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Think of Tuscany, and it's hard to not be transported to a world of wineries and rolling olive-green hills. Tuscany is one of the most evocative places in the whole of Italy, it's charm and beauty immortalised in films like Under the Tuscan Sun and A Room with a View. A villa holiday in Tuscany is always a great idea, and suits families and large groups along with romantic couples. Located in the centre of Italy, Tuscany benefits from a spectacular Mediterranean coastline, as well as lush countryside hiding world-class wineries (think super Tuscans) farmlands and tumbling hilltop villages – meaning the food and wine is incredible. For a timelessly romantic holiday, head to our villas in Florence or Pisa. For a beachy vibe not often associated with Tuscany, book one our villas in Grosseto, the capital of Maremma, or in Elba – a paradise island in the Tyrrhenian Sea reached only by ferry.

Things to do in Tuscany

Tuscany is perhaps Italy’s most well-rounded region, offering villa guests coastline, countryside and breathtakingly beautiful cities, not to mention waterparks and animal parks for the kids. To make the most out of your Tuscany villa holiday, hire a car, allowing you to explore the area surrounding your villa and the many charming hilltop villages that speckle the region. Book a villa in Florence to see the spectacular Florence Cathedral with its iconic terracotta dome and Michelangelo’s David, or in Pisa to marvel at the Leaning Tower. Staying in our Arezzo or Florence villas? We recommend getting a Tuscany villa with a private pool, allowing you to bask under your own Tuscan sun without having to drive to the coastline. For beach lovers, there are our villas in Pisa, Grosseto and the stunning island of Elba – with their white sands, clear seas and opportunities for watersports. The food in Tuscany is also up there with the best in the world, think fresh seafood, meats sourced in the hills, everything covered in truffle and world-famous wines like Chianti. Florence is La Dolce Vita.

Florence buildings, Tuscany
Florence and countryside, Tuscany

History and Culture in Tuscany

Tuscany is a land steeped in history, being ruled by the Etruscans, Romans and the Medici family – one of the most famous dynasties to have ever existed. History and culture lovers should head to our villas in Florence and Pisa, home of world-famous galleries and museums, priceless works of art and dozens of historical sites and exquisite churches. Highlights in the Tuscany region include the ruins of the ancient Etruscan city of Roselle – a stone's throw from our villas in Grosseto – and the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, completed in 1345. Of course, there's also that iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, part of the historical famous Piazza dei Miracoli complex with the cathedral and baptistery. Discover a quirkier history of the paradise island of Elba, the site of Napoleon's exile with Roman ruins and the eerie Mines of Elba.

Family holidays in Tuscany

Our villas in Tuscany are all family-friendly and many come with a private pool, giving you the freedom to spend lazy days at home relaxing under the Tuscan sun. Outside our Tuscany villas and a world of family fun awaits, and from our Pisa and Florence villas, it's an easy drive to the Piccolo Mondo amusement park – one of the best waterparks in Tuscany with its slides and pools. Our Tuscany villas in Arezzo are also near the Pool Water Park Florida, another fantastic waterpark. Our villas in Grosseto, Pisa and Elba island are all located near fantastic sandy beaches – many Blue Flag – and the countryside hides attractions like animal farms (visit the Caseificio Inno al Sole in Maremma). To top it all off, there's the food, bound to appease even the fussiest of eaters with fresh pasta, juicy meats, tasty seafood and local Tuscan tiramisu.

Tuscany countryside, Italy
Tuscany coastline, Italy

Adventurous activities in Tuscany

From biking through rugged hills carpeted with vineyards to hitting the coast and enjoying a myriad of watersports, there are plenty of adventurous activities to enjoy on your when staying in one of our villas in Tuscany. The Tuscan coast – accessed from our villas in Pisa, Grosseto and Elba – is great for surfing, kitesurfing, snorkelling and diving. Guests staying in our Elba villas will find a treasure trove of diving and snorkelling sites from the peaceful shore, along with dive and sailing schools. Inland Tuscany has some fantastic hikes and treks, and it's great fun to hike from one hilltop village to the next. There are plenty of places to hire a mountain bike and many mountain bike trails in Tuscany, a great way to burn off some calories ready for a sublime Tuscan evening meal.

We have villas close to the beach in many of our destinations, which provide a great base for a beach holiday.

Romance in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the most romantic places in the whole of Italy, if not the world, and a couple's villa holiday will not disappoint. For unparalleled romance, head to one of our villas in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance with its historical buildings, romantic rooftop bars and picturesque setting. Try a cookery class, perhaps, or spend the day wine tasting in one of the many award-winning wineries in the hills and villages surrounding our villas in Tuscany. Our villas in Elba island are perfect for a honeymoon, while its beaches and mountains offer plenty of proposal spots. From our villas in Pisa, Grosseto and Elba, you can also head to the coast and hire a sailing boat – made even more special at sunset.

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