Relax, Tuscany calls you to enjoy a holiday villa, apartment, or cottage in the area of Italy known for the courtesy of its people, the beauty of the landscape, fine cuisine, excellent wine, and olive oil. A vacation rental in Tuscany may give you the perfect combination of leisure and culture.
Consider a morning trip into the great cities of art including Florence and Siena or an excursion to one of the hundreds of charming towns that command the hills of Tuscany. Then, gain balance by returning for a leisurely luncheon at your countryside vacation rental in Tuscany. Lunch near the pool, swim a few laps, some sunbathing, a snooze, and you may be ready to strike out again to shop or to join the citizens of Tuscany in the local piazza for an aperitif, dinner, and people watching during the evening stroll, la passeggiata.
Venice is a dream, the most unique city on the earth with canals for roads, hidden piazzas, and the glorious treasures of the Venetian empire. Married to the sea since its founding, Venice has long celebrated the symbolic marriage in an annual ceremony. Do not miss a chance to enjoy this enchanting city.
Visitors to Rome soon realize the truth of the ancient saying that "a lifetime is not enough" to appreciate this city that has so many layers.
The Eternal City has played a leading role in world history for three thousand years, each epoch laying down layers on the physical city and on the Italian soul. The mild Mediterranean climate ensures tourists can enjoy the sites year-round.
There is much more to Rome than its history: wonderful food, gelato, wine, architecture and art. And, maybe most important, the Italian Culture that ensures that a casual hour sipping a Campari at a piazza-side cafe will be filled with the privilege of observing the beautiful Italian people and their dramatic approach to every day life.
Florence is the jewel of Tuscany, an immortal city so filled with art that fully one third of the recognized art treasures of the world are found here.
Florence is also a city bustling with commerce and tourism. It has been so since the time of the Medicis who rose to power through business and banking. Florence or Firenze was once Florentia, the city of Flowers, a name that belies the historic military might of the Florentine Republic and the power it has exerted in trade and commerce.
The rise of the Florentine republic under the Medicis funded an unprecedented flowering of art, the Renaissance, which continues to grace the city with markets, shops, stores, and even discount shopping outlets for, some would say, the world's best and most beautiful selection of crafts, ceramics, leather, clothing, antiques, fashion, and works in wood.
This beautiful region concentrates pleasures and activities of every kind.
The handsome cities of Bologna, Parma, Piacenza, Modena, Ferrara, Rimini and Ravenna are glorious with history and art. Parma, the home of Giuseppe Verdi, invites you with music. The rolling countryside leading into the Apennines is dotted with ancient castles, rolling fields and cool forests.
Food is what brings many visitors to this home of Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, Balsamic vinegar of Modena, and stuffed pasta like tortellini. Of course there are wonderful art museums, but in Emilia-Romagna there are 25 food museums!
Motor Valley is where you find the factories and museums for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ducati and wonderful automotive collections.