As a holiday destination, Tuscany does not disappoint. Accommodation is generally to a high standard and typical farmhouses and apartments epitomise the escapism of living in rural Italy - usually built in stone, these dwellings exemplify the ancient rural architecture of Tuscany. The region offers a landscape that has the most lasting charm. It has an abundance of medieval towns that are second to none and a sheer beauty that it difficult to rival. A simple walk becomes a joy in these surroundings and you are faced with hundreds of years of civilisation. Strolling through medieval streets, you will fall upon endless art and architecture that is second to none.
For those simply wishing to relax, the beaches are lovely and most countryside properties have a swimming pool, perfect for lazy days to soak up the beautiful surroundings. The combination of coastline, mountains, countryside and beautiful towns and cities such as Florence, Siena, Cortona, Lucca, Montepulciano (and we could go on) is truly hard to match.
Our top 10 villas in Tuscany
Holiday Homes in Italy offers a wide range of self-catering accommodation in Tuscany and when it came to choosing our top 10, it was very difficult - the majority of properties are just beautiful! Here we go (in no particular order):
Tenuta del Castello - a beautiful 4 bedroom farmhouse surrounded by olive groves and terraced areas and situated inside the Castello di Bibbione estate in Chianti. Sleeps 12. From £2,700 per week.
Etruscan Villa - Just 8 km from Lucca, in an exceptionally good position on a hill, with a panorama stretching from the towers of Lucca to the town of San Miniato, lies this wonderful historic home, which has origins way back in history. Sleeps 16. From £3,900 per week.
Villa Orcia - It is the most photographed house in the area, a symbol of the Tuscany countryside, featured on many postcards and calendars simply because it has maintained the charm of the old farmhouse and the surrounding fields. Sleeps 6. From £985 per week.
Villa Firenze - Located on the gentle green hills of Chianti between Florence and Siena, it enjoys stunning views of the countryside surrounding with grain fields, vineyards and olive groves. Sleeps 6 from £1,700 per week.
Il Villino - this large and spacious farmhouse is located high in the hills north-west of Lucca with beautiful and extensive views over the countryside and a large olive grove with a swimming pool. Sleeps 12. From £3,200 per week.
L'arazzo - This historic castle dates back to the 11th century and is located in the countryside outside Florence . The outdoor areas are well kept and consist of a small Italian-style garden and a swimming pool. Sleeps 12. From £3,700 per week.Cortona Residence Villa is an old country residence, skillfully restored and transformed into an exclusive private retreat. A 4 acres park, with Italian style garden and olive trees, surround the property. Sleeps 18. From £4,400 per week.
Villa Casentino is situated in the centre of a 15-hectare estate, where organic vineyards and olive trees grow, amidst the Casentino hills, a hilly territory covered with rich green forests between Florence and Arezzo. Sleeps 12. From £1,800 per week.
Villa Talamone is in a delightful coastal village lying on a small promontory overlooking the gulf at Argentario and behind is the Maremma Nature Park. These days it has become a well known resort with a well equipped port for tourism, and the bay is ideal for all kinds of sailing: the colours of the wind-surfers, kite surfers and sailing boats are an integral part of seascape. Sleeps 12. From £5,600 per week.
Villa Argentario lies in the residential area about 6 kms from Porto Santo Stefano, and spreads out on several levels along the rock face high above the sea, enjoying a beautiful panorama reaching as far as the islands of Giglio and of Giannutri. The several of the terraces are just like balconies above the sea, full of plant life and tall trees, and on one of these terraces lies the private swimming-pool. Sleeps 16. From £4,000 per week.