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  • Travel Tips,  Tuscany,  Where to Eat in Tuscany

    Food restrictions in Tuscan restaurants

    Eating out in Tuscany is one of the pleasures of visiting this part of Italy.  Happily, with a vast array of fresh ingredients at hand and an inate sense of quality dining, most restaurants do not find it difficult to provide for customers with dietary restrictions.  In fact, the Italian spirit of hospitality spurs them to making sure you find something digestible and delicious. Food allergies and intolerances are not at all to be taken lightly, but as some Italians themselves are also lactose-intolerant or celiac, strides have already been made in Italy to provide alternatives for those needing to avoid certain ingredients.  Gelato can be with rice or soy…

  • 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…

  • Siena,  Travel Tips

    How to get to Siena

    Siena from Orto dei Pecci

    Siena’s city centre is largely pedestrianised, so it’s a great city to visit with public transport. It also has some good parking spots on the outskirts of the city from which you can walk or bus in. Here’s our advice for getting to Siena. Closest Airports to Siena Florence, Perugia, Pisa, Bologna and Rome are the closest airports to Siena, in that order. Pisa airport is the most popular for flights within Europe, while Rome is the most likely airport of arrival for US and Canadian visitors.  Florence Airport (FLR) Perugia Airport (PEG) Pisa Airport (PSA) Bologna Airport (BLQ) Roma Fiumicino Airport (FCO) Roma Ciampino (CIA) How to get to…

  • Travel Tips

    Travelling to Europe with Pets

    Toby the Dog

    Leaving your beloved pet behind can be an enormous wrench. so why not bring him/her with you? We have a number of Holiday Villa Owners that are happy to accept pets (see our dog-friendly villas here) – but if you’ve found a perfect place to stay you still need to get there. Travelling between the UK and mainland Europe requires knowing and following some rules so that your pet – and I’m talking dogs and cats here – doesn’t get quarantined anywhere and you don’t get hit with any charges. UK-EU Pet Travel Rules There are a number of long-winded regulatory documents that you could read if you wish, but,…

  • Pisa,  Travel Tips,  Tuscan Cities

    Getting Tickets for the Leaning Tower of Pisa

    Leaning Tower of Pisa

    If you do decide to visit Pisa, you will want to see the leaning tower, set in The Square of Miracles, or Campo dei Miracoli, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. At the far side of this grassy square is the leaning bell tower,  next to the beautiful Roman Catholic Duomo di Pisa built in the imposing Pisan Romaneque style and a vision in white marble. The square also houses the domed baptistery, where Galileo was baptised, and the Camposanto Monumentale which is the final resting place of notable Italians including Fibonacci. This square takes visitors through every stage of the lifecycle – from birth and baptism, through a…

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