Valentine’s day shopping ideas

If you want to surprise a woman there are three things that you can buy and make her happy:

Diamonds – Shoes – Bags

If you can afford to buy a diamond then go for it and this Valentine Day will be an unforgettable one.

Last addition to my collection but in purple...

Last addition to my collection but in purple…

If money matters but you still want this Valentine’s Day to be unique then go for a bag, but not an ordinary one. You must try Cellerini leather’s shop in Florence, my favorite.CIMG0338

I love their bags and accessorizes. Apart from choosing the color of your favorite item you can decide the type of leather and color for lining, thread and hardware colors, change or add pockets. It is so easy to get addicted!

A great gift is not necessarily an expensive one, a custom-made make-up or jewel bag in her favorite color is a very good choice.

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Top 5 villas with a view

Enjoy inspired landscapes and stunning vistas with Tuscan Views

From inspiring views over the Val d’Orcia to the stunning vistas of Pienza and Radicofani, Tuscan Views introduces five stunning properties with views to take your breath away.

Dining outVilla Verde 2 – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)

A five bedroom romantic country home which offers inspiring views over the Tuscan hills and valley. Its picture perfect pergola is idyllic for al fresco dining and the pool area is framed by a fusion of lavender and roses offering a colorful and scented oasis ideal for relaxation. Villa Verde offers guests privacy and intimacy, and spa lovers get the added benefits of exclusive discounts at the nearby Fonteverde thermal spa. Contact us for info and bookings.

Terrazzo – Val d’Orcia (SI)

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Nestled in the lush Tuscan hills, this ancient farmhouse surrounded by woodland, lavender and scented shrubs offers an unrivaled outlook over the UNESCO heritage site of Val d’Orcia. It comprises of five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a terraced garden, and a large infinity pool, which is the perfect place to admire the spectacular sunset views over the valley. Contact us for info and bookings.

Cipressi – Val d’Orcia (SI)

viewThis beautiful luxury house surrounded by olive groves and wheat fields is ideal for those looking to enjoy the spectacular vistas of Val d’Orcia in the shade of cypresses. Offering four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a living room with a large open fireplace, the villa opens onto a lovely garden leading down to the stunning swimming pool bordered by a pergola. Contact us for info and bookings.

Tramonto – Val d’Orcia (SI)

Swimming poolSet in the middle of the Val d’Orcia, this elegant country property offers amazing panoramic landscapes, which can be enjoyed whist bathing in the large pool, BBQing in the terrace, relaxing in the landscaped gardens or from the villa’s sitting room windows. Guests can also enjoy the ultimate Tuscan dining experience with a complimentary Tuscan dinner upon their arrival. Contact us for info and bookings.

Pennella – Pienza (SI) 

poolThis sympathetically restored typical Tuscan farmhouse composed of two apartments sleeps up to eight guests. Complete with swimming-pool and two pergolas food outside dining, and a large open fireplace in the sitting room, Pennella is perfect for those looking to enjoy a rustic experience and simply breath-taking scenery. Contact us for info and bookings.

Guests hoping to make the most out of their Italian adventure, need not look any further. Our bespoke and bi-lingual concierge service offers a whole host of aesthetically inspired experiences, from sightseeing trips to walking tours and even hot air balloon rides. Additionally, guests can hire a stylish vintage car to drive around and explore the beautiful region, making halts at picturesque hamlets, wineries, and restaurants for cookery classes or for the ultimate Tuscan dining experience.

From rustic farmhouses to rural mansions nestled in the Tuscan hills, city centre apartments in down town Florence, and wow-factor summer houses set against the regions’ most dramatic backdrops, Tuscan Views offers one of the most prestigious collections of accommodations throughout Tuscany.

Romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day

Some of the most romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day.

Florence is a city full of art and history and one of the more romantic of Italy. Our apartments in the heart of Florence are the perfect base for a romantic getaway, to be treated and pampered as in a 5 stars Hotel but with the privacy and comfort of a private accommodation.

We love to organize special surprises for couples during their holidays and Valentine’s day is a very good excuse to organize something really special and various time it has been the perfect moment to pop the question.

I would like to tempt you with three proposals:

Pici lessonA gourmet day to combine your love for food and for each other. A private chef will guide you to the local market to pick up the local produce and back at the house you’ll learn how to cook a special Tuscan meal. When everything is ready the chef will leave the two of you to enjoy a romantic dinner in front of the Duomo lightened by the shades of the sunset.

OrnellaiaIf you love wine and want to turn the Valentine’s day into a new amazing adventure our suggestion is the exclusive helicopter trip to Ornellaia. A luxury sedan will pick you up at your apartment and drive you to Campi Bisenzio where your private helicopter awaits you for your trip to Bolgheri. As soon as you arrive you’ll be guided to a private visit of the cellar and vineyards. Just before lunch a visit to the lovely Bolgheri village and then back at the Ornellaia winery to enjoy an exclusive and private lunch with vertical of 4 vintages of Ornellaia wine.

Vasari corridor

For art lovers a private visit of the Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano) is the most exclusive experience to organise in Florentine museums. Normally the Corridor is not open to the public but Tuscan Views will be delighted to ask a special authorization to museum local authorities to open and visit it. This extraordinary passage connects the three Medici’s palaces by crossing the Arno river along a hidden path through the Ponte Vecchio, winding with banked up towers and antique buildings. The visit ends in the Boboli Garden where you can enjoy a glass of Prosecco.

If you love the countryside what’s better than a lovely and cozy villa with working fireplaces, underfloor heating and a delightful heated outdoor Jacuzzi.

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Il Maggio is our guest’s favorite villa.

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Perfect for couples and honeymooners, Il Maggio is located within walking distance from the main square of Sarteano. Ideally located to visit all the most beautiful medieval villages of Southern Tuscany: Pienza, Montepulciano, Cetona, Montalcino, Siena, Cortona and Arezzo.

Maggio_diningIt is possible to organize private cooking classes followed by a romantic dinner, a private wine tasting directly at your villa, a relaxing day spa at the nearby exclusive Fonteverde Spa and much more, just tell us what your dream is and we’ll make it real.

Contact Tuscan Views to book accommodation and services or to ask for a quote.

Top 5 villas for foodies

Whether you’re looking to embark on a culinary journey exploring Tuscany’s famous enotecas, trattorias and vineyards, or perhaps prefer to have the very best of Tuscan cuisine cooked freshly for you in the comfort of your own Villa, here are five delectable Tuscan villas, perfect for those with an appetite for food as well as travel.

     

Janine – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI) 

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An ideal escape for foodies who are looking for culinary inspiration, Janine is located in the Siena countryside and is a short stroll away from a number of wonderful restaurants, including XX. Popular with the locals this jewel of a restaurant offers an intimate terrace for al fresco dining, and an array of dishes that are sure to inspire. Alternatively head back to the luxury villa for a cookery class hosted by your chef, and enjoy the fruits of your labour in the villa’s beautiful vine-covered pergola.

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Serratone – Gavorrano (GR)

Swimming poolSerratone is the ultimate escape for beach lovers and its close proximity to the coast makes it a haven for those with a penchant for seafood. Chose to dine at the numerous seafood restaurants which hug the cobalt blue coastline, or alternatively buy your own fresh fish from the local market, and watch your chef prepare it for you in the comfort of your villa.

 

Tramonto – Val d’Orcia (SI)

Swimming poolLuxury villa Tramonto is nestled in the heart of the wine region, and is the perfect holiday spot for wine enthusiasts. Indulge in a wine tour through Val D’Orcia to sample some of the world’s best grapes. Upon your return to the villa, your wonderful housekeeper will have prepared a delicious Tuscan meal leaving you to sit back, relax and enjoy the views through the large dining room

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windows, which overlook the Tuscan vineyards and cypress trees.

Il Maggio – Sarteano (SI)

Spa areaIl Maggio is an extraordinary property perfect for those who love learning how to cook. Upon arrival, you will receive a Tuscan food hamper containing all the fresh local ingredients to be used to prepare an authentic Tuscan meal with the help of Chef Stella Severini.

b_maggioFor culinary inspiration, visit the local village’s amazing selection of restaurants to sample authentic Italian dishes.

Duomo – Florence 

View from sitting roomUpon check into Duomo, guests will find themselves immersed in a foodies paradise. This luxury apartment is located in the heart of Florence and is surrounded by osterias, trattorias, entocas and fine dining restaurants galore. Guests can be taken on a gastronomic tour around the city centre including a visit of the famous Mercato Centrale, a place where some of the best Tuscan chefs find their own inspiration.

Memories

Christmas is over but good memories are still with us.

I would like to share with you some special moments made for kids but loved by everybody.

Sarteano's main squareThe carriage with horsesThis year Sarteano celebrated the holiday in a very special way, a group of parents has worked hard to create the Elf Village were kids have spent lovely afternoons writing letters to Santa, making cookies, painting and enjoying the company of other kids and the Elf.

The Elf VillageSending letters to Santa

On the 24th Santa finally arrived in the main square with presents  and candies. It was magic and thanks to Dario Pichini we’ll keep good memories of 2012 Christmas. Santa is comingVN-12-0089