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Planning a vacation in Tuscany is an exiting task filled with expectations, and butterflies in the stomach! You’re the one put in charge by your family and friends, and since this trip to Tuscany is usually the biggest break in a year from the routine of work and study, you want to make sure that things go smoothly. We’ve been helping people like you for decades in choosing the right rental villa in Tuscany that becomes your home for this dream vacation. Living here in the central Siena Province for a good part of each year since the mid 1990’s, has given us the chance to explore this storybook region in fine detail. We know the villas we rent, their owners and care-takers, the nearby towns and villages, the roads around for detailed directions, the best places to eat and shop, and the local guides, drivers and cooks that add to the success of your vacation. We are happy that so many of our clients come back, some for several times, since enjoying a vacation in Tuscany only once in your life is just not enough! Here’s a bit about us, to help dispel those butterflies.

Gary was born in Sydney, Australia, and after a career with the airline industry; Pan American in New York, Windward Island Airways in St Maarten, and Qantas in Sydney, Gary returned to New York in the mid 80’s to become a partner in the corporate travel industry. In the late 90’s Gary moved his travel business to the Gulf Coast.

Born in Lapland, Finland, Zak with his family lived in both countries, moving to the USA in 1979 to start university education. He graduated in architecture from Georgia Tech, traveled, studied a year in Paris, and returned to practice in Atlanta and Washington DC with design firms and privately.

After many long vacations in Tuscany and all over Italy, in 1997 they purchased a property in the small Tuscan village of Chiusure, (rated as having one of the best views in Tuscany by Travel & Leisure March 2015) and became residents here for several months of each year. With requests from friends on how to rent their villas, Zak and Gary formed TuscanHouse in 1998.

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Restaurant guide for Siena Province

This list is our personal recommendation for eating well. The restaurants where you should make reservations are noted with *. During the summer call at least one day in advance for dinner (cena) reservations (pre-notazione). Kitchen is typically open for lunch from 12:30 to about 2:00 pm, for dinner: 7:30 – 9:30 pm, and later on weekends. In restaurants, pizza is served at dinner only. During the day, buy pizza by the slice from the snack-bars in towns. House wine … Read More

Things you need to know

Please read thru these helpful hints for a happy holiday! PERSONAL SAFETY Italy is generally considered to be a safe country. Most Italians are courteous and helpful, especially in the countryside and small towns of Tuscany. If you are ever in trouble, people would probably go out of their way to help you. Just look at the way they care for immigrants arriving by the thousands on rickety boats from Africa every week … Besides road accidents, the main concern … Read More

When you arrive in Tuscany

ARRIVAL AT YOUR VILLA Plan to arrive as close to 4pm as possible and please read the arrival details that are included at the bottom of your driving directions. Upon entering, please take a look at all the appliances and ask the Manager to show you how they work. Ask them to show you where the electric fuse box is located and how to reset the electricity. You should report anything broken or out-of-order in the first 24 hours and … Read More

Latest news

Musical evening in Tuscany by Lassi, a signer of Evergreen Music and offers unforgettable musical entertainment at your Tuscany holiday Villa.

Lassi sings alone, with excellent backing tracks. The repertoire consists of Evergreen music by Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Procol Harum, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Abba … and also lots of popular Italian songs, such as O ‘Sole Mio, Azzurro, Guarda che luna, Caruso, Volare, L’emozione non ha voce!

Before your musical evening in Tuscany, you can listen to some of his music on YouTube. These recordings were made with the same backing tracks that he uses when he sings live. Lassi sings and speaks perfect English and Italian, and also understands Swedish and German.

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For information and reservations, please contact Lassi at:

Lassi Marttila
+39 335 723 7575
[email protected]


Ristorante il Goccino

Lucignano is a charming town in Val di Chiana, where the exiting Ristorante il Goccino is known for excellent cooking, it’s creative and fun, one of the best in the region. Set inside the town walls, this is an eatery of high quality, both in food and service. The menu created by Chef Susanna is loaded with seasonal food, including, a surprisingly large selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes! I love the marvelous mixed antipasto platter of tasty treats. From … Read More

Trattoria della Filiera

Trattoria della Filiera is a new eatery in Castelmuzio, located under the large parking area facing Montisi in a light and bright building with an entire wall of arches filled with windows. The charming Daniella runs the dining room while her brother is the chef, cooking traditional items such as the excellent lasagne I had, and also familiar treats for tourists, like hamburgers. This is a great place for groups, because there’s a lot of space indoors, plus 2 long … Read More

Ristorante San Valentino

Ristorante San Valentino is part of the Piccolo Hotel San Valentino just 2 miles from the Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey towards Buonconvento. From the road you drive up and around the back for parking. There’s a covered terrace that’s good for lunch, and inside a large dining room but step thru to the wide open garden patio for dining outside in the warm season. The cook’s name is Gigliola and she’s a pro in preparing the classic Tuscan menu with … Read More

Osteria Etrusca

With all this good food around, sometimes only one important thing can make a restaurant stand out. Now I’m talking about hospitality. Our recent meal (May 2015)  in Chiusi was in the center of the old town, at Osteria Etrusca. Hospitality here is like magic; the charm, warmth and kindness of the owners, father and daughter, is beyond comparison. They both speak English. We sat at a covered outside table watching the street scene at the end of the day, … Read More