Tuscany Villas, Houses & Apartments
Of all the regions in Italy, Tuscany's romantic natural beauty has captivated visitors for centuries. Some come here to visit stunning historic cities like Florence and Pisa, others to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. The region has a history of settlement and civilisation going back into pre-history, with the Etruscans being the first to leave their mark as a major European civilisation (at its strongest around the 7th and 6th centuries BC). A little short of 4 million people live across the region and its capital, Florence, welcomes around 10 million tourists a year. Tuscany has more than 120 protected areas of natural beauty and six World Heritage Sites (the historical centres of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pienza; the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa; and, the Valdorcia area (a unique Renaissance period managed landscape). Landmarks famous to Tuscany include: Pisa's 12th century leaning tower and beautiful Romanesque cathedral; Florence's Ponte Vecchio (a Medieval stone bridge, still lined with shops along its length) and stunning Renaissance period Palazzo Pitti; San Gimignano's spectacular skyline, created by the town's 14 Medieval towers; and Lucca's impressive Guinigi Tower, which offers incredible views across the old city.
Tuscany is widely regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance and this is reflected by the structures and artwork found in the cities, towns and villages across the region. There is an abundance of galleries and museums, many of which are home to some of the world's most celebrated artworks. The Accademia di Belle Arti (in Florence) displays Michelangelo's 'David' and paintings by Uccello and Botticelli amongst others; the world renowned Uffizi Gallery, also in Florence, is home to the iconic Botticelli painting 'The Birth of Venus' and an early Leonardo da Vinci, 'The Annunciation'. Apart from the obvious cathedrals and churches in Tuscany's main cities, the beautiful façade of the Ospedale del Ceppo, 14th century Gothic Baptistry and 30 metre high Tower of Catilina, all in Pistoia are good examples of why it pays to wander off the main tourist track. The Tuscan countryside is dotted with castles, many of which are worth the journey to see, not just from the historical and architectural perspective but because many of them offer great panoramas of the surrounding countryside. A visit to the Reggello's renowned Vallombrosa Abbey or the Florence Charterhouse in Galluzzo deliver on both counts, being a superb examples of major historic attractions and both offering stunning views of the local natural landscape.
A winery tour in Tuscany is almost obligatory it is, after all, the home of the classic Chianti wine, and it is worth booking a guided tour rather than just turning up at a winery on the off-chance that they will host you. There are also many festivals held across the region throughout the year including: Palio of San Ranieri boat race and Luminara fireworks display and feast held in June; Joust of the Saracen, a medieval costume jousting tournament held in Arezzo in June and again in September; San Gimignano's Feri delle Messi and the Giostra di Bastoni, a two-day festival with everything from jousting, fireworks and parades, to an arts and crafts market and excellent traditional food; and, rather quirky events like Pienza's cheese-rolling competition and Montepulciano's barrel-rolling race. Children too will enjoy many of the festivals and other child-friendly attractions include the zoo in Pistoia and the aquariums at Livorno and Elba. Tuscan food is simple, seasonal and tasty. There are plenty of good restaurants with prices to fit all budgets and visits to small-town family owned trattorias will give you a taste of tradition prepared with pride.
When to visit Tuscany
The generally mild climate in this part of northern Italy makes Tuscany a good destination any time of year, even winter temperatures tend to stay above freezing (except in the mountains where winter snow and sub-zero temperatures make skiing popular). High-season is from June to September and again in November/December. Really good savings can be made by holidaying in the low-season of January through March and also in the shoulder-seasons of October and April through May. Highest rainfall levels are generally during the spring and autumn months.
Getting to and around Tuscany
Flights from many European destinations arrive at either Pisa International Airport or Florence Airport. There are some national connecting flights from Rome and good rail connections to Florence from Rome and Milan. Most of the major Tuscan towns are easily reached by rail from Florence. Taxi prices within Florence or Pisa are metered and about average in terms of value for money and the Tuscan bus companies' services can also be useful and are reasonably priced, bus tickets should be bought in advance from tobacconists or newsagents and validated with the machine located behind the driver. However, if you really want to see the region and all it has to offer, hire a car for all or part of your stay.
Where to stay in Tuscany
Staying in one of our Tuscany apartment rentals is both a more affordable and authentic experience than hotel accommodation. All our apartments are well equipped and offer the benefits of separate sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens, privacy and freedom to come and go as you please. They are the perfect alternative to hotels for couples or families. Choose apartments in places like:
- Regello and Pistoia, for close proximity to Florence, excellent amenities and transport links;
- Empoli and Ginestra Fiorentina, for more rural surroundings but with good amenities; or,
- San Miniato, for beautiful rural scenes close to Pisa and all the city has to offer.
Loving Apartments are a fantastic choice of accommodation for your weekend getaway or longer holiday. Perfect for all types of travellers, our Tuscan apartments are located in ideal locations around the region, and when browsing available properties you can filter your search to include popular areas such as Regello, Pontassieve and Ginestra Fiorentina. Tuscany Apartments enable you to immerse yourself in the local culture and be close to many attractions.
Budget Friendly Apartments
Browse our budget collection, offering great value accommodation in vibrant centrally located areas. These apartments are fully equipped with modern conveniences to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Luxury Tuscany Apartments
Our luxury collection offers superior apartments, beautifully furnished and with high quality facilities for that extra special treat. Many apartment buildings provide additional services to purchase, such as spa treatments, and the use of fitness centres and swimming pools, to unwind in after a day exploring Tuscany.
Tuscany Apartments for groups
Many visitors travel to Tuscany for a group break, and often, finding group accommodation can be difficult. Tuscany Apartments can provide ideal accommodation for group travellers, with many properties sleeping a large number of guests. Alternatively, we offer many buildings with multiple apartments, so that guests can be close together but still have their individual space and privacy in which to retire to after a day's activities in Tuscany. With our Tuscany big group booking tool, it's never been quicker or easier to find Tuscany Apartments to accommodate large groups, with instant pricing and availability.