Italy is one of the most romantic places to visit in Europe, and with its incredible history, beautiful architecture, stunning scenery and rich culture, the allure of the place is endless. The central region is the Italy of the imagination. The hilltop towns dot the skyline and the ancient olive groves blanket the landscape. The stunning villas in Tuscany catch your eye and the abbeys, monasteries and castles are all prominent features. This region has so much to offer and any eager holidaymaker will not be disappointed. Whether you are interested in whiling away the days in the quaint villages, pounding the streets in the buzzing cities, walks in the countryside, or days at the lively markets, there will be something to suit any discerning traveller to the area.
Renting one of the many villas in Tuscany is an ideal accommodation option for anyone wanting to explore the region at their own leisure and have space in which to relax and unwind. There are specialised companies offering villas in Tuscany to rent and all are well serviced and professionally managed. There are villas to suit couples, families or groups of friends, and whether you prefer to be close to a city or hidden away in the hills there will be the perfect place for you.
The Chianti area is home to many villas in Tuscany and is a beautiful place to be based when exploring the region. Famous for its walled towns, stunning cities, medieval history and Andrea Botticelli, there is no shortage of attractions to be discovered here. The capital of the Chianti is Siena, and this city is worthy of at least a day’s sightseeing. The streets spiral out from the main square in the centre, the famous Campo, which is dominated by the Torre del Mangia and the exquisite Fountain of Joy in the centre. The cathedral, although smaller than the one in Florence, showcases a magnificent mosaic floor and is certainly worth a visit. With over 40 artisans contributing, the floor, consisting of fifty-six panels is one of the most ornate in Italy.
Italy is synonymous with excellent food and wonderful wine and this region has both in abundance. The famous vineyards surrounding the towns of Montalcino and Montapulciano have made the sangiovese grape one of the most prestigious in the world, and Chianti wine is now a protected product in Italy. The sheep’s cheese, pecorino, a staple throughout Italy, is the tasty, deep flavoured cheese made in the tiny town of Pienza. It is a really nice idea to explore the markets in the small towns, sample the fruits of the fertile soils here and maybe take some local delights home to enjoy in the luxury of your own villa.
There is no shortage of activities in the Chianti region. San Gimignano, also well known for its wine, is another quaint Italian hilltop town with a rich history and wonderful views.
You can bathe in thermal pools, visit the set of The English Patient, join the Italian aperitivo hour and simply revel in the vibrant atmosphere. However you decide to spend your holiday in Chianti you will have a memorable and special time.
Most villas in Tuscany have an outside eating and a shared or private pool, so spending time relaxing and watching the sinking of the Tuscan sun is not just a distant daydream – it is your holiday reality.