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Villa-style accommodation in Tuscany with day tour options

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Villa-style accommodation in Tuscany with day tour options

My apologies if there has been a recent post similar to mine, but we are looking for fairly specific accommodation in the Tuscany region for 3 adults (1 couple, 1 single) in May 2013. We will be flying into Italy from Barcelona and are really wanting to spend 5 or so days in Tuscany. We are only able to travel by train once in Italy. We are trying to find villa-style accommodation in Tuscany that includes the opportunity for escorted day tours, evening meals with the hosts, etc. We might be aiming a little high, but would appreciate any thoughts or recommendations for particular places that offer this kind of service. Many thanks

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1. Re: Villa-style accommodation in Tuscany with day tour options

Hallo Barossa shaded south australian.

Surfing through internet, we went across Villa Francesca off Rignano sull'Arno and reading then the TA reviews we thought they (owners) meet

the needs of the non -drivers travellers in that part of Tuscany.

Haven't been there but certainly would be considered in case to give a break to the driver.

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2. Re: Villa-style accommodation in Tuscany with day tour options

Hi Cazzyh68 -

If you want to experience country (i.e., villa) life, you are almost certainly going to need a car. One of the beauties of a country stay is the remoteness of it all.

However, we can suggest two options where you could manage without a car: Relais Villa l'Olmo (www.relaisfarmholiday.it) and Fattoria di Maiano (www.fattoriadimaiano.com). Both are outside Florence in different directions, and both have access to the city bus (though it's a bit of hike from Maiano to the number 10).

Hope this helps.

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Hi Crazy! Tuscany is really tough to tour in in if you don't have a car. For the most part, busses are geared for the residents to get back and forth to work and school. As for trains...one of the greatest things about Tuscany is it's hill towns and trains and hills don't mix. A lot of the towns you willl want to see (like Siena) the train station is at the bottom of the hill and you have to find your way up. In Siena the distance is so great that you need to take a bus or a cab.

In terms of accomodations...you are looking for an agriturismo.This place is wonderful and certainly have choices of rooms to suit your needs. It is very central and the owners are great!

http://www.foresteria.it/eng/index.php

tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g737116-d499023-…

David

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4. Re: Villa-style accommodation in Tuscany with day tour options

Thanks everyone for your feedback. I think we will need to re-think how we approach Tuscany and look at hiring a car! Will definitely look into the suggestions provided as far as accommodation is concerned. At least we still have a bit of time to get ourselves organized!

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Good for you....having a car will give you so many more options.

I would put Siena, Volterra and Gubbio on top of your list to visit. Smaller gems are Montechiello, Montefollonico and Civitella in Val di Chiana.

For a transcendant experience, go and listen to the monks sing their prayers at the Abbey of Sant' Antimo.

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We rented a car for our 8 days in Tuscany; include Greve in Chianti and hit up La Cantine to wine taste. Super fun! We also visited Volterra, Lucca, Orvieto, Civita, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino, etc. driving ourselves was fun - beforehand downloaded the Italian maps/coordinates on our Garmin GPS and brought it with us. Easy. Have fun!

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7. Re: Villa-style accommodation in Tuscany with day tour options

Just make sure you read up on the driving regulations in Italy, specifically the ZTLs.

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A Garmin GPS would definitely be an asset for us. Thanks for the tip peggypatch regarding driving regulations.

In the meantime I have come across an Australian web site which on first reading sounds like a great option for the non-driving traveler: http://www.tuscansun.com.au/

Sounds like they are keen to really look after people and offer them a good variety of opportunities. Obviously I can't comment on the service they provide but might be able to find some reviews on them.

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