We are pleased to offer you a choice of properties carefully chosen for their excellent locations throughout Tuscany including the most central areas between Florence, Siena and Pisa. Other areas of great interest are offered around Lucca; near the coast, and in the south close to Pitigliano.
All our properties are in, or on the fringes of, that most beautiful area of Tuscany - Chianti - and a good number of these are actually in working vineyards where the owners will welcome you with warm hospitality. There can be few things to compare with the pleasure of sitting out of doors drinking the wine which has been lovingly made from the grapes you see in the fields around, whilst you plan your next interesting day in this magical area.
The regional capital of Tuscany, Florence is the worlds most celebrated storehouse of renaissance art and architecture. It is set on the banks of the river Arno below the wooded foothills of the Appennines. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is generally accepted as the first expression of Renaissance ideas in architecture. The dome still dominates the citys roofscape, just as the great Piazza del Duomo at its feet dominates life at street level. The square is ringed with cafés and is a popular meeting point. Between there and the river Arno there are many of the best-loved palaces including Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Corsini, Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.
The local economy is based on tourism, industry (textiles and clothes, metalwork, optics, chemistry, glass and ceramics) and on Florentine handicrafts (embroidery, jewellery and products made from straw).
To the north of Siena, Pisa is famous for the leaning tower which is a free standing campanile or bell tower associated with the 11th century Gothic Cathedral nearby. This city is also famous for its Piazza del Duomo, also known as the Piazza del Miracole, a beautiful and extensive plane of green punctuated by the imposing masses of the Cathedral, its Baptistery and Camposanto which is dominated by the leaning tower. A visit to Pisa is not just for the Tower, but continues with the villages of the Pisan hills, the natural oasis of San Rossore, beach establishments, and extraordinary archeological and artistic beauties of Volterra and Massa Marittima.
Enclosed by massive red brick walls, built in 1504 and 1645, that shut out the traffic and the 21st century. Lucca is a peaceful city with narrow lanes. Bicycles are a popular way to travel around as it is unusually flat.
Known as "The City of Beautiful Towers" dating from the thirteenth century. A town with good shops, restaurants and works of art. One of the best preserved medieval towns in Italy.
Situated on a high plateau, Volterra offers superb views over the surrounding hills. Famous for its medieval buildings and museums which house one of the best collections of Etruscan artifacts.
The city is tightly wrapped around the Piazza del Campo, which every summer on 2 July and 16 August is the venue for the world famous Palio di Siena which attracts crowds from all over the world. The grand shell-shaped square is dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico, one of the most elegant examples of Italian civil architecture in Gothic style. The city is also an important religious centre, being the birthplace of St Catherine, and there is a church there devoted to her worship.
Talamone and Maremma Natural Park
The town of Talamone lies on a rocky promontory, on the southern border of the Maremma nature reserve. The surrounding area is characterized by the presence of typical Mediterranean vegetation and long sandy beaches, lined by pine trees. Talamone is easily reached from Via Aurelia, and is about 25km from Grosseto and 10km from Orbetello. The local beach of Talamone has become a very popular area to practice the sport of Kitesurfing and in 2008 it was one of the sites used for the movie 007 - Quantum of Solace.
On the outskirts of Talamone is the southern entrance to the Maremma Natural Park, from where there are some spectacular nature trails. There are a great variety of animals here: Maremman cattle and horses wander freely and you can often see foxes, badgers, porcupines, wild boar, deer and an immense variety of birds.
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