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If you’re craving an escape from the daily grind, picture this: incomparable mountain lansdscapes, warm sun, acres of vineyards, fireflies after dark, and some of scrummiest food you can think of. Sound good? Here’s three of the best places to escape in Tuscany:
Fabbrica, Central Tuscany
This tiny village in is remote, but still just an hour from popular towns like Pisa, Lucca, Livorno and Siena. Surrounded by olive groves, vines, orchards and cypress trees – this bare-necessities village is perfect for feeling a million miles away from the real world. Explore the countryside on foot or by bicycle, and soothe away any remaining stress in the thermal waters of nearby Casciana Terme.
Stay here: Villa Dania
Perched atop a hill, this 1800s villa has breath taking views. The tasteful renovation has kept the original charm and even some of the original furniture, while of course providing modern comforts. Volterra is a slightly bigger village within walking distance that has more choice of local restaurants and watering holes.
Maremma, Southern Tuscany
Maremma National Park is truly one of Tuscany’s hidden gems. Occupying the southern coast of Tuscany between Livorno and Grosseto, this rugged area was once occupied by bandits but now offers a gorgeous escape from the packed beaches of Viareggio. Try visiting the beach of Cala Violina, this is squarely off the beaten track, but absolutely worth it. The crystal blue sea, emerald green of the forest and white sand all club together to provide a beach front paradise.
Stay here: Villa Della Toscana
With estate vineyards on side, and Maremma National Park on the other, this exclusive villa offers a gorgeous vantage point for soaking up this pristine pocket of Tuscany. Guests can enjoy the villa’s Turkish Bath, outdoor pool and jacuzzi in the total privacy of the villa’s extensive grounds. The commune of Montiano is just 4kms away and has some excellent local restaurants and amenities.
Arrezzo, Eastern Tuscany
The town of Arezzo offers a wealth of off-the-beaten track museums, churches and galleries, giving you the opportunity to soak in some Etruscan renaissance art and architecture without feeling like you’re one of an enormous herd. The surrounding countryside is inland, and full of peaks, valleys and beauty as far as the eye can see.
Stay here: Villa Sartino
For a truly luxurious and decadent escape, stay at this sumptuous property set in 70 acres of private grounds. Elegantly design throughout, this property caters for your every need for completely relaxing, decadent stay. Original period wooden beams and stone doorways throughout the villa are complimented by stunning furnishings, and guests can enjoy outdoor dining, an infinity pool and luxurious poolside lounging areas.