• History,  Tuscany

    Easter in Tuscany

    Easter in Tuscany is celebrated over a 5-day period which falls anywhere between 22 March and 25 April.  Perhaps a more heartfelt holiday to an Italian than Christmas, they say “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” – Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you wish.  Having survived a long winter indoors, they can hardly wait to get…

  • 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…

  • Cycling,  Tuscany

    Cycling around Radicondoli

    Strada Bianca near Casole d'Elsa and Radicondoli

    Tuscany is a fabulous place for cycling – both on and off road. The ‘strade bianche’ are a well maintained network of dirt roads made famous by the revival of the “Eroica“, gravel riding on vintage bikes. I’ve done a lot of riding around Tuscany – and around Radicondoli and Casole d’Elsa in particular – and I love exploring by…

  • 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…

  • Weddings

    How to get married in Tuscany

    Outdoor wedding in Tuscany

    Nowhere is more magical than Tuscany for a wedding. The heartland of the Renaissance is dotted with beautiful towns, little chapels, romantic castles and luxurious villas. And your photographer will be over the moon with the choice of backdrops – cypress-lined driveways, sprawling vineyards and hilltop villages abound. Below is an introductory guide to getting married in Tuscany, from how…

  • 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. Table of Contents Closest Airports to SienaGetting to Siena from FlorenceGetting to Siena by train from…

  • 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…

  • Art

    Painting Villas in Tuscany

    Watercolour of swimming pool at Cuculo

    We often receive postcards or notes from our customers to thank us for finding their holiday villa. This summer we had a particularly delightful card from some clients who had stayed at Cuculo, a large villa for 8 south of Siena. Liam Thompson, a painter and tutor had been staying there with his family and painted this beautiful watercolour of…

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