Tuscany’s Best Beach Resorts

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tuscany’s Best Beach Resorts

Posted by Ruth (18/09/2015)
Italy has over 280 Blue Flag beaches and more than 60 Blue Flag marinas, many of which are found along Tuscany’s 250 miles of coastline. These beaches are a mixture of private beaches and free beaches (known as “spiaggia libera”) so it’s important to know which kind you are visiting in advance to make sure you aren’t hit with an unexpected charge when you get there. Here are our picks for some of the top beaches in Tuscany. 

Versilia
For those looking for a more high-end beach experience, Versilia is ideal. The beach here is very wide and long and is well served by various bathing establishments who provide deckchairs, umbrellas, changing rooms, showers and bars. All of this comes at a price, however, so if you’re looking for somewhere you can relax and work on your tan for free, you will need to look elsewhere.
On the plus side, both the sand and water at Versilia tend to be very clean and there is fantastic nightlife in the surrounding area during the summer months, making this a great place to spend the whole day.

Castiglioncello
One of Tuscany’s best-known spots, the seaside resort town of Castiglioncello has inspired painters such as the Macchiaioli and was once the favourite beach destination of top Italian film stars like Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi. Head to the north of the town for a series of beautiful sandy beaches or head to the Bagno Lido or Le Forbici beach club with its stunning infinity pool for a more luxurious experience.


Cala Violina
Anyone looking for a classic white sandy beach could do a lot worse than Cala Violina. One of the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany, it has also been rated the top beach in Italy. If that isn’t enticing enough, Cala Violina also has the advantage of being a free beach, meaning you won’t have to pay for the privilege of sunning yourself here.

With that in mind, Cala Violina is actually surprising quiet much of the time and its location within the heart of a nature reserve helps to keep this spot wonderfully unspoiled.
Whether you are looking for a beach holiday, city break or any other kind of vacation, Tuscany has so much to offer. Our villas in Siena, Florence, Pisa and more are the ideal place to stay while getting to know this fantastic part of Italy. If you have any questions about how to make the most of your trip, please feel free to email us
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A trip to Pistoia

Friday, September 11, 2015

A trip to Pistoia
Posted by Sonia (11/09/15)
Just 19 miles from Florence is the beautiful city of Pistoia. Much like other Tuscan comunes, the city is filled with breathtaking medieval architecture and rich culture. If you like the idea of a more relaxing break, then a villa near Pistoia is the perfect destination. But, what to do while there?
Aside from relaxing by your villa’s pool, here are some of the best things to do and see while visiting Pistoia.

Battistero di San Giovanni
While the baptistery in Pistoia has the same striped green and white marble façade as many other religious buildings in Tuscany, its shape is what makes it truly stand out. Built during the fourteenth century and designed by Andrea Pisano, the baptistery is octagonal and can be seen in the Piazza del Duomo.

La Fondazione Marino Marini
If you like modern art, head to Pistoia’s La Fondazione Marino Marini. The museum is dedicated to the works of Marino Marini. There, you can see sculptures and paintings by the artist who was born in Pistoia. During his lifetime, Marini’s work was displaying in New York’s MOMA and he was awarded the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale.


Pistoia Sotterranea and Ospedale del Ceppo
For an amazing historical experience, head to Ospedale del Ceppo. This medieval hospital has a stunning exterior and plenty of history inside. Those visiting can go underground to see all of the 13th century hospital. In the Pistoia Sotteranea (the underground section of the hospital), you can see old surgical equipment, learn about the history of the building, and even see underground rivers.

Pistoia Blues
If you’re planning your next summer holiday, and are a music lover, then you may want to stay in Tuscany during Pistoia Blues festival. 2015’s line-up includes Mumford and Sons, Hozier, and Sting, so it’s bound to draw some great acts in the future.

We have a beautiful range of Tuscan villas in the Pistoia region that make the perfect accommodation for your Italy trip. Take a look at our website to browse our hand-picked luxury villas.
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