Tuscany’s immortal landscapes of rolling hills liberally embellished with vineyards, bordered by dark green cypress trees, and crowned by medieval hill-top villages provide gorgeous backdrops for LaCure’s Tuscany villas. Having served as home to the Etruscans and the Romans as well as birthplace to the Renaissance, this area of Italy is an astounding repository of art, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. These brilliant works have also inspired the much of the artwork that adorns the walls of many Tuscan villas.
Visitors to La Cure’s villas in Tuscany come for many reasons. Travelers come in search of fine art, or to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmet cooks and wine lovers flock to Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet stunning cuisine and fineTuscan wines. LaCure’s Tuscan villas feature the area’s typical stone farmhouse villas, or even entire farm villages or borgos, with fully equipped kitchens for preparing your own Tuscan cuisine, hosting cooking classes, or enjoying professionally prepared meals. Others come to trek the mountain paths or to cycle across the rolling hills. Summer vacationers also seek to rent luxurious Tuscany villas in order to enjoy the sea coast and islands. Students of all ages visit to learn the Italian language and Tuscan culture.
Tuscany has an immense cultural and artistic heritage, expressed in the region’s numerous churches, palaces, art galleries, museums, villages, piazzas and villas. Famous artifacts are found in the main cities, such as Florence and Siena, but also in smaller villages scattered around the region, such as San Gimignano. In fact, six Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Florence, the historical centre of Siena, the square of the Cathedral of Pisa, the historical centre of San Gimignano, the historical centre of Pienza and the Val d’Orcia . These amazing destinations attract thousands of visitors each year, many of whom choose to stay in a charming Tuscan villa.
Florence, the capital of both the same named province and of the Tuscan region, is the most populated city in Tuscany. Situated on the Arno River, Florence is generally considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. The city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi, (which receives about 1.6 million tourists a year) and is one of Italy’s villas most popular luxury rental locations. While most villas in Tuscany lie on the city outskirts or more in rural areas, there are some fantastic Tuscan apartments near the center of Florence and plenty of Tuscany villas to choose within close proximity of the city.
The Chianti wine region in the province of Siena attracts the cognoscenti. Production of Chianti Colli Senesi is limited to this province. Vino Nobile from Montepulciano, a medieval and Renaissance town perched on a high limestone ridge, is prized by wine lovers. San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, visible for kilometres outside the town. The town also is known for its locally produced white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, The city of Siena is renowned for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice yearly . The rolling hilltops offer incredible view locations, nestled among vineyards, for the wide selection of luxury Tuscan villas.
The Province of Livorno or Leghorn includes several islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, including Elba and Capraia. Its capital is the city of Livorno, a port city on the Ligurian Sea which receives substantial tourism from cruise ships. Elba offers an irresistible blend of sand, sea, history and nightlife. The Tuscan Archipelago National Park also protects Gorgona, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio, and Giannutri. The climate of the Tuscan Archipelago is typically Mediterranean and the area is characterized by sandy beaches, granite bays, and crystalline waters. From castles to charming Tuscany villas, LaCure’s portfolio of luxury vacation rentals includes a wide selection of beach and seaview accommodations that will suit the needs of virtually any traveler.
The Pietrasanta Marina, in the provence of Lucca, In the foothills of the Apuan Alps, features golden sand and and is considered one of the best beaches in Italy. It is home to many lovely Tuscan villas and homes. Lucca is situated on the river Serchio in a fertile plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Lucca. Among other things, it is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.
The province of Pisa is, of course, famous for its city cathedral’s bell tower, or Leaning Tower, but Pisa but also contains some 20 other historic churches, several palaces and impressive bridges across the River Arno and a large number of Tuscany villas. The city is also home of the University of Pisa founded in the 12th century. Economical activities include ceramics and bottling of mineral waters. The agriculture is based on olive oil and cereals.
Pistoia, in the same named province, presents a well-preserved and charming medieval city inside its ancient walls. The city of Pescia is known for flowers (carnations, for which it is an international market center) and paper production. On its outskirts there are several traditional style Tuscan villas.
The Medicean Walls are found in the the city of Grosseto. These walls, currently used as public park and paths, were begun by Francesco I de Medici in 1574 and required 19 years to complete. Massa Marittima, also in the province of Grosetto, features mineral springs, iron, mercury, and copper mines, as well as foundries, ironworks and olive-oil mills. Furnaces in which the iron ore of Elba is smelted are found at Follonica, on the coast. Pitigliano showcases Etruscan ruins, ancient aquaducts, and a rich Jewish history. Sorano is an ancient medieval hill town hanging from a tuff stone over the Lente River, home to several Tuscany villas. Ortobello is the home of the Ortobello Lagoon Nature Preserve, a natural retreat even better enjoyed from a home base in one of LaCure’s typical stone walled Tuscan villas.
Fivizzano, a walled city in the province of Massa-Carrara, Tuscany is also known as “The Florence of the North” because of its medieval trade and administrative links with Florence. It is situated near Verrucola Castle.
The province of Prato’s economy has been based on the textile industry. Pistoia presents a well-preserved and charming medieval city inside the old walls and Pescia offers an international market center for the flower trade, especially for carnations. It is also known for paper production and frequented by guests at nearby Tuscan villas.
Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the River Arno. The steep hills in this primarily mountainous area provide for stunning LaCure luxury villa locations overlooking the Arno valley. In Arezzo main streets branch off from the cathedral, the town hall and the Medici Fortress toward the lower gates. This upper part of the town maintains its medieval appearance despite the addition of later structures. The medieval city of Cortona with steep narrow streets and views of the Valdichiana. Lucignano represents a remarkably conserved medieval walled hill-top village.
Travelers to Tuscany may choose from LaCure’s variety of accommodations in villages, castles, cozy farmhouses or luxurious Tuscan villas. Rolling hilltops provide for stunning valley views, and the coast features impressive cliffs and lovely beaches. History, culture, art and fine food and wine, make Tuscany a favorite destination for travelers wordlwide.