Travel tips

Weather in Tuscany in °C

The climate in Tuscany is generally mild and very similar with another famous wine region, that of the Napa Valley in California. The summer is hot but the air is really dry, making the high temperatures bearable. Summer is the most popular time for vacations, while spring and autumn offer better weather for outdoor activities. Pool Season: June, July, August and September July and August are the warmest months with average high at 32°C and lows around 18°C while June… Read More

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Etruscans in Tuscany

The origin for Etruscans in Tuscany has been a matter of debate for many centuries, with Roman scholars such as Livy claiming they were either from central Europe or original and indigenous people of central Italy. But DNA testing done in 2007 verified information coming from the Greek historian Herodotus, written around 450 BCE. According to Herodotus, the Etruscans were originally Lydians, who lived in the western half of Turkey during the Iron Age. They evolved in this region after… Read More

Weather in Tuscany in °F

The climate in Tuscany is generally mild and very similar with another famous wine region, that of the Napa Valley in California. The summer is hot and the most popular time for vacations, while spring and autumn offer better weather for outdoor activities. Pool Season: June, July, August and September July and August are the warmest months with average high at 90°F and lows around 65°F, while June and September offer comfortably warm weather without it being too hot with… Read More

Olive oil harvest tradition Lucca Tuscany

Olive oil harvest tradition Lucca Tuscany The arrival of late autumn in Lucca, Tuscany, signals the season of the traditional olive harvest for pressing oil. Most of the area’s farmers are deeply committed to organic and biodynamic agriculture. They use the ancient method to cold-press the olives under a mill wheel on the day of the harvest. Have a look at this recent story in the New York Times:  Olive oil in Lucca Tuscany Going to Lucca… Read More

Musical evening in Tuscany by Lassi at your holiday Villa

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… Read More

Restaurant guide for Siena Province

Restaurant guide for Siena Province Updated June 2017. 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… Read More

Vegan travel guide debuts in Italy

The Guide highlights 130 restaurants and lifestyle sites across Italy. (ANSA) – Rome, April 29 – A travel guide devoted to vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as veg-friendly hotels across Italy is poised to make its debut. ‘Viaggia Vegan’, or Travel Vegan, is aimed at travelers who seek cuisine and lifestyle options by highlighting 130 sites, primarily restaurants. Tour packages with veg-friendly itineraries are also included in the guide, which is published by Del Gallo Editore. An initiative… Read More

Best Views by T&L

Travel & Leisure in Feb 2015 had a list of ‘best views in Tuscany’, naming the towns of Chiusure, Talamone, Rocca d’Orcia, Montepulciano, and Sant’ Angelo in Colle http://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/tuscany/best-views-in-tuscany  … 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