowned for. Castagnaccio is a moist and flavoursome cake that uses chestnut flour to add a subtle flavour. Olive oil and rosemary are added, making it a unique and intriguing sweet treat.
The cuisine tends to be healthy, hearty and full of flavour. Look out for mountain cheeses, melt in the mouth meat, sun-ripened vegetables, the finest olive oil and perfectly piquant salamis.
Whether you pick a luxury holiday villa near Florence or Rome, or even one nestled up on a hilltop far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can guarantee that a holiday in Tuscany will delight each of your senses. From hiking through the mountainous countryside to exploring the architecture of the cities, from the finest restaurant cuisine to traditional home-cooked rustic fare, from wine tastings to vintage car hire, the area is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
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