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Holidays In Tuscany Villas Is All About Finding That Perfect Package

What’s so special about spending holidays in Tuscany villas? There are many, many reasons we can tell you. Tuscany is a region of outstanding beauty, both in its natural and man-made structures. It is an enchanting place with the Tuscan people quite welcoming. The ambience alone of the region is enough to entice you to stay–at least longer than just a weekend.

It is also a treasure chest of historical finds and cultural resources. Spending a vacation in a Tuscany villa can be further enhanced by the fact that this region is known for its excellent local cuisine and equally exceptional wines. And what better way to take in all that Tuscany has to offer than to spend a comfortable time in one of the many villas in the region. Villas in Tuscany go from grand to fantastic. Some of them can even house very large parties for events like weddings and / or business congresses.

Your holiday in Tuscany villas can afford you all the luxury and convenience you can possibly dream of. This is far better than spending a few measly days in hotel that give does not give you that privacy and quiet time you might desire. Many tour and vacation packages offer a unique collection of self-catering holiday homes for you to use. Some of the more elaborate villas in Tuscany have swimming pools at your disposal. Others are more rustic and embedded deep into mountainous landscapes for those that seek quiet retreats. Others are situated into working vineyards or olive groves.

If you are thinking of spending your holidays in Tuscany, there are many that can be found in prime locations, in quality properties and with additional amenities like welcome gift packs upon your arrival and a first class service from a full luxury home staff. Perhaps, the first thing that you should do is scour the Internet as to where you want to spend your vacation in, how long you would like to stay and at what price range you are willing to pay for. Early reservations can actually help you earn discount in vacation packages.

If you are also thinking of a more active holiday in one of Tuscany’s villas, you may want to consult the different vacation offers (and even the villa owners or renters themselves) as to what activity they may offer while you are staying there. Some offer cooking courses, wine tasting trips, historical walking tours, religious walking tours, or adventure seeking. Holidays in Tuscany villas is synonymous with luxury, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t seek a bit of fun while you are relaxing. Check the calendar also for what possible holidays you can attend during your stay.

Tuscany holidays can be a blast, and certainly, everyone is invited to join. Unfortunately, during these holidays, the influx of tourists surge to incredible numbers, and without proper reservation, you just might find yourself out on the street, waiting in line among those seeking lodging in hotels and small apartments for rent. Your holiday in a Tuscan villa can also be penny-wise, especially if you book your stay during the off-peak tourist season. Frequent visitors also get discounts. Everything just seems special when you spend holidays in Tuscany villas.

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Exclusive Winery Estate with Holiday Villas in Tuscany – Perfect for Weddings in Tuscany

Enjoy the authentic Tuscan atmosphere for your Wedding and Holiday in Tuscany at the Former Monastery and estate of BADIA DI MORRONA.

Your Italian Wedding among Vineyards and Olive groves where the Chianti region begins and just 15 minutes from Pisa airport !

Badia di Morrona a is located 25 km south of Pisa. It is an ancient Monastery  with typical bell tower and annexed church (Church of St. Mary) , dating back to the late 11th century, with a lovely courtyard that belonged both to the Benedictine and the Camaldolese monks order. The former Monatery’s estate has a surface of 650 hectares, out of which 100 of vineyards and 40 of olive groves. The various villas, cottages and country houses have been carefully restored and turned into excellent and comfortable apartments and rooms spread all over the property. Badia di Morrona hosts weddings receptions in the former monastery (courtyard, gardens or inside their magnificent halls and ancient wine cellars called “barricaia” )  or at the country Villa “La Selvicciola” surrounded by vineyards (indoor or outdoor wedding receptions under marquees).

The estate represents the perfect marriage between tradition and modern technology in the production of its wines and extra virgin olive oil. The current owners have recently completed building a new winery. Not only Chianti DOCG vines are grown but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Grappa and Vin Santo (a local sweet wine). Smaller bottles of wine and extra virgin olive oil are offered also to make unique wedding favors. You can purchase wine in the modern cellar and your bottles can be shipped anywherefrom their premises.

All Tuscany’s major towns, such as Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Certaldo, Lari, Vinci,  San Gimignano and Volterra, as well as Pisa and Florence airports, are very easy to reach by car. Besides, you can enjoy the benefits of the Spa treatments of the famous resort in Casciana Terme, just 10 kms from the property and the golf courses of Castelfalfi and Tirrenia.

Wedding Ceremonies at Badia di Morrona:

Catholic Weddings take place  in the Church of the Monastery (legally binding or if you are already leagally married, you may have a Catholic Blessing Ceremony in the church). The Church has been built in 980 is decorated with precious frescoes and has been finely restored. It can host up to 120 people seated and 80 standing.Protestant, Jewish and Symbolic Weddings on the former monastery’s grounds. Civil ceremonies in the beautiful Wedding Halls of the nearby towns of Volterra and Lari (civil wedding ceremonies take place in a beautiful Castle in the medieval town of Lari) which are  just 15 minutes from Badia di Morrona.

Wedding receptions at Badia di Morrona:


Can host up to 150 people indoors in the wonderful and spacious hall on the ground floor  of the monastery or outdoors, (courtyard or gardens or by the monatstery’s  swimming pool). The former Monastery is catered by the best catering companies in Tuscany.


Can host up to 120 people indoors in the beautiful and spacious hall on the ground floor  of the Villa with lovely views over the gardens and vineyards or outdoors (gardens of the Villa  or by the Villa’s swimming pool). Wedding receptions at Villa Selvicciola are prepared by expert Chefs and waiters in the Villa’s fully equipped kitchen.

Best months for weddings at Badia di Morrona during the year are : May, June, July, August, September and October

Services available for Weddings at Badia di Morrona :

Civil and Religious paperwork
Catering or in house express cooking for wedding receptions
Classic music : Duos, Trios or Quartets
Tenors and Sopranos
DJs and Live Music Bands
Photographer and Videographer
Hair and Make-Up Artist
Airport Transfers
Guest Activities

Accommodation arrangements at Badia di Morrona:

Villa SANT ANGIOLA – SLEEPS 12 – 14 people

Angiola is a two-storey independent Villa located near  to the abbey. It is a light place fully furnished with historical fittings and antique furniture. Sant’Angiola is a two-storey landhouse located very near to an early-medieval abbey. The roomy and light interiors are fully furnished with historical fittings. Its large living room with fireplace is the ideal setting for your couch chatting and the rural style kitchen is equipped with any appliance or tool you may need! Outside the guests can enjoy a large garden with stone oven and a private swimming pool with outdoor equipment. The villa has got three double bedrooms, three twin bedrooms, each with private bathroom, and two further restrooms. The whole villa can easily host 12 up to 14 guests. Villa Sant’Angiola is ideal for a large family or a group of people that can have maximum relax in the exclusive swimming pool and enjoy cooking in the original traditional pizza and bread wood fire oven and barbecue outside in the garden

Villa VIVAYA – Independent House – 4+2 people
Vivaja is a two-storey independent house located in front of Villa La Selvicciola, on a gentle hill right in front of the historical hamlet of Morrona. On the ground floor a large living room with fireplace is together with a fully equipped kitchen in a large and light open space. On the first floor you will find a romantic double bedroom with tester bed asnd ensuite bathroom, a twin bedroom and a large bathroom. Outside you will enjoy the large private laurel-fenced garden with outdoor furniture. The villa is suitable for 4 to 6 people.

Villa LA SELVICCIOLA – 7 Double Bedrooms – B&B

7 double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom – on request they can be turned into twin bedrooms – are available for overnight, more day or weekly stays always with breakfast included.It is located in front of Vivaya. On the ground floor a large fully equipped hall is the perfect place for big events such as wedding ceremonies and receptions or in their gardens under their marquees. The large hall is light thanks to big windows and a typical Tuscan fireplaces gives it a special rural character. On the first floor, 7 double bedrooms with ensuite bathroom – on request they can be turned into twin bedrooms Rooms are available for overnight, more day or weekly stays, on a B& B basis and meal upon request.. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV and air conditioning. Outside is a panoramic swimming pool with outdoor equipment and furniture.

Villa LA FORNACE – 2 apartments – sleeps 4 or 6 people

Fornace is a two-storey Villa with swimming pool surrounded by oaks and pine trees, at the beginning of a long line of cypresses leading to the ancient Monastery, at the side the private swimming pool.On the ground floor is a large hall with a huge fireplace. And on the second florr there are two apartments :

1) Vigna Alta apartment is suitable for 6 people. It has a living room with kitchen, one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, both with ensuite bathroom, a second twin bedroom and a large bathroom.
2) Taneto apartment is for 4 people and is made of a living room with kitchen, one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a twin bedroom and a large bathroom.
The apartments can be booked weekly, from Saturday to Saturday. For groups of 12 people the Villa Fornace can also be rented on the whole adding another extra double bedroom and the communal rooms on the ground floor. In this case the villa has got 6 double bedrooms each with private bathroom and a roomy living room with a large dining table and fireplace.

VILLA LA SUGHERA is a complex of 5 large and comfortable apartments, obtained by the renovation of 3 old farmhouses that once belonged to the farmers of the old Monastery. The swimming pool and the playground area have a fantastic view of the ancient  Monastery and its own typical tower bell. The apartments are

N’ANTIA Apartment :     Sleeps 8
SODI Apartment :          Sleeps 6
SUVERA  Apartment :   Sleeps 6
GIULEBBE Apartment: Sleeps 4
FELICIAIA Apartment :  Sleeps 4


Included Services:
Internet Wi-Fi, Cradles, Dish Washer, Highchair, Kitchen use, Fridge use, Barbecue, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Garden, Fireplace, Firewood Oven, Farm Produce Retail, Ironing Facilities, outdoor furniture. Pets are welcome

Extra Services:
Children Bed, Extra Cleaning, Meals can be pre-booked and cooked at Villa “La Selvicciola” for all guests upon request,Wine, olive oil and local Tuscan food Tastings can be organized at their cellars or at one of the Villas upon request, Pizza Chef and Barbeque Chef  available upon request, Pizza and Tuscan Cooking Courses upon request

Daniela was born in Sydney, Australia, from Italian parents and has always had a passion for international travel.Visit Daniela’s website: or contact her at

Now living in Rome, Daniela spends her summers on historic Lake Bracciano , about 30 km Northwest of the Italian capital and in the Castelli Romani District. After several years in Italy and Australia working in the sales departments of Italian and Australian companies operating in the travel industry, during her last years in Australia Daniela also helped several friends get married in Italy, many of them in their ancestors towns in various parts of the Italy.
Daniela decided to return to Italy seven years ago and use her experience and knowledge to help couples around the world realize their dream of a destination wedding in Italy.
She enjoys her unique career as an Italian Wedding Planning Team manager ; the happiness and thankfulness of the many newlyweds she has worked for are very rewarding and fill her days with excitement and personal satisfaction.

Problem solving, organisation skills and innovation are what she thrives in. She never forgets details and only suggests what is best to her planners and couples..

Daniela loves planning and organising weddings throughout all Italy. Her favourite wedding locations are without doubt the Castelli Romani District near Rome, all Latium region, Tuscany, Umbria, Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Daniela makes friends with all her couples, helping them on their very special wedding day and personally taking care of all details

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Tuscany a perfect film location

Exploring Tuscany visiting the main film location: Florence and Cortona.

Overflowing with familiar sights and picturesque landscapes, Tuscany has been used as a film location for many major films. The charm and appeal of Tuscany is quite unmatched, and several movies have not just been filmed, but were also centered upon the scenic cities of Tuscany, such as Cortona and Florence.

Bask Under the Tuscan Sun

One of these movies is Under the Tuscan Sun, a 2003 Audrey Wells direction based on the Frances Mayes novel of the same name. The film helped reveal the best sights and historical attractions that dotted the city of Florence. Some of the locations used in the film included the Piazza della Signoria and the Piazza della Republica.

The Piazza della Signoria  is a square in the form of an L, and is found in Florence, Tuscany. The plaza is a significant historical base, as it served as the former political center of the city. The square is flanked by several other must-see sights such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Uguccioni Palace, and several others.

Piazza della Republica  is another one of the many piazzas that dot Tuscany. The semi-circular area is ornamented at the center with the Fountain of the Naiads, which was commissioned back in 1870 and completed in 1888.

Under the Tuscan Sun was mostly set in Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany, and starred Diane Lane. In the movie, the main character Frances Mayes travelled to Tuscany in the aftermath of a divorce. During the trip, she experiences the Tuscan life and finds new friends. Though a bit recent, the movie played a huge role in promoting the subtle but standout beauty of Cortona and the rest of Tuscany.

Live the Beautiful Life in Tuscany

But using Tuscany as a location for a film is not a new concept. After all, Tuscany has always had its grandeur and old-world appeal and has managed to retain it through the years. Thus, yet another iconic film, La Vita é Bella or Life is Beautiful, takes viewers through a tour of Cortona.

One of the scenes in the film was set in Cortona at the Teatro Signorelli, which is located in the Piazza Signorelli. The theatre holds regular presentations you can also enjoy during your Tuscan holiday. Outside, however, it is considered as one of Tuscany’s most distinctive landmarks. The theatre spills out to Piazza Signorelli. Both the piazza and the theatre has become important locations for Tuscany’s various festivals.

The La Vita e Bella is a 1997 film directed by Roberto Benigni. The film, which is shot in several different locations in Tuscany, centers around Guido Orefice, a Jewish man, and his quest to save his son’s life. The movie mixes romance and comedy both, and offers a good view on love and family values. However, it is perhaps the breathtaking locations used in the film that contributed to its unabashed success.

The film, which was made extra beautiful thanks to the beauty of Tuscany, eventually went on to win the Best Actor award for Benigni, the Best Picture award, the Best Foreign Language Film, the Best Original Screenplay, and several others.

Have Tea in Tuscany

Tuscany, however, is just plain overflowing with sights to see and places to visit. Some of the other popular places in Tuscany are Piazza Santa Maria Novella  and Piazza del Duomo, which both appeared in the1999 movie, Tea with Mussolini.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a world-renowned attraction in Florence. The square or plaza was featured in Tea with Mussolini and is famous for being one of the biggest historical squares found in the city. The square is a wide expanse of a grassy area dotted with a central fountain at the middle. It is also the location of the Santa Maria Novella church, a major church in Florence.

The Piazza del Duomo  has the classic features of a square, such as a wide expanse of grass dotted with several different monuments. The square’s history and style can be attributed to the medieval age, and the overall style of the square revolutionized the artistic world of Tuscany.

 Tea with Mussolini is practically a Tuscany guidebook as it takes viewers to several different Tuscan areas and popular attractions. The film, which starred popular musician and actress Cher, is partly autobiographical as it follows the life of Franco Zeffirelli. The film went on to win the 2000 BAFTA Awards, among some other awards, as well as some nominations.

 Enjoy the Picturesque Views of Tuscany

Finally, you can move to Piazza della Santissima Annunziata , one of the most distinct locations in Tuscany. It is dubbed as the most beautiful square found in

Florence, and it is scenically flanked by four buildings. These four buildings also happen to be significant monuments, which included the Santissima Annunziata church, Brunelleschi’s portico, and the Spedale degli Innocenti, among several others.

The scenic and panoramic image of the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata can also be enjoyed when you check out the 1986 film Room with a View. The film, which was directed by James Ivory and which starred Helena Bonham Carter, went on to win several awards, which included the Best Picture award, Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Day Lewis, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Actress for Maggie Smith, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

All in all, it was a film that gave a glimpse of Florence’s countryside life in contrast with its upper class scene.


Jane Maripose has travelled extensively in Italy for 15 years. She currently spends summers in her house in northern Tuscany and hopes to retire there. She has also been a teacher in California for 20 years. Jane is passionate about Italian food and culture and enjoys sharing her vast experience with others.
Jane’s Italy travels have included every region of Italy. She enjoys going to traditional festivals and learning the native folk dances, talking with the locals, and sampling the regional cuisine.
Jane has a bachelor’s degree in art history and is a credentialed educator. She studied Italian language and culture at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. Whilst studying in Ialy she undertook various cooking proficiency exams in the main Culinary academies
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Visions of Tuscany is Produced and Presented by Alessandro Sorbello Tuscany (Italian Toscana) is one of the twenty regions of Italy. It has an area of 22990 km² and a population of about 3.6 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence. Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been made UNESCO protected sites: the historical center of Florence (1982), the historical center of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical center of San Gimignano (1990), the historical center of Pienza (1996) and the Val d’Orcia (2004). Geography – Tuscany is a region of Central Italy, bordering Emilia-Romagna to the north, Liguria to the north-west, Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, Umbria and Marche to the east, Lazio to the south-east. The territory is two thirds hilly and one fourth mountainous. The remainder is constituted of the plains that form the valley of the Arno River. Tuscany is divided into ten provinces: Arezzo, Florence (Firenze), Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa-Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato, Siena History – History of Tuscany oncello. An artistic movement of the 19th century, called Macchiaioli, chose this village, because of its beauty, as an inspirational source for their work. Apennine and Villanovan cultures. Apennine culture and Villanovan culture The pre-Etruscan history of the area in the late Bronze and Iron ages parallels that of the early Greeks. The Tuscan area
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