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Deborah
Warrenton (Virginia)

Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Lucca

Seeking ideas for places to stay in the Tuscany region

Looking for ideas/suggestions for a family type villa location for two weeks in August next year. Ideal place would be in a scenic region with access to beaches and some beautiful architectural towns or villages for day trips and site-seeing. International family reunion in the planning so relative easy access from an airport would be a major plus. Does such a place exist? Hope so....


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top answer by
Roni from Dallas

I absolutely second Caterina's great suggestion of the Maremma!  Cala Violina is spectacular - although get there very early in the morning because August will be crowded.  Pitigliano and the other towns mentioned are really beautiful and the drive to get them them is really breathtaking - some curves, but worth it.  Also, there is wonderful wine tasting in that region as well, specifically Morellino di Scansano.  There are many agriturismi in Maremma that might be a great option for you and your family - while not necessarily a private villa, there are many options just inland that would have great access to the beaches - including the Uccellina park, the Tarot garden park near Capalbio, which is a wonderfully unique activity that's totally worth it!  

Another interesting option would be a ferry day trip to visit some of the various islands just off the Tuscan coast - including Isola del Giglioand Giannutri.  There are several companies that offer day tours, leaving from Castiglione della Pescaia.  

I personally love Castiglione Della Pescaia - it's charming old town has a lot of personality and the surrounding beaches (just north of town) are really beautiful.  One last suggestion is to look for any "Sagre" or local food festivals anywhere in the region.  These offer truly incredible food options and a true glimpse of authenticity and are totally worth it.

One last advantage of going to Maremma is that it is really undiscovered by Americans - you will very likely not see another American tourist the entire time you are there.  Caterina really offered some wonderful suggestions!

Enjoy!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pitigliano (city)
  2. Capalbio (city)
  3. Isola del Giglio (attraction)
  4. Giannutri (attraction)
  5. Castiglione Della Pescaia (city)
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answered by
Caterina from Florence

Hi Deborah, if you want beaches and beautiful architectural villages, you should definitely book a property in the Maremma region, between Cala Violina and Capalbio. I don't know any rental agency honestly, but you can do your own research on the internet and compare the prices.

These are the upcountry villages that you can't miss: Magliano in Toscana, Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano and Capalbio.


Castiglione Della Pescaia, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole are the best places to visit on the coast.

A couple of suggestions

1) The best beaches are between Puntone and Roccamare but Marina di Alberese and Feniglia are also very beautiful.


2) You have to visit the Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle, which is approximately 8 km from Capalbio.

Hope this may help!

Caterina


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cala Violina (attraction)
  2. Capalbio (city)
  3. Magliano in Toscana (city)
  4. Pitigliano (city)
  5. Sovana (city)
  6. Sorano (city)
  7. Castiglione Della Pescaia (city)
  8. Porto Santo Stefano (city)
  9. Porto Ercole (city)
  10. Puntone (city)
  11. Roccamare (city)
  12. Marina di Alberese (city)
  13. Feniglia (attraction)
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answered by
Tina from Bainbridge Island

Si! I recommend a beautiful villa in the small village of Trequanda. I stayed there a couple of years ago, along with 10 other people. The villa is beautifully furnished and stocked with all the necessities. It was easy to make day trips to other Tuscan and Umbrian towns. We had the villa stocked with wine by a local chef, who also gave us all a cooking lesson one evening. We ate by candlelight in the beautiful dining room. The whole stay was magical! www.ifiordalisi.com 

La Casa dei Fiordalisi in Trequanda Italy is an enchanting, newly restored house facing a quiet village street and ...


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answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Everything exists, for a price! There are lots of villas (or apartments within villas) to let during the summer, in Tuscany The only issues might be proximity to a beach or proximity to an airport. For beaches the best airports would be Pisa or Génova. There are lots of villas with a pool inland, which would give you access to cities like Florence, Siena and beautiful hill towns like San Gimignano (you could fly into Bologna) but you would have to forego the beach or drive there. Take a look at www.ownersdirect.co.uk

or www.tuscanynow.com    this one is pretty good for large groups:  http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8134226 

Our family stayed in part of a villa near Pistoia with a pool and tennis courts and options for horse riding.  Hope you find what you're looking for.



Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tuscany (state)
  2. Pisa (city)
  3. Génova (city)
  4. Florence (city)
  5. Siena (city)
  6. San Gimignano (city)
  7. Bologna (city)
  8. Pistoia (city)
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answered by
Cynthia from Tucson

I would highly recommend Villa Paterno in the quaint Tuscan town, Pelago. Our family has stayed there several times over the last decade.


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  1. Pelago (city)


answered by
Tina from Livorno, Italy

I suggest our farm house Fattoria di Statiano in Volterra region, exactly midway from Volterra and the Etruscan coast. This  area is made up mainly of small clustered hills villages and castles such as MontegemoliQuercetoMontecatini Val di Cecina Mazzolla, each of them with a singular way of doing things. the coast is not far, and it is beautiful, such as  Marina di BibbonaMarina di Castagneto-marina di DonoraticoParco Archeologico di Baratti e Populonia. Throughout the Tuscan countryside, with its lovely churches, piazzas and ancient architecture, you will find rural art that is often worthy of the finest city museum! Pisa International Airport is only 50 minute by motorway.






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