Tuscany is an Italian region sited in the central part of the country along the western coast. The capital of the province is Florence (Firenze in Italian). Tuscany has a long history and well deserved reputation as the most beautiful location in all of Italy. This beauty is both men made and nature. The region was the centre of the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance formed some of the supreme art in worlds history, and much of it can still be found in the museums and galleries of Florence. Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, Siena famous for the horse race "il Palio" twice a year, also Montepulciano for the wineries and San Gimigniano which is also located in the region of Tuascany, and finally Cortona, the Gem of the Chiana valley is looking from top of the hill at Trasimeno Lake.
The town of Cortona is one of the prime tourist locations in Tuscany. It has abundant and various events and opportunities for tourists. Cortona has plenty of top quality restaurants and trattorias, concerts in Teatro Signorelli, important churches such as the Basilica of Saint Marguerite, charming shops, antique markets, and breathtaking views from the Piazza Garibaldi panoramic terrace. Each year in August, Cortona hosts the famous Tuscan sun festival. Although it is hard to describe the richness of the Cortona experience in a few words, you can imagine walking the narrow Tuscan streets old 3,000 years and climbing its beautiful stone stairs, sneaking a look into retreat churches and hidden backyard gardens, and taking a relaxed espresso in a friendly bar.
It is the country side that represents the natural beauty. Villas in Tuscany spot the peaceful landscape where travellers are transported to a timeless epoch, and can enjoy the slow paced life and the scenic landscape of endless field of sunflowers and natural forests of pine trees. It is like a journey in a time machine. The leisurely paced life and the colourful landscape appeal to the time of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci both native and residents of Tuscany.
Tuscany farmhouse rentals became a custom in Tuscany and for many years is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy and even in Europe, from the last years, Tuscany became The destination for middle east and far east travellers, but mostly for Americans, since the movie and the book "under the Tuscan sun" were published. It is the combination of the old and the new, the classic and the modern that give Tuscany its charm and attraction. Tuscany has its own unique style. There is Tuscan cooking for example. It is Italian, of course, but has its own special cuisine as do some of the famous wines made from the grapes that grow in Tuscany's sun saturated vineyards, such as "Vino Nobile di Montepulciano" or "Brunello di Montalcino" and "Chianti".
More and more tourists pass through Tuscany each year for their holidays.All enjoy the countryside, atmosphere and beauty of the ancient cities and peaceful and endless sunflower fields along the country roads. Locals contribute very much to the enjoyable stay. The most popular locations among the tourists are Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Arezzo,San Gimignano and Cortona ("Under the Tuscan Sun") all of whom are cities along the Chianti and Valdichiana valleys. A particularly attractive possibility of stay for the holidays is in vacation houses or to rent a farmhouse, which allow you to feel the atmosphere of living in an authentic Tuscan farmhouse, with all modern comforts.
If your vacation plans include Italy, you are going to wish to spend sometime in Tuscany. It would take a lifetime to fully explore the art treasures of Florence alone so you are going to stay awhile. Renting Tuscany suites in one of the farmhouses has long been the right way to adsorb the culture of the region. It is something that you need to do once in your lifetime. Florence is one of Italy's largest cities and is the gateway to Tuscany. It has an International Airport, so you can easily begin your vacation from there. However you chose to arrive in Tuscany, there is no doubt that you will leave a little piece of your heart here when you leave. It has enchanted visitors and inspired artists for centuries.
So wherever you may go you can still have the best Tuscan holiday of your life. Couples frequently come to these locations for the romantic ambience and fall in love all over again. After every visit, you will surely plan to come back and experience the place once again. Travel agencies are ready to accommodate you in rental homes in Tuscany according to your budget and your preference of places of stay. You can choose to stay in a luxury hotel, high or middle class vacation villas, in rental homes, holiday apartments or rent a villa all for yourself and your family. Read in Tripadvisor as much as you can reviews, they are your best travel agents, you do not need any recommendations, and the reviews are mostly giving you the best idea which farmhouse will suit your expectations.
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Written by Uri Nachimson, owner of La Mucchia vacation farmhouse in Cortona, Tuscany. For more information: [email protected] or visit our site www.hometuscany.com
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