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Vacation in style: Florence and Tuscany

The gift of a getaway
​The very one thing everyone looks forward to is their annual vacation. Usually, people plan a trip to the countryside, the lakes, the seashore or the mountains, for either a change in weather and/or to explore new territory. However the Country that most of us dream to visit is Italy and specifically Tuscany at least once in the lifetime. These places are well-known for their natural beauty and the gorgeous architecture that sets them apart from the rest of the World. Tuscany is the place where Cioppino was originated and where the master weavers create the most prestigious fabrics for the most elegant clothes that many people want on their hangers in their closet. This region of Italy has carved a niche for itself on the world map.
Florence Italy view of the Basilica

Once you decide the dates for your trip and are looking forward to vacationing in Tuscany then it’s also the time to plan out other details connected to the vacation. Considering the accommodation as the key element, you need to figure out where you will be lodging during your trip. There are numerous hotels and Bed&Breakfast offered to the tourists, besides private villas. Nevertheless the old-fashioned villas are not what make all the towns so special and surreal. Lots of them are old storage places remodeled and converted to villas, equipped with all modern appliances and furnishings. The outdoor is as much a portion of the villa, which makes you feel as if you are one with Mother Nature.
People mainly know and visit Florence (the main city and capital of Tuscany), however you may want to consider to explore other cities in the region like Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo, Livorno and Elba Island where history, architecture, art, flowers, food and people will attract you.
If you would rather stay at a vacation home, why not choose from the wide-ranging available.  There are some for just two people and others on a multi-level perfect for families with children.  An adequately big to move around and completely furnished home is the ideal solution for people who want to cook their meals and enjoy the coziness of feeling at home. In the Tuscany countryside, there are luxurious farm houses and villas accommodating the crowd who love to open doors to the mountains. Getting up and watching the sunrise over the mountains, sip your cappuccino in the patio that has a country feel is priceless. Not to mention the happy hour in the afternoon with a wonderful glass of wine especially if you stay in the Chianti area.

There are small homes/villas situated a couple of kilometers (1.2 mi) from the Cathedral of Florence that are quite popular and comfortable as well although could be still a little pricey. So, if you would like to stay someplace with little noise around, close to the main attractions this solution is just what you need. If you are going on a week or more long vacations, and look forward to exploring towns in Tuscany, you could leave your bags here, and move around. It would be more economical that way, instead of lodging at different hotels, and carrying your bags around. 
Some of the farmhouses in the countryside even have swimming pool and a gym, which would come in handy if you are looking to unwind after a day of sightseeing or shopping.

Tuscany Point Of Interest:

  • Cathedral - The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence. Address: Piazza del Duomo, Firenze, Italy
  • Uffizi Gallery - The Uffizi Gallery is a prominent art museum. Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, Firenze
  • Palazzo Vecchio - The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. Address: Piazza della Signoria, Firenze
  • Florence Baptistery - The Florence Baptistery, also known as the Baptistery of Saint John, is a religious building in Florence. Address: Piazza del Duomo, Firenze
  • Galleria dell'Accademia – The “Gallery of the Academy of Florence", is an art museum in Florence. It is the home of Michelangelo's sculpture David.  Address: Via Ricasoli, 58/60, Firenze
  • The Tower of Pisa - The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. Address: Piazza Del Duomo, Pisa
  • Lucca Cathedral - Lucca Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Martin in Lucca, Italy. Construction was begun in 1063 by Bishop Anselm. Address: Piazza Antelminelli, Lucca
  • Siena Cathedral - Siena Cathedral is a medieval church dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Address: Piazza Del Duomo 8, Siena
  • Piazza Del Campo - Piazza del Campo is the principal public space of the historic center of Siena and is regarded as one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. Address: Piazza Del Campo, Siena
  • Arezzo Cathedral - Arezzo Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Arezzo located on the site of a pre-existing Paleo-Christian church and, perhaps, of the ancient city's acropolis. Address: Piazza Duomo 1, Arezzo
  • The Cathedral of Livorno - It was completed in 1606, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. Sadly, the original building was completely destroyed by bombings in 1943. The modern-day reconstruction was completed in 1952 and is a reproduction of the original. Address: Piazza Grande, Livorno.
  • Sanctuary of Montenero - The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, also known as Sanctuary of Montenero, is a religious complex on the Monte Nero Livorno Hills, in Livorno. Address: Piazza di Montenero 9, Livorno
  • If after touring Tuscany you feel in need of a day or two enjoying nice beaches then you can take a ferry boat from the town Piombino and go to ELBA, an island in Tuscany located about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) from the coast and the largest island of the “Tuscan Archipelago”. Depending on the condition of the sea and the ferry boat it can take anywhere from 30/40 minutes to 1 hour to reach the island.
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