• Food and Wine

    What to buy in Tuscany and Umbria

    Want to bring a little taste of Italy back with you? Pick up these tasty treats. These Ricciarelli were hand-made by Rossella on GialloZafferano.it – I’ll translate her recipe soon, it looks excellent Ricciarelli (almond biscuits) What to look for: freshly made from a specialist shop, gooey and thickly dusted with powder; they mustn’t contain flour as it can make them quite hard. The ingredients are almonds, sugar and egg-whites. If they look dry or have been sitting in the open for a while, look elsewhere. Where to buy: the beautiful Tuscan city of Siena is where they originated, and the best ones are picked up freshly made from pasticcerias…

  • Travel Tips

    Our Brexit Travel Tips

    Villa San Miniato | Tuscan Villa

    Aerial Photo of Faggio | Invitation to Tuscany   In the UK it seems we can talk or think of little else at the moment, and the resolution is no clearer now than it was in 2016. Here are our Brexit insights on what the risks really are and what to look out for. The risks are all relative to a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Any other outcome will leave everything unchanged until December 2020, if not even later. So everything below is to do with a ‘no deal’ outcome. Your Villa Booking with us All of our villa bookings already have a currency guarantee and are covered by the Credit…

  • Villas in Tuscany


    Villa near Greve in Chianti with Pool

    Greve, Chianti Villa near Greve in Chianti with a panoramic pool. Casolare is an ancient Tuscan farm-house recently converted into 3 elegant apartments. As Villas near Greve in Chianti go, this one is special. Its present owners have transformed it into three large dwellings with a joyful sense of colour and generous hospitality. The houses are all  individual in style, but all under the same roof and sharing striking views of the ancient landscape that surrounds it. Great Villa for Families All this makes Casolare an excellent place for large groups to gather, be they extended families celebrating a special occasion, or a group of friends eager to explore the…

  • Villas in Tuscany


    Montestigliano Wedding Venue Tuscany

    near Rosia, Siena A distinguished villa and charming farmhouses on an historic Tuscan estate near Siena. Situated in exceptionally picturesque countryside, Montestigliano has all the characteristics of the classic Tuscan Great Estate: avenues of cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, woodlands and neat, cultivated fields. Historic Tuscan Estate The estate buildings form a small complex with some farmhouses, the villa and agricultural buildings in a beautiful position on top of a hill. There are extensive views of the surrounding countryside. Wide, sandy, cypress-lined avenues traverse the forested hills of the estate, often terminating in belvederes at the most impressive viewpoints. Through the tangled woodlands, across the cultivated plain below, one can see…

  • Tuscan Villas by Type

    Small Tuscan Villas for 2 to 4

    Romantic dinner at Casa Moresca, Argentario

    Small Villas in Tuscany can be tricky to find.  Small properties with a private pool are even more sought after! With that in mind we’ve compiled a handy map and list to show you where our smaller properties are. Some are in villages as staying in a town or village can be a wonderful way to really get to know the local culture – even better if there is a seasonal festival going on! Other properties are part of an old farming estate, or have been carefully carved out of an ex-monastery. These can be good for families with children as the kids will quickly make friends. Then of course…

  • Tuscan Villas by Type

    Luxury Villas in Tuscany with Private Pool

    Pipstrelli Luxury Villa for 14

    Some villas stand out from the rest, for decor, service and position. Here is a selection of our favourite Luxury Villas in Tuscany, all with private swimming pool. There size varies, sleeping from 8 to 20 people. All of them come with our free concierge service to help you organise any extras you might want; many of them also have an on-site concierge, so you can be looked after perfectly during your stay. Private chefs, Cookery courses, Babysitters, Massages or Yoga teachers are not a problem in any of these properties. Contact us

  • Villas in Tuscany


    View from Radicondoli

    3 apartments for 4 near Radicondoli, Siena.  In an inspiring panoramic position, facing across endless unspoilt countryside dotted with vineyards, forests and dramatic hills, Bellavista is a stone farmhouse below the Tuscan hill village of Radicondoli, 500 metres down a track from a country road. The present owners have restored olive groves and renewed vineyards, producing good wine and even better olive oil. Even more care has gone into the three apartments. The swimming pool is on a terrace with never-ending views over the Tuscan countryside. The custodian lives nearby and is very conscientious and helpful. In this Radicondoli Villa the roof is insulated and air-vented, walls are insulated for sound and floors are…

  • Culture,  History,  Tuscany

    Bartali, the unsung cycling war hero

    On the outskirts of Florence, in an unprepossessing building close the motorway, is a small museum. It is dedicated to the memory of Gino Bartali, a man with a remarkable story that has only recently come to light. Gino Bartali is a star of world class cycling, and an inspiration to many. Paolo Conte sang a wonderful song about the cyclist and the many miles he travelled; we now know he wasn’t just training. During the second world war Bartali was already a well known figure, having won the Giro d’Italia twice, in 1936 and 37, and the Tour de France in 1938. During the war he continued to go…

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