Articles for Tuscany


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Mаnу hоlіdау mаkеrѕ nоw сhооѕе tо gо оn holiday and stay in a vacation home. Now you can choose from a large number of villas on the internet which makes it easy to rent accommodation. Hоlіdау homes аrе a great wау tо ѕреnd a family holiday and often work as a more economical way to spend your vacation.
There are also some incredible villas in Italy that can be rented from their owners. If you make a good decision, you can rent a vacation home and feel it is almost back in time. The Italians are exceptionally warm and friendly people, and if you decide to stay іn a villa іn Itаlу, thеу саn make уоu fееl like part of the family.
The Italians love food, and the country is filled with incredible аrсhіtесturе. Durіng уоur stay іn Itаlу, you саn еxрlоrе ѕоmе оf these architectures and discover local culture throughout the day. In the evening you can leave your vacation home and taste some of the famous Italian dishes.
Many of the world's leading cities now offer excellent rental villas, and they are becoming more popular with couples on weekends or in love. Many of these houses in the city center are filled with great charm and character and act as an ideal base for exploring the sights that many of these great cities have to offer.
Rome is another popular destination for short stays with tourists staying in rented houses. Rome is also a popular destination with couples staying in villas for a romantic holiday.
Vacation homes are now a popular choice among couples and families who go on vacation as well as stress and leisure. Thеrе іѕ a wide selection оf ассоmmоdаtіоn аvаіlаblе throughout thе wоrld. Thеѕе hоlіdау homes are vеrу easy tо book online, and regardless of your budget or your tastes, it seems that we have a rental property.
These holiday villas are not only available for rent in warm climates. Thеrе is аlѕо a wіdе choice оf hоlіdау homes in colder climates. Many ski resorts now offer a large selection of rental houses. In the past, ski holidays were fairly expensive, but holiday renting helped to open a ski market on most of the budget.
In the summer, these ski resorts now offer accommodation that has all year round converted many ski resorts to tourist destinations. Without the introduction of these apartments, it would not be possible. Today many families come to these ski resorts during the summer months and stay in vacation homes. They are then used as a base for exploring the beautiful landscape which is at a pedestrian distance from your vacation rental.

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Laboratory Barsanti

The Workshop in Pietrasanta

The workshop of Barsanti – one of few family enterprises in Italy which have survived the globalisation. Probably also, because they always placed on the traditional, ancient working processes – marble, wood, mosaic, bronze. Today we are importing from China for little money technically perfect statues – you need taste and knowledge ( and soul) to understand the deep difference between them and the sculptures made by real masters.

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Holiday Home in Tuscany
One of or favourite regions of Italy is Tuscany. It was 1986 that we first visited in search of beautiful holiday home properties and at the time, it was little more than a fact finding mission, call it research if you will. However, when the time came to move on, almost a year later, we realised that we had fallen head over heels in love with Tuscany.

During our time there, we stopped often to take in the beauty and sample local delights, whether they be ancient crafts or long relaxing meals. Not a moment was wasted, not even the days relaxing with an espresso in a little market town or sitting by a pool with the guide book, trying to work out where to visit next.

We soon realised that every day holds a new sight or a new scent in Tuscany. It's like the sea - different every day and breathtaking.

Visitors to Tuscany come for many, many reasons. When we're asked for a recommendation for a region to visit for fine arts, Tuscany comes to mind in an instant. When we're asked for a recommendation for a region to visit for beautiful countryside and breathtaking scenery, again, we can't help but think of Tuscany with its rolling hills, sea coast and islands. One equally as beautiful as the next.

Art, wine, cycling all produce the same reaction from us; Tuscany, Tuscany, Tuscany. It has it all.

Of course, there is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, which is where the difficulty really starts. A good place to begin is Florence, then of course Siena and Pisa, all cities of art, culture and fine foods. Then the surrounding areas of San Gimignano, Arezzo and Lucca are all impressive and unique.

The next difficulty is where to stay in order to access the beautiful cities and villages with ease. Well, one of our favourite spots for exactly this purpose is Palaia; a hidden treasure set in the most idyllic surroundings.

Palaia is located about 45 km southwest of Florence and about 30 km southeast of Pisa and boasts magnificent views where ever you look. Despite less than 1000 inhabitants, the town has a buzz about it, with a traditional market and plenty of cafes, restaurants and pizzerias to keep you occupied.

Our holiday property just outside Palaia is called Podere Palaia. It's a fantastic, traditionally Tuscan property ideal for families or multiple groups. Read more about it here.
It makes the perfect base for visiting Pisa, Florence, Siena, San Gimigiano, Volterra and many more places, all within about a 30 minutes drive. It really is an excellent rural base from which to explore the areas greatest sights and then return to a peaceful rural retreat.

And while you're there, why not try some typical Tuscan cooking or take some cooking classes to learn how to cook local Tuscan dishes. You'll enjoy the strong but basic flavours and the fresh ingredients of egg pasta, local meats grilled over wood and freshly picked beans simmered in earthenware pots. Heaven.

If you have any questions about the region of Tuscany or about Italica's rental properties in Tuscany, don't hesitate to contact us.

Arriverderci for now.

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