Destination guide

The art of living in Tuscany

Tuscany's status as a cultural powerhouse should come as no surprise to visitors. The region was once a major hub for the pioneers of the Renaissance, and today is home to some of its most important artistic and architectural remnants, such as Florence’s resplendent Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Pitti. The region is also home to some of Italy's most gorgeous natural scenery, with acres of vineyards and forests providing a refreshing counterpoint to its iconic built heritage. For travelers seeking complete taste of Tuscany, vacation rentals offer a flexible home base that's hard to resist.

Things to do

Tuscany's laid-back icon

There are plenty of iconic Renaissance landmarks to be found in the region, but vacation rentals in Tuscany also offer access to Medieval monuments, most notably the emblematic Leaning Tower of Pisa. One of the 4 structures that comprises Pisa's cathedral complex, this slanting bell tower is beloved by locals and visitors alike. With 8 levels and 207 columns, the marble structure makes for an unmissable photo op, while a trip to the top provides staggering panoramas of the surrounding cathedrals, including the impressive Romanesque ornamentations of the Duomo di Pisa.


Trailing Tuscany

Thanks to the rolling hills and idyllic woodland of the region's landscape, Tuscany vacation rentals are particularly popular with hikers, backpackers, and cross-country walkers. Guided excursions are a fantastic way to find the best routes and take in the most important sites, while expert-led nature walks illuminate the incredible biodiversity that flourishes here. You can also combine these outings with a cultural trip—the Wine Road of the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, for example, offers a scenic 10-mile path through unspoiled countryside, with the promise of stunning views of the Medieval town of San Gimignano at the end.


Tuscany's temperate charms

Thanks to the benevolent year-round climate and picturesque scenery of Tuscany, vacation rentals here are in perennially high demand. The region's sizzling summers welcome crowds of visitors from around the world, so booking early is advised to ensure optimal availability. Temperatures peak in the mid to low 80s and rainfall is uncommon during these peak months, making it the ideal time to hit the sightseeing circuit. Spring and fall are fantastic alternatives, however; the sun is still out, temperatures average in the high 60s, and the blooming and falling foliage provides spectacular backdrops.

Natural features

Tuscany by water

If seaside sightseeing is more your speed, then the Tuscan Archipelago National Park is right up your alley. Made up of 7 islands and covering almost 400 square miles, the region illustrates another side of Tuscany's biodiversity. Heather, myrtle, and berry trees dot the area, while other specimens are unique to certain islands—the largest, Elba, is dotted with colorful violas, and chestnut and yew trees abound at the bottom of Mount Capanne. Native and migratory birds, among them cormorants, ravens, and peregrine falcons, are frequently sighted, while dolphins and even sperm whales have been known to swim in the glistening waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Where to stay around Tuscany?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 34,499 vacation rentals near Tuscany. From 7,711 Houses to 6,461 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tuscany for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Tuscany?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tuscany. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Florence: 5,717 vacation rentals
  • Lucca: 4,917 vacation rentals
  • Siena: 2,503 vacation rentals
  • Cortona: 3,738 vacation rentals
  • Montepulciano: 3,089 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Tuscany! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Tuscany?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tuscany:

  • Florence: 5,717 rentals
  • Lucca: 4,917 rentals
  • Siena: 2,503 rentals
  • Cortona: 3,738 rentals
  • Montepulciano: 3,089 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Tuscany?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Tuscany are:

  • Lucca (LCV): 6,125 vacation rentals
  • Firenze Airport (FLR): 8,016 vacation rentals
  • Grosseto Airport (GRS): 1,692 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Tuscany?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Tuscany. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ponte Vecchio: 2,211 rentals
  • Val d'Orcia: 2,382 rentals
  • Accademia Italiana: 8,325 rentals
  • Piazza San Firenze: 8,295 rentals
  • Florence (ZMS-Santa Maria Novella Train Station): 8,261 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tuscany listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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