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19/03/2013 at 08:48
Has anyone been to Tuscany and can recommend an area to go (And why you liked it)? I've never been and am feeling a little lost looking at websites. We'll be flying to Florence and would like to find a nice villa in fairly quiet area but near to a few shops, restaurants, the odd bar etc... basically a bit of life.
19/03/2013 at 11:34
Can't help but I am jealous!
19/03/2013 at 12:19
Friend got married at Il Borro - lots of lovely villas to rent there. It was a bit far from a village though. So jealous of tuscany. sounds like heaven! we are trying to find a similar sort of thing in the south of france for this summer but I don't reallly know where to start looking.
19/03/2013 at 15:57
It's hard to know where to start looking isn't it. I find I'm really picky with the villas as well, the tiniest things will put me off!
19/03/2013 at 16:09
Likewise - i don't like the idea of paying to stay somewhere that isn't as nice as my own house! Stupid thing is though that I don't have the budget at the moment to be picky!!
19/03/2013 at 16:22
I don't even know what is a reasonable amount to pay, I don't want to go crazy but I also want a really nice holiday. I felt cheated out of a proper holiday last year as we were dictated by sil's budget, the weather was terrible and I was only just coming out of my morning sickness haze so felt quite rough...and we drove rather than flew - never again!
19/03/2013 at 19:58
We went to Tuscany last year and had the most amazing time. We actually flew into Pisa as the flights were almost half price than to Florence and spent one night there seeing the leaning tower before driving to the Azzurro region which is simply beautiful! It took about 2 hours to drive but it flew by as the views were so breathtaking. Also convinced H to stop at the Prada outlet on the way which is worth a visit if you love handbags like me! The prices were extremely good when we were there.
We stayed with friends in a villa in a village called Ferneta which was very small with only one restaurant and bar. However it wasextremely close to Cortona which was more lively. Most of our days were spent around the pool but we visited a lot of places in early evening including Montepulciano (famous for wine), Sienna, Perugia and Montevarchi. I couldn't say that one was better than the rest as it was all so stunning.
I would suggest looking for a suitable villa first rather than focus on the area as anywhere you go is just as good as the next place in my opinion. We spent HOURS searching for the right villa and in the end just tossed a coin as it was driving us mad!
Hope that helps a bit. My parents are going to Tuscany for a wedding this summer and staying in Montepulciano and a lady from my work goes back there every few years x
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