Tuscany Getaways: Find Your Ideal Vacation Location

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuscany is a diverse and unique region and virtually has something that can appeal to everybody.  That's why the location of Tuscan villa rentals is important for vacationers; people could easily a city or town that has a little microcosm of everything they want to see during their getaway.  There are many different regions to choose from, but these particular ones could appeal to some very refined tastes. 

For the Nautical Historian: Versilia

If you're a nautical history buff you should look for Tuscan villa rentals in the Versilia region.  Versilia is located in the north-western province of Lucca and takes its name from the nearby Versilia River.  Versilia is one of the most popular areas of the Italian Riviera, and as a result the area has an array of resorts and clubs that cater to local celebrities.  While you're in the Versilia region you should also visit Viareggio, the second largest city in the Lucca Province.  The city was founded around the first half of the 16th century and is known for its bustling fishing and ship building industry.  If you visit the city around the time they hold their world famous carnival you'll be in for a treat.  The Carnival of Viareggio has been a yearly tradition since 1873 and is one of the most popular carnivals in all of Europe.

For the Romantic at Heart: Cortona

Cortona is a city that has seen a lot of changes in its day.  It originally started as an Umbrian city, but gradually came under control by the Etruscans, Romans, Goths, and then finally Italian nobles.   Despite its long history the region recently became popular thanks to the bestselling memoir Under the Tuscan Sun.  The author's true life story of purchasing a villa in Cortona and learning about life and love has struck a chord with many people, and Cortona is truly the perfect setting for a romantic novel.   The Renaissance architecture gives the area a unique romantic atmosphere, and the humble villas and rolling landscapes would be perfect for any couple that's in need of a passionate getaway. 

For the Architecture Enthusiast: San Gimignano

San Gimignano's unofficial name is "the city of the beautiful towers", and after you visit the region you'll see why it earned its name.  San Gimignano became a town in the 10th century and at one point in time the small medieval town had 72 towers.  Your Tuscan villa rental may be beautiful, but it may not be able to compete with the Romanesque and Gothic architecture that makes up the village.  The walls that protected the city from invaders centuries ago are still standing, and since the town has so much historical architecture it's been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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