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Looking for a short break or longer stay? Windows on Italy offers charming villas located near the coast or near some of Italy’s most renowned artistic cities.

by Camilla Girola

Tuscany, Italy, is the perfect location for any vacation, be it a weekend break, a two week holiday or an even longer stay. This region, home to the cities of Florence, Siena, Pisa and Grosseto, is characterised by its rolling hills which form a unique and breathtaking panorama as far as the eye can see. Tuscan cuisine is one of the finest in Italy and the locals are renowned for their hospitality, making it difficult not to fall in love with this region.
Windows on Italy is specialised in prestigious vacation rentals, the perfect alternative for those who search a more private, individual residence without compromising on the comforts available at a luxury hotel. The company was founded in 1986 by Leonardo Ferragamo and since 2008 has been part of Windows on Europe, a holding company for Halldis, European leader in the rental of prestigious apartments for both managers and tourists. Windows on Italy offers both apartments in the centre of cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence, as well as 55 luxury villas in the Tuscan countryside.
One of these residences, Villa Badicroce, is an ex Benedictine convent situated in the province of Arezzo. The property can accommodate up to 15 people and contains 8 en-suite bedrooms. The villa is furnished with traditional Tuscan period pieces and has its own private lake in the grounds of the estate. The cost of a weeklong stay in this property starts from 5,590 euros.
Alternatively, in the province of Pisa, Windows on Italy has a number of charming properties to rent, such as Villa La Grillaia and Villa Fagnana. Villa La Grillaia has an estate totalling 100 hectares and is located in the village of Camugliano. It is composed of 6 double bedrooms plus an annexe and has a swimming pool and tennis court in the grounds. The villa is available for rent at 7,700 euros a week. Villa Fagnana, on the other hand, is situated in Palaia, close to Pontedera. This two-storey property can accommodate up to 15 people and boasts of a private swimming pool measuring 12 x 6 metres. It can be rented from 6,430 euros a week.
Alternatively, the three storey Villa Spiritellino is located in the province of Siena, close to the village Rapolano Terme. This residence has a large veranda overlooking the garden and swimming pools.
Villa Le Rose is another property located in the town of Impruneta, nestled in the hills near Florence. The villa, dating back to the XV century, can accommodate up to 12 people. Its rooms are decorated with beautiful frescos and has a magnificent Italian style garden. Prices are available on request.
Finally there is Villa Punta Ala, ideal for those who prefer to be near the coast. It is situated in Poggio Le Mandrie, in the province of Grosseto, on a hill which shares the towns’ name. Guests in this property can enjoy a spectacular view of the Tuscan gulf and the Island of Elba. The property, which can accommodate up to 10 people, has a private swimming pool measuring 5 x 10 metres and space for 4 cars. A two-week stay in this villa costs 20 thousand euros.

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