A special offer not to be missed!

Tuscan Views is delighted to inform you that Felceto II is now available at a special discounted price for all bookings made before end of March 2013.

Felceto II sleeps up to 10 guests from only € 2,750 per week. 

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This cozy and delightful villa is located on one side of the Monte Cetona, with amazing views over the Val di Chiana and the Trasimeno Lake. The large garden hosts a swimming pool, olive grove, cypress trees and woodland on both sides.

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Felceto II is an ideal base to visit Southern Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. The A1 highway is only 10 minutes by car and Florence and Rome are within easy reach also by train from the local train station in Chiusi, 10 minutes away from Felceto II.

Contact Tuscan Views for info and bookings

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Iwan Thomas on Villa Il Maggio

“I thought a long weekend in Tuscany would be the perfect place to prepare for the London Marathon.”

This is what Iwan Thomas wrote on the Mail on Sunday about his trip to Villa Il Maggio in Sarteano last spring.

“With good weather almost guaranteed and a short flight time from the UK, no wonder thousands of Britons head to this part of Italy every year. We flew to Florence, and from there it was a 90-minute drive to our 18th Century farmhouse, Il Maggio, near the delightful city of Siena. Another of the attractions of this stay was the chance to have a cookery lesson – I was runner-up on the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef several years ago, and I’m really passionate about food.”

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“Il Maggio was very impressive, with attractive limestone floors, terracotta tiles and original beams. There was underfloor heating throughout the house too, which I particularly liked.”

“The property had its own spa area, including a Jacuzzi, while outside were lovely gardens, and – this was a nice touch – a small outhouse containing a traditional pizza oven.”

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“After a relaxing first day, we headed to the local village for our cookery lesson. We were shown how to make ravioli and other types of pasta (actually, I learned how to make pasta during my stint on MasterChef, but it was great to have a refresher course).”

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The village Iwan is talking about is Sarteano, located south of Siena. Stella Severini chef at Misenplace hosts a cooking class to teach Iwan how to make PICI a typical Tuscan handmade pasta, and she did a great job as Iwan made a very long PICIO. To learn how to make pici see our Pici all’aglione recipe. 

“Afterwards, we went to do some food-tasting, and later that evening we went out for dinner. It’s a good job I have a big appetite.”

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Iwan had the food tasting at Il Granaio di Gabriello a lovely shop in Sarteano. Andrea and Marina were great hosts and shared their knowledge of local produce with Iwan who really enjoyed the local bear Olmaia brewed in the UNESCO heritage site of Val d’Orcia. More info about this lovely shop on our post: Il Granaio. 

The dinner took place at local Osteria da Galliano where Angela and Giuliano prepared a delicious dinner including spelt with Chianti and pecorino cheese, handmade pasta with rabbit and fennel ragout, wild boar prepared according with an antique Florentine recipe with cacao and Bavarian cream with spices used for Panpepato.

“The next day I had to remind myself that I was here to get in some last-minute London Marathon training, so I headed into the hills close to our villa. The weather was gorgeous and (believe it or not) I was having such a good time that I ended up covering 15 miles – much more than I had originally intended.”

I’m happy to say I finished the London Marathon in four hours, which I was pleased with. That session in the Tuscan hills obviously did the trick.”

The road where Iwan trained while at Il Maggio is a wonderful panoramic road that goes from Sarteano to San Casciano dei Bagni. It is a 16 km road that goes along the side of Mount Cetona and overlooks the Val di Chiana. Some days when there’s fog on the valley the view is even more spectacular as Città della Pieve on the other side of the valley appears as an island crowned by Tower bells. It is the favorite road for locals to run or walk during the week-ends.

As the return flight was late afternoon, Tuscan Views together with Country Tours organized a full day tour with visit of a farm near Siena that breed Cinta Senese (an ancient race of white and black pigs) with tasting and a light lunch. After lunch they went to visit a local winery in the Chianti hills and tasted Chianti Classico and Supertuscans. The tour ended at the Florence’s airport where Iwan said goodbye to Tuscany.

To book your stay at Il Maggio contact Tuscan Views

Read the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2272753/Iwan-Thomas-The-perfect-way-prepare-London-marathon-A-Tuscan-diet-pasta-hills.html#ixzz2K6yR2dOO

Tuscan Views introduces four new luxury villa rentals for 2013

Tuscan Views, Tuscany’s leading luxury villa holiday rental specialist has introduced four new wow-factor properties to its prestigious portfolio of handpicked villas, including:

Il Coccio – Val d’Orcia (SI)

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Representing the ultimate in luxury, this beautifully decorated rustic villa is surrounded by lush Tuscan countryside. It comprises of six bedrooms and six bathrooms and features an astonishing heated swimming pool with breathtaking views over the UNESCO heritage site of Val D’Orcia. Additionally for those who are looking for the ultimate in relaxation freshly prepared breakfast buffet daily and maid service. Welcome dinner courtesy of Tuscan Views and 6 bottles of red wine made on the Estate courtesy of the owner. Contact us for info and bookings.

Checche – Pienza (SI)

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Accommodating up to 16 guests, this breath-taking Tuscan mansion oozes wow-factor, offering 360 degree views, a swimming pool, BBQ area and a spa which offers wine therapy and relaxing massages.

Fresh organic vegetables are grown in the gardens, and guests can enjoy a free wine tasting in the lovely Cantina of the villa.

Welcome dinner courtesy of Tuscan Views.  Contact us for info and booking

Ripa – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)

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The elegant and cozy atmosphere make this the perfect villa for every season. Large patio and swimming pool with amazing views over the Val d’Orcia. With its seven bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, fireplaces and large living areas, Ripa is the ideal villa for family reunion and gathering. Guests enjoy discounts at the nearby luxury Fonteverde Spa.

Welcome dinner courtesy of Tuscan Views.  Contact us for info and bookings

Casanova – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI) 

Sitting rooma_mainLoggiaLocated just outside the village of San Casciano dei Bagni, this six bedrooms, six bathrooms luxury villa is five minute’s from exclusive Fonteverde Spa.

It offers luxe contemporary accommodation and stunning patio, garden and heated swimming pool are the added bonus to relax and enjoy Tuscan countryside, food and wines. Welcome dinner courtesy of Tuscan Views.  Contact us for info and bookings

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.

If guests are searching for something more than just a luxury property to holiday in, then they don’t have to look far. The Tuscan Views team are all bi-lingual Tuscany residents and are on hand to provide on the ground support throughout guests’ holidays, from itinerary planning to troubleshooting.

Additionally, Tuscan Views is highly experienced at itinerary planning and works with the region’s leading suppliers to offer a whole array of unique activities, including vintage car hire, sightseeing, wine tours, food hampers, cookery course, in-villa chef experiences and even hot air ballooning for the more adventurous.

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.

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.

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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.

What about Venice?

There’s no need to introduce Venice. Words cannot express the magic atmosphere of this unique city.

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We love Tuscany and we love to share our passion for this region with our guests and friends but what happen when we find something amazing in a wonderful city? We just say yes!!!

landing-deckThis gorgeous Palazzo in Venice is the last addition to our exclusive portfolio because we love beautiful properties and we think that Venice is magic.

TerraceThis charming four stories Venetian palazzo with a water front and private deck has been depicted by Canaletto and Guardi and has stunning views all around.

Three kitchens. Gym with small pool/hot tub. Three living areas on the first floor and on the loft. Five dining areas (formal dining room, terraces, loft and on the campo). Large conference/multimedia hall complete the picture.

Contact us for info and prices. 

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