Villas in Tuscany
Tuscany is no stranger to tribute or applause. It’s no novice to tourism or success. And it’s certainly no neophyte when it comes to luxury. And we can certainly vouch for that here at Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy. There’s probably no need to tell you about how beautifully sublime this famous region is because the likelihood is, you already know. As one of the Italy’s most desirable destinations, and with travel writers depicting nothing but heavenly perfection, there’s really nothing more we can add other than “it’s all true”.
With Florence as its cultural powerhouse, the Etruscan Coast as its outer paradise, and award-winning food and wine as its staple, we couldn’t think of a more impeccable region to visit on your next holiday to Italy. For the best in holiday villas in Tuscany, you’ve come right to the place. Read on for tips on where to go, what to see, a practical guide on weather/climate and getting around…and checking out our stunning, luxury villas in Tuscany.
Getting to Tuscany
As we’ve mentioned before, Tuscany is no stranger to tourists so getting to this region from almost anywhere in the world is pretty straightforward. With two international airports,
Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport (also called Peretola Airport) in Florence, you can reach the region’s major cities without any trouble at all. Book in advance and you may be able to get some amazing cheap flight deals too.
Getting around Tuscany
One of the most popular ways to travel around the region is by car and many travellers prefer the freedom of being able to explore different towns without the restrictions of public transport. There are a number of car rental companies and you can pick up and drop off at the two international airports in Florence and Pisa.
If you would prefer to use public transport, there are both bus and train services available. Fast trains link up the larger cities such as Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Lucca and Grosseto whilst slower trains link up the smaller towns.
Top 10 Things To Do – Your Tuscany Villa Holiday
Summer is undoubtedly the best time go to Tuscany. The summer season begins in April and lasts until October, with temperatures reaching 30°C and more during the hottest periods. High summer (July and August) can be extremely hot, humid and crowded so if you’re looking for a more relaxed trip, try visiting Tuscany during the low season. The low season is between November and March where temperatures are much cooler. Not only will popular parts of Tuscany be less crowded but you won’t be caught out by peak prices on travel and transport either.
If you want to catch the first weeks of summer without getting caught up in the tourist rush, we would recommend flying to Tuscany in April and early May. Temperature highs could be up to 28°C during these months, making it a glorious time to visit.
Regional Food & Wine
Tuscany is recognised worldwide for its food and wine excellence. So needless to say, you won’t have a bad food experience when holidaying in this region of Italy. The secret to its culinary success lies in its history of “Cucina Povera”, or what we might call “poor cooking”. And this just proves that in many cases, simplicity is better. The concept of inexpensive food, unfussy flavours and the freshest ingredients makes Tuscan cuisine one of the finest in the world. If you want food cooked with honesty, prepared and served in a traditional way, look no further than the stunning region of Tuscany…
Tuscan Dishes to Try
Tuscany is truly “foodie heaven” and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bad eatery anywhere. For delicious and affordable street food (found in major cities such as Florence) we would recommend Lampredotto which is tripe often served in a bun or the various pizza stands you will find around the cities. In restaurants, order Panzanella (cold bread salad) or Crostini Toscani to start – or try something more filling such as Cacciucco (fish stew) or the famous Florentine Steak. There are also some great regional cakes such as Castagnaccio (chestnut cake), Buccellato (fig cake) or Cantucci, which are perfect as an afternoon snack or for finishing off a meal.
Famous Wines of Tuscany
Most of the wines made in this region are red, descending from the Sangiovese grape and many of Tuscany’s wines carry the DOC or DOCG label. Some delicious red varieties to try include the Chianti DOCG, Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Bolgheri DOC, Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC, and the Val di Cornia DOC. If you prefer white wine, be sure to try the Montecarlo DOC, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG or the Bianco di Pitigliano DOC.
Osteria La Porta, Monticchiello
The hamlet of Monticchiello is home to the world-famous Pecorino cheese and a little tavern called Osteria La Porta is a great place for tasting this local speciality. Known for its hearty dishes and local ingredients, you’ll be sure to get a good taste of Tuscany here. In the heart of Val d’Orcia, the restaurant is blessed with the most amazing country views and the wine cellar offers more than 250 Tuscan wines to complement your meal.
La Pineta, Marina di Bibbona
This is inarguably one of Tuscany’s best seafood restaurants. Set along the Etruscan Coast in the Marina di Bibbona, La Pineta could easily be mistaken for a simple beach hut. But look a little closer and you’ll soon realise that this is the culinary workshop of a Michelin starred chef – and you simply don’t want to miss out on this. Although you can expect fine dining here, the food very much clings onto tradition. Perhaps this could be driven by chef Luciano Zazzeri’s humble past as a fisherman; whatever the case, simplicity seems to rule in his dishes and the menu really is to die for.
Ristorante Ora d’Aria, Florence
Ristorante Ora d’Aria is something of a fancy affair. With slick interiors and immaculately presented food, the concept is a modern take on traditional dining. But you needn’t fear about steering too far from classical Tuscan cuisine; Pisa born chef Marco Stabile stays true to tradition and time-honoured Tuscan techniques.