makes choosing a villa in Tuscany easier than doing the weekly Oacdo shop.

Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers, and, as a result, there are plenty of websites that specialise in this area. But stands well apart from the crowd, offering, to our mind, an unrivalled quality of service, breadth of choice and usability.

Not only does To Tuscany offer the most exceptional villas, be it a converted barn hidden away in the Tuscan Hills or an elegant and modern villa, a mere stone’s throw from beautiful Florence. They also have an excellent ‘Experiences’ desk, staffed by a team with extensive local knowledge.

How does a personal chef appeal, fully equipped with the finest and freshest of Italian ingredients? Heavenly! We agree. To top it off, they will even clear up before they leave, too. We are sold already!

If this doesn’t take your fancy, how about a wine tasting and guided winery tour? Learn how Tuscan wine is produced using a combination of modern and ancient traditions and then sample the final products themselves. Where do we sign?

All of these incredible experiences (plus so many more) are on offer here at To Tuscany, helping make your holiday quite simply, unforgettable. Here’s a selection of our favourite villas to whet your appetite…

La Torre Di Testa Lepre, Panzano in Chianti – Greve in Chianti – Florence and Chianti – Sleeps 16

La Torre di Testa Lepre is a stunning villa sitting on Chianti Classico vines in one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany, Panzano in Chianti. The villa itself comprises four apartments and two suites making the ideal environment for families and friends holidaying together. Everybody has their own space here, while some can be found relaxing by the pool, others can head to the spa for a treatment or sunbathing session out on the expansive lawns. Everyone can then come together for meal times where you can eat in a variety of incredible settings. Go one step further and let To Tuscany organize one of their talented in villa chefs to make this holiday completely and utterly stress-free.

Villa Petrea, Bucine – Arezzo and Cortona – Sleeps 16-20

We cannot get over the exceptional views of cypress trees, grapevines and rolling hills from the swimming pool at the beautiful Villa Perea. This villa would be ideal for larger parties of up to 18 and is beautifully and traditionally decorated (think classic terracotta tiled floors, beamed ceilings and a large fireplace). The property comprises eight double bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom, TV and countryside view. Florence, Siena and Arezzo are all within an hour’s drive, or you could simply walk in to the charming small town of Bucine for a bite to eat or cup of fresh Italian coffee. Again, take advantage of To Tuscany’s fantastic concierge and arrange for the adults to have a cooking course one evening, or go on a wine tasting excursion.

Agresto, Gaiole in Chianto – Siena and Chianti – Sleeps 12

If you want to escape, then look no further that this stunning and wonderfully secluded villa set in the Italian countryside. Imagine taking in the exceptional views from the pool of Chianti vineyards. As with all To Tuscany properties, the villa is beautifully decorated, from the exposed wood beamed ceiling to sleek tiled bathrooms. There is a grand dining room and a wonderfully well-equipped kitchen, perfect for anyone wanting to show off their cooking skills (or accommodate one of To Tuscany’s in villa chefs!).

Ellerone 24, Poggibonsi – Siena and Chianti – Sleeps 24

This exceptionally striking country house has astounding views across the hills as well as a huge pool and stunning gardens. There is plenty of space here for large gatherings of people and the interior is a wonderful combination of modern conveniences with classic Italian design. The reception areas are sleek yet rustic and each bedroom is abundant in aristocratic splendor. For two guests who prefer a little more privacy, there is also a cottage within the grounds.

Villa Querciola 16, Volterra – Pisa and Valdera – Sleeps 16

We love the look of Villa Querciola. This stylish, secluded property boasts a magnificent pool with a bridge, a charming veranda, a sheltered outdoor kitchen and exceptional views all around the valley. There’s plenty of space to socialise and relax, and, come mealtime, there’s a long dining table with benches for everyone to enjoy a delicious meal, al fresco.

By Lucy Abletshauser
April 2020

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