Villa in Tuscany

What is the difference between a Tuscan villa and a Tuscan farmhouse?

Tuscan villa

Tuscan villa

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Tuscan farm house

WHAT IS A "VILLA" IN TUSCANY?

Strictly speaking, a Tuscan villa is a large, architect-designed structure that would house 12 to 30 people and which often has a formal garden integrated into the design concept. However, commonly, usage in the vacation rentals sector applies the word "villa" incorrectly to almost any stand-alone house. Villas normally have large, high-ceilinged rooms while a farmhouse will have smaller rooms with lower ceilings. It's therefore important that you have it clear in your mind what kind of house you want to stay in - a true Tuscan villa or a casa colonica (a Tuscan farmhouse) - and then search the internet for Tuscan villas to rent or farmhouse vacation rentals in Tuscany and be sure to read the descriptions rather than make assumptions based on what you searched for. Note that many farm house rentals are actually not the entire house, but a part, usually referred to as an apartment.

Your Tuscany villa, farmhouse or apartment will typically be very clean, with modern plumbing and an adequately equipped kitchen or kitchen area. There will be a gas or electric stove-top usually with an oven, a sink with hot and cold water, a refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses and other household equipment to a reasonable standard for holiday use and suitable for the number of people the house accommodates. There will often be a dishwasher but rarely a washing machine. Please be aware that items such as breadboards, kettles, toasters and microwaves are not in general use in Italy and it is often the case that (except in restaurants) tumblers, not wine glasses, are used for wine. Family life in Italy centres on meals and the dining table rather than on a living room. Often, the dining room is the kitchen itself or, in the smaller apartments, the living room is effectively the dining room with a kitchenette off to one side.

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Stay at Villa Albertina, just 37 km from Florence!

Villa Albertina is situated in the Tuscan countryside near Montespertoli, Certaldo, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa and San Casciano Val di Pesa, 37 km from Florence on the border of the Chianti Classico wine zone of Tuscany. We offer 5 air conditioned bedrooms, all with a private bathroom, and can comfortably accommodate up to 14 guests. Our classic Tuscan villa is surrounded by gardens and green spaces framed by cypresses. The villa is provided with a well-equipped kitchen and a beautiful living-dining room, as well as free Wi-Fi, above-ground swimming pool, barbeque area, gazebo and secure private parking. Loggias on the ground and first floors are ideal for outdoor meals and enjoying the views and sun. We are happy to help with arranging Italian cooking lessons, visits to wineries and other similar activities.

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