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Tour Florence – Art, Culture, Food and Spectacular Shopping

15/12/2014

No matter where you rent a villa in Tuscany, no vacation seems complete without a visit to Florence, the city that gave birth to, and is synonymous with, the Renaissance. It is estimated that 70% of the Western World’s most important art can be found in Italy, and half of these treasures can be found in the world famous museums of Florence!   One could easily spend a year sightseeing in Florence without taking in everything!…

Tuscan Cooking School and Wine Experience 2015

21/10/2014

Tuscany is rightfully world renown for our cuisine and a meal is not just an occasion to quickly fill your stomach. In our land, a meal is a celebration of taste and a festival of flavours that is to be savored and enjoyed. We do not push back from the table until we have to. We are blessed with some amazingly talented chefs, none better than Valentino of Taste Emotions – the author of three of the best…

Spring Wedding in a Chianti Castle with Menu Included

16/10/2014

On a beautiful spring day at the beginning of the month of May in a Castle in Chianti with about 80 guests we made it happen! Many foreign couples planning their destination wedding in Tuscany consider the month of May for their wedding. While the end of month feels almost like summer already, with longer daylight and steady weather, the beginning of the month can be more tricky and risky weather wise. For Richard and…

A Step by Step Guide to Your Destination Wedding in Tuscany – Infographic

10/10/2014

Here is an easy to follow step by step guide to help you plan your destination wedding in Tuscany. Be it Tuscany or any other part of the world this quick guide is sure to trigger some important points to consider that you might have not thought of previously. For a more detailed guide read this post on planning a destination wedding in Tuscany.   Feel free to share this by pasting the code below…

Thalasso Therapy

30/09/2014

The sensational five star Tombolo Thalasso Therapy Center is one of the hidden gems of Tuscany. This phenomenal Thalasso Spa and the 92 room four star hotel located by the Mediterranean beach town of Marina di Castagneto Carducci is just a few kilometers from the charming castle town of Bolgheri. One of our favorite activities during our Tuscan winters is to enjoy a 2 to 3 hour afternoon break in the energizing seawater of Il Tombolo. The…

The Vasarian Corridor and the Museums of Florence

16/09/2014

It has been said that Florence houses 60 percent of the world’s greatest art treasures and as a result no visit to Florence is complete without visiting the Renaissance City’s world renown museums including, the Uffizi and the l’Accademia. The museums are open six days a week – they are closed on Mondays – and tend to be extremely crowded on weekends and Tuesdays – and nearly always the admittance lines are long – with…

A Holiday in Medieval Cortona

10/09/2014

Cortona is a picturesque medieval walled city set high on the slopes of Mount St. Egidio and overlooking the Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno. Known to many as the setting for the movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a vibrant town well worth exploring for its historical importance, fantastic shopping, breathtaking views  and its fabulous cuisine! TuscanDream offers several phenomenal villas in Cortona, including the sensational ten bedroom air conditioned Villa Laura that was…

Explore Montebenichi, A Hidden Gem in Italy

25/08/2014

Twenty minutes northeast of Siena, and less than an hour south of Florence, is Tuscany’s lush and fertile Valdambra region. Bordering the southern tip of Chianti, Val d’Ambra is the home of phenomenal restaurants, storybook castles, award winning vineyards and some of TuscanDream’s most popular air conditioned Tuscan villas. The unspoiled Valdambra countryside is punctuated by a collection of little towns and hamlets, including Montebenichi, Levane, Rapale, Capannole, Duddova, Ambra, Sogna, and its principal city,…

The Opulent City of Lucca

21/08/2014

In our opinion Lucca is perhaps the most opulent and culturally interesting of all the magnificent cities in Tuscany. Founded originally by the Etruscans and then passed on to the Romans, Lucca prospered as it became the center of the silk trade in the 11th century. The silk trade brought considerable wealth into Lucca and both a middle and an upper middle class emerged. The Bernardini and Buonvisi families rose to considerable prominence not only…

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