As heavy with history as it is with style, Villa Celine is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of place. You’ll feel like aristocracy, staying in this amazing building, which was built in the 17th Century for Pope Alexander VII on Etruscan ruins. The Baroque...
Villa Il Borro
Elegant and aristocratic, Villa Il Borro sits atop a hill looking out over a medieval village and Tuscan hills beyond. Dating back to the 19th Century, the property has been lovingly restored to its former glory over a number of years. Once you’ve...
Villa Muri Antichi
This luxury holiday villa is where 12th-century rustic style meets 21st-century comforts. The beautiful Tuscan stone building has been painstakingly restored using local wood and stone, for a truly authentic experience, but with all the comforts of...
If you were to draw a picture of your fantasy Tuscan villa it would probably look something like Villa Amiata - beautifully aged terracotta tiles, earthy Tuscan shades on the walls, simple wooden shutters. But inside this traditionally rustic...
Villa San Pietro
They do say some of the best things come in small packages, and this perfectly formed luxury villa is no exception. San Pietro offers five-star quality on a small scale, making it the perfect escape for a family of four or two couples, who want a...
Villa Fontelunga is a style haven, in the heart of Tuscany. Nestled in this ancient Etruscan settlement, designer furnishings and clean lines bring contemporary cool to this beautiful property. The terracotta building with its pretty blue shutters...
The term’ bijou’ was practically created for Villa Galletto. Small in size and big on style, this one-bedroom ‘honeymoon cottage’ is one of Tuscany’s hidden gems. Created with couples in mind, who may not want to hire a villa with six bedrooms...
Basking in the middle of fields under the Tuscan sun, sits Villa Gallo. This attractive, two-bed property is as charmingly rustic on the outside as it is achingly contemporary on the inside. Exposed brickwork and natural fabrics in neutral, muted...
Medieval charm mixed with modern conveniences, Villa Sant’Anna ticks all the boxes. Where else can you lounge in a stone-walled sitting room, beneath fine paintings, feeling as though you’re in your very own castle… with the iPod on and a glass of...
Cleverly conceived and charmingly executed, this luxury villa in Tuscany is a real treat. Villa Oddi is the latest of the old buildings on the exclusive Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco estate to be renovated and the care and thought with which it was...
Casa del Fiume
Rustic, characterful and restored to the highest of standards, Villa Casa del Fiume is a luxury villa in Tuscany that just goes the extra mile. Sitting in lush, green valleys and looking out over a really magical part of the Tuscan countryside, the...
Once the home of the Castiglion del Bosco’s olive press, Villa Oliviera would have been a central part of the estate… and it’s very much at its heart today. Just moments from the spa and wonderful restaurants at the ‘borgo’ this luxury villa in...
As typically Tuscan as olive oil and cypress trees, this luxury villa with swimming pool on the edge of an exclusive estate is the perfect backdrop to a relaxed holiday with friends or family. The mellow stone building sits in its own land and has...
Nestled among the undulating Tuscan hills, in a 4,200-acre estate, Villa Scuola comprises three two-bed villas. Each villa is perfect for two couples or a family of four, but all three could be booked together for a larger group. As a guest of the...
Live the Tuscan dream at Villa Sant’Antonio, a beautiful stone building overlooking a lovely vineyard. The original 18th-century villa now comprises three three-bedroom properties, which can be hired individually, or could be booked together for a...
Cosy, comfortable and with true rustic beauty, Villa Alba is a wonderful retreat, ideal for a family of four with visiting guests, or a small group of friends. Perched on top of a peaceful hillside, looking out over the Val d’Orcia natural park,...
Built on the ruins of a medieval castle, this luxury villa in Tuscany has been restored thoughtfully and tastefully. Typically rustic and Tuscan on the outside and with a touch of English manor house sophistication inside, it’s a delightfully...
It’s hard to believe this luxury villa in Tuscany was once a police station, but it still retains lots of the charming quirks of the original building and has been renovated to the very highest of standards. The cosy and sophisticated living room...
Let the stresses of everyday life float away on a cloud of lavender-scented, sun-drenched bliss. Villa Gauggiole is a luxury villa in Tuscany that seems designed to induce a sense of relaxation. In fact, design has little to do with it – while...
Perched on a ledge overlooking the Tuscan hills, this beautifully restored building and its accompanying annexe and pool house together make for an ideal retreat for a group of family or friends. The charming annexe would suit grandparents or a...
Casale San Giuseppe
Pastel-painted wooden shutters, set into grey Tuscan stone, nestled among cypress and olive groves, Casale San Giuseppe really is picture-postcard perfect and enjoys some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Inside the villa, which has...
Casale La Casa
By the time you’ve driven alongside vineyards and olive groves and turned down the private lane that leads to Casale La Casa, we think Tuscany will already have won your heart. But once inside, prepare to be wowed. This beautiful villa has been...
This luxury villa in Tuscany is the perfect place to experience outdoor living at its best. Villa Pierino occupies an enviable spot on the side of the hill, tucked in between forest, vineyard and olive groves, and with spectacular views out to the...
Villa Campo al Doccio
Perched among the Tuscan hills, in an exclusive 4,200-acre estate, Campo al Doccio is a contemporary luxury villa, built in the style of an Italian farmhouse and decked out to the very highest of standards. As a guest of the Castello di Casole...
Villa Aura is a luxury villa in Tuscany that combines the lure of the Italian sun with the charm of a modern English country cottage. A woodland theme runs throughout the villa, with silhouetted trees and leaves on the walls, bringing a relaxed,...
Burnt orange walls and a tiled roof, surrounded by olive and fig trees and a pool twinkling in the Italian sun, Villa Camelia is a luxury villa in Tuscany that presents a typically local picture as you approach. A heady scent of rosemary pervades...
Villa Camelia Guest House
Romantic, restful and really quite special - the perfect intimate bolthole for two. The Villa Camelia Guest House is a luxury villa in Tuscany with its own private pool and stunning surroundings! Small, but perfectly designed, the property...
History and tradition lovingly brought back to life. That was the inspiration behind this recently renovated property on the stunning Il Borro estate. This luxury villa in Tuscany has been carefully designed to retain the villa’s original character....
Never has ‘rustic’ looked so high-end. This luxury villa in Tuscany is the perfect combination of traditional and modern. Villa Calamansi is a restored rural building on the exclusive Il Borro estate, which has been painstakingly renovated to...
The Tuscan countryside is frankly brazen in its beauty and this is a property that really makes the most of it. The Bargagli Penthouse is a luxury villa in Tuscany that forms part of the highly exclusive Castello di Casole estate – 4,200 acres of...
Parco del Principe
The fabulously restored neo-gothic Parco del Principe is the epitome of Tuscan country-house grandeur. Set in 60 acres of stunning grounds, with a tree-lined drive and its very own olive grove, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more impressive luxury...
Destination Guide: Tuscany
Tuscany offers wine, food and culture in generous measure. In terms of both idyllic rural views (yes, those rolling olive groves you’re thinking of now) as well as beautiful towns with plenty to do, it’s a real crowd-pleaser.
Visit the biggies, such as Florence, Pisa and Siena for a big dollop of culture. Whether you tick off lots of museums, churches and more, or just wander through medieval streets soaking up the atmosphere, you’ll come away mind spinning from it all. Children are bound to enjoy the leaning tower of Pisa and you might even fool older kids into a dose of culture with a trip to Volterra, made famous by the Twilight series. Siena is also a wonderful day out, even if you do nothing but stand open-mouthed inside its famous duomo. For art-lovers you couldn’t mine a richer seam - from Roman and Etruscan pieces to works by Da Vinci and Michaelangelo, Tuscany has it all.
For a slower pace of life, head out into the countryside to see the hills, vineyards and olive groves, all interspersed with rows of those impressive cypress trees, that have made Tuscany famous. A car is a must but, once here, you can hire bikes to get up close and personal with more of that stunning scenery.
Best places to eat and drink in Tuscany
Let’s be honest, you don’t bother coming to Tuscany if you’re not big on fabulous food. And probably fabulous wine, too.
A tour of the Chianti vineyards is a must. Just make sure you leave plenty of room in the boot for bottles before you leave home.
Food in Tuscany is rustic, unpretentious and absolutely wonderful. Cucina casaligna (home-cooking) is an artform here, as much as cordon bleu is in Paris. Eat your fill of robust vegetable dishes cooked in fabulously fruity olive oil, wonderful risottos (cuttlefish ink is a favourite), imaginative pasta dishes served with game ragout - rabbit is a regular on the menus - and, of course, those famous Tuscan beans. For traditional and well-priced meals out of town try Locanda Apuana in Colonnata or Osteria Cassia Vetus in Loro Ciuffenna, overlooking the Arno valley. For something a little more splendid, Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence has three Michelin stars and modestly calls itself ‘the temple of taste’. But they’re not wrong.
Best time to visit Tuscany
There’s lots to enjoy in Tuscany at almost any time of year, however, spring and autumn are best - you’ll avoid the worst of the heat but still be able to make the most of alfresco dining. June or September is ideal.
August is the most popular time, but for that reason, it may be worth avoiding if you aren’t restricted to school summer holidays. It can get pretty warm in August and some restaurants and outlets close as the locals leave for their own holidays.
What we love about Tuscany
The Daniel Spoerri sculpture garden in Seggiano is a lesser-known but lovely day out. Sculptures - as you’d expect - of all varieties, but this beautiful garden also has a very nice restaurant. Something a bit different, and a hit with children and adults alike.
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