Holiday in Tuscany

Holiday in tuscany

If you love wine and would like to pass a beautiful summer evening next week, remember that Friday, August 10, 2012 is generally known as the day of falling stars, which falls on the day of San Lorenzo. For this special night, many towns across Tuscany have dedicated a special night called “Calici di Stelle” to celebrate the region’s great wines!

Organized by the Wine Tourism Movement, Calici di Stelle offers many extraordinary events in many piazzas across Italy.

Amongst the many Tuscan cities participating in the event is Castellina in Chianti, Castiglione d’Orcia, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Siena, Cortona, Lucignano, Rapolano Terme all renowned for their fine wine production.

Wine will be the absolute protagonist in one of the most suggestive and evocative nights of the year, when you will have the possibility to admire San Lorenzo’s falling stars, the “tears” of the saint according to the legend, in the good company of exquisite wine.

A magic summer night when all your dreams can become true, so book your holiday on to stay in one of the farmhouse that with their wines will take part to the event.

Holiday in Tuscany

Farmhouse in Tuscany

Farmhouse in tuscany

Farm, orchard and vineyard getaways. Special offers also in high season.

The first farm holiday house in Tuscany was opened in Siena. Now twenty five years later, the region boasts some 3500 farm holiday homes, almost a quarter of the national total. Tuscany offers the highest quality of farm homes – nature, landscape, history, art and culture. Not to myriad options for relaxation and wellness.

There are all kinds of options: from farms and villas to cottages. The choice is yours! If it’s nature and food tourism, or art and wellness tourism you seek, you’ll find it all here in Tuscany. Think: nature, a secular civilization, walks among the vineyards, nature trekking, a wine and food experiences and more!

Think of the sweet Tuscan hills, medieval hamlets unchanged through time, churches, cypress trees, roads and the soothing heat of the thermal waters. Where? There is an array of places to holiday in rural Tuscany in the Val d’Orcia, Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano, Val di Chiana and Cortona, Crete Senesi, Chianti around Florence and Siena – just to name just a few areas of a single region.

Stays in the farmhouses are also suited to family holidays, with children and even pets. These environments relaxed and slow. There is also an impressive availability of outdoor spaces and facilities for children’s play, or to participate in the agricultural production of a given farm and learn more of agriculture or farming. What’s more exciting for than seeing the birth of a chick, watching the harvest or pressing olives for olive oil production, or salted ham.

Tuscany – with its over 200,000 hectares of “protected” natural areas – is a fascinating mix of nature and culture. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Tuscany. Your rural holiday awaits you!

Click on (or on for special offers) to find a holiday farm house!

Farmhouse in Tuscany

Stay in Crete Senesi

Together with musicians of Collegium Vocale Gent and a number of sponsoring friends, the Belgian conductor and Italy lover Philippe Herreweghe founded in 2001 the “Accademia delle delle Crete Senesi”. In response to the hectic every day concert life during the regular season, this yearly summer festival south of Siena developed into a charming and inspiring meeting place for both musicians and audiences.

Crete Senesi

The concerts take place in small but marvellous churches, chosen because of their adequate acoustics for the repertoire on the program. On dream locations such as the churches of Santo Stefano (Castelmuzio), Sant’Anna in Camprena (Pienza) and San Francesco (Asciano) both music lovers and performers can discover the Crete Senesi, one of the most beautiful and authentic regions of Europe, situated near well known cities such as Florence, Siena, Montepulciano or Montalcino, an amidst one of the most prestigeous wine areas of Italy.

The international level of the performances and the perfect marriage between the beautiful landscapes and a culture going back to the Etruscan era, make of this festival a unique experience for both the Italian and international public. Next to concerts with top soloists and experienced musicians from my own ensembles, the Accademia also aims to give opportunities to new talent. The programme is wide but high level and spans ‘five centuries of contemporary music’, presented in a new and refreshing approach. To appreciate the 2012 programme you can book your stay on


SU 29 July 20h • Quatuor Edding & Alain Planès • Schumann • ASCIANO – San Francesco

MO 30 July 20h • Gerhild Romberger & Felicitas Strack • Schumann – Duparc – de Falla • ASCIANO – San Francesco

TU 31 July 12h • Quatuor Edding • Haydn – Beethoven • CASTELMUZIO – Santo Stefano

TU 31 July 20h • Romina Lischka • Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe • Colombe & Marais – Gesualdo • PIENZA – Sant’Anna in Camprena

WE 1 August 20h • Alain Planès & Philharmonie Royale de Flandre • Strauss – Schönberg – Franc / Shostakovitch • ASCIANO – San Francesco

TH 2 August 12h • Alain Planès • Sibelius • CASTELMUZIO – Santo Stefano

TH 2 August 20h • Ricercar Consort – Philippe Pierlot • Tye-Byrd • ASCIANO – San Francesco

FR 3 August 20h • Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herreweghe • Gesualdo • ASCIANO – San Francesco

Stay in Crete Senesi

Medieval Festival in Volterra

Volterra AD 1398 has reached its 15th edition in 2012. This year this event returns to its original splendour in the pulsing heart of the ancient Volterra.

Medieval Festival in Volterra

medieval town centre will be animated with a past never forgot ten, and all the visitors will be carried into the past as if by magic. Spirited steeds, courageous knights, lords, dames, artisans and merchants, town commoners and country peasants, flag-flyers, crossbowmen, jugglers, musicians and jesters will magically bring medieval Volterra, with all its enchantment, back to life.

highlights of the festival are the “Anno Domini 1398 Celebration Days ”, Sunday August 19th and Sunday August 26th , with festivities from dawn to dusk. On these days Volterra will stage the re-enactment of medieval life as it was in the year 1398, with performances, events, markets, crafts, music, jugglers, common-folk and nobility: a truly remarkable opportunity to experience the magical, spell-bound atmosphere of the Middle Ages in one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. Don’t miss this festival book your stay on

Medieval Festival in Volterra