Child friendly cottage, Tuscany
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About Borgo Tranquilitta
Borgo Tranquillita (or “Quiet Village”) is the perfect place for a peaceful Tuscan family holiday. The estate offers just 3 charming detached cottages surrounded by olive groves and hills, making you feel as if you really are away from it all. Enjoy amazing views from the beautiful pool, dine al fresco on your private terrace or tear yourself away and explore some of the nearby beautiful Tuscan towns, cities, lakes and countryside.
Tuscany is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the west and southwest, Liguria to the northwest, Emilia Romagna to the north, the Marche and Umbria to the east, and Lazio to the southeast. It is a glorious area. It really does offer something for everyone. Set in the stunning Tuscan hills the estate is 7kms away from the small walled city of Castiglion Fiorentino. The city is famed for annual festivals, has an Etruscan archaeological site, has a train station, and lies midway between the historic towns of Arezzo and Cortona. Lake Trasimeno with its pretty beaches is also within easy driving distance.
Take a day trip to Cortona, Arezzo, Montepulcinao, Pienza, Florence or Assisi or explore one of the many Tuscan vineyards (or a few on a wine tour!). Other family friendly activities in the area include cooking classes, truffle hunting and wonderful festivals throughout the year.
Cottage La Luna (sleeps up to 5)
La Luna is a typically Tuscan cottage with private terrace and access to the large pool. There is a bathroom, 1 double bedroom, 1 double/twin and a single room making this perfect for families. The beautiful beamed sitting room has double doors onto the private terrace and access to kitchen.
Cottage La Stelle (sleeps up to 4)
A great place for a family holiday, La Stelle is a charming traditional property offering 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), sitting area, bathroom and a kitchen dining area. The private terrace has plenty of seating for dining al fresco, and of course you’ll have access to the large pool.
Cottage Il Sole (sleeps up to 4)
Another beautiful beamed traditional cottage, with 1 double bedroom and 1 room with bunk beds. Inside you’ll find the comfortable living area, kitchen dining room and bathroom provide all you need for a relaxing break. Outdoors enjoy the private terrace and access to the pool.
Laundry facilities are available in each cottage, along with central heating for the cooler months, and screens on all bedroom windows for the summer. The cottages all have Private terraces and access to the large pool.
The cottages are self-catering, with the nearest shop, bar and pizza restaurant only 2km away. Next to the cottages are traditional pizza ovens should you wish to try out your own cooking skills.
Arezzo is the capital city of the Tuscan province and perches on a hill, south and east of Florence, overlooking the Arno and Tiber River valleys. The historic centre contains stupendous works of art and testimonies from every era. Arezzo has a monthly antique market held on the first weekend of each month - perfect reason to hire a motor-home and do a serious road trip. The Church of S. Francesco, a 13th century Gothic construction, is well worth visiting - the church hosts paintings by artists such as Loretino d'Arezzo, Spinello Aretino, Niccolò di Pietro Aretino, and Piero della Francesca.
Cortona historic town
Cortona is a medieval town rich in art and history with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside providing stunning views to every point of the compass, across the whole of the Valdichiana. The Museo Diocesano is home to a superb collection of paintings, including "Annunciation" and "Madonna and Saints" by Fra Angelico, and also a group of work by Giuseppe Maria Crespi known as Lo Spagnuolo called "Ecstasy of St. Margaret". Inside the Palazzo Pretorio is the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca that displays items from Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian civilizations and also art and artefacts from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Cortona has a range of restaurants catering for all tastes. As with most Tuscan towns the churches are magnificent and well worth a visit.
Markets, wine and tours
Tuscany, the fifth-largest region in Italy, has been making wine for centuries: a wine tour then is almost an obligation for anyone slightly interested in wine production - or the drinking of it! The key wine producing areas include Brunello di Montalcino, Bolgheri, Carmignano, Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Sangiovese is the main grape for most of Tuscany, producing everything from light and refreshing simple Chiantis to big and powerful Brunello di Montalcino or Chianti Classico riserva. The local sreet Markets are a must visit featuring gorgeously fresh foods and general items sold on various days throughout the week, throughout the region. Arezzo and Cortona both ahve markets on Saturday mornings. Every first Saturday of the month from 10.00 to 20.00 in Arezzo's Piazza Sant’Agostino, the organic market "Open Countryside" takes place featuring organic products from the Arezzo territory. Vegetables, fruit, olive oil, wine, cheese, bread, pasta, cakes, truffles, salamis, honey, ice-cream, sauces, conserves, flowers and plants - perfect time to stock up.
This historic Tuscan Town lies at the center of a triangle formed by Florence, Siena and Perugia. The tower of the ancient castle dominates this charismatic town which has much to offer any visitor including its beautiful medieval walls, beautiful churches, art treasures and numerous Renaissance structures - e.g. the Loggia by Vasari at the Piazza del Municipio. In addition to the spring poppies, summer sunflowers and the famous Tuscan Cypress and Olive trees the beautiful green hillsides and country lanes are a must for any traveler any time of the year.
Montepulciano, the "Pearl of the 1500s", is southern Tuscany's highest hill town and the biggest. The main square "Piazza Grande" is typically surrounded by gorgeous buildings housing numerous works created by famous Renaissance artists, such as the Palazzo Pubblico, the Cathedral and several residences by Vignola, Sangallo and Peruzzi. Artistic treasures abound in the many churches. The most beautiful is the temple of San Biagio. And wine is the most famous product of the land around Montepulciano - you'll find numerous vineyards to sample and buy.
Tresimeno is a lovely day out. Boat trips out to enjoy the three islands Polvese, Maggiore and Minore are fun, otherwise cool down swimming in the lake and later visit the very pretty towns and castles around. Castiglione del Lago with its bastion and Passignano with its fortress are just towns nearby - at both there are good lake fish restaurants.
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