Places to stay in Tuscany
One of the pleasures of a vacation in Tuscany is the wide
selection of comfortable accommodations that are available.
Holiday lodgings range from Tuscan villas, through farmhouses
(case coloniche), vacation apartments to rooms
and B&Bs. If these accommodations
in Tuscany are located on a
working farm, usually a vineyard or olive oil producer, they are
known a agriturismi (singular: agriturismo).
If you wish to stay on a working Tuscan farm, be sure to check
that property being advertised as an agriturismo really is that -
many farmhouse apartments that are no longer part of a winery or
other farm are loosely referred to as agriturismi.
True Tuscan villas are normally rented on a weekly basis, Saturday
to Saturday. Although a few Tuscan farmhouse and apartment owners
still rent by the week only, this practice is now limited mainly
to agencies. If you book OWNER DIRECT you should be able to
rent your accommodation for as few as three days. However, longer
stays in one place are recommended because of the valuable
vacation time lost checking in and checking out, packing, finding
your accommodation etc. Tuscany is not especially large and a home
base in the Chianti
area, for example, allows reasonable daily excursions to
almost every corner of Tuscany.
Tuscan villas to
A Tuscan "villa",
strictly speaking, is a very large aristocratic house of
distinctive design, built to accommodate as many as 20 or 30
people. These are occasionally available as vacation rentals,
usually by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Villas are normally not
available during the winter because of the prohibitively high cost of heating them. Click
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Villa Hotels in Tuscany
In addition to private vacation villa rentals, Tuscany boasts a
number of boutique Tuscan villa hotels which are basically Tuscan
villas that have been converted for use as a hotel without
changing the architectural features excessively. They usually have
their own restaurant, period furnishings and always a swimming pool.
Click this link for our boutique
hotels in Tuscany.
A Tuscan farmhouse is a casa colonica
(plural case coloniche) in Italian. These houses are
architecturally not villas. They were and are the homes of farming
families, and hence are a form of "vernacular"
architecture characterised by the ad hoc additions that make them
frequently so charming. However, they are often advertised as
"villas" or "vacation villas" apparently
because in some English-speaking countries, any stand-alone house
is referred to as a villa. It is therefore important to read
the description of your potential vacation rental to avoid any
misplaced expectations regarding room size, ceiling heights
etc. Click this link for our Tuscan
farmhouse vacation rentals.
apartments in Tuscany
Vacation apartments are
probably the most commonly available form of holiday accommodation in Tuscany.
Vacation apartments are readily available in towns and villages as
well as in the country where they are often located in farmhouses
that have been divided up or in what were formerly farm buildings
such as olive oil presses, stables and barns. Sometimes the
swimming pool is shared with other guests but each apartment
should have its own well-equipped kitchen or kitchenette. Often,
each apartment, if there is more than one, has its own individual
outdoor sitting area. Click this
link for our Tuscan
Agriturismi (farm stays), can be
farmhouses, apartments or rooms, but when correctly described as
an agriturismo they will be situated on a farm that owns land and
actively produces agricultural products. In Tuscany, this usually means the
property grows grapes and/or olives. Staying at an agriturismo
usually provides excellent opportunities to learn about wine making
and, in late October, olive oil extraction. Click
this link for our Tuscan
B&B (Bed and
Breakfast) in Tuscany
Vacation rooms and Bed & Breakfast
accommodations are readily available throughout Tuscany, both
in the towns and villages, and in the country. Town and country
both have their advantages. If you lodge in a town and also many
villages, you will have access to restaurants within easy walking
distance of your accommodation, thereby obviating any issues
regarding wine and driving. Groceries and other supplies will
clearly be more rapidly accessible in town than in the country. On the other hand, country B&Bs
are more likely to have a swimming pool and panoramic views, and
possibly greater tranquility. Click
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Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
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