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Luxury Villa in Tuscany

Old Mar 6th, 2007, 05:45 AM
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Luxury Villa in Tuscany

I am helping my parents plan their "once in a lifetime" trip to Italy this Fall and they are thinking about renting a villa with another couple or two. They want a villa within an hour of Florence, with housekeeping and a chef. I also need a good car and driver for them to take them to some of the hill towns, etc... I appreciate any suggestions.
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Old Mar 6th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Spend some time on the Slowtrav.com website. There are lots of villa recommendations there.
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Old Mar 7th, 2007, 06:06 PM
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abercrombie & kent has fantastic full service villas with many optional services. i think someone has suggested them before. in addition i have used vacanz bella but in all honesty my requirements for bed quality and housekeeping have increased over the years and i havent used him in a while. but you can find him on line at vbella.com and he does monitor his small cache of rentals. i have been staying in tuscany every summer for the past 12 years and have a long list of ideas.....if you can narrow your parameters down i would be gald to make more suggestions. i understand the geographic radius, how about telling me day trips they are intersted in.....wine estates?, outlet shopping at prada, ceramics, churches, it will help define the area
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Old Mar 8th, 2007, 02:07 AM
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Suggestion:
http://www.tuscanweb.com/property/?ID=4474

Hope it helps.
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Old Mar 8th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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i have used vacanza bella as mentioned by charliep....they are at http://www.vbella.com/
he(the owner) has great and fun comments about living for a few weeks in italy
read it and smile
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Old Mar 8th, 2007, 02:18 PM
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My friends stayed at La Corte dei Papi outside of Cortona and raved about it. There were cooking classes and wine tasting along with a driver who showed them the sights.
www.lacortedeipapi.com
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Old Mar 8th, 2007, 02:39 PM
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Without question, you much check out The Best in Italy @ www.thebestinitaly.com. Contessa Simonetta Brandolini d' Adda is who you need to talk to. We stayed at Villa la Tegolaia. It was lovely and we had a cook and housekeeper, etc. Great location and close to Florence.
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Old Mar 8th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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In October we are staying at Villa Luciano in Londo. It is about 45 minutes from Florence. It is HUGE but very reasonable in the fall. Six of us are paying $3,000 for the week. It has 7 bedrooms, and has the option of housekeeping and cooking. It looks amazing. good luck.
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Old Mar 9th, 2007, 01:13 AM
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Check this villa, it's half an hour drive from Florence. This large accomodation has beautiful views to the village of Londa. I personally recommend it!
Villa Luciano http://www.villaluciano.com
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Old Mar 9th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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Have you stayed at Villa Luciano? Any helpful hints about staying there? What is the town like? It looks beautiful. Did you travel by car or train to other towns in Tuscany? Are there any small town discoveries you made in the area? Thanks.
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Old Mar 13th, 2007, 09:46 AM
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Yes, I stayed there two years ago and me and my group enjoyed very much We rented 3 cars at Florence airport and visited big town such as Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Florence by train. There were also pretty villages in the area. My favorite ones were Stia and Scarperia.
Lady Gabriella, the villa cook, cooked for us... it was wonderful. I suggest you to try at least once.
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Old Mar 13th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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Thanks for the information. Was renting a car in Florence a hassel? Are there restaurants and grocery stores in Londa? Thanks again.
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Old Mar 14th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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Thanks all for the suggestions. After some further thought, my parents are going to stay in Florence and hire a driver to take them into the hill towns.
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Old Mar 14th, 2007, 07:29 PM
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I cannot help you about renting a car. In Londa there
are two good restaurants, two grocery stores, there is also a bar where
you can have cappucino!
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Old Mar 15th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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Mindy, The town sounds delightful. Thanks for the information. We are excited to go.
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