Honeymoon Hunting

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Honeymoon Hunting - The Best Places To Stay In Tuscany

Posted by Virginie (27/01/2017)

Deciding where to go on your honeymoon is an extremely tough decision. Your honeymoon should be a holiday of a lifetime, and be somewhere really special. Some of the key ingredients for a dream honeymoon include romance, unforgettable activities, relaxation and a beautiful setting. These are all things that Tuscany can provide, which is why you should consider booking a
honeymoon to Tuscany.

Once you have decided Tuscany is perfect for your honeymoon, the next thing you need to think about is exactly where you want to stay, as there’s a lot of choice! We have picked out a few stunning locations for romantic Tuscan honeymoons to help you with your decision. Here’s some of the top places to go on a honeymoon in Tuscany.

Florence is most certainly a city filled with romance, which is why it’s constantly mentioned as a potential honeymoon spot. If you want a romantic break mixed with some culture and a fine city to explore, then you will love Florence. Stay in a beautiful private villa just outside of the city, and uncover everything Florence has to offer.

Spend some time wandering round the city and admiring the intricate architecture, and visit some of the impressive galleries and museums. Try and head up to the Piazzale Michelangelo as the sun is going down for the most breathtaking sunset across the city. Florence also offers plenty of honeymoon-worthy restaurants where you can be wined and dined.

The Chianti region
The Chianti region provides a good base for a honeymoon in Tuscany. Why not stay in the heart of Tuscany’s famous wine producing region, in amongst the rolling hills and vineyards?

Towns such as Radda in Chianti and Greve in Chianti are excellent central places from which you can easily access everything. Radda In Chianti is only around 45 minutes from Siena, which gives you access to the stunning province of Siena. Here you can uncover hilltop towns, visit castles and go wine tasting at charming Tuscan farms.

Florence is a popular honeymoon spot, but don’t overlook its rival, Siena. Siena is a beautiful city with a lovely atmosphere. It certainly has a romantic feel to it, with the Medieval brick buildings,
The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and when you see it you will understand why. The Piazza del Campo (main square) is very impressive, and a wonderful place to sit out in the sunshine with an ice cream and soak up the atmosphere. A visit to the top of the Torre del Mangia with provide you with astonishing views of the city and beyond.

You could spend a week in Lucca, or at least stop off there for a few days on your honeymoon. Cycle round the striking city walls, wander through the local shops and dine out at one of the many restaurants. Lucca is the kind of place that stays in your mind well after you leave, which is exactly what you want from a holiday destination. Lucca is also very close to Pisa, so you can grab a photo by the Leaning Tower and get to the airport easily.

Pienza started its life as a model Renaissance city, and it still holds traces of its rich past today. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be a very romantic, picturesque city.

If you don’t end up staying in Pienza, it should be on your to do list, especially if you are staying near the Province of Siena. If the Renaissance architecture doesn’t impress you, then the romantic street names, Val d’Orcia hills, and the fact that it’s the capital of Pecorino cheese just might. There’s a street there called Via dell’Amore, ‘the street of love’. Zeffirelli filmed “Romeo and Juliet” here, which makes Pienza feel even more romantic.

Lastly, we have Cortona. Cortona is located in the Province of Arezzo, and was the setting for the best seller by Frances Mayes, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Trasimeno lake, admire the impressive stone walls, visit the Diocesan Museum and walk up to the Girifalco Fortress. Stay in a private Tuscan villa in Cortona with a view and enjoy a romantic, relaxed honeymoon exploring Tuscany.
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Wheelchair Rental in Tuscany and Umbria

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wheelchair Rental in Tuscany and Umbria

Posted by Ruth (20/01/2017)

If you are planning a trip to Tuscany or Umbria, but need to know where you can rent a wheelchair, we’ve got it covered. Our local experts have searched both regions in order to identify places where you can rent a wheelchair, so that you can make the most of your Italian holiday.

Some cities such as Florence and Siena are far more wheelchair friendly than you might think, although navigating through old towns with cobbled streets and lots of hills can be a challenge. You just need to do a little research in advance. Before you visit each city you may want to see what hills, bridges and cobbled streets they have, and pick out which routes will be easiest to take.

Feel free to call our experts for advice, especially if you are looking for a luxurious, wheelchair friendly apartment or private villa in Tuscany or Umbria. We personally visit all our properties, so we know exactly the kind of facilities they offer and are of a high standard.

You can book wheelchair hire in Italy via this site. For some wheelchair accessible activities you can enjoy throughout Italy click here.

Florence accessibility
Most of the museums in Florence are easily accessible by wheelchair, they have stairlifts, elevators and ramps, so you don’t have to miss out on seeing any of Florence’s magnificent museums. What’s more, all state museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery and Academy Gallery, are free of charge for EU citizens that are disabled and the person that is accompanying them.

When it comes to parking, you will find that most of the car parks in Florence have designated disabled spaces and disabled access. However, you do need to display your disabled permit in your window. For more information check out visit Florence.

Siena accessibility
Siena is on a hill, so there are lots of ups and downs. Wheelchair access has been taken into consideration for transport, museums, theatres and cinemas. There are specific taxis designed for wheelchair users and the train system is also equipped for disabled tourists and travellers.

A lot of the museums and main attractions in the city are wheelchair accessible, clickhere for more information. Siena is a good base for wheelchair users to stay and explore the Tuscan region. This video is really helpful and explains about getting around Siena.

Here is a list of shops where you can rent wheelchair (sedia a rotelle), crutches (grucce) and similar.


In Lucca:
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Unexpected Romantic Moments

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unexpected Romantic Moments - When Tuscany Takes You By Surprise

Posted by Kiri (13/01/2017)

They say Tuscany is one of the most romantic places you can visit. Lots of newlyweds head out there on their honeymoon, exploring magical cities like Siena and Florence together. Before I went, I knew that it was going to be the perfect holiday for my partner and I, but it was the unexpected moments that really showed me Tuscany’s full potential for romance.

I had pictured romantic moments such as horseback riding through the Tuscan countryside, sitting and watching a famous Tuscan sunset together with Prosecco and strawberries, and maybe getting a cute selfie at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In reality, none of those things happened, but the experiences and moments we shared were even better, and many came as a complete surprise.

Whatever you have pictured in your mind, when you get to Tuscany and experience it for yourself, it will exceed your expectations. I’m not a big romantic, so the subtlety of some of the moments we had was ideal. Here’s some unexpected romantic moments we shared on our recent trip to Tuscany.

Gazing at Siena from above
You can't help but gasp when you get to the top of the bell tower (Tower of Mangia) in Siena. Once at the top we just stood there together in awe, and picked out all the things we could see in the distance such as the mountains, little Tuscan houses, fields lined with trees, and the outskirts of the city.

A natural mud mask in the hot springs
This may not sound that romantic, but it’s a brilliant experience. Picture bathing in soothing, natural warm waters with your partner, and being surrounded by woodland.
The temperature of the water gets warmer the higher you are, so you can literally choose the perfect temperature. We grabbed some of the natural mud and covered ourselves in it, it’s naturally exfoliating and leaves your skin feeling soft. We also took a few selfies of us both covered in mud to capture the moment.

The walk home after wine tasting
We had a rather entertaining walk home after the epic wine tasting session at Casanova di Ama. To be fair it wasn’t really ‘tasting’ as we had about half a glass of each type of wine. If I’m honest, we were pretty tipsy on the walk home, but still managed to enjoy the stunning scenery. When we got back we had the best nap ever on the sun loungers as the sun was setting.

Wandering around San Gimignano in the rain
Again this doesn’t sound romantic, but it was. We didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits and it was actually quite refreshing. Everyone else had thought to bring umbrellas, and we forgot to bring ours from the apartment, so we braved the rain and got soaked together! It didn’t make San Gimignano any less beautiful (check out my video here).

Cycling around Lucca
I would say this was one of my favourite memories. It was one of the first things we did on our trip, so we were super excited to get out and begin exploring. We cycled round on the oldest bikes you have ever seen (kindly given to us by the budget hotel owner), and had great fun filming cycling round Lucca’s walls on the GoPro. Check out our video of Lucca here.

Watching a sunset on our balcony
We didn’t manage to capture any spectacular sunsets in and around Tuscany, as we just weren’t in the right place at the right time. However, it didn’t matter, because every evening we were gifted with a breathtaking sunset on the balcony of our private Tuscan villa. The first day we arrived we cracked open a bottle of Champers, took in our new picturesque surroundings and watched the sunset.

Wandering round Brolio Castle
I have visited a few Castles in France and throughout Europe, but I have to say, Brolio is probably one of the most impressive I have seen. The views surrounding the castle a simply phenomenal. We really enjoyed walking round the grounds together in the late afternoon.

Eating a home cooked meal by the fireplace
One evening we arrived home late and decided to stay in and enjoy the apartment. We ended up having a really lovely meal at the dinner table next to the fireplace. It was nice to cook fresh local ingredients together and have a chilled night in.
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How to beat the dreaded January blues

Friday, January 6, 2017

Beat the January blues by booking a holiday to Tuscany

Posted by Sonia (06/01/2017)

The end of the Christmas season is difficult to accept. Plus, the thought of entering a New Year can be overwhelming. January tends to be a bit of a dull month, where we all figure out our plans for the next twelve months, and struggle to deal with going back to work.

But, there’s no reason why you can’t plan some exciting things in January to cheer you up. Lots of people end up booking holidays in January because they want something to look forward to, and want to know what trips they have planned for the upcoming year.

How to beat the dreaded January blues
Research has proven that going on holiday can improve your happiness, and simply booking a trip can instantly boost your mood. As soon as you have booked a holiday for 2017, you can start to plan what you want to do, and get excited about your trip, which makes January a lot more bearable.

What better way to beat the January blues than to book an amazing trip to one of the most beautiful regions in Italy? Picture yourself laying back on a sunbed under the Tuscan sun and sipping on bubbly by the pool.

Book our most popular properties now
The last thing you want to do is to put off booking to later in the year, and miss out on all the top apartments in Tuscany. We personally visit and check all our properties, so we can feel confident that our customers are getting the very best.

Whether you are looking for a family villa, group villa, or romantic retreat for two, we’ve got it covered. Many of our apartments and villas have their own private pool, and are in some of the most stunning locations.

Easter breaks to Tuscany
Why not cheer yourself up and instead of thinking about the fact that Christmas is over for another year, focus on booking a lovely holiday that you could be going on in just a few short months.

Book a holiday to Tuscany in Easter and experience how magical Tuscany is during the spring time. Plus, there are lots of parades, events and markets to experience at this time of year. On good Friday you might just stumble upon some religious processions in the hilltop towns.

If you love a bit of sunshine but prefer slightly cooler temperatures, then April and May are an excellent time to visit Tuscany. You can go sightseeing without getting too hot and sweaty.

Plan activities for your holiday now
Already booked a trip to Tuscany? Then why not take the opportunity to start planning the holiday of a lifetime. Cheer yourself up in January by thinking about what activities you might like to do. You might want to go horseback riding, on a cycling tour, book a private chef, or go wine tasting. We’ve got information about all these activities in our handy guide book, check it out here.

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