Lots of people agree that, when visiting Italy, self-catering accommodation is a wonderful way to visit new places, as it gives you all the flexibility you need at an affordable price. There are so many luxury villas in Italy, that you really feel spoiled for choice! Every year, thousands of tourists, from all over the world, stay in one of the available cottages in Italy in order to get to know the beautiful country, the wonderful food and wine and the charming locals! But, sometimes, you can feel like there is so much to see in those beautiful cities in Italy, you don’t know where to start.
Say you decide to visit Tuscany: one of the most popular Italian destinations with plenty of luxury Tuscan villas to choose from. You are looking for a relaxing trip and are not in the mood to visit the same old spots everybody is going to be going to, fighting to take a picture that (let’s face it) will only have people’s heads and hands as they walk in front of your camera. We can offer you a better plan!
How about visiting one of the most charming towns in Tuscany? You can book a cheap ticket and rent a home or villa. According to the book “I Borghi più belli d’Italia”, published yearly, some of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany are:
- Anghiari, a splendid medieval village on the valley of the Tiber River;
- Barga, which boasts a Romanesque Duomo;
- Buonconvento, once surrounded by strong defense walls;
- Castelfranco di Sopra, host once to scientists and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who often used the mountain peaks of this area as background for his drawings and paintings;
- Castiglione di Garfagnana, a town with a beautiful scenery marked by a stronghold with towers;
- Cetona, and is citadel where old buildings cluster over the Renaissance square;
- Coreglia Antelminelli, in the province of Lucca, with its Romanesque ruins, woods and vineyards;
- Giglio Castello, a beautiful island with a fortress;
- Loro Ciuffenna, a millenarian village between the river Arno and the hills;
- Montefioralle, a beautiful stop to drink some Chianti or vinsanto (sweet white raisin wine);
- Montescudaio, from where, on clear days, you can spot the islands of Gorgona and Capraia and even one of the tips of Cape Corso!;
- Pitigliano, that appears to be dug in “tufa” drops, a fascinating sight to behold;
- Poppi, located in one of the most beautiful Tuscan valleys, a walled town with the Castello dei Conti Guidi at the top;
- San Casciano dei Bagni, where you can still make use of the antique thermal baths of Bagno Grande and Bagno Bossolo;
- Scarperia offers Vicars Palace, a fortified settlement from the 14th century;
- Sovana and its enchanting medieval historic centre crossed by a single street;
- Suvereto offers peace and quiet and walks amongst the olive trees.
So whether you decide to visit Anghiari or Suvereto, make sure you book your holiday villa soon for the best summer in Italy!