Tuscany is one of the biggest tourist draws in Italy, and with good reason. Featuring Renaissance paintings, medieval-era structures, and picturesque vineyards, olive groves, and cypress trees, there are plenty of things to see in this region. Given the number of attractions in this area, a good accommodation is a must so you can be sure that you’re well-rested so you’ll have enough energy to explore the sights. Book into one of the villas in Tuscany with a chef and you’re not just guaranteed comfort, you also get convenience, as you no longer have to worry about where you’ll get your meals.
Villa Accursio is so called because it’s named after Accursio da Bagnolo, a prominent figure in Tuscan history. Sitting atop one of the hills surrounding Florence, this property dates back to 1874, although it has seen renovations over the years to update it. It features its own swimming pool, ping-pong tables, and a sports court (which can be transformed into a basketball or a tennis court, or a soccer field), all of which guests are free to use. The package includes cleaning services and private chef who prepares 2 meals each day – breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner.
Price: from 1,571 USD
Number of Guests: 16
Surrounded by greenery, this villa is the perfect getaway for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Guests can even enjoy fantastic views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Val d'Orcia. The home itself features a swimming pool and well-maintained gardens, and it even features woodlands, which serve as the home of various wildlife. Table tennis is also available for guests’ use. On top of that, the help of a chef in the kitchen, a maid to look after housekeeping and off-site concierge services provided by the hosts, gives you more time to enjoy your stay at the villa.
Luxury Tuscan villa
Price: from 1,125 USD
Number of Guests: 8
Villa Sarageto was once a farmhouse originally built in the 18th century prior to being converted into a guest house. Today, it is fully-furnished with modern amenities, including luxurious features such as a swimming pool, a spacious garden, and a large fireplace. The on-site chef not only helps prepare meals, but he can also provide cooking lessons for interested guests and even whip up delicious fare for wedding celebrations and anniversary parties. Additionally, maid services would cost an extra of €13 per hour. While in the area, visitors can also try riding a hot air balloon, going on a cheese and wine tour, olive tasting, and/or going horseback riding.
Price: from 941 USD
Number of Guests: 7
Able to accommodate as many as 12 people, this villa provides guests easy access to the various tourist attractions in Tuscany; however, the features of the rental alone may make it hard for them to leave in the first place. The house, which is over a hundred years old, has a rich history, which includes serving as a schoolhouse in the 1920s. It has since been modernized with guests’ comfort in mind, and it comes with Wi-Fi, a salt water pool, an outdoor shower, a sunbathing area, a sports field, table tennis table, and a playground.
Price: from 593 USD
Number of Guests: 12
Sitting atop a hill, Villa Maria provides guests with amazing views overlooking the Chianti region. A train is near the property itself to make traveling to and from Florence easy. Meanwhile, those who prefer a more leisurely way of exploring the surrounding areas can simply borrow one of the host’s bikes, which are available for use for free. For something a bit more adventurous, horseback riding lessons are available just a short way away from the villa’s location. A swimming pool is available right on the property. Many commercial establishments are accessible within walking distance where guests can have their meals; otherwise, meals can be prepared at the villa if requested. Guests are also welcome to use the tennis court.
Price: from 846 USD
Number of Guests: 14
Once the holiday home of Conti Ghezzi, Villa Sant'Angelo is a country manor that puts guests within driving distance to Florence, Siena, and Arezzo. It also gives them access to amenities such as a private lake, a swimming pool, a heated pool, a spa, and a tennis court. Outdoorsy travelers will also love the fact that trekking trails are just a short distance away from the house. Meanwhile, health-conscious eaters will appreciate the vegetable garden on the property’s grounds and enjoy a healthy meal put together with organic ingredients by a private chef.
Price: from 700 USD
Number of Guests: 19
Villa Tuscany is a luxury home nestled by olive groves, and it is in a great location, providing guests with magnificent views–and easy access–to the Chianti region. While it has traditional Tuscan architecture, its interiors have been modernized for guests’ comfort and convenience. The property comes with a private swimming pool, which is free for guests’ use. Besides availing of the services of a private chef, guests can also enjoy additional services such as cooking lessons, massages, and housekeeping and babysitter services.
Price: from 1,345 USD
Number of Guests: 14
Villa La Quercia was owned by the abstract artist Francesco Clemente, whose works can be seen around the house. The home is located just 12 km (8 mi) from Florence and just a short distance from the village proper of Impruneta, where guests can easily get groceries and other necessities. It is also home to a golf course, a horseback riding club, and two tennis courts. The property itself features a salt water pool and an open-air dining area. Services such as mid-week and final departure cleaning are included in the stay; on the other hand, in-house chef services and cooking lessons may require an extra charge.
Villa La Quercia
Price: from 845 USD
Number of Guests: 10
This rental is owned by a chef who will also prepare meals for guests and provide cooking lessons if they wish. He is also open to giving guests slow food tours in the region. Wine tasting tours are offered as well. The home itself comes with a vegetable garden, with its produce serving as the main ingredients in most of Andrea’s cooking, which means you do not have to travel in the search for a scrumptious meal. Mid-week cleaning services are also provided during the stay.
Price: from 615 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Originally a farmhouse, this villa is surrounded by the olive groves of the Aretine Chianti hills, situated at the foot of Pratomagno Mountain. The property itself features a garden, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, and a barbecue. Wi-Fi is available on-site as well. Babysitting arrangements and chef services can be made for guests’ convenience.
Price: from 250 USD
Number of Guests: 14
Birthplace of the Renaissance
Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Given the region’s beauty, it’s not surprising that artists and scholars alike were inspired to produce their best work there. Stay in one of these gorgeous villas in Tuscany and you yourself may be able to find some inspiration while on your holiday.
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